9 Days Rwenzori Mountain Hiking Safari

9 Days Rwenzori Mountain Hiking Safari

9 Days Rwenzori Mountain Hiking Safari Overview

This 9 Days Rwenzori Mountain Hiking Safari in Uganda is the best we can offer for seasoned mountain climbers. The snow caped Ruwenzori mountains are located along the western rift valley at the boarder between democratic Republic of Congo ad Uganda. Previously known as the “Ruwenzori mountains” and still referred to as” mountains of the moon”, the Rwenzori mountain reachs a height of 5109 meters. The Rwenzori mountains are one of the sources of water for the great river Nile.

The Queen Elizabeth and Virunga national parks are located within these mountains. Because of their proximity to the Rwenzori mountains, hikers, should expect to spot dense forests, lakes, rivers, birds, primates, and mammals. The mammals may include buffalo, hippos, elephants, and lions among many others.

9 Days Rwenzori Mountain Hiking Safari Highlights

Mt. Stanley
  • Day 1: Transfer from Kampala to Kasese.
  • Day 2: Nyakalengija- The Nyabitaba Hut (2652m).
  • Day 3: The Nyabitaba hut – The John Matte Hut (3414m).
  • Day 4: The John Matte Hut – The Bujuku hut (3972m).
  • Day 5: The Bujuku hut – The Elena hut (4430m).
  • Day 6: Climb to Mount Stanley.
  • Day 7: The Kitandara hut – The guy Yeoman hut (3261m).
  • Day 8 : The Guy Yeoman hut – The Nyabitaba hut.
  • Day 9: The Nyabitaba hut – Nyakalengija for Departure.

9 Days Rwenzori Mountain Hiking Safari: Detailed Itinerary

 Day 1: Transfer from Kampala to Kasese

Upon your arrival, a guide/driver from Nextgen safaris will pick you up and take you first to Kasese town, then on to the Rwenzori Mountains National Park. Although the trip takes six hours, you won’t be bored due to the breathtaking scenery along the way. As you approach Kasese, the surrounding scenery, tea plantations, and vistas of the Rwenzori Mountains will astound you. You’ll make a photo stop at the equator’s intersection and then travel to Mbarara town for lunch. You will need to stock up on the food you will need to climb the mountain.

Register with the Rwenzori Mountaineering Service (RMS) offices once you arrive in Kasese.

Accommodation options:

  • Hotel Margherita (Midrange)
  • Rwenzori Base Mountain Camp

Day 2: Nyakalengija – the Nyabitaba Hut (2652m)

After a hearty meal in the morning, you will be driven to the Rwenzori Mountaineering Service (RMS) offices in Nyakalengija. You will be given the equipment you need for hiking, as well as designated guides and porters. After that, you will embark on a five to seven-hour climb to Nyabitaba Hut. The Mubuku River must be crossed on the route to Nyabitaba Hut. After two hours, you will arrive at the Makoma River. From there, the terrain gets quite steep and muddy as you approach a forest. At the Nyabitaba Hut, you will eat dinner and spend the night.

Accommodation options:

  • Nyabitaba hut.

Day 3: Nyabitaba Hut – John Matte Hut (3414m)

After waking up and eating breakfast, hike for seven hours to the John Matte shelter. You will cross the Bujuku and Mubuku rivers, which are close to some steep and treacherous terrain. Those who are unable to handle the work ahead should think about turning around at this point. We shall spend the night at the John Matte hut.

Day 4: John Matte Hut – Bujuku Hut (3972m)

It takes between three and five hours to travel to the Bujuku Hut after waking up and eating breakfast. Cross the River Bujuku after leaving the John Matte Hut to get to Lake Bujuku. The trial will be followed till you get at the Bujuku Hut. The Bujuku hut will be where you spend the night

Day 5: Bujuku Hut – Elena Hut (4430m)

9 Days Rwenzori Mountain Hiking Safari

After leaving the Bujuku Hut, you will ascend through the surrounding area of Mount Baker and Stanley’s thick vegetation. Go around to the Elena Hut at last. At the Elena Hut, you will spend the night.

Day 6: Climb to Mount Stanley 

You will ascend to the Elena glacier on day 6 before continuing to the Stanley Plateau. Crampons are required moving forward to make climbing easier. You will climb the Margherita glacier up to the Summit from the Stanley Plateau. When you’ve reached the top, descend to the Elena Hut before passing the Kitandara Lake and arriving at the Kitandara Hut. Continue climbing Mount Baker or Mount Luigi di Savoia before descending to Kitandara Hut. Your overnight stay will be at the Kitandara hut.

Day 7: Kitandara Hut – Guy Yeoman Hut (3261m)

9 Days Rwenzori Mountain Hiking Safari

The hike for today will take six hours to complete. The Mountain Stanley and Baker glaciers are reached after leaving Lake Kitandara. You will go through some muddy pathways until you reach several rock shelters, which mark the beginning of the Kabamba valley. After that, a slope will lead you to Guy Yeoman Hut. Beautiful landscapes and a fantastic topography, including mountains, rivers, and a lot of greenery, surround this place.

Day 8: Guy Yeoman Hut – Nyabitaba Hut 

After waking up for breakfast, start ascending the hillsides that surround the River Mobuku. Re-enter the old route by the Bujuku River by taking the trail that passes through the Kichuchu rocks.

Day 9: Nyabitaba Hut – Nyakalengija for Departure

Get up, eat breakfast, and get ready for the final 2-hour descent. You will be able to see various primates, different bird species, and a few mammals as you get closer to Nyakalengija. The Nextgen Safaris tour guide will drive you back to Kampala once you descend and rest. Along the way, you’ll make a lunch stop in Mbarara town. Most likely, you will arrive in Kampala in the evening and spend the night there or be taken to Entebbe Airport.

End of 9 Days Rwenzori Mountain Hiking Safari

Includes & Excludes

Tour includes


All activities on itinerary & park entry fees

Accommodation and meals

Transport in Standard Safari vehicle

Professional Tour Guide

Package Excludes

International Flights

Items of Personal Nature

Tips and Gratuity

Getting There

The trip will start from Kampala or Entebbe to Kasese to Nyakalengija to Nyabitaba hut to John matte Hut to Bujuku Hut to Elena hut to Mount stanley to kitandara Hut to Guy Yeoman Hut to Nyabitaba Hut and you will be dropped off at your hotel in Kampala or Entebbe international airport after the trip.

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