Hiking Mt Rwenzori - Central Circuit

rwenzori central circuit

Virgin 010: Rwenzori Mountaineering Central Circuit.

Tour highlights:

hiking Mount Rwenzori.

Day One:

Depart from Kampala driving west to Fort Portal where you’ll have lunch. Thereafter proceed to Kasese then transferred to Hotel Margherita for dinner and overnight night stay.

Day Two: Nyakalengija (1615m) – Nyabitaba Hut (2651m)

The Central Circuit starts at the Rwenzori Mountaineering Services offices at Nyakalengija. You should arrive in the morning to allow ample time to rent equipment and meet your guides and porters. The trail begins by passing through farmland to the park boundary beyond which it follows the Mubuku River, crossing its Mahoma tributary before starting a long, steep climb up onto a massive ridge to reach Nyabitaba hut. The hike takes around 6 -7 hours. During this part of the trip you may hear chimpanzee and see black and white colobus, blue monkey and the brilliantly coloured Rwenzori turaco.

Day Three: Nyabitaba (2651m) – Mubuku River (2600m) John Matte Hut (3380m)

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 Nyamileju 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.

Day Four: John Matte (3380m) to Bujuku (3962m)

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. Dinner and overnight at Bujuku hut.

Day Five: Bujuku (3977m) to Elena Hut (4541m).

Leaving Bujuku, the trail takes you through more bog, while climbing the steep slopes west of the lake and through the magical Groundsel Gully as it ascends to Scott-Elliot Pass at 4372m. At the head of the gully a metal ladder takes you over a steep section after which the trail is divided into two. The trail on your left leads to Scott-Elliot Pass and down to Kitandara. Overnight at Kitandara hut.

Day Six: Kitandara (4027m) – Fresh field Pass (4282m) – Guy Yeoman (3450m)

From Kitandara, take on the trail that ascends steeply up the headwall, spreading out from the base of Mount Baker and continuing along the south side of the mountain to Fresh field Pass. At this point you can view into the Congo to the west and Mount Stanley to the north. From the pass, take on the long trail passing the rock shelter at Bujongolo, the base camp for the historic expedition by the Duke of Abruzzi in 1906. Over night at Guy yeoman

Day Seven: Guy Yeoman (3450m) – Nyabitaba (2651m)

The descent to Nyabitaba takes around 6 -7 hours but with an early start it is possible to make it all the way down to Nyakalengija. Below Guy Yeoman, the route descends the cliffs of Kichuchu. Beyond Kichuchu the muddy path crosses the Mubuku River twice before climbing upwards to Nyabitaba to complete the circuit.

Day Eight: Nyabitaba (2651m) - Nyakalengija (1615m)

Leave Nyabitaba to Nyakalengija the starting point.


Private 4x4 Safari vehicle with English speaking driver guide, accommodation in mountain huts, meals, Services of professional mountain guides, Services of cook & 2 porters on mountain, Park fees, Rescue fees, sleeping bags, all cooking / eating utensils on hike/climb, Launch cruise on the Kazinga Channel and game drives.


Beverages, tips

Mountain Checklist some with price for hire for the whole trip

1 day bag (for Small bag but enough to carry your packed lunch Rain gear drinking water and a camera), 1 sleeping bag US $25, 1 pr. of mountain boots, 1 jogging suit, Pairs of woolen socks, Pairs. of trekking trousers 2 cotton shirts warm, woolen cap 1 pr gloves, woolen mitten, A torch, headlamp incl. batteries, 1 trekking bag, 1 pr. of jogging shoes, 1 sun hat, Handkerchiefs, 5 prs. Of socks, 1 pr. Snow glasses US $5 Leggings up to the knee(Gaiters), Rain proof and warm gear US $5, Walking sticks, Photo equipment, Pocket knife,

Drugs against:

Stomach upsets, Headache, 1 elastic bandage, Elastoplasts, Water purification tablets, Vitamin C tablets Sun lotion 20, Lip ointment

For summit climbers:

1 ice axe US $25, 1 Harnesses US $25, Climbing boot US $25, 1 pr of crampons US $25, climbing rope US $25


They are second hand equipments. Each person is given an allowance of 25kg

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