Short overnight trek options in the Rwenzori Mountains.

OPTION 1:

FOUR DAYS JOHN MATHE CAMP TREK

(staying in cabin)

Day 1: Nyakalengija gate1646m – Nyabitaba 2632 m:

On the first trekking day, we start Rwenzori climbing. After a briefing with the local porters and guides, you will trek from 1646 meters to Nyabitaba hut at 2632 m Dinner and overnight at the mountain camp. (5-6hrs)

 Day 2: Nyabitaba 2632 m: – Nyakalengija gate1646m:

After breakfast at Nyabitaba, you will trek through the mix of bamboo and tree forest to Lake Mahoma to take great views and picture moments over the lake. Lake Mahoma is the largest lake in mount Rwenzori. after a good time at lake Mahoma, return to lunch at Nyabitaba and then descend to the Rwenzori National Park headquarters Ruboni community. (3hrs)

Price per person: 295$ (three or more people going)

OPTION 2:

THREE DAYS/ TWO NIGHTS MAHOMA TREK

(Wilderness camping)

Day 1: from the base camp (1615m) to Omu kakiiza camp (2,977m:

The first trekking day starts at Nyakalengijo base camp at Omuka Kiiza Camp. Today’s trek starts with a relatively steep trail. However, the trail has been designed to cut the terrain making it easy for all guests. The guide will take you through the 7.2 km trek that goes through a lush forest on the ridge that offers breathtaking views of the Mubuku River trailing the valley. You have high chances of spotting some wildlife which includes; chimpanzees, Blue Monkeys, Columbus Monkeys, the three-horned chameleon, and some unique forest birds. The favorite bird of the day will be the colorful Rwenzori Turaco. This bird shares this forest with a multitude of other birds, making the journey a good one for bird lovers.

Day 2: Omu Kakiiza Camp to Lake Mahoma camp (2990m):

Early morning, you have a choice to do morning walks around the camp, return to breakfast and set off to the next camp that will be at 2990 meters. The trek today will take you an estimate of 6.6km, up to the highest point of 3030 meters (the highest point on this trail) before descending to Lake Mahoma. Today’s night camping will be at Lake Mahoma. Lake Mahoma is the largest and most accessible of over–twenty lakes in the Rwenzori Mountains. The common vegetation on today’s trail is bamboo sparse trees and some mountain shrubs. The trail will sometimes lead you through the mountain elephant tracks. Look out for the fresh footmarks of this large mammal. Mountain elephants are known to be shy and more aggressive. This makes it hard to find. Lucky guests have sometimes spotted them at a distance as they take a drink from the hot springs. As you near the lake you will find some unique alpine vegetation such as the giant lobelia, tussocks, and everlasting flowers.

Day 3: Lake Mahoma camp to the base camp:

On this day, you will complete the Mahoma trail trek ending at the park gate to the base camp. With a ranger, the morning is a good time to take a short walk that gives you an opportunity to take some pictures of the scenic lake views. Take the suggestion of the ranger which walk will be the best based on his knowledge of the area. Return to breakfast and then descend through the forest zone with a mix of bamboo, heather, and lichen handing off trees like “old man’s beard”, from Lake Mahoma to Nyabitaba hut. At Nyabitaba, you will join the central circuit that will lead you to the park gate.

Price per person:  460$ (three or more people going)

Trip includes: 

  • All park entrance and guiding fees in the mountains
  • All camping gear on camping options and huts on housing options
  • All meals in the mountains
  • All porters and guides in the mountains
  • All accommodation while in the mountains (only wilderness camping on option three)

Trip excludes:

  • All bar drinks
  • Tips (recommended on every trip)
  • Laundry
  • Transport to and from the base camp
  • Visas and air tickets
  • Accommodation and Meals at the base camp
  • Extra days and peaks in the mountains