This 1 Day Rwenzori Mountain Climbing takes you to climb the Rwenzori Mountains, the largest in Africa (120km long /65Km wide) with an altitude range of 1600m to 5109m above Sea Level, making it the highest mountain in Uganda and third in Africa, Rwenzori Mountains are located in the Rwenzori Mountains National Park and this is tagged as “The Mystical Challenge” Africa’s highest mountain range, the 5,109m Rwenzori or mountains of the moon is the snowy source of the Nile referred to by early geographers.
Rwenzori Mountains National Park is located in western Uganda; it lies along the Uganda-Congo boarder protecting the highest parts of Rwenzori of 120km long and 65km wide. The national park is home to 70 mammals and 217 bird species including the 19 Albertine Rift endemic species. Apart from hiking mountain Rwenzori there is much more attractions to see and activities to do including the Bakonzo village walks, bird watching, sightseeing, nature walks where you will experience the local culture and day to day life of the Bakonzo.
The 1 Day Rwenzori Mountain Climbing is a forest Nature walk going through the pristine natural tropical rain forests and meandering along the Munyamubuli river, offering you lots of plants and flower species, butterflies, birds while they whisper in the mist. You will have lunch in the forest before descending back down.
Below is the detailed itinerary for the 1 Day Rwenzori Mountain Climbing
This is a relatively easy walk as you climb steadily through montane forest, with tall trees, thick undergrowth and a multitude of different species of birds and primates. Then a steepish climb up a ridge below Omusita Rest Spot where you join the trail coming down from Samalira and is the highest point of the walk at 2,373 metres. The forests are untouched and carry a wide variety of trees and plants. Many species of birds can be heard and seen in this rich environment. The first few kilometres climb steadily crossing several small streams and rivers then we branch off on our birding trail, within a few hundred metres from the turnoff you will see evidence of bush pigs digging for roots and grubs in the undergrowth and along the path. If you walk quietly you may get a chance to see these shy animals. The trail then moves along the top of the Nyamwamba River where you see the river and the beautiful ravine forests along the river. There is a small trail where you can walk down to the river’s edge and maybe see kingfisher and the water loving birds. As you climb the trees become taller, bigger in size and very straight. It is common to see and hear many types of primates hear chimpanzee calls echoing around the valley. You will see chimp nests made of twigs and branches high up in the tallest trees which the chimps will use for several weeks during the fruiting season then more on in search for other food sources. You may be lucky and see a troupe of 10 to 15 black and white Colobus monkeys as they swing through the trees particularly when the various trees are bearing fruit. Occasionally you may see a blue monkey. The forest, the wide variety of plant species and the environment along the river is stunning and well worth the effort to experience this unique environment.
The 1 Day Rwenzori Mountain Climbing costs $100 hiking fees + $35 National park entrance fees.
Hiking fees are inclusive of: Guides and packed lunch.
Exclusive of: Tips, insurance, personal expenses, accommodation before and after the trekk, and transfers to and from the starting point.
Trekking with us the 1 Day Rwenzori Mountain Climbing
We have a number of Trained supportive guides who are happy to lead you to the summit, with lots of experience in high and Low altitude summits, flora and fauna, first aid, abseiling, cooking, customer care and lots of stories to tell about the mountains since most of our guides come from the Rwenzori Regions. Their training never stops and it is usually done every year during the low season months of April, May and November since they keep updating as the mountains keep changing all the time, mostly for peak guides.
Our treks come with Porters who will be carrying your luggage during the hike and the maximum weight is 23kg per bag, we advise that you carry a big backpack which the porters will be carrying and a day pack for your personal equipment which you carry yourself. Backpack covers are a must have as Rwenzoris are always wet even in the dry seasons, please endeavor to invest in a good backpack cover to avoid wet equipment during the trek, or else use polythene bags inside the backpack to protect your gear.
All meals are provided during our treks and we pride ourselves to providing good meals which are prepared by our trained guides. Our meals are designed to keep you healthy and safe during your trek and we do cater for all meal allergies. Please let us know all your meal allergies when booking your treks for a better organization. We do advise one to carry favorite snacks as they’re a good motivator during your trek.
All accommodation during the trek is in huts with bunk beds dormitory style and mattresses unfortunately we cant provide twins or singles for during the hike as the conditions are tough to build huts and we have a policy of conserving the mountain environment hence less destruction of nature, but we endeavor to provide as much comfortable accommodation as we can. All you need is a warm four seasons and you will be covered up for the night.
The top huts have wood stoves inside to make a cosy environment, and solar power. Hunwick’s and Kiharo camps even have solar with an inverter so you have 240v to charge your phone and cameras.
The lower huts too have solar power with an inverter so you can recharge your batteries, that is Kiharo Camp and Samalira camp.
Insurance is mandatory for all our treks and all clients should buy their insurance before arrival covering Medivac and evacuation at an altitude of 4000 meters and above. We as well advise one to carry insect repellent. Please note that no trek will depart without insurance.
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