This 5 days trek Weismann’s peak Rwenzori Mountain takes you to climb 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 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 the 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.
Detailed itinerary for 5 Days trek Weismann’s peak Rwenzori Mountain
Day 1. Briefing from the guides and start the trek, hike to Sine Camp at 2596 metres, the hike will take you through the tall forest trees of the Afro montane forest zone. This is a steady climb for about 6 kilometers then along a steep climb towards Sine hut. The hike will offer you lots of plant and flower species to view, birds and a chance of seeing some animal species like Columbus monkeys. Covering 9.5km approximately 5 to 6 hours of walking.
Day 2. Hike to Mutinda Camp at 3588 metres, through the Bambo and Heather-Rapanea Zone, following the trail while it meanders up and over several small knolls along a ridge top and drops down the side of the valley crossing several small streams and passing close to moss covered waterfalls with very unique beautiful plant and flower species found above 3000metres like Giant Heather trees whose trunks are covered in green moss with old man beards (Usnea lichen) hanging from the branches, approaching to Mutinda camp which is set near a small river and waterfall. In the afternoon one has an option of summiting Mutinda lookout at 3975 metres. Covering 6.1km, approximately 6 to 8 hrs of walking to Mutinda camp
Day 3. The third day takes you through the valley of amazingly unique beautiful plant species, streams and waterfalls while we head to Bugata camp at 4062 meters. the trek gets tougher and exhausting with the steep ridges, mud and boggy sections, high steps but the rewards are enormously beautiful.
Day 4. From Bugata Camp you get up early and head for the summit of Weismann’s peak at 4620 meters. After the summit you start to descend through a different route which makes the loop thus we descend down the Nyamwamba valley to Kiharo Camp at 3430 meters for the night. It’s 3.7km to the peak and a total of approximately 9km down to Kiharo camp taking 8 to 10 hours.
Day 5. Descend down hill past the moss covered rocks along rivers and beautiful forests back to the basecamp in Kilembe. 14.6km 7 to 9hrs of walking Debrief and refresh and continue to your hotel for the night.
Cost of the 5 Days trek Weismann’s peak Rwenzori Mountain
1 to 2 people – $1160 hiking fees + $35 er night park entrance fees (paid separately at the gates of the national park) per person
3 people and more – $1120 hiking fees + $35 per night park entrance fees (paid separately at the gates of the national park), per person
Trekking with us 5 Days trek Weismann’s peak Rwenzori Mountain
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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