The “central circuit” trail of Rwenzori ( 6 days on the mountain) is the main hiking activity which people undertake when visiting the mountain range. The trip normally begins from Entebbe or you can make your own way to Kasase by public bus. overnight requests in Kasese town at Mergharita Hotel or Holiday Inn/ Rwenzori Base Camp before next day starting on the expedition.
It consists of a hike lasting six nights and seven days, starting from the headquarter of the Rwenzori Mountains National Park at Nyakalengija. Then the trail follows a circular path around Mount Baker, spending the night in five different Huts, and reaching a maximum altitude of 4.372 m. at Scott Elliot Pass. Returning to Kampala will take 9 days in total for the whole trip.
The circuit gives the opportunity to see very close the peaks and glaciers of Mount Speke, Mount Stanley, Mount Luigi di Savoia, Mount Baker. Everybody is able to manage the hike, as the level of difficulty is not so high. For the mountains climbers, it is possible to reach all the major peaks, only adding one day extension to the trial per each peak and will need a to up of USD 120 per person per peak. The central circuit is the best experience of Rwenzori, its landscape and vegetations.
Extension can also be extended to Murchison falls or Kibale for chimpanzee tracking or Queen Elizabeth for wildlife viewing or Bwindi for gorilla tracking.
Day 1: Kilembe (1,450m) to Kalalama (3156m).
The first day of your involves a long 6-Days Rwenzori Mountain Climbing requires a steady climb through montane forest and bamboo to a campsite at Kalalama in the heather zone.
Day 2: Kalalama (3156m) to Mutinda (3810m).
The route follows the Kamusoni River to a campsite at the base of the 4200m Mutinda Towers outcrop.
Day 3: Mutinda (3810m) to Lake Kopello Overlook (4185m).
Above Mutinda, the trail traverses open moorland to reach a camp at the Lake Kopello viewpoint.
Day 4: Lake Kopello (4185m) to Mount Baker Base Camp (4160m).
A day of ups and downs skirts the flank of Mt Luigi da Savoia to reach a campsite beside a tributary of the Butawu valley.
Day 5: Mount Baker Base Camp (4160m) to Mount Baker (4842m).
An early start is required to climb to Freshfield Pass and Mount Baker before the cloud obscures the views. Descend to Lake Kopello or Mutinda Camp.
Day 6: Descent from Kopello (a 2350m descent) or Mutinda to Kilembe.
End of the 6-Days Rwenzori Mountain Climbing