Africa’s highest mountain ranges, the Rwenzori Mountains, never cease to awe and amaze. You don’t have to climb to the highest point to enjoy this wonder. There are several other peaks within your reach.
The hike to Mutinda will take you through amazing environments from grasslands to bamboo and montane forests. You will literary be alone in the wild going with the variety of wildlife, birds, and fantastic plant life. No mountain hiking experience meets the wonder and majesty of the Rwenzori hike.
– Great 360 degree panoramic views.
– Amazing wildlife like the three horned chameleon.
– Fairytale giant lobelia gardens.
– Diverse plant species
Day 1 – Travel from Kampala, overnight Fort Portal or Kasese.
Day 2 – Start the hike into the Mountains of the Moon from 1,450 metres.
Day 3 – Climb to heather zone.
Day 4 – Summit Mutinda Peak.
Day 5 – Magnificent waterfalls, giant lobelia gardens and final descent.
Day 6 – Travel back to Kampala
Start off from Kampala and head west into the land of the legendary Mountains of the Moon, the Rwenzori. The trip will take you through rolling tea plantations, and the Kibale Forest before you get to Fort Portal town. You have the option for staying here or moving on to Kasese. Fort Portal is at a higher altitude and good for altitude acclimatization at an elevation 1,480m (4,855 ft) as opposed to Kasese at 1,000m (3,280 ft).
Start off from Trekkers Hostel in Kasese heading to Uganda Wildlife Authority (UWA) park entry post 2.2km away and at altitude of 1,727m. After briefing by park rangers, continue hike through the national park. Look out for wildlife, and a wide variety of bird species that make this place special.
As you go higher you may be lucky to see some of the wildlife like the black and white colobus monkeys, or the blue monkeys and even hear the chimps in the distance. The hike will go through the bamboo zone before you finally get to Samalira Camp.
Samalira in the local language means “look in wonder and awe”. It is not hard to do so with the fantastic panoramic view of the savanna plains of Queen Elizabeth National Park, and Lake George below this camp. This is the night camp in permanent tents.
Strike out after a hot breakfast. Climb steadily across streams, moss fields, past giant heather trees and into the skies of the mountains of the moon. Enjoy the bird’s eye view of your surroundings and on a good clear day you could see Lake George which forms part of the Queen Elizabeth National Park. The views, the flora, and everything are just so spectacular. Enjoy the climb even when it gets so steep.
Today’s hike ends at 3,380m above sea level in the Kiharo Camp. If you make it here in good time, there is a lot for you to do from photography to rock climbing for the adventurous.
Have an early hot breakfast to climb out of Kiharo Camp through huge boulders dressed in evergreen moss, and into the thick forests of giant heather trees. The climb takes you through the final resting place of glaciers that melted thousands of years ago. Trek on past Lake Nsuranja until you get to the Mutinda Rock Shelter.
Today we start out first climbing to the Mutinda Lookout, a flat peak at 3975m (13,041ft). From here, when the day is favorable, you get a bird’s eye from the Kasese hills all the way to the savanna grasslands of the Queen Elizabeth National Park. From Mutinda Lookout, continue to Kalalama Camp, perched on a high ridge. The trek takes you across valleys, fresh water streams, and through a giant lobelia garden like one out of a myth. Kalalama Camp at 3,134m is the end of the day’s trek.
It is the final day and out of the mountains. Trek through bamboo forests as you go back to base. The beauty is still as awesome as when you were climbing. The journey back is anything from 7-9 hours depending on individuals or the group. At base, you will be debriefed by the Uganda Wildlife Authority rangers before you leave the park.
Welcome back from the last of the greatest mountain ranges in the world.
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