The 8 days Hike Mt baker Rwenzori will take you to explore and obtain a chance to look at all the important peaks of the Rwenzori Mountains commonly mentioned. Hence, the reason why they are referred to as the mountains of the moon. Despite the very fact that , physically you simply get to succeed in reaching Mt Baker, but optically the trek allows you to identify all the other peaks for instance Mt Stanley, Magherita peak, Weisseman’s peak and many more.
Please note that this trip, requires a pre tour day, meaning a full day to transfer to the park. This is ignorer, for you to start the hike on the actual preferred start date. Kindly note that you simply can organise this on your own or we will organise this for you an an additional fee.
- Day 1 : Start line- Sine Camp – Kalalama Camp.
- Day 2: Through the Bamboo zone, to Kalalama Camp and The Mutinda Camp.
- Day 3: Hike to Bugata Camp.
- Day 4: Trek Bugata Camp to Hunwick’s Camp on the Rwenzori mountains.
- Day 5: Hike to Mt Bakers Peak and Descend to McConnell’s camp.
- Day 6 ; Hike 11km to Kiharo Camp.
- Day 7: Trek Back to the Starting point. 12.2km
- Day 8: Leave Rwenzori Mountains for Kampala.
Day 1 : Start line- Sine Camp – Kalalama Camp.
This morning, we’ll begin by walking up the depression floor through the afro montane forest. Throughout this climb you may have an opportunity to view blue monkeys and a diverse range of birds. More so, you’ll see the black and white colobus monkey monkeys through the forest tree canopy. There’s a large type of plant species from forest trees to low shrubs, flowers, bamboo thickets, fungi, and lichen and lots of moss coated vines hanging from the tall trees. Enock falls is simply 150m from sine Hut at 2,596m and they supply a splendid chance to capture an excellent screensaver for your recollections.
At sine Camp we’ve got picket huts set between tall forest trees on a slender ridge. You can sit and luxuriate in the wonder of the afro montane forest as you look down at the gorgeous falls flaming over the rocks below. You’ll choose to sit outside and luxuriate in the heat of the fire or have a talk with the guides. Listen to the stories concerning the mountains and life among their community. Sine camp is simply below the bamboo zone and therefore the breeding space for various bird species. Overnight at Sine Camp.
Day 2: Through the Bamboo zone, to Kalalama Camp and The Mutinda Camp.
After a decent breakfast at your camp, begin trekking by eight.30am. Enter the Bamboo-Mimulopsis Zone that is steep with high steps. Throughout the wet season the bamboo zone is quite muddy and slippery creating a slow trek. The atmosphere and also the forest is gorgeous as you climb up 551m altitude. Therefore, climbing a distance of 1.8km to Kalalama Camp at 3,147m that is within the Heather-Rapanea Zone.
You’ll take a rest and a fast cup of tea or coffee before heading on to Mutinda Camp. The path meanders up and over many little knolls on a ridge prime then drops down the facet of the depression. Before ascending once more, and in doing therefore you’ll cross many little streams. Pass on the brink of nonvascular plant lined waterfalls. You then climb steady on the facet of an attractive nonvascular plant watercourse. It tumbles down over the rocks beneath the enormous heather trees. The trunks are lined in green moss with previous man beards (Usnea lichen) hanging from the branches.
The path twists and turns as you trek up the deep depression, that has a vast type of plants and flowers. The depression has several distinctive large Heather trees making a stunning atmosphere typically shrouded in mist. Mutinda Camp that is ready close to atiny low river and waterfall offers an opportunity to scrub, refresh and relax. This afternoon you will want to climb up to the highest point of the Mutinda lookout. Most importantly, you will have an excellent view as stand on bryophyte lined rocks at 3,925m. The site is scenic with views of the Rwenzori Mountains. In addition, you get to see Kasese town and Lake George. Dinner and Overnight at Mutinda.
Day 3: Hike to Bugata Camp.
The path to Bugata Camp is miry notably within the wet season however with limited skills you’ll step from tuft to tuft to make it easier for you. The journey will take you to cross the Mutinda natural depression through a bunch of grass, everlasting flowers that are interspersed with many huge Lobelias before ascending a steep section up to the Namusangi valley that is 3,840 m above sea level. The Namusinga valley has a water fall on one side and looking out back you get to see excellent views of the Mutinda Peaks. The Namusangi natural depression is wide. Thus, with several ups and downs because the path climbs steady to Bugata Camp which sits at 4,100m above sea level. Spend the nightlong at Bugata Camp.
Day 4: Trek Bugata Camp to Hunwick’s Camp on the Rwenzori mountains.
Early morning you may trek from Bugata Camp meet up with a ridge to Bamwanjarra Pass which is at 4,450m . A place with a hut for shelter ought to the weather flipping to become dangerous. If the weather is good and clear, at the Bamwanjarra pass you will get an excellent view of the 3 main peaks. After viewing the peaks the path will take you through a natural valley and through the green vegetation with moss and plenty of herbs. For bird lovers, this is the best place in the Rwenzori mountains to spot the Malachite sunbird. Watch them feed on flowers and also breed as this is their far-famed breeding site. After trekking through the valley, you will proceed to a steep section before gradually climbing to Hunwick’s camp.
Hunwick’s camp is strategically located allowing for excellent views of peaks to include Mt, Stanley, Mt, Baker and Weimanns peak . Spend the night at Hunwicks camp.
Day 5: Hike to Mt Bakers Peak and Descend to McConnell’s camp.
Today we shall ascend for 6 hours to Mt Baker starting our trek as early as 6am. The climb is steep and rocky and thus requires one to have a stronger head for heights. Hiking Mt baker is considered non technical, despite teh fact that it is steep. However during the wet season also referred to as the snow season, the hike is slippery with ice covered rocks. Safety ropes will be used at all times, for everyones safety. Once you are done with the climb, you will descend through a crack within the rock. This faces the glaciers and this will be a short 300 metre walk before reaching Mt Baker peak.
An excellent weather permitting, we shall have scenic views of the main peaks of the Rwenzori mountains to include Magherita peak, Alexandria and Stanley’s Plateau. The view is fantastic with glaciers of this beautiful snow caped mountain close to the equator. After, appreciating this natural wonder, we trek back to the rock crack, across teh glaciers before decennia to Mc Connell’s camp. Spend the night long at McConnells’ camp.
Day 6 ; Hike 11km to Kiharo Camp.
Start off the day with an early breakfast, and then ascend up the ridge. Therefore, heading towards the Mc Connells point, for the most excellent view of the three peaks and also Scott Elliot’s pass. Before proceeding to Oliver’s pass that sits at 4,505m above sea level. The path hence goes across below the Wesmann’s peak and the conflux of River Nyamwamba which pours its water into Lake George of Queen Elizabeth National park.
Once you have crossed the conflux , you will proceed along the path winding down the valley to Kiharo camp. Kiharo camp is located in located in a deep valley with high cliffs and dense green vegetation. Spend the night long at Kiharo camp.
Day 7: Trek Back to the Starting point. 12.2km
This is mostly a downhill descent taking you to Nyamwamba valley with picturesque views of moss covered rocks, deep valleys, water falls and so much more. This is one of the most straight forward and scenic paths for tourists. A few kilometres from Kiharo camp, you will turn right to cross a river, where you can spot duikers feeding quietly. You can decide to follow the river , but further ahead the rocks are steep with plenty of waterfalls, hence the reasons as to why, we prefer to trek further away from the river.
At the bottom, we shall agin meet river, with an enormous shelter where we can take a rest. Later proceed to cross the river and through the forest, you will spot plenty of fauna and flora including hyrax and duikers and many primates. Trek until you reach the starting point, where you guide will be waiting. Overnight at Magherita Hotel
Day 8: Leave Rwenzori Mountains for Kampala.
At 8am, your guide will pick you up from the hotel to drive and transfer back to Kampala. The drive will take you 6 hours arriving in the afternoon. If your flight is that afternoon, you will be driven to the airport to catch your onward flight. End of 8 days Hike Mt. Baker.