Your safari into the Mountains of the Moon starts off at Trekkers Hostel at 1,450m and 6 days later ends at Weismann’s Peak at 4062M. Between the two points are stunning views, a host of wildlife, beautiful lobelia gardens out of heaven and much more. Don’t rush, there is not a moment you want to miss.
– Great 360 degree panoramic views.
– Amazing wildlife like the three horned chameleon.
– Fairytale giant lobelia gardens.
– Diverse plant species.
– Summiting Weismann’s Peak.
Day 1 – Depart Kampala.
Day 2 – Begin the hike. Look out for monkeys, birds, amazing plants.
Day 3 – Waterfalls and rivers.
Day 4 – Into the garden of everlasting flowers.
Day 5 – Summit Weismann peak at 4620m.
Day 6 – Back to base through the explorer McConnell’s path.
Day 7 – 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.
Today spend the night at Sine Camp 2,596 metres. You will be sleeping in wooden huts set between forest trees. Outside is a narrow ridge with a great view of the Afro Montane forest and a fantastic waterfall far below. There is an option of sleeping at Kalama Camp at 3,134 metres.
Strike out after a hot breakfast. Trekking starts at 8.30am and you enter the Bamboo-Mimulopsis Zone which is steep climb with many high steps. 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. Your trek will go through the Mutinda valley which is full of tussock grass and everlasting flowers interspersed with many Giant Lobelias. Then climb a steep section up to the Namusangi Valley (3,840 meters), which ends abruptly with sheer waterfalls and fantastic views of Mutinda Peaks. The Namusangi Valley is wide, with many ups and downs and crossing several bogs as the trail climbs steadily to Bugata Camp.
Today’s resting place is Bugata Camp at 4,062 meters and situated way up Bamwanjara Pass high above Lake Bugata. From the camp, you have sweeping views across Lake Kopello to Weismann’s Peak, which is often covered with snow; then down the valley views of Lake Africa and Lake Kanganyika. Bugata Camp has good facilities, solar lights, good toilets and bathrooms for a warm bath in a basin. This is a well earned climb and rest.
Bugata also has a helicopter pad (GPS reading N 18.312 E29 53.457) in case of any need for rescue by helicopter. (Costs are separate from tour fee).
Start off early and trek across the hills and high cliffs over Lake Bugata. This route takes you around Lake Kopello before you begin the climb to the peaks. The last section of the climb is steep rock and may be difficult during a snowfall or when iced up. In such a case you may have to use ropes for your safety. On a clear day you will get awesome views of Mt. Baker, Mt. Speke and Mt Stanley.
At 4,620, you finally get to the summit of Weismann’s Peak, which is a relativity flat rock with deep moss.
Begin the journey to Kiharo Camp at 3,460 metres down the Nyamwamba Valley. The trek takes you through flat bogs where millions of years ago glaciers sat and melted leaving a wall of rocks. This valley is also home to rich wildlife like the red forest duiker, and rock hyrax. Camp today is in Kiharo Camp at 3,460 metres an area rich in evergreen plants and babbling streams.
The trail down the Nyamwamba Valley is mostly downhill and absolutely stunning with beautiful views. The moss covered rocks along the river, cascading waterfalls, deep valleys and forests are possibly the best in the Rwenzori Mountains. In the clear areas you may catch a glimpse of a Duiker quietly feeding in small clearings as you pass along the river. Lunch is at a huge rock shelter called Riverside Rock Shelter. Continue up a gentle slope and through a forest to the end of your trek. At base, you will be debriefed by the Uganda Wildlife Authority rangers before you leave the park.
Spend the night at your accommodation outside the mountains.
A great experience and ending to a fantastic trek to the mystic Mountains of the Moon. Transfer back to Kampala or Entebbe.
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