A day hike in Rwenzori Mountains

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November 18, 2022
How long does it take to Trek Rwenzori Mountains
November 18, 2022

Day hike to Rwenzori mountain- Rwenzori Mountaineering

All treks include accommodation (camping) and meals, ropes, harnesses and crampons if necessary. Equipment such as boots, sleeping bags, woollen beanies (hat), gloves, and raincoats are available for hire. Stretchers and mattresses are provided but you need to bring a warm sleeping bag and clothes.
Please note: UWA gate entrance fees are beyond our control and may change without notice.

Rwenzori mountains national park

Never before has this part of the park been open to tourists, although it is often described in guide books as the most beautiful section of the national park. Hikers now have a chance for the first time ever to witness to see this fantastic and eye-catching scenery, the amazing plant like and the incredibly beautiful Nyamwamba Valley.

The trek starts at Trekkers Hostel in Kyanjiki, 12 kilometres from Kasese town past Kilembe. It is always best to start the hike by 8.30am but can leave as late as 10am. You walk 2.2km to the UWA rangers post at 1,727metres. Here the rangers brief you on the day’s activities and and dos and don’ts while at the mountain.
There are two options for the one-day Rwenzori Mountains Trekking Safari:

First Options of the 1 day Rwenzori Mountains trekking safari

The first option is climbing the ridge towards Samalira Camp (the first camp) where you have a stopover for lunch at 2,570metres. The forests are intact and carry a immense variety of trees and plants. Many bird species can be heard singing and seen in this rich environment. The first few kilometres climb steadily crossing several small streams and rivers through montane forest, with tall trees, thick undergrowth then we start climbing the ridge. The higher we climb, the taller the trees appear.

Particularly around the lunch spot at 2,570m it is very possible to glimpse troops of 15 to 20 black and white colobus monkeys or blue monkeys as they dash through the trees loaded with natural fruits. A few hundred metres beyond the lunch spot, the bamboo zone commences and we climb up another half kilometre to a small cave which was previously used by poachers. Here we have a short rest before returning to the Rangers post and back to Kilembe.

Second option of the 1-day Rwenzori Mountains trekking safari

Is to walk up the Nsuranja Valley towards Kalalama Camp to a rock shelter called Musenge Rock Shelter at 2,240 metres and at a distance of 6,2 kilometres from the Rangers post. This walk is a steady and smooth climb through pritine forest with a multitude of birds and maybe the chance of seeing a wild chimpanzee galloping off through the forest. For sure you will see their nests high up in the trees made of branches interwoven to form a nest, the chimps will use these nests for several weeks then move on when the season for fruiting trees is over. Occasionally you may see a blue monkey, however it is the forest and the wide variety of plant species which is the main attraction.