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In AD150, the Alexandrine geographer Ptolemy wrote of as now capped mountain range, deep in the heart of Africa that, he claimed, was the source of the Nile and which he called the Mountains of the Moon. Over the centuries this curious notion of tropical snow faded into mythology and, when John Speke found the Nile’s exit from Lake Victoria,
a place in fiction for the Mountains of the Moon seemed assured. But then, in 1889, Henry Stanley emerged from central Africa to announce that such a mountain did exist. He mapped it by its local name of Rwenjura.
In due course mountaineers explored Ptolemyâ€™s Mountains of the Moon. Though just miles north of the Equator, they found in the high Rwenzori glaciers and snow peaks whose melt waters represent the highest springs of the Nile. These trickle downwards into U-shaped glacial valleys where, supplemented by up to 2500mm of rain/year, they saturate the broad valley floors to form great soggy bogs. Within these rain and mist filled troughs, loom specimens of Africans bizarre high altitude vegetation and stunted trees enveloped by colourful mosses and draped with beards of lichen.
The remarkable landscape is bisected by the Uganda-Congo border which passes through Mt. Stanley the highest peak. The Ugandan Rwenzori is protected by the Rwenzori Mountains National Park and, in Congo by the Virunga National Park. The park can be explored along a 7-day trail that meanders along the Mobuku and Bujuku valleys beneath the highest peaks. Though distances are short, the terrain, altitude and weather combine to create a tough trek, the difficulty of which should not be underestimated.
Hike to the Peak! Also known as the mountains of the moon, the Rwenzori mountains harbor Africa’s third highest peak at 5109m. The highest Rwenzori peaks are snow capped. This is the only place in Uganda with snow. The mountain is a natural habitat of many endangered species and is also a permanent source of the River Nile. They are a reflection of the mist-shrouded mountains of this rugged massif that tower almost 4,000 m above the Albertine Rift Valley, making them visible from great distances. These mountains offer a unique and pristine landscape of alpine vegetation studded with charismatic giant lobelias, groundsels, and heathers which have been called “Africa’s botanical big game”. The combination of spectacular snow-capped peaks, glaciers, V-shaped valleys, fast flowing rivers with magnificent waterfalls, clear blue lakes and unique flora contributes to the area’s exceptional natural beauty.
Day 1: Entebbe-Kampala Welcome to Uganda. Pick up and transfer to your Hotel in Kampala for overnight. If you are not too exhausted and time is on your side, this is your chance to squeeze in a short city tour or join our Kampala pub crawl to discover Kampala’s nightlife and make friends Accommodation: Bushpig Hostel (BB) Day 2: Kampala – Rwenzori Mountains Today we have an idle road trip to your accommodation at the foot of Rwenzori Mountains. The drive is a approximately 7 hours and is the perfect chance to learn about history, tribes and cultures along this route. Your guide is very knowledgeable, please take advantage. Accommodation: Rwenzori Trekkers hostel kilembe (BB) Day 3: Rwenzori Mountains Hike Day 1 :Transfer to the starting point of the hike! Start at 1450m and hike to 2596m . Accommodation: Sine Hut (FB) 2596mDay 4: Rwenzori Mountains Hike Day 2. Trekking starts at 08:30am. You will encounter a beautiful forest and the trail meanders through small knolls along a ridge top then drops down to the side of a valley. In the afternoon, you may climb up to Mutinda Look out at 3925m an excellent way to acclamation and reduce risk of high altitude sickness. Accommodation: Mutinda Camp (FB) 3582m Day 5: Rwenzori Mountains Hike Day 3. This trail is a bit boggy but it has rewarding views and encounters of sheer waterfalls and Mutinda peaks. Accommodation:Bugata Camp (FB) 4100mDay 6: Rwenzori Mountains Hike Day 4. The trail passes down the valley and around the edge of some bogs. Here is possibly the best place to observe Malachite Sunbirds feeding on the lobelia flower. Accommodation: Hunwick’s Camp (FB) Day 7: Rwenzori Mountains Hike Day 5. This trail crosses the valley to Lake Kitendara. You then climb up to Scot Elliot’s to your camp. Accommodation: Margherita Camp (FB) 4485mDay 8: Rwenzori Mountains Hike Day 6. We wake up at 2am and climb up to Mount Stanley at 5109m arriving at 02:30am. This is necessary because of the weather change and global warming. Accommodation:Hunwick’s Camp (FB) 3874mDay 9: Rwenzori Mountains Hike Day 7. Today we hike 11km to Kiharo Camp. This hike is 4 to 7 hours. You will have an opportunity to get the best view of all the 3 peaks . Accommodation: Kiharo Camp (FB)Day 10: Rwenzori MountainsHike Day 8: We descend 12km to the park gate and 2.8km back to Trekkers hostel. The trail is mostly downhill with beautiful views of moss covered rocks, cascading waterfalls, deep valleys and forests . Accommodation Rwenzori Trekkers hostel kilembe (BB)Day 11: Rwenzori Mountains – EntebbeToday we drive to Entebbe airport for your departure flight