9 Days Mt Rwenzori Hiking Central Circuit Adventure Tour

Day 1: Transfer to Kasese/Mount Rwenzori

Day 2: Hike to Nyabitaba (2650m)

Day 3: John Matte hut (3350m)

Day 4: Bujuku Hut

Day 5: Mount Stanley

Day 6: Summit Margherita

Day 7: Climb Mt Stanleyto Guy Yeoman Hut (3260m)

Day 8: Climb Nyabitaba (2650m)

Day 9: Nyabitaba to Nyakalengija and Transfer to Kampala/Entebbe Airport

Day 1: Transfer to Kasese/Mount Rwenzori

In the morning after a breakfast, you will drive to Kasese through the towns of Masaka and Mbarara with a brief Stop-over in either of the towns for lunch and later proceed to Kasese which is the home to the “Mountains of the moon.” Relax, Dinner and overnight stay at Hotel/Lodges

Overnight stay at Hotel Margherita/Snow View Hotel/Springs International Hotel


Day 2: Hike to Nyabitaba (2650m)

You will have a breakfast in the morning and drive to Nyakalengija trailhead (1600m). Begin hiking up to Nyabitaba hut; walk through the banana sambas on the side of the steep foothills, past the typical Bakonjo homesteads! Follow the trail along the Mubuku River, through landslides and up and down rocks and bluffs, Cross the Mahoma River and climb steeply through break fern slopes and podocarpus forest to Nyabitaba Hut.

Dinner and Overnight stay at Nyabitaba Hut


Day 3: John Matte hut (3350m)

From Nyabitaba follow the trail that drops down through the forest to the Kurt Shafer Bridge, just below the confluence of the Mubuku and Bujuku rivers. Passing through the bamboo forest, traverse through a long and exhausting stretch of slippery moss-covered rock.

From the Nyamileju rock shelter, Mount Stanley and Mount Speke can be seen before passing into the zone of the giant heather, lobelia and groundsel. You will reach John Matte Hut after passing through the tiring bog.

Dinner and Overnight stay at the John Matte Hut


Day 4: Bujuku Hut

After John Matte Hut, the trail drops to cross the Bujuku River. The upper Bigo Bog gives way to Bujuku Lake, with views of Mt Baker to the South and Mt Stanley to the west. Bujuku Hut, well located in the shadow of Mount Baker and Mount Speke, is set in a narrow valley below Steinmann pass.

Dinner and Overnight stay at Bujuku Hut


Day 5: Mount Stanley hut

Leaving Bujuku, the trail climbs the steep slopes west of the lake, passing through the magical Groundsels Gully as it ascends to Scott-Elliot Pass at 4372m. At the head of the gully a metal ladder takes you over a steep section after which the trail splits into two. The right leads up to Elena Hut and Mount Stanley on a steep trail over large boulders. The left path leads to Scott. Elliot passes and down to Kitandara Lakes.

Dinner and Overnight stay at Mount Stanley hut


Day 6: Summit Margherita

For those climbing Margherita peaks (5109m) continue to the base of the Stanley Glacier. It can be a 4 to 7 hour walk to the summit of Margherita. It is only for the physically fit and is a technical climb which requires roping up, crampons and appropriate equipment for cold, windy and icy conditions.

It is best to attempt the final climb in a minimum group of 4- two climbers and two guides; climb on to the glacier, cross the Stanly Plateau and proceed with the ascent. Returning to Scott- Elliot pass, descend to the Kitandara Hut, past the Kitandara Lakes.

Dinner and Overnight stay at Kitandara Hut


Day 7: Hike Mt Stanley to Guy Yeoman Hut (3260m)

From Kitandara, the trail ascends steeply up the headwall, spreading out from the base of Mount Baker and continuing along the south side of the Rwenzori Mountain to Fresh field pass. From the pass, the long muddy descent continues, passing the rock shelter at Bujangolo, the base camp for the historic expedition by the Duke of Abruzzi in 1906.

Dinner and Overnight stay at Guy Yeoman Hut


Day 8: Hike Nyabitaba hut (2650m)

The path down can be slippery and muddy with little to hold on to and requires careful balancing over the vertical mud or steep rock.

Dinner and Overnight stay at Nyabitaba hut


Day 9: Nyabitaba to Nyakalengija and Transfer to Kampala/Entebbe Airport

Nyabitaba to Nyakalengija is about 3 hours. Nyabitaba starts the 40 minutes trial to see Lake Mahoma and back to the hut for descending to the Park Head Quarters where you will connect with your driver / guide and transfer back to Kampala marking the end of your Rwenzori Hiking central circuit trail.

  • A Visa – you can apply for the visa online or very easily get one at the point of entry into the country (airport)
  • Hiking equipment – Rope, Crampons, Harnesses, Ice axe, Sleeping bag , Gas cooker/fuel, Climbing boots, Cap, Trouser, Jacket /sweaters, Rubber boots, Garters and Gloves          
  • Travel &Health insurance – This should be arranged by you in your home country before you travel.
  • Physical fitness


Price includes:

  • Full board accommodation as per the itinerary
  • 4WD safari vehicle with popup roof
  • Bottled drinking water
  • English Speaking Driver/guide.
  • Pickup and Return airport transfers.


Price Excludes:

  • Other drinks
  • Laundry
  • Hiking equipment
  • Insurance
  • Tips to local guides
  • Telephone expenses
  • Porter fees while hiking


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