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10 Days’ Hike to Margherita Peak on Mountain Rwenzori via Kilembe


Hike &camp on the Rwenzori Ranges with a set target of getting to Margherita peak, Africa's third highest. While on this interesting hike, you will get to see diverse flora & fauna, lakes, rivers &waterfalls as well as the spectacular glaciers at the top.

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Transportation (vehicle and fuel), an English speaking Driver Guide, entrance fees to Ganyina Mwiru waterfalls, accommodation & meals at Sandton Hotel and Camps as per itinerary, climbing equipment and support staff (Porters) for carrying your luggage during the hike.
Air tickets, sleeping bags, rain jackets, meals/ snacks bought en-route, beverages consumed at Sandton Hotel, health insurance and Inoculations.
No refunds applicable within 45 days prior to commencement of the tour. Cancellation ensuing from our side warrants a full refund.

Package Overview

Margherita is Africa’s third highest peak at a height of 5109 meters above sea level. The hike on Mountain Rwenzori is an exciting and rewarding experience of which the real beauty is in the climb itself. However, getting up to the peak is no easy climb and requires you to be somewhat fit and well prepared. Expect to explore the unspoiled forests and valleys with diverse flora and fauna along the trail. If you are lucky you may catch a glimpse of the resident chimpanzees as they scamper in the forest. While at the peak, expect to see glaciers and/ or snow all by yourself with spectacular views across the Rwenzori Ranges.


Day One: You will be picked up from an agreed location in Kampala at 7am and driven for a distance of about 400Km to Kasese town passing via Ganyina Mwiru Waterfalls in Fort Portal. Arrive at Sandton Hotel in the evening. Check-in, have dinner and sleep early.

Day Two: After an early breakfast starting at 6am, you will be transported to the Rwenzori Park Entry Gate, where you will meet your guides for briefing at 8am, and also get climbing equipment. Begin your hike at 1,450 meters, climbing to Sine Hut at 2,596 meters making a height gain of 1,146 meters. Fit clients can proceed to Kalalama Camp which is at 3,134 meters. Expect to see Enock Falls near the Sine Hut Campsite, many different bird species and primates such as the white colobus monkeys or blue monkeys as well as fantastic views of the valleys and hills below, and views of Lake George and Queen Elizabeth National Park in the far distance.

Day Three: Hike to Mutinda Camp at 3,725 meters, where you will spend the night. The trail twists and turns as you climb up the deep valley that has an enormous variety of plants and flowers. The day’s highlights include fascinating high altitude plant species such as Giant Lobelias and views of Kasese town and Lake George from a different perspective.

Day Four: Hike to Bugata Camp at 4,100 meters passing via Namusanga Valley (3,840 meters) where you get to see sheer waterfalls and on looking back you get fantastic views of Mutinda peaks. Highlights include: Views of Lake Kopello on Weismann’s Peak, which is often covered with snow.

Day Five: Hike to Hunwick’s Camp on top of a deep valley via Bamwanjarra pass at 4,450 meters. On a clear day expect to get excellent views of three main peaks that is; Alexandra Peak, Mt. Baker and Weismann Peak.

Day Six: Hike a distance of about 4.2Km climbing to Margherita Camp at 4,485 meters the very spot where the Duke of Abruzzi camped when making his climb. Expect to see beautiful vegetation and some of the high glaciers on Mt Stanley.

Day Seven: Wake up at 2am, have an early meal and start climbing Mt Stanley at 2:30am so as to get to Margherita peak by 10am. If you do not reach the peak by 10am you must turn around regardless of the disappointment in the interests of safety. For clients with less mountaineering experience we suggest that you stay on Stanley glacier and climb up to a good vantage point on a rocky outcrop on the southern edge of Alexandra Peak to enjoy fantastic views over Congo and the lower mountain ridges. The day’s highlight will be getting to the 3rd highest peak in Africa.

After ascending to the peak at 5,109 meters, you will then descend to Hunwick's Camp to rest.

Day Eight: Continue with your descend, walking a distance of about 11Km to Kiharo Camp. This may take you around 5 to 7hours with the days highlight being a chance to spot the Hyrax, which are rarely seen.

Day Nine: Finish the last stretch down to the Park Entry/ Exit- covering a distance of about 12.2Km, through the bamboo forest zone. Once you reach the base, you will receive a short debrief before returning to Sandton Hotel where you will spend your evening at leisure.

Day Ten: Wake up to a delightful breakfast at 7am after which you will checkout of Sandton Hotel and travel back to Kampala covering a distance of about 400Km with healthy stopovers in Fort Portal and Mubende towns. After the last stopover, proceed to Kampala, arriving at 6pm and be dropped off at an agreed place.

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