The Rwenzoris at a glance (5109 m)

Often dubbed ‘The Mountains of the Moon’, and a UNESCO World Heritage Site, the Rwenzoris are a chain of six beautiful mountains that straddle the equator along the border with Uganda and the DRC. Rwenzori in a local language means ‘mountain of the rain’, and it’s a mystical mist-shrouded place with valleys full of emerald-green lakes, rocky cliffs, high glaciers and snow-capped peaks. The unique plant life includes dense tropical rainforest, bamboo forests and alpine species such as giant heathers and lobelia. East African treks and Safaris offers treks to Rwenzori Mountains starting from 3day trek and one can summit to the highest Snowcapped Margherita Peak (5,109 metres) in 7/8days or 9days depending on fitness. The Rwenzori’s highest point is on Mount Stanley which is Magherita peak and the Stanley glaciers wide enough giving hiker a way up to the main peak. The trek requires endurance, physical fitness and the final ascent to magherita peak is a technical climb which requires at least a grade two climbing experience.
There are many ascents and descents along the route due to the ragged terrain of the mountain which makes the trek tough but the spectacular scenery and unusual vegetation make it a worthwhile challenge.
Rwenzori Mountains also have more than one peak to summit, Main peaks Summited are, Magherita peak at 5109m , Mt. Speke at 4890m , Mt. Baker at 4842m , Wiseman peak 4620m , Mutinda peak 4032m , Alexander peak 5090m, portal peaks 4627m, mount gessi 4715m, mt.Emin 4798m. Both Mutinda peak 3975m and Alexander peak 5083m are fully technical while the rest won’t require technical experience.

WHEN TO HIKE:


The mountains can be hiked all year through since all seasons come along with different attractions in the stunning forest in the mountains. The rainy season is from March to May and October to December which welcomes in a lot of new flowers which attract butter flies, more chameleons, birds searching for new fruits, snow as low as 3800m on the rocks and foliage. But the boggy and muddy sections cannot be avoided in this season. The dry season on the other hand starts from December to Feb and June to September, this is the most preferred season to hike, less boggy and muddy seasons with lots of clear views as hike up the mountains. Though one need to ensure that they carry a factor 50 sunscreen during this trek.

We are happy to tailor a hike plan that suits your hiking needs, Please see example itineraries below,.

A selection of trekking itenaries.

8 DAYS HIKE TO WISEMAN PEAK 4620M

Day 1. Arrival.

Day 2. Transfer to starting point.

Day 3. Start hike and Sleep at Sine Camp 2596 metres

Day 4. Hike to Mutinda camp 3688 metres

Day 5. Hike to Bugata Camp 4062 metres

Day 6. Summit Wiseman peak 4620 metres Sleep at Kiharo camp 3518metres

Day 7. Descend down to base camp and transfer to Magherita hotel.

Day 8. Drive back to Entebbe and Fly out.

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11 DAYS TREK MAGHERITA 5109m

Day 1. Arrival.

Day 2. Transfer to starting point.

Day 3. Briefing from guides and start hike and sleep at Sine camp 2596 metres.

Day 4. Hike to Mutinda camp 3688metres

Day 5. Hike to Bugata camp 4062 metres

Day 6. Hike to Butawu camp 3974 through Bamwanjara Pass.

Day 7. Hike to Margherita Camp 4485 metres via Scott Elliot Pass

Day 8. Summit Margherita peak 5109m and sleep at Butawu Camp

Day 9. Descend to Kiharo Camp 3518m.

Day 10. Hike down to base camp and transfer to Magherita hotel.

Day 11. Drive back to Entebbe and fly out.

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11 DAYS TREK MT. BAKER 4842m

Day 1. Arrival.

Day 2. Transfer to starting point.

Day 3. Briefing from guides and start hike and sleep at Sine camp 2596 metres.

Day 4. Hike to Mutinda camp 3688metres

Day 5. Hike to Bugata camp 4062 metres

Day 6. Hike to Butawu camp 3974m through Bamwanjara Pass.

Day 7. Summit Mt. Baker 4842m and sleep at Butawu camp 3974m

Day 8. Descend down to Kiharo Camp 3518m.

Day 9. Hike down to base camp and transfer to Magherita hotel.

Day 10. Drive back Entebbe 9hrs or Fly back to Entebbe 1hr.

Day 11.Fly out.

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12 DAYS TREK MAGHERITA 5109m & MT SPEKE 4890m

Day 1. Arrival.

Day 2. Transfer to starting point.

Day 3. Briefing from guides and start hike and sleep at Sine camp 2596 metres.

Day 4. Hike to Mutinda camp 3688metres

Day 5. Hike to Bugata camp 4062 metres

Day 6. Hike to Butawu camp 3974 through Bamwanjara Pass.

Day 7. Hike to Margherita Camp 4485 metres via Scott Elliot Pass

Day 8. Summit Margherita peak 5109m and sleep at Bujuku Caves

Day 9. Summit Mt. Speke 4890m and sleep at Butawu camp 3974m

Day 10. Descend to Kiharo Camp 4062m

Day 11. Hike down to base camp and transfer to Magherita hotel.

Day 12. Drive back to Entebbe and fly out.

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