four days trek to mutinda lookout-rwenzori mountains
Trekking Rwenzori Start by ascending the valley floor while passing through the zone's tall forest trees. There are several birds along this slow ascent, and there's a chance to spot blue monkeys darting through the jungle. Visitors may occasionally catch a glimpse of groups of 15 to 20 black and white Colobus monkeys swinging through the trees. Rare sightings of the L'Hoest monkey, which is protected by the King of Omusinga and is one of the cultural symbols of the Bukonzo, are possible. You may also hear wild chimpanzees in the area.
Trekking Rwenzori starts from forest trees to bamboo thickets, low shrubs, flowers, mushrooms, and numerous moss and lichen-covered vines dangling from the tall trees; the area is home to a broad range of plant species. Only 200 meters from Sine Hut, Enock's Falls present a wonderful opportunity to create a wonderful screensaver for your memories.
The wooden cottages at Sine Camp, 2,596 meters above sea level, are positioned between large forest trees on a ridge, where you may sit and take in the grandeur of the Afro-Montane forest as you gaze down at a magnificent waterfall thundering over rocks far below. The warmth of the campfire and the opportunity to talk with the guides about the mountains and local customs appeal to certain customers.
Sine is located close below the bamboo zone, and the neighborhood is home to a wide variety of bird species. Enock Falls, which is surrounded by vibrant green flora and hanging vines, is located 150 meters from the camp. genuinely lovely. Sleep at Sine, or those who are physically capable can continue on to Kalama Camp at 3,134 meters. Aside from the breathtaking vistas, this option provides you with extra time at Mutinda Camp, from which you can ascend to Mutinda Lookout at 3,975 meters.
After that, you gradually ascend the side of a lovely stream that cascades down over moss-covered rocks beneath the giant Heather trees, the trunks of which are draped in green moss and have old man beards (Usnea lichen) hanging from the branches. You may discover many plants and blooms, including giant lobelia, as you wind up the deep valley with towering cliffs on either side. Because there are so many giant Heather trees in this valley, it has a certain beauty that is frequently obscured by mist.
You can wash, rehydrate, and unwind at Mutinda Camp, which is situated close to a small river and waterfall. When you stand on moss-covered rocks at 3,975 meters with views across the Rwenzori Mountains and down to Kasese town and Lake George, you may choose to hike to the summit of the Mutinda Lookout (one to two hours up and one hour down). Climbing Mutinda to 3,975 meters is a great way to acclimate and lower the risk of severe altitude sickness at higher elevations for clients who are climbing Margherita or any of the big peaks.
The trail to Kiharo Camp begins at the bottom and crosses a bog with lots of lobelia plants before ascending through tall hepatica trees and numerous enormous boulders covered in moss. Kiharo Falls, a tall cascade pouring down moss-covered rocks, is about 200 meters from the camp and is well worth a visit.
Near Kiharo Camp, the trail branches off to the right and follows the river for a few kilometers. You might see a duiker peacefully feeding as you pass along the river in the places that are clear. The trail descends a steep portion of the river a few kilometers further, although there are numerous switchbacks to make the walking easier. Small detours from the main trail have been built throughout this section so you may admire the water features up close and perhaps even stop for a swim. The first of these falls is Cathy's Falls, which is particularly spectacular after heavy rain. The next is Nyamwamba Falls, which has a total height of 52 meters and a deep pool at the bottom into which you can dive. For the next 600 meters, the river plunges rapidly down a series of rapids to Ajarova Falls and Plozza Falls.
John Hunwick, who was imprisoned in the National Park during the initial COVID lockdown and spent his time researching new regions and fresh ideas for paths, made the initial discovery of this collection of waterfalls in August 2020. John gave the third waterfall the names of his mother Kathleen Plozza and his great-great-grandfather Antonio Plozza (1850–1923), who loved to hike and explore the Alps. Antonio Plozza lived in the lower Poschavio valley, close to Tirano, on the Swiss–Italian border. More waterfalls may be found below Plozza Falls, the last of which is the Bridal Falls, where water rushes over a big flat rock to resemble a bride's veil.
The bamboo zone, which is halfway down these falls, begins to develop a magnificent ambiance as a result of the mist from the falls nourishing the bamboo that has been covered in moss, as well as the evergreen grasses and herbs that the Rwenzori duiker eat. Along this stretch, duiker are frequently spotted, and the Rwenzori Mountains are also the only place where one may find the rather dark-colored Rwenzori leopard.
The forest along this stretch is spectacular and teeming with animals like hyraxes, duikers, and primates. At 2,580 meters above sea level, at Forest View Camp, we pause for a well-earned lunch and beverage as we gaze over the dense forest to the valley below and the town of Kilwembe. A superb experience and finale to the walk