Rwenzori Tour, Trekking the Rwenzori in Uganda, 10 days
RWENZORI OR MOUNTAINS OF THE MOON
The highest mountain range in Africa is the Rwenzori. Rwenzori has very high and impressive summits, Margerita, which is 5,109m and Alexandra 5083m on Mount Stanley, are only exceeded by height elsewhere in Africa by only Kilimanjaro and Mount Kenya, both of which are extinct volcanoes standing in isolation above the surrounding plains.
Among East Africa?s major summits, the Rwenzori Mountains are special in a way that they are not volcanic in origin. However, they do rise directly from the Rift valley floor and their formation, like that of Mount Kilimanjaro and Kenya, was attached to the geological glacial peaks in the Rwenzori’s Mt. Speke at 4,890m, Mount Emin at 4,727 meters, Mount Gersi at 4,715 meters and Mount Luigi da Savoia at 4,627 meters.. The Rwenzori?s are mainly famous for their challenging hiking and climbing possibilities, however, the range is also a habitat to a variety of animals which include mammals plus 177 bird species, many of the bird species being Albertine Rift endemics.
THE EQUATOR GLACIERS TOUR -10 DAYS ITENERARY:
Warmly welcomed to the Pearl of Africa, Uganda.
On reaching Entebbe International Airport via Uganda’s capital, you will be taken to Mbarara town by the driver guide or tour representative. That will be prior to proceeding to the plateau of Mountain Rwenzori. Then continue to Hotel Margherita to have dinner and overnight rest.
Equator Glaciers Tour (EGT) begins
Rise up early to be taken to Nyakalengija the trailhead off Fort portal road. Go to Ibanda to begin your 5 to 6 hour climb into the mountains. Your climb will take you via thick equatorial vegetation before reaching Nyabitaba Hut 2650 meters in the late evening. It is a 5-hour climb to Nyabitaba hut, first passing via cultivation then via forest. It is at Nyabitaba Hut that you will have dinner and overnights.
Day 3: John Matte Hut:
Of all day?s walks, this is the largest and requiring great effort, expect it to use at least seven hours. From Nyabitaba Hut the path goes through forest for a short time prior to traversing the Bujuku River at the Kurt Schafer bridge. Have breakfast, continue on a morning hike by way of the Kurt Shafer Bridge to wonder at the sparkling Mobuku river conflux. The track is not bad for the first couple of hours, however it becomes steeper and so rocky on entering moorland zone where heather plants are prolific. Take lunch at Nyamikeju Hut where there is a little used and rather run-down Hut, as well as a rock shelter. A climb through the open patches, lobelia, and health moss forest before taking a 2-hours walk to the John Matte Hut where you will spend the night.
Day 4: Bujuku Hut:
Retreat early via the giant lobelias and heath trees. You go up to the Bigo Bog and a panoramic landscape of lobelias and huge Groundsels. This consumes up to five hours, depending on the condition of the two Bigo Boys, which are usually knee-deep in mud. While going to the Hidi, you will pass Lake Bujuku, which possesses a splendid setting between mounts Stanley, Speke and Baker. Later on, got for dinner and a night stay at Bujuku Hut at 3997 meters.
Day 5: Mount Victoria and Mount Speke:
Early morning, depart for the valley in with scenic alpine vegetation including gigantic Groundsels and Labelia and ascent Mount Victoria and Mount Speke at 4890 meters.
Day 6: Elena Hut:
Leave through the wonderful panorama of the Savoia and Elena glaciers, climb further through to the scott Elbott pass at 4372 meters and continue through the snow to the Elena Hut for overnight rest.
Day 7: Final Ascent to the Alps of Africa!
Climb up to the snowy Alexander summit at 5092 meters early morning, and then continue to the greatest summit at 5109 meters, it offers a good panoramic view and thus a great photo chances are present. After that, go down to the beautiful Lake Kitandara for overnight stay at Kitandara safaris Hut at 3900 meters.
Day 8: Descent, Guy Yeoman Hut:
After taking early breakfast, plunge begins. On your way, have a picnic lunches, after that we continue the journey to Guy Yearson Hut to have dinner and overnights rest.
Day 9: Back to Kasese:
Go down to Nyabitato and continue to Ibanda and go into Hotel Margherita for overnight rest.
Day 10: Back to Kampala
Go back to Uganda?s Capital, Kampala and then continue to Entebbe Airport for your evening flight.
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