Never before has this part of the park been developed or open to tourists, although it is often described in guide books as the most beautiful section of the park. You now have a chance for the first time to see this fantastic scenery, the amazing plant like and the incredibly beautiful Nyamwamba Valley. Rwenzori Trekking Services offers the following treks
All our peak guides have completed training with various mountain instructors training in how to handle clients, ropes and all the necessary systems plus training mountain rescue techniques. Training is ongoing and in addition guides pratice regularly on a rock face in Kilembe during their free time. We also have an ongoing training in physical fitness, rope techniques and rock climbing.
Prices are effective 1st December 2016 to 31st December 2017 and we will try to maintain the same pricing throughout 2018
All guides to the main peaks carry satelite phones for safety and there is a rescue stretcher in every hut in case of any eventuality.
NOTE - Trekking in the Rwenzori Mountains is tough, particually for those climbing the main peaks like Margherita as apart from the bogs and steep sections at lower levels the glaciers are becoming more hard as they are melting fast and ever changing. Our guides are trained and compentant in the use of ropes and even with limited experience most people can climb to the peaks.
MARGHETIA PEAK IS NOW TECHNICAL AND KNOWLEDGE OF ROPES AND USE OF CRAMPONS, ASCENDERS AND FIGURE 8S TO BELAY, AND KNOWLEDGE OF HOW TO USE AN ICE AXE IS ADVISABLE WITH ICE SECTIONS OF 60% STEEPNESS AND CHANGING RAPIDLY DUE TO CLIMATE CHANGE AND MELTING OF THE GLACIER. ALL OUR GUIDES ARE TRAINED IN ICE CLIMBING AND RESCUE AND CAN GUIDE YOU UP WITH LITTLE EXPERIENCE HOWEVER YOU MUST BE PREPARED TO LEARN ON THE WAY UP AND TO BE ABLE TO FIT YOUR OWN CRAMPONS AND AT LEAST TIE BASIC KNOTS AND USE OF ASCENDERS AND FIGURE 8s. MT BAKER AND MT SPEKE ARE ALSO TECHNICAL WE ADVISE THAT CLIENTS BRING THEIR OWN CRAMPONS AS DUE TO THE MIX OF HARD ICE AND ROCKS WE ARE STRUGGLING TO MAINTAIN OUR CRAMPONS. WE WILL RENT CRAMPONS AT AN EXTRA $20 PER TRIP.
Our route was never used for commercial trekking before 2010 and it was said it would not be possible to develop a tourist trail in this area. However with passion, determination and support of the local communities around the park we have accomplished developing what has become know as the premiere route in the Rwenzori Mountains. Before we were given the concession for the Kilembe route in June 2009 there was no trail nor any huts or infrastructure. Initially we used former poachers to show us the way and would spend weeks pushing through the thick vegetation and steep slopes often climbing over the mass of vegetation and not even touching the ground. With persistent trial and error we mapped out a route which passes through some of the most beautiful environments and vegetation. After clearing the trails then began the labor intensive task of hand carrying all the timber and building materials needed to build the huts and start construction which is still ongoing. It is just recently in February that we discovered our final conquest of a trail along the Nyamwamba River which took us over six years of constant trying and failing until we managed to find a narrow ridge which bypasses a series of waterfalls and steep cliffs. This section of our trail from Kiharo down to the park gate is incredibly beautiful with towering forest trees along the Nyamwamba river which cascades over moss covered rocks through the magnificent forest.
Margherita Peak at 5,109 metres on Mt Stanley in the Rwenzori Mountains is Africa's third highest mountain, however the real beauty is in the climb up the Kilembe route, the forests and valleys, the flora is diverse from giant heather trees and valleys of ferns. Climbing Margherita Peak is now technical due to the ever increasing number of crevasses. However scaling the actual peak is more of a hard scramble than a climb and when it snows it is difficult however the rewards and exhilaration of reaching the top is enormous as you look across Albert Peak to the DRC (Congo) then east across the spectra of the Rwenzori Mountains
TIPS; Clients often ask how much they should pay as a tip to guides and porters. The answer is, it is up to you and how you appreciate the service our guides and porters give. It is not necessary that you pay any tip, however many people do and it varies from client to client so at the end of the day it is totally up to you. We do pay our staff well, in fact more than twice that of our competitors but please do not let that put you off paying a tip should you feel like doing so as the guides and porters do an excellent job and tiping does encourage better service.
EIGHT DAY TREK to Margherita Peak at 5,109 metres One or 2 persons $1,200 each, 3 or more $1,100 each plus UWA (Uganda Wildlife Authority) gate entrance fee of $35 per day which is paid separately in cash. Price includes all porters, food (meals) and accommodation whilst in the mountain
Our eight day trip is recommended for most people of average fitness and climbing ability however there are people who can do the trek in seven days, hence this seven day trek below. But, you must be fit to do it in seven days. For larger groups we do not recommend seven days as in many cases there will be one person who can not keep the pace slowing down the group as we do not leave any member of a group behind .We are constantly improving the trail including adding more boardwalks which make it easier hence the seven day trek below. We also recomend that when clients reach Mutinda Camp they also climb up to Mutinda Lookout at 3,975 metres to experience the excellent views and better acclimitize as you climb.
SEVEN DAY TREK to Margherita Peak 5,109 metres - One or 2 persons $1,100 each, 3 or more $990 each plus UWA (Uganda Wildlife Authority) gate entrance fee of $35 per day which is paid separately in cash. Price includes all porters, food (meals) and accommodation whilst in the mountain The trek starts from Kilembe 1,450m climbing up through the forest & bamboo zone to sleep at Kalalama Camp then on to Bugata Camp & over Bamwanjara Pass, down through a beautiful valley before ascending through Scott Elliot Pass to Margherita Camp at 4,485m from where you set off early morning 3am to climb Margherita Peak. Tough but truly exhilarating!!
NINE DAY TREK to Margherita Peak 5,109 metres and any two peaks plus Weismann's on the way back - One or 2 persons $1,280 each, 3 or more $1,160 plus plus UWA (Uganda Wildlife Authority) gate entrance fee of $35 per day which is paid separately in cash. Price includes all porters, food (meals) and accommodation whilst in the mountain
TEN DAY TREK to four peaks, Margherita Peak, Mt Speke, Mt Baker plus Weismanns Peak on the way back One or 2 persons $1,640, 3 or more persons $1,520 plus UWA (Uganda Wildlife Authority) gate entrance fee of $35 per day which is paid separately in cash. Price includes all porters, food (meals) and accommodation whilst in the mountain
SEVEN DAY TREK to Mt Baker 4,842 metres One or 2 persons $1,100, 3 or more $900 each plus UWA (Uganda Wildlife Authority) gate entrance fee of $35 per day which is paid separately in cash. Price includes all porters, food (meals) and accommodation whilst in the mountain.
is a fantastic climb mainly of hard rock and technical in a few parts more tough than Margherita Peak On a clear day you will see breathtaking views of Margherita and Alexandra Peaks and panoramic views of the Rwenzori range. A truly amazing experience. This trek to the top of Mt Baker is relatively easy for anyone with reasonable fitness and a head for heights.
FIVE DAY TREK to Weismanns Peak 4,620 metres, One or 2 persons $760 each, 3 or more $690 each plus UWA (Uganda Wildlife Authority) gate entrance fee of $35 per day which is paid separately in cash. Price includes all porters, food (meals) and accommodation whilst in the mountain.
This climb is our most popular, it is strenuous walking, steep but nothing really so difficult that requires ropes, non technical. During the months of April, May and September October it is common to experience snowfalls on the peak transforming the landscape into an incredibly beautiful environment with snow covered plants creating a feeling of euphoria and intense excitement as the scenery is absolutely stunning. You may choose to climb Bamwanjara Pass instead of Weismanns as it is a easier climb and at 4,450 metres gives great views of the main peaks.
The one to five day treks takes you through prestine montane forests, bamboo forests and as you climb above 3,000 metres, high cliffs tower above the valley, giant heathers covered in bearded moss hanging from the trees and the giant lobelia which is a fasanating plant dating back to prehistoric times.
FOUR DAY TREK to Mutinda Lookout at 3,975 metres One or 2 persons $610 each, 3 or more $580 each which is paid separately in cash. Price includes all porters, food (meals) and accommodation whilst in the mountain
Climb up to Sine Hut 2,680m where you spend a night. Next morning you continue to Mutinda Camp 3,688m where you may choose to climb Mutinda Lookout at 3,975m ans sleep at Mutinda Camp. Next morning you descend to Samalira Camp for your last night before returning to base camp at Kilembe. More information
THREE DAY TREK One or 2 persons $350 each, 3 or more $320 each plus UWA (Uganda Wildlife Authority) gate entrance fee of $35 per day which is paid separately in cash. Price includes all porters, food (meals) and accommodation whilst in the mountain
The three day trek takes you through the pristine rainforest along a steep ridge to sleep at Sine Hut 2,680m which overlooks a beautiful set of rapids tumbling down the valley. The second day you climb up through the bamboo zone to Kalalama Camp, have a short rest before proceeding to climb higher before crossing thorough a thick forest covered in hanging mosses to a small Lobelia garden near Kyalavula Ridge & descend down a mossy ridge to Samalira Camp 3,170m Next morning descend down through the bamboo to a heavily forested ridge which is home to many primates, such as black and white colobus monkey and blue monkey and back to Kilembe More information
TWO DAY TREK 1 or 2 persons $200 each , 3 or more persons $180 each plus UWA (Uganda Wildlife Authority) gate entrance fee of $35 per day which is paid separately in cash. Price includes all porters, food (meals) and accommodation whilst in the mountain
Climb to Sine Hut at 2,585 metres via the Forest Walk which has stunning vegetation then return via Musenge Rock Shelter. This is a great walk up a gentle ridge through some magnificent forest with trees covered in evergreen lichen, swinging vines a beautiful waterfalls. If you are feeling energetic in the morning you can climb up through the bamboo forest to Kalalama Camp to experience the wonders of the Giant Heathers and views from Kalalama. More information
ONE DAY TREK (Forest Walk) One or 2 persons $40 each, 3 or more persons $35 each plus UWA (Uganda Wildlife Authority) gate entrance fee of $35 per day which is paid separately in cash. Price includes all porters, food (meals) and accommodation whilst in the mountain.
The one day trek meanders alongside the Munyamubuli River through one of the most beautiful pristine forests in the world. Magnificent trees tower above the dense undergrowth, our guides will explain to you the intricate dimensions of the many plants and trees and point out the many species of birds. The walk includes an excellent lunch. UWA gate entrance fee is included in the price. Walk starts at Trekkers Hostel Kilembe at 8.30am and returns about 3pm. More information
Price excludes UWA Park entrance fees $35 charged per 24 hours which must be paid seperately in cash, Includes guides, one porter per client (maximium 15kg luggage) Until we build our huts, accommodation is in our 6 - 8 person permanent tents, stretchers & mattresses are provided but you need to bring a warm sleeping bag and clothes. All treks include camping and meals however you may desire to bring your personal snacks, sweets or chocolates. Price does not include breakfast on the first day nor dinner on the last day. Additional porters may be hired to carry extra personal luggage (above the 15kg limit) through the company at $12 US per day
Climbing ropes and harnesses with carabinas and crampons are supplied free of charge but you are welcome to bring your own.
Items for hire, Sleeping bag $10 Warm jacket/sweater $10, Rubber boots free, Gloves $5 Prices are per trek regardless of number of days not per day
Terms and conditions apply to all our treks and tours
Note; All persons climbing above 4,000 metres must ensure that they have a comprehensive adventure mountaineering insurance policy to cover all medical and rescue costs should rescue or medivac be needed as complex rescue, helicopter rescue, medical evacuation or hospitalization is not covered in our pricing
Mud - the Rwenzori Mountains receive three metres of rain annually so mud & rain is part of the experience but the benefit is lush vegetation & beautiful landscapes with the main peaks often covered in snow
Belay training at 4,100m
Training for crevasse rescue on Stanley glacier
Sine Camp 2,585m
Kalalama Camp 3,147m
Bugata Camp 4,062m