11 Days Rwenzori Trekking and Queen Elizabeth National Park
Day 1 – Arrive in Entebbe and overnight at a hotel in here.
Day 2 – Transfer Kasese through Fort Portal, where you will have lunch. Dinner and overnight at the Margherita Hotel (standard room – air conditioned) (10 hour drive)
Day 3 – After breakfast you are transferred to Nyakalengija – Ibanda to start your hike. The trail begins by passing through farmland to the park boundary beyond which it follows the Mubuku River, crossing its Mahoma tributary before starting a long, steep climb up onto a massive ridge to reach Nyabitaba hut. The hike takes 4-5 hours. During this part of the trip you may hear chimpanzee and see black and white colobus, blue monkey and the brilliantly colored Rwenzori turraco. Dinner and overnight at the Nyabitaba Hut (2,650mt) set on a forested ridge with a view of portal peaks and Bujuku Valley.
Day 4 - Early breakfast, then start the hike to John Matte Hut (3380mt), a 6 ‐ 7hour walk. The trail descends through forest to cross to Bujuku River at Kurt Shaffer Bridge and through a Lobelia, Giant Heath and Groundsel forest you will stop at Nyamileju hut “Place of Beards”, name that refers to the moss and lichen hanging from the trees. Mount Stanley and Mount Speke can be seen before passing into the zone of the giant heather, lobelia and groundsel. You will the carry on to John Matte, which is close to the river in a grove of Giant Heather, for overnight. Dinner and overnight at John MaHut.
Day 5 – Trek to Bujuku Hut. (3977mt), a 6 – 7 hours walk. From John Matte Hut the trail drops down to cross the Bujuku River and enters Lower Bigo Bog, the home of giant lobelias. Jumping from tussock to tussock, the bog is finally crossed but rarely without the feet sampling some of the freezing ooze below. 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 Stuhlmann Pass. Dinner and overnight at Bujuku hut.
Day 6 – Trek to Elena Hut (4541mt), a 4‐hour walk. Leaving Bujuku, the trail takes you through more bog, while climbing the steep slopes west of the lake and through the magical Groundsel 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 is divided into two. The trail on your right leads up to Elena Hut and Mount Stanley on a steep trail over large boulders, while the trail on your left leads to Scott‐Elliot Pass and down to Kitandara Lakes. The trail on the left leads those who are not climbing Margherita Peak to Kitandara Hut. Dinner and Overnight at the coolly and Icy Elena Hut.
Day 7 – Trek to Margherita peak (5109m). For those aiming at reaching Margherita peak (5109m), and Albert in the same day continue to the base of the Stanley Glacier. To reach the summit of Margherita, the climb takes about 5-7 hours depending on the weather conditions and the pace of climbing this mountain. This tough walk takes you over three glaciers, slippery rock, ice and very exposed areas which are open on many sides. Note that this climb is for only physically fit and technical climbers. Climbing on to the glaciers, cross the Stanley Plateau and proceed with the ascent. Acclimatized to fog, altitude sickness and coolly weather, scramble up to the summit of Margherita the highest peak of the Ruwenzori’s. Given the high altitude and the tough conditions even if you do not reach the peak, don’t get disappointed. Come back to Elena hut for Lunch then proceed down to Kitandara hut at 4027 m ASL.
Day 8 - Kitandara (4027m) – Freshfield Pass (4282m) – Starts with a steep hike to the pass. You will trek to Freshfield Pass (4282m). From Kitandara, take on the trail that ascends steeply up the headwall, spreading out from the base of Mount Baker and continuing along the south side of the mountain to Fresh field Pass. At this point you can view into the Congo to the west and Mount Stanley to the north. From the pass, take on the long trail passing the rock shelter at Bujongolo, the base camp for the historic expedition by the Duke of Abruzzi in 1906. Dinner and overnight at Guy Yeoman Hut. 4- 5 hours.
This is where the porters like to celebrate and it is recommended that tips are given this night.
Day 9 – Descend from Guy Yeoman (3450m) to Nyabitaba Hut then to nyakalengija, The descent to Nyabitaba takes around 4-5 then 2-3 hours to Nyakalengija. Below Guy Yeoman, the route descends the cliffs of Kichuchu. Beyond Kichuchu the muddy path crosses the Mubuku River twice before climbing upwards to Nyabitaba to complete the circuit and continue to the park gate. We recommend a drive to Queen Elizabeth National park for overnight at Mweya Lodge or Hostel.
Day 10 – Early morning game drives in search for savannah wildlife. This includes kobs, elephants, and waterbuck. At 3 pm go on a motor boat ride, highly recommended for two hours. Overnight in the park.
Day 11 - After breakfast we depart to Kampala. Possible flight out of Entebbe or overnight then flies on day 12.
It is possible to do other peaks on Rwenzori. Speke can be done from Bujuku while Baker is approached from Kitandara hut. Alexandra and Moebus can be done the same day. You May summit Albert same day you do Margherita depending with the weather.
For Speke, Baker and Alexandra add a day per peak.