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Climbing Margherita Peak, Bukurungu Route. Uganda

Climbing Margherita peak (Mount Stanley, 5109 m) wia the Bukurungu trail, 9 days

The 8 Days Rwenzori Climbing gives you the ultimate hiking experience through the Bukurungu Trail with a summit of the highest point in Uganda at Margherita peak 5,109m asl. On this trail you will spot chimpanzee nests and droppings or hear their calls with great views of giant lobelias, everlasting flowers and rock shelters. This trail will give you an exhilarating experience and rare sightings Including the black and white Colobus monkeys, Vervet monkeys, sunbirds, the Rwenzori turaco a rare beautiful bird in the park. A lot is desired and expected during your 8 Days Rwenzori Climbing via Bukurungu Trail and we ask you to book now for a unique Rwenzori Mountain Hiking experience in Uganda with our expertise and friendly service.

Article:
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Country:
Uganda
Tour type:
Expeditions and ascents
Directions:
Rwenzori, Margherita Peak, Bukurungu Trail
Complexity:
Medium
Number of participants:
From 1 people
Maximum height:
5109 m
Season:
All year round
Start of the program:
Kasese (Kampala, Entebbe)
Finish program:
Kasese (Kampala, Entebbe)
Duration:
9 days
Price:
1 680 USD
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Tours dates
  
01.10.202031.12.2020
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Day 1

You will be met by a representative of our company at Entebbe International Airport or at your hotel in Entebbe or Kampala. He will drive you west of the capital Kampala to Kasese town for an overnight at hotel while enjoying the views of the cloudy Rwenzoris from the balcony of your hotel or the clear views of the savannah Queen Elizabeth National park below Kasese town before your trek to Rwenzori mountain  the next morning. A drive to Kasese takes 5-6 hours via Kampala to Fort-portal road which is 372 Km or 6-7 hours drive via Kampala-Masaka-Mbarara highway which is 422 Km. Along the way you will have a stopover for lunch either in Fort-portal or Mbarara either way before proceeding to Kasese town for an overnight.

Day 2

Have an early morning breakfast and transfer from your hotel in Kasese town to Omukorukumi which is a 1 hour drive and start your hike to reach RMNP / Kasanzi Gate for registration at the Park Ranger outpost. Here after, take on the trail which bends west on the ridge overlooking the Kasuka and Isulevalleys and onward to EKebitakuli for a hot lunch while taking a breath and thereafter, hike through the montane rain forest overlooking bamboo forested valleys. Encounter plant species like the Disastairssi, Scadoxus cyrtanthiflorus, Impetiens Colobusse and spot or hear calls of black and white Colobus monkeys, The Rwenzori Turaco and other birds. On the trail you will spot chimpanzee nests and droppings or hear their calls. The trail will lead you through the heather zone and reach Rwigho Camp (2650 m) for an overnight rest immediately after crossing River Rwigho. It will take you only 6-7 hours.

Day 3

After breakfast, the trail takes you through the heather trees (Ericathiasis) with lots of moss hanging over these trees. The is the heather zone with a lots of heather trees, scencio trees, alchemila, black berries, and many more plant species. While on trail you will be able to spot black black and white Colobus monkeys, Varvet monkeys, sunbirds, the Rwenzori turaco a rare beautiful bird in the park. On this day you will see lots of giant lobelias, everlasting flowers and rock shelters. Overnight at Kambeho Camp (3700 m). This hike will take you 5 – 6 hrs with a stopover for a hot lunch at Mitiyighaghire.

Day 4

After breakfast, start with a climb along river Lhume, in the early morning hours of the day when still fresh and strong with urge to climb the only steep Mughuli bypass. As you think of slopping down to Lake Mughuli which is within MTN network coverage to give you a chance to call friends and family members about the beauty and experience encountered on the trail. There are several short peaks which one can easily climb depending upon what time you have arrived in the camp and how you feel. The vegetation along the Lake is so beautiful to catch up your eyes. Animals you might see along the trail are the Rwenzori red-duiker, rock and tree hyrax and wild pigs. Around the camp, you can have a self-guided walk to explore the water falls. The approximate time taken from Kambeho to Mughuli Camp (3877 m)  is about 6-7hrs hike with a stopover for a hot lunch at Mulhalhama resting view point.

Day 5

This camp is set in the heart of the two mountains of the Portal Peaks and Mount Gessi; it is a relaxing point to acclimatize for those interested in climbing the Portal Peaks and Mount Gessi. Five hours from Mughuli camp takes you through a very gentle crossing passing the vegetation of the alchemila, several giant lobelia species and the wonderful unknown leaf looking like a human palm. From Mughuli Camp to Bukurungu Camp (4291 m) will take you 6 – 7hrs with a stopover for a hot lunch at Kinyamiyeye. On this day if the weather is clear, your eyes and hands on the camera will have all the main peaks of Edward on Mount Baker, Margherita and Alexandra on Mount Stanley, Vittorio Emanuela on Mount Speke, Kihuma on the Portal Peaks and Mount Gessi at glance.

Day 6

From Bukurungu East Camp, we continue to Lake Bujuku (3962 m).

Day 7

Today we enter the alpine zone and trek all the way up to the camp on the north-eastern flank of Mt. Stanley, Irene Lakes (4495 m). Preparing for climbing Mt. Margherita next morning.

Day 8

Early breakfast and start trekking towards Mt. Margherita (5109 m). A quick lunch in Irene Lakes Camp before hiking down to Bigo Camp (3440 m).

Day 9

Your final day of leaving the beauty of Rwenzori; leaving you with lust to come back. With your guide and porters over the ridge, local telecommunication signals, call your driver guide to pick you from the park for transfer to Kasese for an overnight or Entebbe for your departure flight.

Kampala/Entebbe - Kasese - Rwigho Camp (2650 m) - Kambeho Camp (3700 m) - Mughuli Camp (3877 m) - Bukurungu East Camp (42912 m) - Lake Bujuku (3962 m) - Irene Lakes (4495 m) - Mt. Margherita (5109 m) - Bigo Camp (3440 m) - Kasese - Kampala/Entebbe

The cost of the full package of services -  from 1680,00 USD*

The price includes:

  • Meals during the hike
  • Accommodation in Mountain huts and camps/Hotel excluding accommodation in Kampala or Entebbe which can be arranged at an extra cost.
  • Airport pick up and drop off
  • Park Entrance fees
  • Professional Guide fees
  • Porters carrying loads of 25kg per person
  • Professional cook
  • Gas fees for cooking
  • Rescue fees in case of emergency rescue on Rwenzori Mountains

The price does not include:

  • Flight fees
  • Visa fees
  • Personal insurance
  • Accommodation in Kampala or Entebbe before or after the trip.
  • Climbing Equipment which can be hired separately.
  • Extra Luggage (extra 25kg per person)
  • Any changes in the program itinerary while in the Rwenzori

IMPORTANT TO KNOW:

  • Climbers must be prepared to walk for up to 8 hours every day via steep cliff and muddy paths.
  • Hikers can come with personal climbing equipment or climbing equipment can be hired at our office.
  • Our porters carry 8 kg of personal climbing gear
  • Extension tours can be organized in addition to the 9 Days Rwenzori hiking package to destinations like Queen Elizabeth National park, Kibaale National park for Chimpanzees, Fort portal Crater Lakes, SempayaHotsprings, Lake Bunyonyi, Mgahinga National park for Gorillas and Mount Muhavura/ Sabinyo hiking, etc.

Brief information on the area and route:

Uganda is a country in East Africa, surrounded by countries: in the north with South Sudan, in the west with the Democratic Republic of the Congo, in the south with Rwanda and Tanzania, in the east with Kenya. The capital city is Kampala.

Kasese, located in western Uganda, is the administrative center. It is located at an altitude of 959 meters above sea level, the population of about 100 thousand people. The city has a modern international airport. Near the city there are national parks: Ruvenzori Mountains and Queen Victoria, as well as the famous Mahoma Falls, etc.

Uganda has the snow-capped Ruvenzori Mountains, Victoria's large freshwater lake, and 10 National Parks. Here are some of them:

  • The Ruvenzori Mountains National Park is located in southwestern Uganda. The park has the third highest peak in Africa (Margherita peak, 5109 m).
  • Mount Elgon National Park - Elgon Volcanic Massif has 5 peaks above 4 thousand meters
  • The ghorillas of Mgaching and Bwindi are located in southwestern Uganda. They are famous for mountain gorillas. These are the largest apes. The park also has volcanoes: Sabinho (3669 m), Gachinga (3473 m) and Muhabura (4127 m).
  • Murchison Falls (Kabarega) National Park is marked by the beautiful waterfall of the same name in the lower reaches of the Victoria Nile River in Uganda, located 32 km east of Lake Mobutu-Sese-Seko.

Additional Information

  • Children under 14 years old are allowed on the route only accompanied by adults
  • The receiving party has the right to change the route according to weather conditions and the condition of the group
  • The price does not include: additional excursions, transfers outside the program, environmental fees, etc.
  • It is possible to provide additional services by prior arrangement: additional transfers, rental of personal equipment, hotel reservation, organization of leisure, etc.
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