eight days trek to margherita peak-rwenzori mountains
Start trekking in the Rwenzori mountains at 1,450 meters and ascend 1,146 meters to Sine Hut, where you will spend the night. Alternatively, those who are fit and want to continue on to Kalalama Camp at 3,134 meters can do so, which gives you more time at Mutinda Camp and allows you to climb 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. 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. genuinely lovely. 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 travel 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 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, which is 3,975 meters high, is a fantastic opportunity for customers who are climbing Margherita or any of the other major summits to acclimate and lower their risk of experiencing high-altitude illness.
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. As it feeds on the numerous lobelia blooms and is a known breeding site, this area of the Rwenzori Mountains may be the finest in the entire park to watch the Malachite Sunbird. 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.
From Hunwick's, we descend to Lake Kitendara, which is incredibly lovely with deep water and lush flora. From here, you climb through Scott Elliott's Pass and then up the ridge to Margherita Camp, which is located at 4,485 meters and is surrounded by enormous rocks that provide some protection from the blustery winds. The Duke of Abruzzi set up camp here in 1906 while attempting to climb Margherita Peak.
Get up at 2 a.m., eat a quick breakfast, and leave at 2.30 a.m. to climb Mount Stanley. This is essential because the climate has drastically changed; currently, even in the drier season, the peak is frequently enveloped in thick clouds, causing snowfall from 1 to 4 p.m. within a 10- to 15-minute window when clouds rise from the vast Congo jungles. Clients returned to Margherita Camp well after dark in January and February 2017, with one group arriving at 11 p.m. very fatigued due to being trapped and unable to move through heavy snowstorms that were previously unheard of during the dryer season.
As a result of the weather change, we have established a rigorous turnaround time of 10 a.m.; therefore, if you do not reach the top by that time, you must turn around regardless of your disappointment for safety reasons. The Margherita glacier has also been affected by global warming, and as its outer borders retreat, the glacier's ice is getting steeper, with one area having a gradient of more than 60% for roughly 200 meters. In addition to this, a lot of the blacker rock beneath the ice has melted, creating caves that eventually collapse as the ice becomes thinner. Clients must therefore comprehend and heed the recommendations of the advisors regarding where to pass.
For those clients who don't have much mountaineering expertise, we advise staying on Stanley Glacier and making your way up to a nice vantage point on a rocky outcrop on the southern edge of Alexandra Peak to take in the breathtaking views of Congo and the lower mountain ridges. You descend immediately to Hunwick's Camp at 3.874 meters after conquering the top at 5,109 meters.
the 11 kilometers from Kiharo Camp Walking time: 4 to 7 hours from Hunwick's Camp, we begin the day by ascending a ridge towards McConnell's Prong, where you can see all three peaks at their fullest, then Scott Elliott's Pass, before arriving at Oliver's Pass at 4,505 meters. 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.
Weismanns Peak, which rises 4,620 meters above sea level, can be climbed for an additional $20 per person. You get spectacular views of Margherita and Mt. Stanley, Mt. Speke, and Mt. Baker on a clear day. 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.
The distances between Kiharo Camp and the park gate are 16 km, and the trekkers hostel is another 2.8 km away. The hike takes between 5 and 8 hours, so those who need to catch planes back to Kampala or continue on to other destinations must depart Kiharo early.The trail near the Nyamwamba Valley is downhill, incredibly gorgeous, and features some of the nicest scenery in the Rwenzori Mountains, including deep valleys, woods, moss-covered rocks beside the river, and tumbling waterfalls. It took us six years to find a path through and a route that is simple enough for tourists to use on this section of the trail. The explorer and geologist McConnell attempted to ascend this valley in 1937 but was unsuccessful, forcing him to turn around and look for another path up the mountain. Fortunately, you can now visit this breathtaking valley.
The path branches off to the right and follows the river for a few kilometers after Kiharo Camp. You might see a duiker peacefully feeding as you pass along the river in the places that are clear. In the National Park, this region may have the highest number of Rwenzori red duikers. A few kilometers further down the river, it steepens and is dotted with numerous magnificent waterfalls. We walk up and over a steep ridge after the waterfalls, then descend through the deep forest with breathtaking views of the valley below. Before returning to Base Camp, we make a lunch stop at Forest View Camp. A wonderful experience and a fitting finale to an amazing adventure.