5 Days Rwenzori Hike To Mount Speke Feauturing Views Of 4 Peaks.
Duration: 5 Days 4 nights.
Category: Hiking, Trekking.
- Park entrance fees
- Hiking fees where applicable
- Government taxes prescribed in the itinerary
- Guides and porters
- Meals according to the itinerary
- Drinking water.
- Accommodation according to the Itinerary
- Transport according to the Itinerary
Increase in Government taxes in relation to the Itinerary
Day 1: NYAKALENGIJA (1615m asl.) – NYABITABA CAMP (2651m asl.).
The central circuit starts at the Mount Rwenzori National park gate in Nyakalengijja.
Our guide driver will pick you up from your accommodation booked around Kasese town and drive to Nyakalengijja for registration at the park gate. At the end of this drive as you get closer to the park gate, you’re welcomed by the cool breeze descending from the mountain which stimulates you for the trek ahead. The trail begins by passing through farmland to the park boundary beyond which it follows a thick forest along the Mubuku River, crossing its Mahoma River tributary before starting a long, steep climb up onto a massive ridge to reach Nyabitaba hut. During this part of the trip you may hear chimpanzee and see black and white colobus, blue monkey and the brilliantly coloured Rwenzori turraco.
Hike duration 6 -7 hours. Elevation height: 1,036m
Day 2: NYABITABA (2651m asl.) – JOHN MATTE CAMP (3505m asl.)
From Nyabitaba follow the trail that drops down through the forest to the Kurt Shafer Bridge, just below the confluence of the Mubuku and Bujuku rivers. Passing through the bamboo forest, traverse through a long and exhausting stretch of slippery moss-covered rock. From the Nyamuleju rock shelter, Mount Stanley and Mount Speke can be seen before passing into the zone of the giant heather, lobelia and groundsel. Finally reach John Matte Hut after passing through the tiring bog, for dinner and overnight at the hut.
Hike duration: 7 – 8 hours. Elevation height: 854m
Day 3: JOHN MATTE (3505m asl.) – BUJUKU CAMP (3962m asl.)
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. This camp is good for acclimatization for clients attempting the summits of peaks Mount Stanley and Mount Speke. Dinner and overnight at Bujuku hut.
Hike duration: 4 – 5 hours. Elevation distance: 457m
Day 4: BUJUKU (3962m asl.) – MT. SPEKE (4890M asl.) – BUJUKU – JOHN MAATE (3505m asl.)
Early in the morning start the hike through stullmans pass (4192m asl.) and spectacular views of Virunga National park of DR Congo to Victorio Emanuele peak.
Hike duration: 4 – 5 hours. Elevation distance: 928m
Prepare to descend back to Bujuku camp from Victorio Emanuele with views of Bujuku valley and Bujuku lake, Margherita and Albert peaks on Mount Stanley, and Mount Baker back to Bujuku and continue for an overnight at John Maate Camp.
Descend duration: 3 – 4hours.
Day 5: JOHN MAATE (3505m asl.) – NYABITABA (2651m asl.) – NYAKALENGIJA (1615m asl.)
Below Guy Yeoman, the route descends the cliffs of Kichuchu. Beyond Kichuchu the muddy path crosses the Mubuku River twice through a bamboo forest before climbing downwards to Nyabitaba to complete the circuit.
Continue descending Nyabitaba Camp and complete your trek by the evening to the park gate at Nyakalengija where you will be picked by your driver guide for transfer back to Kasese town for an overnight or transfer back to Entebbe International Airport for your departure flight.
Descent duration: 7 – 8 hours
End of Trip!!!