This 3-day hiking of Rwenzori mountain is one of the most and yet most exciting hikes you can do when you are in Uganda. The park is a mountaineering and hiking world-class destination due to the magical sceneries of icy lakes and glaciers on those spectacular mountains at the top awarded to hikers. The mountain is the third large mountain in Africa with six peaks; Mount Luigi di Savoia, Mount Speke, Mount Emini, Mount Stanley, Mount Baker, and Mount Gessi, at the top separated by deep gorges. The park is also home to various species of plants and animals giving you the ultimate experience in mother nature.
Rwenzori Mountains hike
- You will be picked up from the hotel or airport.
Day 1: Transfer from Kampala or Entebbe to Kasese for overnight
Day 2: Transfer to sine camp
Start at Trekkers at 1,450 meters and sleep at Sine Hut at 2,596 meters being a height gain of 1,146 meters, or those who are fit and want to proceed to Kalalama Camp at 3,134 meters may do so and apart from the fantastic views of both the cliffs above and views across the lowlands and across Lake Edward in Queen Elisabeth National Park.
We start by walking up the valley floor through tall forest trees of the Afro Montane Forest Zone. This is a steady climb for the first six kilometers then after crossing a river it is a steep climb up to Sine Camp. The forest trees are tall with multitudes of birds and a chance of seeing blue monkeys scampering off through the forest. Enock’s Falls are just 200 meters from Sine Hut and offer a splendid opportunity to capture a great screensaver for your memories as brightly clouded green lichen grows on the many lives hanging from the trees with the waterfall as a background.
The first two kilometers climb steadily through prestige montane forest, with tall trees thick undergrowth, and a multitude of different bird species and primates. Then a family strenuous climb up the main ridge with few rocks and firm footing except immediately after a heavy downpour climbing to your first night at Samalira Camp. As you leave the rangers post you walk along a path through tall grassland and ferns which gives way to a magnificent pristine forest
At Sine Camp 2,596 meters we have wooden huts set between tall forest trees on a narrow ridge where you may sit and enjoy the beautiful forest while you look down at a long set of rapids and waterfall crashing over the rocks. Some clients prefer to sit outside enjoying the warmth of the campfire and chat with the guides about the mountains and life in their community. Sine is just below the bamboo zone and the area around has many different bird species. 150 meters from the camp is Enock falls which are set in livid green vegetation and hanging vine. Truly beautiful.
During the afternoon you may wish to walk down to Enocks falls where there are many swinging vines covered with bright green lichen and mosses. You may decide to continue down the forest trail about a kilometer to see more of the swinging vines and absorb the beautiful environment before returning to Sine Camp for the night.
You can sleep at Sine Camp, or those who are fit and want to proceed to Kalalama Camp at 3,134 meters may do so, and apart from the fantastic views.
DAY 3: Descend down to base camp debrief and transfer to Queen Elizabeth National Park.
Descend down through the bamboo forests and back into the Afro Montane Forest Zone beaming up birds and primates. Just below Omusita Rest Area you may either continue straight down or branch to the left to slope down to a trail along the Nyamwamba River where the trees and forest is truly beautiful and continue on to the park entrance and back to the hostel. Sleep at Mweya Safari Lodge (Luxury) Bush lodge (Midrange) Mweya Hostel (Budget)
DATES & PRICES
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All trip prices are per person based on double occupancy or single occupancy unless otherwise noted, are subject to change without notice, and do not include airfare. Optional activities are at an additional cost. All prices and fares are quoted in U.S. dollars.
- Meals: breakfasts, lunches, dinners
- Private Transport: 4x4 safari vehicle.
- Arrival transfer
- Entrances fees
- English or French speaking guide
- Site permits
- All transport between destinations and to/from included activities
- Airfare to and from destination
- Trip cancellation insurance
- Any activity not described in What's Included
The park is a mountaineering and hiking world-class destination due to the magical sceneries of icy lakes and glaciers on those spectacular mountains at the top awarded to hikers. The mountain is the third large mountain in Africa with six peaks; Mount Luigi di Savoia, Mount Speke, Mount Emini, Mount Stanley, Mount Baker, and Mount Gessi, at the top separated by deep gorges. The park is also home to various species of plants and animals giving you the ultimate experience in mother nature. Tourist activities carried out in the park include bird watching; there are over 195 bird species, mountaineering, hiking, and a nature-guided tour through the glacial peaks and vegetation zones. The hike can take up to 5 hours and requires one to be fit.
It is advised to plan the tour in the driest months; January to February and July to August Although rain might occur due to the unpredictable seasonal changes. Hiking is still possible in the rainy seasons but dry seasons are most preferred.
Interested in visiting the Ruwenzori Mountains, National Park? African Travellers Ltd is here to advise and help you with planning for the excursion. We are dedicated to serving tourists from all over the world with our expertise and experience gathered over the years. We offer affordable packages for both economy and middle-range classes according to your preferences. We also help you choose the best accommodation in line with your expectations and budget. Ruwenzori Mountains National Park is one of UNESCO’s heritage sites in Uganda famously fabled as mountains of the moon. The mountains lie along the Congo-Uganda, border in western Uganda