Walk in Wild Places | Mount Stanley, Rwenzori mountains, Uganda

Mt Stanley, Rwenzoris, Uganda

Africa's 3rd highest and most elusive peak

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Trek to Margheritha Peak itinerary

Due to the changing nature of the melting glacier, one has to climb and traverse a vertical ice wall above the Stanley glacier. While guides are proficient at leading and instructing clients, it should nevertheless be noted that this is not just a simple walk on a glacier.

We are also able to organise safaris to various parts of Uganda. Please email us to enquire about our Ugandan Safaris.

Day 1 - Arrive Entebbe

We'll pick you up from Entebbe International Airport, and transfer you to your hotel in Kasese, a 8 hour drive from Kampala.

Day 2 - Prepare for the trek and tranfer to Nyagalenki Lodge.

Prepare for the trek, discuss menu with co-ordinator, modify as necessary. Transfer to Nyagalenki lodge.

Check and pack equipment into duffel bag (to be carried by porters), and into daypack (items carried by you).

Day 3: Nyakalengija (1,646m) to Nyabitaba Hut 2,652m (5-6 hrs )

The trek starts after we're briefed by Guides and local co-ordinators. The trek takes you through plantations and past the homes of the Bakonjo people before following the Mobuku river, eventually crossing the Mahoma river, and then following the ridge which leads to Nyabitaba Hut. The verandah of the hut looks towards the imposing Portal Peaks (4627m). Look out for monkeys and the ever present Turaco.

Day 4: Nyabitaba Hut to John Matte Hut 3,414m (6 hrs)

We start off by continuing along the ridge on which the hut is situated. After crossing the Kurt Shaffer suspension bridge the trail continues through the bamboo forest. Soon you'll reach the giant lobelia and groundsel zone. Following the Bujuku river you'll cross a large bog, leading to John Matte Hut where we overnight, with views of Margherita and Elena Peaks.

Day 5: John Matte Hut to Bujuku Hut 3,962m (5 hrs)

Today we meet Bigo Bogs! First the lower Bigo bog, then the upper Bigo bog - hopping from tussock to tussock we cross the bogs, with stories of how 'someone' jumped and missed and disappeared into the bog never to be seen again to spur you on... Bujuku hut, situated above the charming multi-coloured Lake Bujuku, offers views towards Mount Stanley, Mount Baker and Mount Speke. From here you can proceed to climb Mount Speke (4,890m), or visit the Irene Lakes (4,900m). (Climbing Mt Speke can be achieved on the same day by fast hikers, or as an additional acclimatization day.)

Day 6: Bujuku Hut to Elena hut, 4,541m (5 hrs) [for trekkers climbing Mt Stanley]

We make our way to Scott Elliot pass (4,372m), branching off to Elena hut. Today we learn how to move slowly, slowly. Conserving energy as we start making our way into the 4000+m zone. For trekkers, who do not intend climbing Mt Stanley, proceed to Kitandara hut (Day 8).

Day 7: Summit day! and descent to Kitandara Hut 4,023m (8-10 hrs)

Starting early, we make our way through rocky terrain, once covered by the Elena glacier. After crossing the Stanley glacier, we come to the final part - a technical ascent on the final glacier field, before scrambling through rocks to the reach the summit, shared by Uganda and the DRC. We return the same way, stopping for a small meal at Elena hut before making our way to Kitandara hut.

Day 8: Kitandara Hut to Guy Yeoman Hut 3,261m (5 hrs)

We start our day with a long climb to Freshfield Pass (4,282m) with stunning views over the glaciers of Mounts Stanley and Mount Baker of the Rwenzoris, before descending down to the Kabamba valley where we find Guy Yeoman hut.

Day 9: Guy Yeoman Hut to Nyabitaba Hut 2,652m (6 hrs)

The trail winds its way through the heather zone along the Mobuku and Kichuchu rivers, and then through the bamboo zone back to Nyabitaba hut.

Day 10: Nyabitaba hut to Nyakalengija; transfer to Kasese.

A few hours walking bring us back to the Forestry gate, where we receive our certificates of completion, before trekking the last few meters to Nyakalengija. After we've handed over tips to porters and guides and enjoyed a cold drink we are transferred back to our hotel in Kasese.

Day 11: Transfer Kasese to Entebbe, or proceed on local safari.

We depart early morning for our hotel in Entebbe, an 8 hour drive away, or proceed on a safari to one of the many attractions that this beautiful country has to offer.

From Platberg to Kilimanjaro - via Mount Stanley, Mount Kenya, and Mont-aux-Sources

Harry describes his journey to the top of Kilimanjaro. Experiences he had, like drinking tea with a marijuana farmer. Problems with trekking organisers, like running out of food. Some observations will make you smile; others touch you emotionally. Part travel story. Part guidebook. Information for trekkers and an easy read for armchair travellers.

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Key facts

Location

Rwenzori Mountains, Uganda/DRC border

Height

5,109 m / 16,762 ft

Duration

11 days (minimum) ...

Tours start and end in Kampala and last for a minimum of 11 days (11 nights)
Price

Starts from US$ 2950

Group size

12 people (max) ...

(Note! This may vary for private trips where larger groups can be accommodated.)
Currency

Ugandan Shilling (UGX) ...

UGX 10,000 = USD 2.68 (June 2020)
Visas on arrival

Available for most ...

Please check requirements for your country at your local Ugandan Embassy or Consulate

Personal equipment

Purchases for personal use (including snacks and drinks), and any meals not taken with the group.

Everything else, from the moment you land, to the moment you check in to return home, is included.

Price includes all accommodation, meals (except lunches and/or dinners not taken with the group), full support of English-speaking Tour Leader, Local trekking/climbing guide, plus assistant guides, cook and porters on trek, bottled/purified water on trek, all ground transfers, permits and hut fees, rescue insurance, tips to porters (so that you don't have to worry if you are giving too much or too little; you may of course tip individuals extra for special service).

Yes! Every person joining this trip is insured against cancellation, high-altitude rescue, medical emergencies, repatriation and loss of personal equipment!


Professional advice

I'll help you plan your trip, give you advice on equipment, and get you ready to give you the best possible chance to reach the summit

Professional team

I only work with guides that I have personally climbed with; who understand local conditions, are certified first aiders, and can be relied on.

Professional support

You'll be accompanied by an experienced European leader who knows the people and the conditions, and who can help you solve problems if they arise.