Mountaineering Expeditions

Snow beside the equator – only in Uganda is such a paradox even imaginable. Scale the glaciated peaks of the mythical ‘Mountains of the Moon’ on a 7 day expedition that is as grueling as it is gratifying. Mountain shacks which are situated at precise points along the climbing trail offer comfortable lodging to rest weary limbs overnight and guides are provided to transport provisions and prepare meals for climbers both during ascent and descent.

Option1: 6 Day Rwenzori Mountaineering Expedition
Day 1: Kampala to Kasese
Meet and greet at 08:00hrs. Drive from Kampala by road via Masaka-Mbarara to Kasese and head for the foothills of the mountains of the moon. Check in at hotel Margarita for dinner and overnight.
Day 2: Climb Nyabitaba
After your morning breakfast, transfer to Nyakalengija on to Ibanda to start your 5-6 hour climb into the mountains. Your climb takes you through thick Equatorial vegetation before arriving at the Nyabitaba hut (2650 meters) in the late evening for Dinner and Overnight.
Day 3: Hiking (John Matte)
Have an early breakfast and then start a morning hike through the Kurt Sharfer Bridge to marvel at the sparkling Mobuku river confluence. A climb through the open patches, Lobelia, and Heath moss forest before proceeding up to the John Matte hutyou’re your dinner and overnight.
Day 4: Bigo Bog
After breakfast leave John Matte hut to cross the Bujuku River and enter the lower Bigo Bog, where your first real experience of jumping from tussock to tussock on a grassy bog begins. You ascend to the Bigo Bog and scenic landscape of Lobelias and giant Groundsels. Dinner and overnight stop at Bujuku hut (3997 meters).
Day 5: Bujuku Hut to Kitandara Hut
From Bujuku hut you will ascend to the highest point on the Loop Trail, Scott Elliot Pass (4,372m) before descending to the two Kitandara lakes. The hut is next to the second lake.
Day 6: Kitandara Hut to Guy Yeoman Hut
This is a five hour walk, starting with a steep ascent to fresh field Pass (4,282m) then a descent to Bujongolo cave (3,720m), the base used by the 1906 expedition. Retire early enough to transfer back to Kampala. Or you may decide to extend your trip by visiting Bujongolo cave (3,720m), the base used by the 1906 expedition. Further along the trail at kabamba cave (3,450m) there is so attractive waterfall and rock shelter where you can stay overnight as an alternative to Guy yeoman Hut.
End of tour

Option 2; 3 Day Mount Elgon Expedition
Day 1: Kampala to Sippi Falls:
Pack up to depart from Kampala in the morning to Sippi via the Iganga - Tirinyi road. On arrival you will check and check in at the Rest Camp. You will have lunch and there after relax as you wait to take a walk around the falls and explore the caves. Dinner and Overnight stay at Sippi Falls Rest Camp.

Day 2: Forest Exploration:
You will have breakfast in the morning before you proceed to the Forest Exploration Center at Kapkwai. With packed lunch, you have the choice of trekking trials into Mt. Elgon. You may decide to take the 1km, 3km or 7km trial. A lush mosaic of Afro-montane forest, grassland and moorland habitats makes this park a highly rewarding destination for hikers and other natural history enthusiasts. After that, you return to the Rest Camp for Dinner and Overnight.

Day 3: Kampala
After breakfast, you take a drive to Kapchwora town, and then to the Visitor Center at Kapkwata, and the return to the camp for lunch. After lunch, you will be transported back to Kampala arriving in the evening.
End of tour

MOUNTAINEERING TIPS FOR HIKERS
- Health and safety on the trail Hikers should familiarize themselves with the symptoms and treatment of hypothermia and the various forms of altitude sickness (see Osmaston's Guide to the Rwenzori). Above 2500m, altitude sickness can affect anyone, irrespective of age, fitness or previous mountain experience. The most effective treatment is descent to a lower altitude.
- Good behaviour at the huts and on the trail is appreciated • The park operates a 'Leave no trace' policy. Collect all waste and make sure you or your porters take it out of the park.
- Observe the prohibition on wood fires which degrade the park's vegetation. Gas cookers are provided by Rwenzori Mountaineering Services.
- During periods of bad weather, it may be necessary to wait more than one night at huts to ease congestion ahead.
- Minimize damage to the trails by following your guide closely and avoid making new paths.
Tour Quotations include:
- Airport transfers (where applicable)
- Full board
- Park entrance fees
- Bottled water for refreshment
- Camping gear for camping; fishing gear for sport fishing; mountain bikes for biking tours
- Comfortable 4x4 safari vehicles.
- Professional fulltime English speaking Driver/Guide.

Quotations exclude international airfare, visas (where applicable), laundry, beverages, tips and other personal expenses.