six days trek to hunwick's camp-rwenzori mountains
Start your Rwenzori Trekking journey at 1,450 meters and finish at Sine Hut at 2,596 meters, a height gain of 1,146 meters. Alternatively, fitter hikers can continue on to Kalalama Camp at 3,134 meters, which gives them more time at Mutinda Camp and the opportunity to ascend to Mutinda Lookout at 3,975 meters.
The Afro-Montane Forest Zone's large forest trees line our path as we ascend the valley floor to begin. 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.
Enjoy trekking 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 presents 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.
Sleep at Sine, or if you're in shape and want to, go on to Kalalama Camp at 3,134 meters. Aside from the breathtaking views, this option allows you additional time at Mutinda Camp, from which you may ascend to Mutinda Lookout at 3,975 meters.
Starting at 8.30 am, the trek begins in the Bamboo-Mimulopsis Zone, which is a difficult climb with numerous tall stairs. The bamboo zone gets quite muddy and slippery during the rainy season, which makes moving slowly. But as you go 1.8 kilometers and gain 551 meters in elevation to reach Kalalama Camp, located at 3,147 meters in the Heather-Rapanea Zone, you can take a break and have a quick cup of tea or coffee before continuing on to Mutinda Camp.
The trail meanders up and over a few small knolls along a ridgetop, then descends down the valley side before ascending once more. Along the way, it crosses several small streams and passes close to waterfalls with moss growing on them. Then, you gradually incline your way up the bank of a lovely river that is lined with moss and cascades over rocks beneath giant Heather trees, the trunks of which are coated in green moss and with old man beards (Usnea lichen) hanging from the branches. As you ascend the deep valley, which is home to a huge diversity of plants and flowers, the trail winds and turns. Because there are so many giant Heather trees in this valley, it has a certain beauty that is frequently obscured by mist.
When you stand on moss-covered rocks at 3,925 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 at 3,975 meters is a great way to acclimate and lower the risk of high-altitude sickness for clients who are climbing Margherita or any of the other major summits. Sleep at the 3.582-meter-high Mutinda Camp.
The path leading to Bugata Camp is muddy, especially during the rainy season, but with some practice, you can move from tussock to tussock to make the traveling smoother. Before hiking a steep part up to the Namusangi Valley (3,840 meters), with spectacular waterfalls and fantastic views of the Mutinda Peaks in the distance, you must first cross the Mutinda Valley via the tussock grass and everlasting flowers mixed with several Giant Lobelias. The trail climbs steadily to Bugata Camp at 4,100 meters across the vast Namusangi Valley, which has numerous ups and downs.
Trek through Bamwanjarra Pass to Hunwick's Camp. You ascend a ridge as you leave Bugata Camp, then descend a bit before climbing to Bamwanjarra Pass at 4,450 meters, where we have a cabin in case the weather turns bad. On a clear day, the three main peaks are very visible from the pass. The path meanders through bogs, tall, evergreen foliage, moss, gigantic grasses, and lobelia as it descends a valley. Here is a renowned breeding spot and one of the greatest places in the Rwenzori to view the Malachite Sunbird as it consumes the numerous lobelia blossoms. A tough hike up and over a ridge leads to Hunwick's Camp, which is located at the top of a deep valley and offers good views of Mount Stanley, Mount Baker, Weismann's Peak, and McConnell's Prong, further along.
4.3-kilometer ascent a 4–6-hour ascent and a 2–3–hour descent. Set off at 6.30 a.m. to climb the 4,842 meters of Mt. Baker Peak. Three to four hours are needed for the ascent, and three hours are needed for the descent from McConnell's Camp (Camp 4). You must have an excellent sense of height to complete this strenuous, rocky climb, as some sections, like the crevice descending down to the glacier, have a sizable drop off the cliff. Safety ropes will be utilized at all times on steep areas, even though Mt. Baker is classified as non-technical except during the snow season (wet season) of April through May and September through October, when it is extremely slippery on the ice-coated rocks.
Following the ascent, you drop down a crevice in the rock face to the glacier and proceed the final 300 meters to the peak. The main peaks of the Margherita, Alexandria, Stanley's Plateau, and the glaciers are spectacular to observe when there is clear weather or a break in the clouds because you can admire the splendor of these stunning snow-capped mountains. The view is fantastic! After taking in this once-in-a-lifetime event, we cross the glacier again, ascend up the rock face again, and then descend to McConnell's Camp. Doze off in Camp 4.
Before arriving at Oliver's Pass at 4,505 meters, we begin the day by ascending a ridge from Hunwick's Camp towards McConnell's Prong, where you can see all three peaks at their fullest, as well as Scott Elliott's Pass. The trail then crosses below Weismann's Peak to the confluence of the Nyamwamba River, which runs down via Kilembe and Kasese to Lake George in Queen Elisabeth National Park. It is 3 kilometers from Hunwick's Camp to the summit of Oliver's Pass.
The trail meanders down the valley to Kiharo Camp, which is located in a deep valley with towering cliffs and abundant flora, after crossing the confluence. After each bog, you will climb over a ridge of stones and dirt that appears out of place but was actually forced there by glaciers that moved slowly until stopping, melting, and leaving a pile of boulders and debris in front of where the glacier once stood. This is on the way down the valley after each bog.