Mt. Rwenzori 8th - 16th July
Adventure,  Travel

Mt. Rwenzori 8th – 16th July

Have you been to Uganda’s Western districts of Kasese, Kabarole or Bundibugyo? If yes, then you have seen it looming large on the horizon, appearing almost navy blue against the whiteness of the clouds that cover its tops. If you haven’t seen it, you have probably read, heard about or perhaps come across the phrase ‘Mountains of the Moon’ which is an old term referring to the Rwenzori mountains that straddle the Uganda –
DRC border.

Rwenzori Mountain is Uganda’s highest and East Africa’s 3 rd highest mountain reaching a height of up to 5,109m. This peak and other surrounding ones are permanently snow-capped. The name Rwenzori is a corruption for the local term Rwenjura meaning the mountain of rain. Its highest point which sits atop Mt.Stanley named after the explorer
Sir Henry Morton Stanley is part of the Rwenzori Mountain National Park a UNESCO world heritage site.
This range of mountains which is about 120kms long and 65kms wide and consists of six massifs; Mount Speke, Mount Baker, Mount Emin, Mount Gessi, Mount Luigi di Savoia and the tallest Mount Stanley which has several summits with Margherita peak being the highest.

The last time Mountain Slayers Uganda took on this mountain 3 years ago, we followed the then freshly opened Bukurungu trail which was an experience for the books! This time round, we switch it up a bit to follow the more popular Central Circuit route. Witt Rwenzori being famed for its rich vegetation ranging from tropical rain forests through beautiful alpine meadows to snow, it promises to be a feast for the eyes. This 7-day route will take us from Nyakalengijja to Nyabitaba hut on day 1, through a forest trail teeming with animals like the black and white colobus monkey, chimpanzees, hyrax, duikers and many others. It’s also a bird watchers’ heaven where you will be sure to see the cinnamon chested bee eater, the handsome francolin, the Rwenzori Turaco among others.

Day 2 to day 5 will see us go through John Matte, Bujuku and Elena huts as we gun for Margherita peak and back down to Kitandara hut as we embark on the descend on days 6 and 7. If this sounds like too much or you are not looking to bag another peak but simply to enjoy a relatively short hike in the Rwenzoris, you have the option of doing the 3 day Mahoma trail which in itself is rich experience of the mountain. You also have the option of the 2 day cultural hike which gives you a chance to explore the rich culture of the
Bakonzo people who call the slopes of the Rwenzoris home.

And for those looking for a physical challenge this mountain will deliver exactly that if you choose to take on multiple peaks.
In short, Rwenzori has got something for everyone and will definitely be a challenging but fun high for the middle of the year.

Have you been to Uganda’s Western districts of Kasese, Kabarole or Bundibugyo? If yes, then you have seen it looming large on the horizon, appearing almost navy blue against the whiteness of the clouds that cover its tops. If you haven’t seen it, you have probably read, heard about or perhaps come across the phrase ‘Mountains of the Moon’ which is an old term referring to the Rwenzori mountains that straddle the Uganda – DRC border. 

Rwenzori Mountain is Uganda’s highest and East Africa’s 3rd highest mountain reaching a height of up to 5,109m. This peak and other surrounding ones are permanently snow-capped. The name Rwenzori is a corruption for the local term Rwenjura meaning the mountain of rain. It’s the highest point which sits atop Mt.Stanley named after the explorer Sir Henry Morton Stanley is part of the Rwenzori Mountain National Park a UNESCO world heritage site.

Mt. Rwenzori 8th - 16th July

This range of mountains which is about 120kms long and 65kms wide and consists of six massifs; Mount Speke, Mount Baker, Mount Emin, Mount Gessi, Mount Luigi di Savoia and the tallest Mount Stanley which has several summits with Margherita peak being the highest.

The last time Mountain Slayers Uganda took on this mountain 3 years ago, we followed the then freshly opened Bukurungu trail which was an experience for the books! This time around, we switch it up a bit to follow the more popular Central Circuit route. With Rwenzori being famed for its rich vegetation ranging from tropical rain forests through beautiful alpine meadows to snow, it promises to be a feast for the eyes. This 7-day route will take us from Nyakalengijja to Nyabitaba hut on day 1, through a forest trail teeming with animals like the black and white colobus monkey, chimpanzees, hyrax, duikers and many others. It’s also a bird watchers’ heaven where you will be sure to see the cinnamon chested bee-eater, the handsome francolin, the Rwenzori Turaco among others. Day 2 to day 5 will see us go through John Matte, Bujuku and Elena huts as we gun for Margherita peak and back down to Kitandara hut as we embark on the descent on days 6 and 7. 

If this sounds like too much or you are not looking to bag another peak but simply to enjoy a relatively short hike in the Rwenzoris, you have the option of doing the 3 day Mahoma trail which in itself is rich experience of the mountain. You also have the option of the 2-day cultural hike which gives you a chance to explore the rich culture of the Bakonzo people who call the slopes of the Rwenzoris home. And for those looking for a physical challenge this mountain will deliver exactly that if you choose to take on multiple peaks. 

In short, Rwenzori has got something for everyone and will definitely be a challenging but fun high for the middle of the year.

Mt. Rwenzori 8th - 16th July

COST

  • East Africans – $460
  • Foreign Residents – $940
  • Foreign non-Residents – $1,050

Please note that the above rates apply only to groups of ten people or more and are therefore liable to change depending on final numbers. 

The indicated cost does not include transport and accommodation outside the mountain. These will be communicated a month before the actual date of the hike.

COST
● East Africans – $460
● Foreign Residents – $940
● Foreign non-Residents – $1,050
Please note that the above rates apply only to groups of ten people or more and are therefore liable to change depending on final numbers.
The indicated cost does not include transport and accommodation outside the mountain. These will be communicated a month before the actual date of the hike.

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