Climbing Rwenzori Mountains

Rwenzori Mountains


The Rwenzori Mountains are the biggest mountain range in Africa located in Southwestern Uganda along the Democratic Repulic of Congo border with the largest part of it standing at 2500m above sea level. The snow covered Rwenzori Mountain – also known as the “mountains of the moon” is protected as Rwenzori Mountain National Park and is a World Heritage site.

The Rwenzoris give climbers a rewarding world-class hiking and mountaineering experience any time of the year. The mist-shrouded peaks provide stunning backdrops to these magnificent mountains; including six main mountain peaks exceeding 4500m of altitude namely: Mt. Stanley, Mt. Speke, Mt. Baker, Mt. Gessi (on the Congo side), and Mt. Emin Pasha. Mt. Luigi di Savoia. These are found along the Uganda and Congo border.


  • Day 1: Arrival
  • Day 2: Kampala-Kasese
  • Day 3: First day trek
  • Day 4: Second day Trek
  • Day 5: Third day Trek
  • Day 6: Forth day Trek
  • Day 7: Fifth day Trek

This Safari Package Includes

  • Accommodation and meals during the hike
  • All ground transfers with 4wd vehicle as per the itinerary
  • Park Entrance fees
  • Professional Guide fees
  • Porters 25kg per person
  • Professional cook
  • Rescue fees in case of emergency rescue on Rwenzori Mountai

Not Included in the package

  • Flight fares
  • Personal insurance
  • Equipment for the hike
  • Extra Luggage (extra 25kg per person)
  • Any changes in the program itinerary while in the Rwenzori Mountains


Day 1:  Arrival – Arrive Entebbe International Airport for a war Ugandan welcome. Transfer to Kampala to check into your hotel and rest. If your flight arrives early in the day you will have a tour of Kampala city acquire local currency and enjoy the taste of Uganda’s coffee.  Dinner and overnight at Serena Hotel (High end lodge) or Cassia lodge (Moderate facility) or Hotel Eliana (Budget facility)

Meal plan: Dinner


Depart Kampala early after breakfast with a stop at the equator for photographs and see the water experiment. Continue to have lunch along the way arrive Kasese in the late evening. Dinner and overnight at Hotel Margherita.

Day 3: KASESE – NYAKALENGIJA (1615m asl.) – NYABITABA CAMP (2651m asl.)  6-7 hours’ hike

Head to the mountaineering office at Nyakalengija after breakfast to sort out the equipment to rent for the hike and meet your guides and porters. The lib will start shortly after through farmland and thick forest along the Mubuku River, and Mahoma River it’s tributary. This climb is steep and offers good chances to see chimpanzees black and white colobus, blue monkey and the Rwenzori turraco.

Dinner and overnight at Nyabitaba Camp

Day 4: NYABITABA – JOHN MATTE CAMP (3505m asl.)  7-8 hours’ hike

Today we go through the forest to the Kurt Shafer Bridge and via bamboo forest, and a long exhausting stretch of slippery moss-covered rock. Arrive Nyamuleju rock shelter after a tiring hike for great views of Mount Stanley and Mount Speke. At this point proceed to John Matte Hut via a zone of the giant heather, lobelia and groundsel and through the strenuous bog.

Dinner overnight at John Matte Camp.

Day 5: JOHN MATTE – BUJUKU CAMP (3962m asl.) 4 – 5 hours’ hike

Head from John Matte Hut slope down via Bujuku River with lots of giant lobelias along the way leading to lake Bujuku offering great views of Mt Baker to the South and Mt Stanley. This good point for hikers who aim to reach the summits to drill themselves well for the task.

Dinner and overnight at Bujuku hut.

Day 6: BUJUKU – MT. SPEKE (4890M asl.) – BUJUKU – JOHN MATTE hike for 4 – 5 hours’ and descend for 3 – 4 hours’

Start off early with great views of the Virungas and the Victorio Emanuele peak and descend to spend the night at John Matte Camp.

Dinner and overnight at John Matte Camp

Day 7: JOHN MAATE – NYABITABA – NYAKALENGIJA (1615m asl.) 7 – 8 hours’

Today we embark on the return to Nyabitaba after breakfast through a route descending the cliffs of Kichuchu and the muddy path crossing Mubuku River twice through a bamboo forest and downwards to Nyabitaba. This hike will end in the evening at Nyakalengija, base camp and fro there head Kasese town for the night.

Dinner and overnight at Hotel Margherita


After breakfast we embark on the journey to Entebbe with a lunch stop along the way and another stop at the equator for photographs and a chance to look around for possible souvenirs to take home. Arrive Entebbe to check in for your onward flight.

Meal plan: Breakfast – Lunch

End of 8 days Climbing Mountain Rwenzori Safari

Important Information for Climbers

Climbers must be prepared to walk for up to 8 hours every day via steep cliff and muddy paths.

Climbers must bring along their own climbing gear or hire it at the base camp. Our porters carry 8 kg of personal climbing gear

What to bring: Clothing (essential)

Summer shirt/s and shorts – for walking in the heat at the start of the trek

Warm long – sleeved shirt – for when it gets cold

Warm long walking trousers (not jeans!)

Fleece jacket (one or more, and/or a down jacket) – for additional warmth; or a warm anorak/jacket which should not be too heavy

Thermal underwear

Good quality waterproof and windproof outer shell (Jacket & trousers)

Cheap plastic poncho

Hat – a warm hat and a sun hat (that has both a peak and shades the back of your neck)

Wool Hat/Balaclava

Gloves – 2 pairs; one pair of thin liners and another of warmer, waterproof outer gloves are more practical than mittens.


Mountain boots – essential (good quality well worn in)

Walking Shoes (another pair of lighter weight walking shoes / trainers for the start of the climb)

Several pairs of warm, cushioned socks (so you always have a dry pair to change into)

Gaiters have a limited but useful role in preventing scree, snow and mud (at the start of the climb) from getting into your boots. Rubber boots can work out more.

Equipment (essential)

Good quality Sleeping bag (minimum rating of 4 seasons) (Extra sleeping bags available from us upon request at $15 each for the whole trek)

Soft Bag / Hold all or Rucksack (framed or unframed) – large enough to hold your personal gear (limit 25Kg) on the mountain; this will be carried by a porter.

Day sac – minimum capacity 20kg – that you will carry. Big enough for you to carry your daily water (3litres), lunch box, camera, wet weather clothing and fleece jacket.

External protective cover for rucksack & day sac (or pack all contents in plastic bags for water-proofing)

Polarized snow glasses or goggles – to protect your eyes from sun glare and snow. At the very least good quality sunglasses (models with side-shields are preferable).

High factor sun block (minimum factor + 15)

Lip salve

Head Torch and a set of spare batteries (special batteries are not always available locally)

2nd / Back up torch and spare batteries

Water bottle(s) (strong) to hold 3 liters – which you will carry with you, daily)

Water treatment tablets / iodine or quality filter (although water gets boiled for you by our staff and served as tea or coffee)

Spare plastic bags (to keep things as dry as possible)

Wash kit plus a small towel

Basic First Aid kit (for personal use) including paracetamol & dehydration sachets

A few of your favorite sweets/’chewies’/dried fruit