Day 1: Arrival
Clients flying into Entebbe Airport early today we will pick up you with our private transfer to Kampala at Serena Hotel or Cassia Lodge where the rest of the day is at leisure. We stay at the Kampala Serena Hotel, which is beautifully situated in Kampala; Kampala Serena Hotel is close to Kibuli Mosque, Makerere University, and Kabaka’s Palace. Also nearby are Namirembe Cathedral and Rubaga Cathedral. And is a perfect place to prepare for your adventure. You will meet your guide in Kampala Serena Hotel this evening for safari pre-briefing and equipment checks.
Day 2: Kampala – Rwenzori Mountains
After your morning breakfast, our guide will pick you from a hotel of residence depart from Kampala drive Westwards via Mityana-Mubende highway. Stopover to Tanda village, Mubende local market, and shop local snacks and then to Nakajima tree which has lived for good historical years and thereafter proceeds to Fort Portal for your en-route lunch. Later on, proceed through the Mubuku valley up to the village of Ibanda. While you relax in the montane atmosphere of the hotel, meet your guides and start arranging for the next day trekking. Dinner and overnight at Holiday Camp Base. Meal plan: Half-Board.
Day 3: Nyakalengeja-Nyabitaba Hut
After breakfast proceeds to the Rwenzori Mountains, National Park headquarters in Nyakalengeja, 1615 m. prepare for the briefing from the officials; hire equipment and porters before you start the experience. The hike starts through the plantations and homes of the Bakonjo, the people of the Rwenzori. Follow the Mubuku River inside the mountain forest up to the first hut, Nyabitaba, 2.652 m which is the arrival point for the day. During the day you might see the black and white Columbus, the blue monkeys, hearing the chimpanzees. Typical is the colorful Rwenzori Turaco. From Nyabitaba, you are facing on the North the Portal Peaks, 4.627 m, and in front of Mount Kyniangoma. Dinner and overnight at Nyabitaba Hut. Meal plan: Full-Board
Day 4: Nyabitaba Hut-John Matte Hut.
From the Nyabitaba Hut take the trail that leads westwards to the Kurt Shaffer Bridge, which crosses the Mubuku River just below its confluence with Bujuku River. Here is where the proper “central circuit” starts, and you will take the right side (while you will descend from the left side). The vegetation zone is now the bamboo forest. You reach up to a steep rock which leads to Nyamuleju Hut, the beginning of the groundsel zone. Follow a swampy bog full of extraordinary plants and giant lobelias. The arrival point for the day is John Matte Hut, 3.505 m. For dinner and overnight. From this location, you can enjoy for the first time the view of the snow-capped peaks of Mount Stanley. Meal plan: Full-Board.
Day 5: Miriakamba Hut to Momella Gate to Arusha (Full board)
We take a short and fast descent way through open grassland and mixed forest, with the possibility of seeing wildlife before reaching Momella Gate in the late morning. The returning transfer will be waiting at Momella Gate to Arusha at Ilboru Safari Lodge. Miriakamba Hut Momella Gate: 2-3 hours walking.
Day 5: John Matte-Bujuku Hut.
From this point, you will cross the Bujuku River and enter the lower “Bigo bog”, a grassy bog and experience how to jump from tussock to tussock. After a rocky climb, you reach Bigo Hut and enter the upper “Bigo bog”. From this extraordinary boggy valley, you might have a good view of Mount Stanley. Finally, you reach Lake Bujuku, then proceeding through a very muddy swampy area until Bujuku Hut, 3.962 m. This is where the alpine zone begins and the grass becomes scarce and smaller. This day hike can take up to 5 hours. The hut is well positioned down the Mount Speke and on the trail to Congo. This hut provides a view of Mount Baker and Mount Stanley. Meal plan: Full-Board.
Day 6: Bujuku Hut-Elena Hut.
After a muddy area, you start a steep climbing through a forest of giant groundsels up to the Groundsel Gully. A branch in the trail leads to Elena Hut, 4.430 m, the arrival point for the ones who intend to climb Margherita Peak. If you are only taking the central circuit, then the trail proceeds directly to Kitandara Hut. You walk through Scott Elliot Pass, 4.372 m., the highest point during the central circuit, where you can enjoy stunning panoramic views down the Bujuku valley, of Mount Baker, Mount Luigi di Savoia, and Stanley just above. This is a steep, rocky trail which when is wet or icy can be very slippery. Dinner and overnight at Elena Hut. Meal plan: Full-Board.
Day 7: Elena Hut-Kitandara Hut
From Elena Hut, ascend the last tract of rock and ice which leads to Margherita Peak on Mount Stanley, 5.109 m. You might take about 3 -4 hours to complete the climbing. You need crampons, ice axes, and rope as you walk through what remains of the glacier area of Mount Stanley. The peak was first climbed by Prince Luigi Amedeo the Duke of Abruzzi at 9.30 am on 18th June 1906. The trail descends to Upper Kitandara Lake and Lower Kitandara Lake, where is located Kitandara Hut, 4.023 m. the arrival point for the day. It can take approximately 3 hours walk. This is the best place for planning the ascent of Mount Luigi di Savoia and Mount Baker. Dinner and overnight at Kitandara Hut. Meal plan: Full-Board.
Day 8: Kitandara Hut-Guy Yeoman Hut.
From Lake Kitandara you climb to Fresh field Pass, 4.282 m, a long flat of high alpine mossy glades, before descending the circuit among rocky and boggy areas. The panorama is dominated by the glaciers of Mount Stanley and Mount Baker. A rocky trail leads to Akendahi, Bujongolo and Kabamba rock shelters, where start Kabamba valley before reaching Guy Yeoman Hut, 3.261 m. This can take up to 5 hours. The hut enjoys a good panoramic location, nearby the river Mubuku and with views of Mount Baker. Dinner and overnight at Guy Yeoman. Meal plan: Full-Board.
Day 9: Guy Yeoman Hut-Nyakalengeja
From Guy Yeoman’s final descent to Nyakalengeja, almost 7 hours walk. Otherwise, you can decide to spend another night in Nyabitaba Hut. The trekking follows the Mubuku and Kichuchu rivers, with all the plants of the heather zone before reaching the bamboo forest. Kabamba falls are seen on the way. From Nyabitaba Hut starts the short trekking to see Lake Mahoma. As you arrive down in Nyakalengeja we shall transfer you back to the hotel in Ibanda or, according to the time, in Fort Portal. Dinner and overnight at Holiday Camp Base.
Meal plan: Full-Board.
Day 10: Rwenzori-Kampala.
After breakfast, embark on our safari van and drive back to Kampala with lunch en-route. You can take a night in Kampala and then tomorrow transfer to the Entebbe International Airport and board your flight back home.