This 5 Days Mount Rwenzori Trek Uganda hiking safari is designed primarily for novice hikers. The Rwenzori Mountains hike starts early in the morning at 8:00 am with a briefing from park rangers at the park headquarters at 1,727 meters. From here, the hike officially starts. The hike starts at the base of the Rwenzori Mountains national park at Trekkers Hostel in Kyanjuki at 1,450 meters, which is 12 kilometers from Kasese town. Ptolemy, an Alexandrine geographer, called the Rwenzori “mountains of the moon.” It was first called Ruwenzori, which means “cloud-king” or “rain maker” in the local language. The Rwenzori is a block of rock that has been faulted through the western Rift valley and is not volcanic like the other tall mountains in East Africa. The hike will take you through a variety of vegetation types, including afro-alpine moorland, montane forest, bamboo forest, tree heath, and hagenia-rapanea scrub.
5 Days Mount Rwenzori Trek Uganda, The mountain occupies a space that is roughly 130 km long and 70 km wide. It is made up of six massifs: Mount Baker, Mount Speke, Mount Emin, Mount Gessi, Mount Luigi di Savoia, Mount Stanley, and the mountain’s highest point, Margherita Peak. These massifs are separated from one another by wide gorges.
You will be picked up on this day and taken to Fort Portal in the Rwenzori foothills. As we get ready for the trek, you can hike and visit the crater lakes.
The trek begins with a hearty breakfast at your campsite in Ibanda or Nyakalenjija and trail through the view of the Mubuku Valley, through the pristine rainforest of Kyambogho ridge. Then ascend the densely forested ridge, which is home to a variety of primates, including the blue monkey, the L’hoest’s monkey, and the black and white colobus monkey. You can take in the breathtaking views of Kasese town, 2,160 meters below, and the Rwenzori foothills from the Omu’ka Kizza Rest Camp, which is at 2,977 meters. Chimpanzees might be heard during this portion of the journey, and you might see black-and-white colobus, blue monkeys, and the brilliantly colored Rwenzori turaco.
On this day, you will hike to Mahoma Lake. The forest will provide access to a long, narrow ridge covered in layers of bright green moss that rises to 3,515 meters, a breathtakingly beautiful forest of enormous heather. Through the bamboo and impenetrable forest, you will follow the footprints of mountain elephants; if you’re lucky, you’ll get to see them enjoying a drink at the hot spring. You can see the enormous lobelia and the everlasting flowers (mimulopsis eliotti) in the Rukenga valley by following the ridge. Once there, you spend the night at Mahoma Lake Camp. You might be able to see Mt. Baker, Mt. Stanley, and the Portal Peaks from the camp that day, depending on how clear the sky is.
After breakfast, you can take a stroll around the lake before returning to Ibanda by descending through the Nyaibitaba ranger station and the Mpanga ridge and passing the Mubuku valley, which is home to the three-horned chameleon.
Unwind at Kazinga Channel, a natural passageway where Lakes Edward and George are entwined in an unbreakable handshake. After the break, continue on to the airport or your next location.
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