The Safari highlights
The central circuit trail of the Rwenzori is also the main hiking activity that people assume when visiting the mountain ranges. The tour will begin from Entebbe or Kampala and its includes a hike that lasts 6 nights and 7 days, starting from the headquarters of the Rwenzori mountains national park at Nyakalengija. This trail also follows a circular path around Mount Baker that spends a night in five different huts and also reach a maximum altitude of 5109m at the Margherita hut.
This circult also gives you a chance to view close the peaks as well as the glaciers of mount Speke, Stanley, mount Luigi di Savioia as well as Mount Baker. Each and every one is able to manage the hike since the level is difficulty and is not so high. This central circuit is also the best experience of the Rwenzori , its vegetation and Land scape.
Day 1: Transfer from Kampala to Kasese
You will drive from Kampala to Kasese having a stop at the equator and having lunch at Mbarara town and then continue to kasese town. Arrive early afternoon and the carry out food shopping that you will need up in the mountain for the days that you will be trekking.
Day 2: From Nyakalengija to Nyabitaba Hut (8, 7000 ft – 2500m – 4 to 5 hours)
Arrival at Ibanda at the park headquarters as well as the Rwenzori Mountaineering services business building at Nyalalengija early in the morning so that you have enough time to arrange the payment, the rent items and also select the guides as well as porters. You begin your hike by leaving the headquarters that are located over 5,400 ft to 1646m. This trail will follow the Mubuku River, that crosses the recent land slide areas and also need climbing over the rocks and bluffs before arriving the Mahoma River. Immediately after crossing the river, you will have a very steep hike through an open fern slopes and the podocarpus forest up to the Nyabitaba hut at 87000 ft – 2 652m.. The slow hikers can take longer, therefore you must leave the headquarters before noon in order to avoid reaching the hut before the hut.
Day 3: From Nyabitaba Hut to John Matte Hut – 4 to 5 hours
From here, the trail will lead you west wards for 1 and half km and then continue north steeply to Kurt Shafer Bridge, as you cross below the confluence of the Bujuku and the Mubuku Rivers. You will arrive at the poor condition hut at Nyamileju and it’s also accompanied by rock shelter.you can walk to John Matte hut at 3414m which is new , comfortable, large though its muddy around the site. Many of the hikers also consider this the most tiring and the longest day of the hike there for an early start is advisable. More so, the loss of altitude to Kurf Shafer Bridge also means the total elevation to be gained on this day is at 3,000ft. The hikers who also consider reaching this point consider John Matte as a stopping point. You can also enjoy this unique vegetation with in the bog and also the great views as well as the following day beginning the return to Nyabitaba.
Day 4: From John Matte at 3,44m to Bujuku Hut at 3,962m
You will leave John Matte and cross to the Bujuku River and then enter the lower Bigo gogs. This trail is also muddy and follows the left edge of the lower Bigo hut and its shelter. You have lunch at the upper edge of Bigo near Bujuku Lake and here there is a rock shelter called Cooking pot and the shorter distance to Bujuku hut. The shaded area and the mists can make the hut of Biujuku so uncomfortable and cold for the hikers and most especially the guides and the porters with just simple blankets and light clothing’s.
Day 5: From Bujuku Hut to Elena Hut
.Today, we continue with the circuit and then leave west from Bujuku hut to scott Elliot at 4372 m after a right hand branch that would lead you to Elena hut at 4,372m. as you depart the Elena and savoia glaciers as well as mt Baker, this trail slopes past the upper Kitandara lake thrigh the bad mud to the lower lake as well as the kitandara hut at 4,023m. the elevation to the pass from Bujuku is also modest and the downs and up double that amount. And since Scott Elliot is the most high point, therefore some hikers will be slower due to the efforts that are needed at these altitude.
Day 6: From Elana Hut to Guy Yeomen Hut
You can climb from the lake at 4,292m and fresh field pass. The fresh field is a long flat navigate through the fantastic high alpine mossy glades until half an hour and the trails begin the circuit’s two day climb. The rock shelter at Bujongola and Babamba are also optional at night but is best to extend through the seeming ensless mud to the newly constructed Guy Yeomen Hut at 3,261m)
Day 7: From Guy yeomen hut to Nyabitaba hut
You begin very early in the morning in case you decide to go to the park headquarters as you complete the trek. The other alternative is to stay a night at Nyabitaba and each other very slowly facing the slope. From in case you are friend especially as you reach Kichuchu down the dry dusty crevice. From here, the trail matches and twice crosses the Mubuku River in deep mud until the last few kilometers of good dry trail that follow the ridge down to the Nyabitabe that completes the whole circuit. According to what has been happening with your body, you will need a comfortable bed and bath.
Day 8: From Nyabitaba hut (25000m) to Kasese town.
From Nyabitaba hut, slope to Nyakalengija , near the park headquarters, you will also meet your driver to drive back to Kasese town to your hotel or you can go to Queen Elizabeth National park and relax at the lodge.
Day 9: From Kasese town to Kampala
Have breakfast and after drive to Kampala considering the flight time. And in case you stay with Queen Elizabeth, you will enjoy a game drive in the morning after you will transfer back to Kampala.
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