8 Days Rwenzori Hiking with Gorilla Trelling

Day 1. Kampala to Kasese

Drive from Kampala in the morning and proceed to the western part of the country by either passing through Masaka-Mbarara which is 422km drive by 4*4 vehicle that takes you through Queen Elizabeth national park crossing the Equator line that takes 7-8 hours and arrive in Kasese town or by using Mityana-Fortportal Kasese road which is 372km drive that takes 6-7 hour drive to Kasese. On reaching either Mbarara or Fort portal, your driver will stop you for a lunch and then proceed to Kasese and to your hotel for an overnight

Day 2. Nyakalengija to Nyabitaba Hut, 2.652 m

In the morning after breakfast, you will be picked by your guide and then head to the Rwenzori Mountains National Park Head Quarter at Nyakalengija, 1.646 m. At this point you receive briefing from your guide or the tourism officer. The hike starts through the plantations and homes of the Bakonzo, the people of the mountain, gradually reaching garden plots and elephants grass and then join the forest zone . You follow the Mubuku river, until crossing the Mahoma river. The trail passes through an open bracken fern slopes and a beautiful Forest canopy, up to Nyabitaba Hut, 2.652 m. which is the arrival point for the day. From the location, you are facing on the North the Portal Peaks 4.627m, in front Mount Kinyangoma. During the day, you might see monkeys, the Rwenzori Turaco, three horned chameleons which is endemic in the Rwenzoris, common bulbul birds, yellow eyed tinkle birds, wood pecker, mountain elephants and hearing the voices of the chimpanzee, Kasese town. This hike takes between 5-6 hours.

Day 3 .Nyabitaba Hut –Guy Yeoman hut 3261m

During this day, you will be advised by your guide to take breakfast early and start the journey. On starting, you will reach the junction that connecting to the central point of the central circuit where the guide will elaborate the information on the board to show you areas to lead you. You will pass through the forest zone and then to the bamboo with a lot of river crossing and then enjoy the beautiful and amazing flow of the river Mubuku fresh water. This connects you to the old Kichuchu rock shelter which has some ladders but with a lot of hiking. This day takes you between 6-7hour. During this day, you may be able to spot the white and black colombus monkey, blue monkey, Rwenzori duiker, the three horned chameleon endemic in the Rwenzori, the Rwenzori Turaco, and so many plant and bid species

Day 4 .Kitandara Hut 4062mto Guy Yeoman Hut, 3.261 m. 4620m

During this day, you will take on the trail that leads you to the beautiful gardens of the giant lobelias, black berries and then ascend steeply up the head wall Bujongolo rock shelter the base camp for the historic expedition by the Duke of Abruzzi in 1906., You will then hike to the fairly steep rocks combined with bogs until you spread up to the base of Mount Baker and continuing along the south side of the mountain to Fresh field Pass 4.282 m. At this point you can view into the Congo to the west and Mount Stanley to the north surrounded by of mountains, vegetation dominated by the giant lobelias and rivers. Overnight at Kitandara hut and this takes 6-7 hours

Day 5 .Kitandara Hut-Weismann peak 4620m and then to Guy Yeoman Hut, 3.261 m.

Start early morning the journey to Weismann peak 4620m passing along the shores of lake Kitandara on a flat area and then hike steeply towards Bigata lake and then to the peak. Reaching on top during clear view, you are able to see all the major peaks of Mt Stanly, Mt Speke and Mt Baker. This takes between 4-5 hours. Take enough photos and then ascend back to Kitandara hut for lunch and then continue to Guy Yeoman.From Kitandara, take on the trail that ascends steeply up the headwall, spreading out from the base of Mount Baker and continuing along the south side of the mountain to Fresh field Pass 4.282 m. At this point you can view into the Congo to the west and Mount Stanley to the north. From the pass, take on the long trail passing through bogy and slippery rocks that leads you to Bujongolo rock shelter the base camp for the historic expedition by the Duke of Abruzzi in 1906. The hut is surrounded by a beautiful landscape of mountains, vegetation dominated by the giant lobelias and rivers. Overnight at Guy yeoman and this takes 5-6 hours

Day 6 .Guy Yeoman Hut back – Nyabitaba Hut, 2.652 m.

The trail is attractive along the valley of the Mubuku and Kichuchu rivers, rich in plants and flowers of the heather zone before reaching the bamboo forest. Time to reach Nyabitaba is about 4- 5 hours. Eventually, you decide to descend directly to Nyakalengija, adding 2-3 more hours or stay at Nyabitaba hut for an overnight. Here it may depend on the decision of the client to either make it a one way journey from Guy Yeoman Hut direct to Nyakalengija or to have an overnight at Nyabitaba. However most clients prefer to make it one way journey from Guy Yeoman Hut direct to Nyakalengija/Park Head Quarter. Picked by your driver to Kasese town for an overnight. However, depending on the time you are back from the mountain, you may continue to kabale tracking area and an overnight at Trekkers hotels.

Day 7. Gorilla tracking-The great memorable experience

After morning breakfast, you will get ready ,along with your packed lunches and water to embark on the life time memorable experience in this magnificent forest for gorilla tracking. The trail you use may reward you with exciting moments of the giant mountain gorillas; this will be a reward of the ultimate gorilla experience, as well as other primates that inhabit the forest. If time allows, you will have an evening community walk.
You will return to the lodge for dinner and peaceful overnight at the safari lodge, or drive to either Kabale or Mbarara for an overnight

Day 8 .Return back to Kampala OR depart to Entebbe airport

After breakfast, we will make our scenic journey through the beautiful terrain of the rolling hills with terraced landscape, an area referred as the “Switzerland of Africa” .Observe the systematic cultivation of the Bakiga along the mountain slopes and enjoy the experience of what has been referred to as the Switzerland of Africa because of its cool nature. We will continue to Kampala reaching the capital late afternoon/evening Dinner and overnight in Kampala. Your driver-guide will drive you to your Hotel in Kampala or to Entebbe airport for departure