Climbing Mount Rwenzori
Climbing Mount Rwenzori is one of the major adventure in Tanzania. Mount Rwenzori is the third highest mountain in Africa and is also known at the mountain of moon. This mountain support glaciers and is one the source of the river nile.
Scaling the mountain’s heights is a feat that takes plenty of perseverance and it’s important to undergo acclimatization before climbing the mountain to reduce the risk of altitude sickness. The expeditions can be under taken privately accompanied by the mountain guide and porters or in group subject to availability.
We buy fresh produce and other food locally, and to ensure high standards of hygiene the food is prepared by our own staff. We can cater for special dietary requirements with advance notice at no extra charge.
You only require bottled water on the first and last day. The other days we will boil water or add purifying tablets then filter using MSR water filtering pump before refilling in your water bottles in the morning.
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Climbing Mount Rwenzori Itinerary
A representative from goshawk tours will meet you at your hotel or pick you up from the airport and he or she will introduce you to mountain guide. The guide will brief you on what to expect while undertaking the climbing mount rwenzori safari. Transfer to the park headquarters at Nyakalengija (5,400ft/1,646m), for porter allocation and weighing before starting your day’s hike, start walking past typical mud and wattle Bakonzo homes. The trail then follows the Mahoma River. After crossing the river, you will do a steep climb through typical African open bracken fern slopes and Pod carpus forest up to Nyabitaba Hut where you will spend the night.
Hike from Nyabitaba Hut, the trail leads westward for half a kilometer and then drops north (right) steeply to Kurt Sharfer Bridge, crossing below the confluence of Bujuku and Mubuku Rivers. By turning down at the bridge you begin the circuit counter-clockwise. Past the Sharfer Bridge, the muddy slippery trail climbs steadily through bamboo forest. Overnight at Nyamileju Hut. Nyamileju means “a place of beards”, referring to the lichen and Spanish moss draping the nearby trees.
After breakfast, you will continue to John Matte Hut (11,200 ft./3, 414 m) which is through a tiring bog full of extraordinary plants. The slow pace will give you a delightful chance to examine and photograph this unique environment. John Matte is newly constructed, large and comfortable, though it is muddy around the site.
You will leave John Matte Hut to cross the Bujuku River and enter the lower of the two Bigo bogs, where your first real experience jumping from tussock to tussock in a grassy bog begins. The trail is very muddy and follows southern edge of Lower Bigo Bog until eventually it reaches the round metal “uniport” of Bigo Hut and its rock shelter. Though some may think it an ugly intrusion, it makes walking easier and keeps hikers from further damaging the bog. An hour and a half beyond the upper bog, and after climbing through drier ground and crisscrossing the river, you reach Lake Bujuku. The southern end of the lake is a majestic setting, with Mt. Bakerto in the south, and views west to Mt Stanley and north to Mt. Speke. Beyond the northern end of the lake is the ‘Cooking Pot’ rock shelter and a short distance further is Bujuku Hut.
Past the Bujuku Hut, the trail rises and falls twice before finally climbing steeply through the magical moss-draped Groundsel Gully towards the Scott Elliot pass. At the head of the gully is a short, strong ladder at a particularly steep section, after which a right hand branch leads to Elena Hut. This is a steep, rocky trail which when wet or icy is treacherously slippery. Continue to Kitandara Hut for overnight.
Today we descend to Nyabitaba takes you through the heather zone, Mubuku River and the bamboo forest. Meals and overnight at Nyabitaba hut where our safari on climbing mount rwenzori.
- Transport to and from the base of the mountain.
- Park entrance fees.
- Accommodation in mountain huts.
- Meals as described in the itinerary.
- Services of a mountain guide, porters & a cook.
- Rescue fee.
- H.F Radio communication for backup in case of an emergency.
- All government taxes.
- International airfares.
- Climbing equipments.
- All expenditure of personal nature such as telephone calls, hard drinks, soft drinks and laundry.
- Travel Insurance.
Mount Rwenzori National Park
Rwenzori Mountains National Park is a Ugandan national park and UNESCO World Heritage Site located in the Rwenzori Mountains. Almost 1,000 km2 (386 sq mi) in size, the park has Africa’s third highest mountain peak and many waterfalls, lakes, and glaciers. The park is known for its beautiful plant life.
Rwenzori Mountains National Park was established in 1991. It was designated a UNESCO World Heritage Site in 1994 because of its outstanding natural beauty. Rebel militias occupied the Rwenzori Mountains from 1997 to June 2001. The park was inscribed on UNESCO’s List of World Heritage in Danger between 1999 and 2004 because of insecurity and a lack of resources in the park.
Rwenzori Mountains National Park is located in south-western Uganda on the east side of the western (Albertine) African rift valley. It lies along Uganda’s border with the Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC) and borders the DRC’s Virunga National Park, also a UNESCO World Heritage Site. It is situated in the Bundibugyo, Kabarole, and Kasese districts, 25 km (16 mi) from the small town of Kasese. It is 996 square kilometres (385 sq mi) in size, 70 percent of which exceeds an altitude of 2,500 metres (8,200 ft). The park is 120 kilometres (75 mi) long and 48 kilometres (30 mi) wide.
The park includes most of the centre and eastern half of the Rwenzori Mountains, a mountain range rising above dry plains located just north of the equator. Those mountains are higher than the Alps and are ice-capped. Mount Stanley is located in the park. Margherita Peak, one of Mount Stanley’s twin summits, is Africa’s third highest peak with a height of 5,109 metres (16,762 ft). Africa’s fourth and fifth highest peaks (Mount Speke and Mount Baker) are also located in the park. The park has glaciers, snowfields, waterfalls, and lakes and is one of Africa’s most beautiful mountain areas.
The park has many species that are endemic to the Albertine Rift system, and there are several endangered species in the park. It has a high diversity of plants and trees. The park is noted for its botany, which has been described as some of the most beautiful in the world. There are five distinct vegetation zones in the park, which change according to changes in altitude. The park has 89 species of birds, 15 species of butterfly, and four primate species. The park’s wildlife varies with elevation, and its species include the forest elephant, chimpanzee, hyrax, black-and-white colobus, L’Hoest’s monkeys, duiker, and Rwenzori turaco.
CLIMBING GEAR & EQUIPMENTS
- Walking trousers synthetic material is recommended.
- Long Underwear Tops – Light synthetic.
- Women’s sports bras Synthetic material.
Light fleece with a warm layer.
- Long sleeve polypropylene shirt.
- Medium weight polypropylene/thermal leggings.
- Wind – waterproof – breathable jacket.
- Gloves- light weight.
- Warm Hat or Balaclava Sun hat – wool or synthetic.
- Face mask or neck gaiter.
- Medium or large duffel bag to pack your town clothes with a lock, this can be left at the hotel or we can store them for you.
Medium duffel bag to pack your hiking stuff with a lock. [ The porter will carry this bag. ]
- A day pack to store your essentials with a capacity of about 25 to 35 liters is recommended.
- Walking/hiking shoes – comfortable and waterproof.
- Socks – Fitting socks one thick and one thin pair.
- Head lamp with extra batteries & bulbs.
- Adjustable trekking poles.
- Sleeping bag – Rated 3 – season.
- Gaiters – make sure they will fit over boots.
- Purification tablets or filters – water for drinking is fetched from mountain streams.
- Water bottle preferably one litre.
- Female or male hygiene supplies.
- Hand wipes and camp towel.
- Personal toiletry kit.
- Lip balm.
- Sun glasses.
- Camera & extra battries.
- Passport, flight ticket, travel insurance, visa, cash & credit card.
- Basecamp entertainment i.e books, board games, playing cards or ipod.
- Favorite Snacks, candy bars or protein bars.
Kindly don’t forget your patience, have an open mind, positive and relaxed attitude as things in this part of the world may be very different to what you are accustomed to but in the end the experience is price less and will always be memorable.