The Rwenzori Mountains, or the Mountains of the Moon, are easily Africa's best kept secret. Rarely visited and isolated, they contain much of Africa's permanent ice and the most varied mountain scenery as we climb from tropical rainforest, through alpine valleys to the glaciers. Our trek in the Rwenzori includes a challenging ascent on Margherita (5109m), Africa's 3rd highest mountain. This is a demanding ascent with muddy conditions and variable weather almost guaranteed. The real beauty of the trip is the ascent up the Kilembe route where the diverse flora in the forests and valleys includes giant heather, lobelia, groundsels and exuberant ferns. Under the watchful eye of our experienced mountain guides, we attempt the final ascent up to the summit of Margherita, which will require us to rope up and use crampons. However scaling the actual peak is more of a hard scramble than a climb and the exhilaration of reaching the top is enormous, as you look across Albert Peak to the Congo then east across the chain of the Rwenzori Mountains.
Day 1 Kampala - Kasese.
A full Scenic days drive from Kampala takes you across the Equator and through the Rift valley to your overnight stop at Kasese.
Days 2 - 4 Trekking Days.
Assisted by guides and porters you hike up to one of the Seven intermediate stages.There is a great diversity of vegetation, the chance of sporting some wild animals and breath taking views. The route chosen for you will be based on the skill and experience you have. Camp cook will prepare meals and accommodation is in mountain huts or tents.
Day 5 Return to Kampala.
Make a slow descent into Kampala via Mbarara passing through small villages with their Ankole Cattle and viewing numerous mattock plantations arriving in Kampala late afternoon.
NB. (1) This package can be extended to 10-12 days depending on how high one would like to climb. If you are serious climbers Baker (15889) and Margarita (16763 ft) peaks are worth visit.
(2) There are numerous rugged cliffs. Rock climbing equipment is needed.