7-Days Rwenzori Hike to Margherita peak

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7 Days
Entebbe
Rwenzori Mountain National Park

Day 1: The Adventure Begins! 

Welcome to Mountain Rwenzori National Park and it’s the time to start your 7-Days Rwenzori Hike to Margherita peak adventure walking up the valley and through the lush Afro Montane Forest Zone. This is a steady climb with wildlife to look out for, including families of Colobus and L’Hoest monkeys.

Immerse yourself among the flora in the Bamboo-Mimulopsis Zone as you begin to navigate the much steeper climb that reaches Kalalama Camp (3,147 metres).  Now in the serene forest of the Heather-Rapanea Zone, keep an eye out for the beautifully vibrant Rwenzori Turaco bird – a must-spot for avid birdwatchers!

Day 2: Kalalama Camp to Bugata Camp

Bypassing Mutinda Camp and continuing up to Bugata Camp (4,100 metres), the trail takes you through the grassy knolls of the ridge and down through the serene valley before climbing back up again. This route takes you over the trickling streams and closes to the beautiful photo opportunity of moss-covered waterfalls.

Step over boardwalks in the more boggy areas among the Heather trees and cross the Mutinda Valley – rich with flowers and Giant Lobelias – before the steep climb up to Namusangi Valley (3,840 metres). This vantage point offers stunning views of the Mutinda Peaks and reaches up steadily to Bugata Camp (4,062 metres), situated high up in Bamwanjara Pass overlooking Bugata Lake and Lake Kopello.

This camp also offers views of Weismann’s Peak (often covered with snow) and the chance to spot the Red Forest Duiker, a sub-species of antelope only found here in the Rwenzori Mountains.

Day 3: Bugata Camp to Hunwick’s Camp 

Leaving Bugata Camp, pass along a ridge before ascending to Bamwanjarra Pass (4,450 metres). On a clear day, there are excellent views of the three main peaks of the mountains.

The trail passes down through the valley,  around the edge of bogs and thick evergreen vegetation. This is one of the best places in the Rwenzori Mountains to spot the Malachite Sunbird feeding on the Lobelia flowers.

The trail navigates through some steep sections before a steady climb up and over a ridge to Hunwick’s Camp, situated on the top of a deep valley.  This spot boasts views of Mt. Stanley, Mt. Baker, Weismann’s Peak and McConnell’s Prong.

Day 4: Hunwick’s Camp to Margherita Camp

From Hunwick’s Camp, pass down and across the valley floor to Lake Kitendara, with stunning deep waters and beautiful flora.

From here you’ll climb up Scott Elliott’s pass, then along the ridge to Margherita Camp (4,485 metres), situated between impressive rock formations that offer some shelter from the strong winds. This is the very spot where the Duke of Abruzzi camped when making his climb to Margherita Peak in 1906.

Day 5: Mt. Stanley

Start the day off early by climbing Mt. Stanley at 2.30am to ensure the best weather conditions, aiming to safely reach the peak by 10am. 

For those clients with less mountaineering experience we suggest that you stay on Stanley glacier and climb up to a good vantage point on a rocky outcrop on the southern edge of Alexandra Peak to enjoy fantastic views over Congo and the lower mountain ridges.

After ascending the peak (5,109 metres) you then pass directly back down to Hunwick’s Camp at (3,874 metres).

Day 6: Hunwick’s Camp to Kiharo Camp

From Hunwick’s Camp, start the day by climbing up towards McConnell’s Prong where you get the best views of all three  peaks and Scott Elliott’s Pass before reaching Oliver’s Pass (4,505 metres). The trail then cuts back below Weismann’s Peak to the confluence of the Nyamwamba River, which flows down through Kilembe and Kasese to Lake George in Queen Elizabeth National Park. 

If you wish to climb Weismann’s Peak (4,620 metres) from Oliver’s pass you have the chance to do so here. On a clear day, there are impressive views of the surrounding mountains that are not to be missed.

After crossing the confluence of the river, the trail leads down to Kiharo Camp, situated in a deep and serene valley with high cliffs and lush vegetation.

Day 7: Returning

Take the trail downhill to the Nyamwamba Valley, taking in the beautiful and unique views of the wildlife. The cascading waterfalls, deep valleys and rich forests are among the best the Rwenzori Mountains have to offer. 

Following a narrow ridge to bypass steep sections, meet the river again and rest awhile beneath natural rock shelter. After crossing a small stream, climb up a gentle slope before coming back down to the river to avoid the impassable waterfalls. This section of forest at the end of the trail is magnificent and full of life – overflowing with birds, primates, Duikers and Hyrax.  End 7-Days Rwenzori Hike to Margherita peak

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