12-Day Picturesque Mount Rwenzori Hiking Tour

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How exhilarating is a two-week African Safari to Mount Rwenzori?

Embark on an exhilarating 12-day picturesque Mount Rwenzori Hiking Tour and experience the majestic beauty of Uganda’s most iconic peaks. Climbing the Rwenzori Mountains offers breathtaking vistas, serene landscapes, and a pristine environment that will leave you in awe. Each day of hiking Mount Rwenzori is an invigorating journey through diverse ecosystems, from lush rainforests to rugged alpine zones. Don’t miss the chance to challenge yourself with Rwenzori mountain trekking and create unforgettable memories in one of the world’s most captivating mountain ranges.

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If you are looking for the perfect two-week African safari climbing trip, our small group and private Mount Rwenzori hiking tour packages cater to every wish or travel plan you may have. This 12-day Mount Rwenzori hiking tour itinerary can be customized based on your travel period, group sizes, or any specific wishes you might have.

We don’t take pride in providing competitive Mount Rwenzori hiking tour prices but tailored trips that bring value to you and our destinations. We can also provide options like a comprehensive 20-day African tour on your request, taking you to Rwenzori trekking and beyond. This means you can experience the best of both worlds with Rwenzori Mountains which you can combine with Uganda’s Bwindi National Park or Rwanda’s Volcanoes National Park gorilla trekking safari or simply opt for a two-week African safari tour to Uganda, Rwanda and Burundi for an unforgettable wildlife and cultural adventure.

Read on now to the tour outline of the 12-day picturesque Rwenzori mountains trekking journey.

Mountain Rwenzori Hiking Tour Details

Your 12-day Mount Rwenzori hiking tour includes a round trip from the base of Mt. Rwenzori to the highest Margherita peak on Mount Stanley at 5,109 meters above sea level. Hikers will use the central circuit with fully serviced hut accommodation. Mt. Rwenzori is Africa’s 3rd highest mountain located astride the equator line on the borders of Uganda and DRC. This central circuit will take you through five vegetation types, from tropical forests to permanent glaciers. This 12-day hike includes a game drive safari and a boat cruise in Queen Elizabeth National Park just on the foothills of the mountain.

You will start and end your 12-day Mount Rwenzori hiking tour in Kampala City but you can always customize this “almost“two-week African tour based on your travel dates, group size, or any additional travel plans you have. 

Departure & Return Location

Kampala( for pre-/post-tour accommodation arrangements, please get in touch with us)

Departure Time

7:00 a.m.

Price Includes

  • Transport cost
  • 11 nights Full board accommodation
  • Park entry fees
  • Any cost mentioned in the itinerary.
  • Bottled drinking water

Price Excludes

  • Visa fees
  • Airfares
  • Any cost of personal nature
  • Porters


    What to Expect From Hiking Mount Rwenzori

    Hiking Mount Rwenzori offers an exhilarating adventure through diverse and stunning landscapes, from lush rainforests to snow-capped peaks. Expect a challenging yet rewarding journey as you navigate rugged terrains and ascend to breathtaking altitudes.

    Along the way, you’ll encounter unique flora and fauna, including rare plant species and vibrant birdlife, making the trek a nature lover’s paradise. Additionally, the sense of accomplishment and awe-inspiring views from the summit will leave you with unforgettable memories of this majestic mountain range.

    • Diverse Ecosystems: Experience a variety of landscapes, from dense rainforests and bamboo zones to alpine meadows and glaciers.
    • Stunning Views: Enjoy breathtaking panoramas of rugged peaks, deep valleys, and distant horizons.
    • Unique Flora and Fauna: Encounter rare and endemic plant species, vibrant birdlife, and possibly even glimpses of wildlife like chameleons and colobus monkeys.
    • Challenging Terrain: Test your endurance and skills on rocky paths, steep ascents, and occasionally snowy or icy trails.
    • Majestic Peaks: Reach iconic summits like Margherita Peak, one of Africa's highest points.
    • Cultural Encounters: Interact with local communities and learn about the Uganda's traditions and lifestyle.
    • Sense of Accomplishment: Achieve a profound sense of fulfillment and adventure after completing one of the most challenging and rewarding treks in Africa.

    The 12-Day Mount Rwenzori Hiking Tour Itinerary

    Day 1Transfer from Kampala to Mount Rwenzori National Park (8 hours)

    After your breakfast at 06:00 am then get ready with your backpacks. Your guide shall brief you shortly about the safari and at 07:00 am start the journey from Kampala heading to western Uganda via Fort Portal Town for en route lunch. From Fort Portal Town continue via Kasese town to the Rwenzori mountaineering services / Rwenzori Mountains safari lodge for dinner and overnight. Here you will meet your guides and start arranging equipment and pay porters for the next day’s Mount Rwenzi trekking. 

    Day 2Nyakalenjija -Nyabitaba Hut

    Having arranged all hiking pieces of equipment the previous day, today after breakfast you will start hiking from the Mount Rwenzori National Park headquarters (Nyakalenjija) about 1,646 meters above sea level to the Nyabitaba hut at 2,656 meters above sea level. The ascent takes you through tea plantations, villages of Bakonjo people, bushes, elephant grass and crossing River Mubuku, landslide valleys. Primates and birds can be seen as you hike. This climb takes 5-6 hours to reach Nyabitaba hut for dinner and overnight.

    Day 3Nyabitaba Hut to John Matte Hut

    Early morning you will wake up on energy giving breakfast and then leave Nyabitaba hut climbing to the John Matte hut taking you 6 hours. You will pass through bamboo forests, cross Kurt Shafer Bridge and a meeting point for Rivers Mubuku and Bujuku. The terrain is slippery due to a lot of moss blanket cover but no worries after reaching Nyamileju a huge rock shelter; you will stop and first eat your packed lunch. Continue hiking for about 1 hour through waterfalls and valleys to reach the John Matte hut for dinner and overnight at 3,414 meters above sea level where bamboo vegetations give way to heathers and lobelias.

    Day 4John Matte Hut to Bujuku Hut

    Starting at 3,414 meters above sea level, expect to hike through glacier-covered valleys with lichens and mosses, bogs, and botanical fields with rare plants good for photography. From this hut peaks of Mt. Stanley (5,109 m) and Mt. Baker (4,890 m) can be seen as you begin hiking from John Matte hut to the Bujuku hut. Your guide shall tell you when to change your hiking gear as you approach snow fields and too much coldness. This trail takes about 6 hours covering approximately 6 km passing through montane and alpine moorlands with dense forests and glacial lakes such as Lake Bujuku in the deep Bujuku valley to the Bujuku hut (3962 meters above sea level) where you will relax for dinner and overnight. Before you reach this hut, you might encounter the Rwenzori duiker endemic to this mountain only, lucky hikers might also see the rare three-horned chameleon.

    Day 5Bujuku Hut to Kitandara Hut

    Having slept under the stars, you will wake up fresh for breakfast. You will ascend twice and descend over steep slopes before getting to Kitandara hut for dinner and overnight at 4,027 meters above sea level.  The trail takes 6-7 hours covering about 4 km. It takes you through rare afro-alpine moorland grasslands, shrubs and groundsels. You will then climb the metal ladder at Elliot -Scott pass between large boulders and rocks and then descend to the Kitandara hut where you will have dinner as you prepare for the next final steep climb to Margherita peaks.

    Day 6Kitandara Hut to Magherita peak (5,109 meters above sea level)

    Today as you are set to reach the highest peak of Mt. Rwenzori, you will wake up at midnight for breakfast. This is because you need to reach the summit of Margherita when the sun is rising. Guides will help you to wear snow gear such as masks, shoes, jackets, sunscreen, waterproof gloves and also crampons, ropes, and ice axes. Then start the final climb which takes 5-7 hours passing near large glaciers and the Stanley plateau. You will reach the Margherita peak around 09:00 am. You are now standing in the clouds on Africa’s 3rd tallest mountain, with all the excitement, you are allowed to spend a few hours up the summit covered with permanent ice enjoying far-reaching views of the whole Virunga mountains in DRC and western Uganda if the sky is clear. Later when you have exhausted the summit peaks, descend backward to Kitandara hut for dinner and overnight.

    Day 7Kitandara to Guy Yeoman Hut at 3,260 meters above sea level

    After breakfast, from Kitandara Hut you will climb Mt. Stanley from the foothills of Mt. Baker on the southern side of Mt Rwenzori. Views of eastern DRC and Kitandara glacial lakes are clear as you continue via rocks, and muddy bogs to the Bujangolo camp, a historic base camp where the Duke of Abruzzi expedition took place in 1906.   It will take 6 hours to cover the 5 km trail reaching Guy Yeoman hut at 3,262 meters above sea level where you will dine and Slumber.

    Day 8Guy Yeoman Hut to Nyabitaba Hut

    From Guy Yeoman hut (3,260 meters above sea level) after breakfast, you will descend downwards to Nyabitaba hut (2,650 meters above sea level). This will take you 5 hours; porters will assist you due to the slippery and muddy nature of the trails. Again you will traverse through bamboo forests to the tropical forests where primates like the Rwenzori Colobus monkey; and birds like Rwenzori Turaco can be seen. Arrive at Nyabitaba hut for dinner and overnight.

    Day 9Nyabitaba Hut to Nyakalenjija Hut

    As you are nearly getting back to the base of Mt. Rwenzori, the trail starts 2,650 meters above sea level through the montane forests to the grasslands. In this zone, you might see buffalos, bushbacks, warthogs, or forest elephants. It will take 4 hours to cover a 10km trail crossing river Mubuku. You will also make a short excursion of 40 minutes to see Lake Mamoha and thereafter arrive back at the Rwenzori Safari Lodge/ Rwenzori mountaineering service offices. This time guides will welcome you back as you appreciate each other having trekked to the summit and back together with no injuries. You are required to return hired pieces of equipment then have lunch and spend the rest of the day relaxing to relieve your tiredness after an expedition of the Rwenzori Mountains.  Dinner and overnight at Rwenzori Safari Lodge.

    Day 10Transfer to Queen Elizabeth National Park for a Boat Cruise in the afternoon

    Early morning after breakfast, depart the Rwenzori Mountains National Park and drive for 4 -5 hours entering Queen Elizabeth National Park and viewing animals like buffalos, elephants, and Uganda kob. Arrive and check in at Mweya Safari Lodge (luxury)/ Mweya Hostel (mid-range)/ Simba Safari Camp (budget) for lunch. Later in the afternoon, go for a 2-hour boat cruise with food and drinks on board along the Kazinga channel, a natural water channel that connects lakes Edward and George. You are guaranteed to see hippos, Nile Crocodiles, water birds and elephants, buffalos, and bushbucks near the banks. Return to your lodge for dinner and overnight.

    Day 11Early Morning Game Drive and Katwe explosion crater

    Wake up early morning before 06:30 am for a cup of coffee and then after take a 3-hour game drive north of Kazinga in the Kasenyi plains for a classic African experience. you will see the pride of lions, hyenas, buffalos, leopards, warthogs, bush pigs, and large herds of antelopes including Uganda kob, eland, topi, and duikers. In addition to the big game mammals, you will also encounter savannah birds like guinea fowl giving you a chance for wildlife photography. Return to your lodge for a late bush breakfast, relaxation and lunch. In the afternoon, you will drive for 40 minutes north of Mweya peninsular to the Katwe explosion Crater Lake where salt mining has been taking place since the 16th century. You will witness how salt is extracted and dried and later as you return to your lodge for dinner and overnight pass by Lake Munyanyange another saline explosion crater where huge flocks of flamingos can be seen.

    Day 12Drive Back to Kampala City

    Drive back to Kampala City after a thrilling and picturesque 12-day Rwenzori hiking tour experience. Relax at your hotel before flying back home the next day.


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