The 10 days Rwenzori hike to Magherita peak, takes you to hike Africa’s third highest point which is snow caped. Go through the meandering rivers, and valleys, with plenty of giant lobelias, flowers, trees and other vegetation. Get a chance to view the great Enock falls, and also view other peaks like the Weismann’s peak, Mt baker and McConnells prong. On this hike, you get to explore all the highlights necessary when it comes to Rwenzori the famous mountains of the moon.
Day 1: Pick Up from Kampala- Transfer to Rwenzori Mountain.
You will be picked up from Kampala at 8am, to transfer to the foot of the Rwenzori mountains also knowns as the mountains of the moon. Later you will drive to proceed to your hotel. Relax as you prepare for your start the next day. If there is a hiking item that you are missing, do not panic as they are readily available at the starting point.
Day 2: Staring Point- Sine camp.
The trek starts at an elevation of 1,450 metres above sea level. Later it takes you all the way to Sine Hut which sits at 2,596 metres walking 1,146 metres. The walk to sine camps, takes you through afro montane forest zone with an opportunity to site blue monkeys, black and white colobus monkeys , L’Hoest Monkeys and so much more. From Sine Camp, you may take a walk to Enock falls which is just 200 metres away. Overnight at Sine camp.
Day 3: Sine Camp to Mutinda Camp.
After breakfast, you will depart the camp and through the Bamboo-Mimulopsis zone. This is steep to climb and also slippery and muddy during the wet season. The hike will take you to Kalalama camp where you will get a rest and a cup of coffee before proceeding to Mutinda camp that sits at 3,582 metres. This trail twists and climbs up the deep valley with plenty of plants and flowers. Unique to the valley are the giant heather trees that create a beautiful atmosphere. Whilst at Mutinda camp look out for amazing views of the Rwenzori Mountains all the way down to Kasese town and Lake George.
Day4 : Mutinda to Bugata Camp.
Today we have breakfast and then through the Mutinda valley, the tussock grass and flowers interspersed with giant lobelias. We then proceed to Namusangi Valley that sits at 3,840 metres. The valley has sheer water falls’ and if you look back the route you came, you will be able to view Mutinda camp. Relax briefly at the valley and then through the many ups and downs you will head to Bugata camp that sits at 4,100 metres.
Day 5: Bugata Camp to Hunwick’s Camp.
Today we shall trek to the Hunwick camp and our journey will takes us through Bamwanjarra Pass, where we can briefly rest should the weather turn bad. However, weather constant the trail goes through a valley with thick treen vegetation , moss, lobelia and plenty of Malachite sunbirds. Once you are at Hunwick camp that is situated on the top of a valley, you get an opportunity to spot some of the major mountains like Mt. Stanley, weismanns peak, McConnell’s prong and Mt. Baker. Overnight at Hunwick’s camp.
Day 6: Hunwicks Camp to Magherita Camp.
After breakfast, we shall depart the camp through the valley floor all the way to Lake Kitendara camp. From Lake Kitendara camp you will proceed to Magherita camp through Scott Elliott’s pass that offers shelter from extremely strong winds.
Day 7: Climb Mt Stanley to Magherita peak.
Start early at 2:30am and climb all the way to a peak of 5,109 metres above sea level. Making it the third highest point in Africa. Due to climatic changes, the Magherita glaciers have also been affected, on reaching the peak you will turn around and return to Hunwick’s Camp.
Day 8: Hunwick’s camp to Kiharo camp.
From hunwicks, camp, you will hike a distance for 11kms for about 4 to 7 hours. The trek starts with climbing up the ridge towards McConnels prong for excellent views of Scott Elliots pass and three peaks before reaching Oliver’s pass that sits at 4,505 metres. Cross the confluence trail to Kiharo camp.
Day 9: Kiharo Camp to park gate
Today you will trek back the park headquarters which is 12.2km with 2.8km further from Trekkers hostel. Overnight at Trekkers hostel.
Day 10: Transfer back to Kampala.
Early morning after breakfast, prepare to leave for your journey back to Kampala and this will be the end of this mountain trek safari/ 10 Days Rwenzori hike to Magherita peak.
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