Rwenzori Mountain is located in south western Uganda in Kasese comprising of Mount Stanley with 5,109m h
the highest peak, Mount Speke 4,890m high, Mount Baker 4,843m high, Mount Emin 4,798m high, Mount
4,715m high, and Mount Luigi di Savoia 4,627m high. Mount Stanley is the largest with many summit
Margherita peak being the highest point.
The Rwenzori mountain ranges is pided by the Uganda – Congo boundary going through the highest pe
Mt.Stanley. The Mountain in Uganda is protected by the the Rwenzori Mountains National Park and protected b
Virunga National park in the DRC Congo. The mountain can be hiked in a 7-day’s trail that goes along the Mo
and Bujuku valleys beneath the highest peaks.
Hiking circuits on Rwenzori Mountain.
3 nights 4 days to John Mate hut.
4 nights 5 days to Bujuku Hut.
Margherita peak 7 nights 8 days.
The 7 days central circuit on Rwenzori Mountain.
Day 1 on Rwenzori Mountain: Nyakalengija (1615m) – Nyabitaba Hut (2651m)
The Central Circuit starts at the RMS offices at Nyakalengija. You should arrive in the morning to allow ample ti
rent equipment and meet your guides and porters. The trail begins by passing through farmland to the
boundary beyond which it follows the Mubuku river, crossing its Mahoma tributary before starting a long, climb up onto a massive ridge to reach Nyabitaba hut. The hike takes around 5 hours. During this part of the tr
may hear chimpanzee and see black and white colobus, blue monkey and the brilliantly coloured Rwenzori turac
Day 2 on Rwenzori Mountain: Nyabitaba (2651m) – Mubuku River (2600m) John Matte Hut.(350
This involves a demanding 7+ hour trek up to John Matte hut. The Central Circuit ‘proper’ starts a few hu
metres beyond Nyabitaba where the trail pides. The right fork leads to the peaks up the Bujuku valley while the
on the left is used for the subsequent descent. The trail leads to the Kurt Shafer Bridge which crosses the Mu
valley just below the river’s confluence with the Bujuku valley. Beyond the river, a muddy, slippery trail c
steadily up through bamboo forest. After a five hour trek is the start of the giant lobelia and groundsel zo
vegetation type limited to East Africa’s highest mountains. He final hour’s walk to John Matte hut passes thro
challenging bog full of extraordinary plants.
Day 3 on Rwenzori Mountain: John Matte (3505m) to Bujuku (3962m).
The route fords the Bujuku River as you cross the Lower Bigo bog, A steep climb follows to reach the Upper Big
where a boardwalk has been constructed to assist walkers. In clear weather, there are superb views of Mt. Stan
the head of this cavernous, glacier-carved valley. Above the bog, after a long steady climb over glacial moraine,
crossing the river, the trail reaches the lovely Lake Bujuku. The last stage of the 3-5 hour hike to Bujuku Hu
Cooking Pot Cave is perhaps the muddiest stage of the expedition. The hut is well placed for parties climbin
Day 4 on Rwenzori Mountain: Bujuku (3962m) – Scott Elliott Pass (4372m) Kitandara (4023m).
From Bujuku hut, the trail crosses more mud before climbing steeply through a forest of giant groundsels, climb
short metal ladder to ascend the Groundsel Gully. Above the gully, a branch in the trail climbs directly to Elen
(4430m) for the ascent of Margherita peak on Mt. Stanley (5109m). This climb needs an ice axe, mountain b
crampons and ropes.
The main trail continues up a steep screen slope over Scott Elliot pass, the highest point on the circuit. The
provides fabulous views back down the Bujuku valley and of Mts. Stanley and Baker towering above. Beyon
pass, the route runs downhill beneath the massive cliffs of Mt. Baker. After passing Upper Lake Kitandara, th
hour hike ends at the hut beside Lower Lake Kitandara, a beautiful site surrounded by towering peaks.
Day 5 on Rwenzori Mountain: Kitandara (4023m) – Freshfield Pass (4282m) – Guy.
Yeoman (3505m) Fresh field is a long flat traverse through tracts of fabulously colourful moss (and more
beyond which the long descent to Nyakalengija begins. The hike to Guy Yeoman hut takes around 5 hours. Th
enjoys a lovely location close to the Mubuku River with terrific views of the looming Mt. Baker to the north.
Day 6/7 on Rwenzori Mountain: Guy Yeoman (3505m) – Nyabitaba (2651m).
The descent to Nyabitaba takes around 5 hours but with an early start it is possible to make it all the way do
Nyakalengija. Below Guy Yeoman, the route descends the cliffs of Kichuchu. Beyond Kichuchu the muddy
crosses the Mubuku River twice before climbing upwards to Nyabitaba to complete the circuit.
Day 7 on Rwenzori Mountain: Nyabitaba (2651m) – Nyakalengija (1615m).
Descending from Nyabitaba to Nyakalengija will take 2-3 hours.