Day 1: Entebbe International Airport – Kampala
On arrival at Entebbe International airport, meet and greet with a African Safari Treks representative before transferring to Kampala. Dinner and over night stay either at Forest Cottages or Cassia Lodge.
Day 2: Kampala – Kasese
Your driver/ guide will pick you from Forest Cottages or Kabira Country Club at 8:00 am from where you will start the drive to Kasese via Fort portal. The journey takes about 7 – 8 hours but driving through traditional homesteads and farms. Stop over in Fort portal town for lunch. Later proceed to Kasese viewing the mystical Rwenzori Mountain range for much of the journey. Arrive Kasese from where you will make preparations for your hiking equipment that will be used the next morning. Dinner and over night stay at Margherita Hotel or Rwenzori Base Camp.
Day 3: Nyakalengija – Nyabitaba Hut, 2.652 m.
Drive from Margherita hotel to the park headquarters at Nyakalengija in the early morning from where you will receive a briefing from the guides, rent equipment and select porters. The hike begins by leaving the park headquarters 1,646m). Walk past typical “watt and mud daub” Bakonjo homes, through elephant grasses then arrive at the park boundary in about 40 minutes. The trail follows the Mubuku River crossing recent landslide areas. Reach the Makoma River after 2½hrs.
After crossing the river you will have a very steep climb through open bracken fern slopes and podocarpus forest up to Nyabitaba Hut, 2,652 m., which is the arrival point for the day. This will take from 5 to 6 hours. Have dinner and overnight.
Day 4: Nyabitaba – John Matte Hut, 3,414 m.
Leave Nyabitaba Hut on the trail leading westwards for half a kilometer then drop north steeply to Kurf Shafer Bridge. Can overnight at Nyamileju Hut or proceed. The Hut marks the start of the giant leather, lobelia and groundsel zone; the remarkable vegetation types found only on high altitude tropical African Mountains. If you decide to proceed, arrive at John Matte for dinner and overnight.
From Nyabitaba Hut to John Matte, it can take approximately 6 hours. Tired hikers consider this as a reasonable stopping point.
Day 5: John Matte – Bujuku Hut, 3,962 m.
Leave John Matte and cross the Bujuku River from where you will enter the lower two Bigo- Bogs where your first real experience jumping from tussock to tussock in a grassy bog begins. The trail is muddy to the south until the Bigo Hut. This is the favorable spot for parties climbing Mt.Speke (with special equipment). And is very cold for hikers. Proceed to Bujuku Hut (3, 962m) for dinner and overnight. This day’s hike can take up to 5 hours.
Day 6: Bujuku – Elena – Kitandara
To continue the circuit you leave directly west of Bujuku Hut on newer trails, which rises and falls twice before finally climbing steeply through magical moss-draped Groundsel Gully towards Scott Elicot Pass (4,372m)., the highest point of the loop trail. After the Gully head to Elena Hut (4,372m). This is the base camp for climbing Margherita Peak (5,109m), and will require special hiking gear).
Day 7: Elena – Kitandara Hut, 4,023 m.
Do not delay your descent towards Kitandara lakes below. Having dropped a few hundred feet in elevation from Scott Eliot pass you cut below massive rock walls at the base of Mt. Baker. Here “dramatic craters” have been caused by large rocks fallen from above and your guide may caution you against loud noises. Pass by upper Kitandara Lake through bad mud to the lower lake and Kitandara Hut where you will have dinner and overnight. From Kitandara Hut you can proceed for climbing Mount Baker or Mount Luigi di Savoia and the peak Vittorio Sella.
Day 8: Kitandara – Guy Yeoman Hut, 3,261 m.
Advisable to start early to avoid overheating on the steep- long climb from the lake to fresh field pass (4,282m). Fresh field is along flat traverse through beautiful high alpine mossy glades (more mud). This is also considered as difficult as day two due to the seeming endless mud. May overnight at Bujongolo and Kabamba rock shelters but it is better to push on to Guy – Yeomen Hut (3,261m) which can take up to 6 hours. The hut is surrounded by beautiful landscape of mountains and rivers.
Day 9: Guy Yeomen – Nyakalengija – Rwenzori Base Camp or Margherita Hotel.
In order to make it to the park Headquarters begin your trek very early in the morning. The path from Guy Yeomen is very dangerous a spot. Reach Kachuchu where the trail parallels and twice crosses the Mobuku River mostly in deep mud until the last few kilometers to Nyabitaba. May overnight Nyabitaba Hut if you wish or proceed to Nyakalengija park headquarters from where you will transfer to Margherita Hotel or Rwenzori Base Camp for a warm shower and comfortable bed.
Day 10: Kasese – Kampala
After late breakfast, depart for Kampala with lunch en-route. Along the way you will see banana plantations, undulating hills and the Ankole long-horned cattle. Stop over at the Equator for a lifetime photo shoot. The stop at the Equator will also give you an opportunity to be both in the northern and southern hemispheres all at the same time. Stop over at any other drum makers stall or craft shops just incase you need to buy souvenirs. Proceed and arrive Kampala where you will check in either at Forest Cottages or Cassia Lodge for dinner and over night stay.
Day 11: Kampala – Entebbe International Airport
Transfer to Entebbe International Airport from where you will catch up with your out / home bound flight.
NB: Tariffs for climbing the peaks (one day extension each): to Margherita Peak, Speke and Mount Luigi di Savoia could also be provided on request.