Day 1, Nyakalengija (1615m) – Nyabitaba Hut (2651m)
The central circuit starts at the Rwenzori mountains national main gate. You should arrive early to meet your guides and porters. The trail begins by passing through the farmland to the park till the park boundary beyond and it allows you to follow the river Mubuku, crossing its Mohama tributary before starting a long steep climb up to Nyabitaba camp. This trek takes around 4-6 hours depending on your hiking speed. During the trek your may hear calls or sound of Chimpanzee , black and white colobus, blue monkey, different bird species like the Rwenzori turaco, see the three horned chameleon and spot foot marks of the mountain elephants, seeing the different plant species , and all this will be in the forest.
Day 2, Nyabitaba (2651m) – John Matte Hut
From Nyabitaba camp follow the trail that drops down through the forest to the Kurt Shafer Bridge, just below the confluence or joining point of the Mubuku and Bujuku rivers. Passing through the bamboo forest, traverse through the long and exhausting stretch of slippery moss covered rock. From the Nyamulieju rock shelter, Mount Stanley and Mount Speke can be viewed before passing into the zone of giant heather, lobelia and groundsel. Finally reach John Matte Hut for dinner and overnight, the trek takes 6-7 hours. After passing through the tiring bog and animals like the duikers or mountain goats can be seen on a good day.
Day 3, John Matte (3505m) to Bujuku Hut (3977m)
From John Matte the trail drops down to cross the bujuku river and enters lower Bigo bog, the home of giant lobelias. The upper Bigo bog gives way to bujuku Lake, with viewsof Mount Baker to south and Mount Stanley to the west. Bujuku Hut, well located in the shadow of Mount Baker and Mount Stanley, is set in a narrow valley below and the trails takes 4- 5 hours and relax for dinner. Expect to different vegetation zones
Day 4, Bujuku (3977m) to Elena Hut
Leaving Bujuku, the trail takes you through more bog, while climbing the steep slopes west of the lake through the magical groundsel gully as it ascends to Scott-Elliot Pass at the head of the gully a metal ladder takes you over a steep section after which the trail is divided into two. The trail on your right leads up to the last camp called Elena Hut and Mount Stanley on a steep trail over large boulders, continue to Kitandara twin Lakes plus seeing the good scenery
Day 5, Elena Hut (4541m) to Margherita Peak – Kitandara Hut (4027m)
For those aiming at reaching Margherita peak (5109m), continue to the base of the Stanley Glacier. To reach the summit of Margherita, the climb takes about 5-7 hours. This walk takes you over glaciers. And on the return prepare to pass through the alpine vegetation zoneas you descend to the lakes.
Day 6, Kitandara (4027m) – Guy Yeoman (3505m)
From kitandara, take on the trail that ascends steepy up the headwall, spreading out from the base of Mount Baker that enables you to see the snow capped mountains and at this point you can have a good view of Congo and on this trail you pass through rock shelter at Bujongolo, the base camp for the historic expedition by the Duke of Abruzz in 1906. This hike takes 5-6 hours.
Day 7, Guy YEOMAN TO NYABITABA
The descent to Nyabitaba hut takes around 6=7 hours but with an early start it is possible to make it up to the park main gate within the same time frame. This trail leads you to the cliffs of Kichuchu the muddy path crosses the Mubuku river twice before climbing upwards to Nyabitaba to complete the circuit.
Day 8, Nyabitaba to the park main gate
The descent from Nyabitaba to main gate, thus marking the end of our trekking experience
7-8 day trek central with Margherita peak ascent.
Foreign non Residents: $1450
Foreign Residents: $1280
East African Residents: $1050
6-7 day trek (central circuit only without peak climbing)
Foreign non Residents: $1290
Foreign Residents: $1190
East African Residents: $1070
5-6 days trek to (Bujuku camp 3977m)
Foreign non Residents: $1150
Foreign Residents: $1000
East African Residents: $940
3-4 days trek to (John maate camp 3505m)
Foreign non Residents: $850
Foreign Residents: $700
East African Residents: $620
2 days trek to Nyabitaba camp (2651m)
Foreign Residents: $490
Foreign Residents: $380
East African Residents: $270
1 days trek
Foreign Residents: $200
Foreign Residents: $170
East African Residents: $140
The above charges includes
- Park entrance fees
- Government tax
- Tour guide.