Trekking the mystic Mountain Rwenzori National Park on your Uganda safari is a truly fantastic and a unique experience that will give you an adventure to wonder in the high glaciers, view the beauty of the valley of nine lakes, the bearded lichen hanging from giant heather with a backdrop of rocky cliffs, crags and snow capped peaks. Expect to encounter with a wide variety of flora and fauna with several biospheres as you ascend through different vegetation zones creates the ultimate experience for hiking safari Uganda. The unique landscape of the Rwenzori mountain range is outstanding, with still by far the biggest glaciers in Africa, incomparable beautiful, and of very different character to the high single standing volcanoes of Kilimanjaro or Mount Kenya. The Congolese side, which are a lot drier, gives an easy and beautiful approach off the beaten track to reach the summit range.
All our peak guides have completed training with various mountain instructors’ training in how to handle clients, ropes and all the necessary systems plus training mountain rescue techniques. Training is ongoing and in addition guides practice regularly on a rock face in Kilembe during their free time. We also have an ongoing training in physical fitness, rope techniques and rock climbing.
All guides to the main peaks carry satellite phones for safety and there is a rescue stretcher in every hut in case of any eventuality.
Mountain Rwenzori Uganda hiking safari options
Nine Days (9) trek and 10 days to Margherita Peak 5,109 metres
This trek takes you for an adventurous hike to four peaks, Margherita Peak, Mt Speke, Mt Baker plus Weismann’s Peak on the way back on your way back.
Eight-day (8) trek to Magherita peak at 5,109 metres
Our eight-day trip is recommended for most people of average fitness and climbing ability. But, you must be fit to do it in these 8 recommended days. Many fit people normally do this mountain Rwenzori hiking safari Uganda in just 7 days however, for larger groups it is not recommended in seven days as in many cases there will always be one person who cannot keep the pace slowing down the group yet you are not supposed to leave any member of a group behind.
Seven Day trek to Magherita peak 5,109 metres
The mountain the trek starts from Kilembe 1,450m climbing up through the forest & bamboo zone to sleep at Kalalama Camp then on to Bugata Camp & over Bamwanjara Pass, down through a beautiful valley before ascending through Scott Elliot Pass to Margherita Camp at 4,485m from where you set off early morning 3am to climb Margherita Peak. Tough but truly exhilarating!!
Yes, it is possible to climb in seven days and some clients do insist on seven days, however it should be noted that climbing more than 500 meters a day brings a bigger risk of altitude sickness, high altitude pulmonary edema or high-altitude cerebral edema and all of which are dangerous. It is better to take it slower and lessen that risk and yes, some people have climbed many mountains but unless you have climbed in the previous two weeks the benefits of those climbs are not there as it is the increased number of red blood cells in your blood which carry oxygen around your body. So, while we can offer seven-day treks we recommend the eight-day trek to be on the safer side. Altitude does not understand or recognize fitness and even though you may be super fit, altitude can still have an effect. Of course, different people have different levels of tolerance to altitude but better to play safe. The cost of a seven-day trek is the same as for the eight-day trek so as people do not take the higher risk because of saving a few dollars and encourages them to make a decision based on their ability and fitness. Thanks for reading and understanding.
Seven Days trek to Mt Baker 4,842 meters
This seven-day trek is a fantastic climb that consists of mainly of hard rock and technical in a few parts more tough than Margherita Peak On a clear day you will see breathtaking views of Margherita and Alexandra Peaks and panoramic views of the Rwenzori range. A truly amazing experience. This trek to the top of Mt Baker is relatively easy for anyone with reasonable fitness and a head for heights.
Five-day trek to Weismann’s Peak 4,620 meters
This climb is the most popular hiking safari in Uganda for Mountain Rwenzori National Park hikers. This hike requires strenuous walking, its steep but nothing really so difficult that requires ropes, non-technical.
During the months of April, May and September October, travelers who hike in those months experience snowfalls on the peak transforming the landscape into an incredibly beautiful environment with snow covered plants creating a feeling of euphoria and intense excitement as the scenery is absolutely stunning. You may choose to climb Bamwanjara Pass instead of Weismanns as it is easier climb and at 4,450 metres, it gives great views of the main peaks.
Four Day trek to Mutinda 3975 meters
During this trek, you climb up to Sine Hut 2,680m where you spend a night. Next morning you continue to Mutinda Camp 3,688m where you may choose to climb Mutinda Lookout at 3,975m and sleep at Mutinda Camp. Next morning you descend to Samalira Camp for your last night before returning to base camp at Kilembe. More information
Three Day trek to Kalalama 3,147 meters
The three-day trek takes you through the pristine rainforest along a steep ridge to sleep at Sine Hut 2,680m which overlooks a beautiful set of rapids tumbling down the valley. The second day you climb up through the bamboo zone to Kalalama Camp, have a short rest before proceeding to climb higher before crossing thorough a thick forest covered in hanging mosses to a small Lobelia garden near Kyalavula Ridge & descend down a mossy ridge to Samalira Camp 3,170m Next morning descend down through the bamboo to a heavily forested ridge which is home to many primates, such as black and white colobus monkey and blue monkey and back to Kilembe.
Two Day trek to the beautiful Rwenzori Forests
Climb to Sine Hut at 2,585 metres during your Forest Walk and enjoy the stunning vegetation then return via Musenge Rock Shelter. This is a great walk up a gentle ridge through some magnificent forest with trees covered in evergreen lichen, swinging vines a beautiful waterfall. If you are feeling energetic in the morning you can climb up through the bamboo forest to Kalalama Camp to experience the wonders of the Giant Heathers and views from Kalalama. More information
One Day trek (Forest Walk)
The one day trek meanders alongside the Munyamubuli River through one of the most beautiful pristine forests in the world. Magnificent trees tower above the dense undergrowth, our guides will explain to you the intricate dimensions of the many plants and trees and point out the many species of birds. Walk starts at Trekkers Hostel Kilembe at 8.30am and returns about 3pm.