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Rwenzori Trekking

What is this safari about?

Regarded as one of the most beautiful treks in the world, trekking through the mystic Rwenzori Mountains National Park in Uganda is an utterly unforgettable experience. As you ascend through multiple biospheres and vegetation zones, the flora and fauna is constantly changing which adds a whole new dimension to the trek. The mountains receive about 3 meters of rain a year and as such, has an incredible biodiversity of plants and birdlife to be discovered along the way.

Unlike the more popular Kilimanjaro or Mt Kenya which are stand-alone mountains with a relatively straight forward up and down summit trek, the Rwenzori’s are Africa’s highest mountain range and as such have many accents and descents involved in reaching the peaks. This in combination with much more affordable prices, large biodiversity, beautiful scenery and far less tourism makes trekking the Rwenzori’s arguably Africa’s best trekking experience!

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 but 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

The main trek to reach Margherita peak is typically eight days in length and is recommended for people of average fitness and climbing ability. There is an option for a seven-day trek, however you must be well acclimatized for this option. The longest trek on offer is 10 days in length which covers Margherita peak, Mt Speke, Mt Baker and Weismanns peak. With the shortest trip being a 1-day trek in the forests along the Nyamwamba river.

The most popular option for trekking in the Rwenzori’s is the 5-day trek to Weismann’s Peak (4,620 metres). It is strenuous walking but relatively easy with no real difficult sections or need of technical climbing, making it a great trek for all who are reasonably fit.

Who can go?

All persons climbing above 4,000 metres must ensure that they have a comprehensive adventure/mountaineering insurance policy

Why is this special?

  • Africas tallest mountain range.
  • Margherita Peak at 5,109 meters is Africa’s third highest mountain.
  • Beautiful scenery.
  • Few other tourists.
  • Very well priced compared to Kili!
  • Incredible biodiversity and birdlife.

Where is this?

The Rwenzori Mountains National Park is in western Uganda, bordering the Democratic Republic of Congo. It is easiest reached by air-travel to Kampala or Entebbe followed by transfer by road.

What should I expect to pay?

The typical 8 day trek to Margherita Peak for 2 climbers starts around $USD1645 per person.

The 5 day trek to Weismann’s Peak starts from USD$1040 per person for 2 climbers.

What Extensions do you recommend?

Rwenzori’s is situated right next to Kibale Forest National Park which has great Chimpanzee trekking opportunities. The perfect trip would include combining Kibale, Queen Elizabeth NP and finishing with Gorilla Trekking in Bwindi Impenetrable Forest NP.

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