Rwenzori Mountain Climbing Adventure Safari in Uganda with Margarita Peak; 10 Days

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The legendary mountains of the moon as described by Ptolemy in the year 150AD tower in the west of Uganda rising to 5,109m above sea level with snowcapped peaks. The Rwenzori Mountains feature a range of peaks but Margarita stands as the highest at 5,109m and this 10 Day Adventure climb to Rwenzoris target the Margarita summit. Rwenzori is recorded a world heritage site by UNESCO and its lush flora including the groundsel and giant Lobelia makes it impressive to encounter. The 10 Days Rwenzori Mountain Climbing Adventure starts and ends in Kampala and follows the central circuit with margarita peak. It is such exciting moment to explore the Rwenzoris gaining the scenic views of glacial rivers and glacial lakes, the impressive mountain flora including elephants, chameleon, Chimpanzees, tree hyrax among others, flora including lovely and groundsel, magical peaks covered by snow, the towns of Kasese below, the rolling savannah plans of Queen Elizabeth NP and the lakes of Edward, George and the Kazinga Channel. Summiting the Margarita allows you to follow the footsteps of the great Duke of Abruzzi Luigi de Amadeo who first summited it at 9:30am on June 18th 1906.

Safari Highlight

Day 1: Transfer from Kampala to Rwenzori Mountains

Day 2: Climb from Nyakalengija to Nyabitaba hut (2,652m)

Day 3: Hike from Nyabitaba Hut to John Matte Hut at 3.414 m.

Day 4: Hike from John Matte Hut to Bujuku Hut at 3.962 m.

Day 5: Hike from Bujuku to Elena Hut

Day 6: Summit the Margarita Peak and descend to Lake Kitandara hut

Day 7: Hike from Kitandara Hut to Guy Yeoman Hut at 3.261 m.

Day 8: Descend from Guy Yeoman Hut back to Nyabitaba Hut at 2.652 m.

Day 9: Descend from Nyabitaba to Nyakalengija.

Day 10: Transfer back to Kampala

Day 1: Transfer from Kampala to Rwenzori Mountains

After breakfast at your place of stay in Kampala, embark on the transfer to Rwenzori Mountains 440km about 7 - 8 hours’ drive. You pass through impressive rural landscapes of Uganda with lush green cover, scattered human settlement except for the en route towns and impressive natural features such as the Inselbergs of Mubende, the scenic views of Fort Portal area before being welcomed by the towering Rwenzori Mountains. You retire for relaxation, dinner and overnight.

Accommodation: (click on a particular accommodation to view more information about it)

Upmarket / Luxury: Equator Snow Lodge

Midrange / Standard: Ihamba Safari Lodge

Budget / Basic: Ruboni Community Camp

Camping

Day 2: Climb from Nyakalengija to Nyabitaba hut (2,652m)

You set off from the Rwenzori Park Headquarters at Nyakalengija standing at 1,646m following briefing from the Rwenzori Mountaineering services in conjunction with Uganda Wildlife Authority. At this point, you have the opportunity to hire the mountaineering equipment if you didn’t have any. The hike commences with an encounter of the Bakonzo farmlands – the famous mountain people traversing their garden plots and the elephant grass. The hike follows the River Mobuku before crossing River Mahoma passing through open bracken fern slopes and Podorcarpus Forest until you reach Nyabitaba Hut standing at 2.652 m – the arrival point of the day. At this point, you view the north of Portal peaks and sights of monkeys, the Rwenzori Turaco and sounds of Chimpanzees may not be missed.

Day 3: Hike from Nyabitaba Hut to John Matte Hut at 3.414 m.

Departing Nyabitaba hut, you cross the Kurt Shaffer Bridge passing through a muddy area following a trail that passes through a bamboo forest. Upon arriving at a steep rock area that leads to Nyamuleju Hut, you start the impressive sights of the groundsel and giant lobelia vegetation. The trail continues through a bog filled with plants walking along the Bujuku River. The eventual destination is John Matte hut standing at 3.414 m where you will spend a night.

Day 4: Hike from John Matte Hut to Bujuku Hut at 3.962 m.

Hike from John Matte Hut where you cross the River Bujuku before entering the lower Bigo bog which is grassy thus offering you an experience of jumping from a tussock to tussock. You approach the Bigo hut and penetrate the upper Bigo bog before continuing to Lake Bujuku which acts as the beginning of alpine savannah zone of little vegetation. Eventually, you arrive at Bujuku Hut standing at 3.962 m and this point offers the views of the peaks of Stanley, Baker and Speke.

Day 5: Hike from Bujuku to Elena Hut

Depart Bujuku and traverse the muddy area before climbing through a forest of giant groundsels up to when you reach the Groundsel gully. You follow trail that heads to Elena hut standing at 4430 m. You have arrived at your post for the overnight.

Day 6: Summit the Margarita Peak and descend to Lake Kitandara hut

From Elena hut, you make the last climb to the summit – the Margarita peak 5,109m which is the highest point in the whole of Uganda and the third in Africa. This last section requires mountaineering equipment including the ice axe, crampons and rope. The peak was first summited by the Prince Luigi Amadeo the Duke of Abruzzi at 9:30am on June 18th 1906. You retreat from the peak. You descend from the peak to Lake Kitandara hut for overnight

Day 7: Hike from Kitandara Hut to Guy Yeoman Hut at 3.261 m.

Depart Lake Kitandara to climb the fresh field pass standing at 4,282m traversing the extended flat of high alpine mossy glades before descending the circuit among the boggy and rocky areas. The panorama is greatly covered by the glaciers of Mount Baker and Mount Stanley. The muddy trail takes you to Bujongolo, Akendahi, Kabamba rock shelters where the Kabamba valley starts heading down to Guy Yeoman Hut standing at 3.261 m. The Guy Yeoman Hut is surrounded by impressive vegetation, mountains and rivers.

Day 8: Descend from Guy Yeoman Hut back to Nyabitaba Hut at 2.652 m.

This marks your descent back to Nyabitaba Hut. You pass through the Mubuku and Kichuchu River Valleys that is diverse in flora of the heather zone before you approach the Bamboo. Encounter the Kabamba falls on the way down and settle at Nyabitaba for overnight

Day 9: Descend from Nyabitaba to Nyakalengija.

Here, you proceed on the descent back to Nyakalengija to mark the end of your experience. Upon arriving at Nyakalengija, you get to your vehicle and transfer to the lodge for relaxation and overnight

Accommodation: (click on a particular accommodation to view more information about it)

Upmarket / Luxury: Equator Snow Lodge

Midrange / Standard: Ihamba Safari Lodge

Budget / Basic: Ruboni Community Camp

Camping

Day 10: Transfer back to Kampala

After a relaxed breakfast, embark on the transfer back to Kampala. Drive through Queen Elizabeth National Park with its impressive savannah and its game, the Bunyaruguru crater field, the lush Kalinzu forest, Mbarara town before making a lunch stop at Igongo Cultural Center 12km from Mbarara for traditional lunch. You make another stop at Uganda Equator crossing Kayabwe for amazing photo shoots, the water experiments to evidence the divide between the north and south spheres and the purchase of memorabilia from any of the gift shops at the site. Continue for 77km arriving in Kampala in the evening to mark the end of the safari.

End of Safari

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