- Full service:
- 5.450,00 €
Rwenzori - Mountaineering trip
- Gorilla Tracking - Experience
Together with SummitClimb to the third highest mountain in Africa:
- Mount Stanley ascent
- Mountaineering in the Rwenzori Mountains
- On Africa's largest glacier
- Fascinating nature
1 - easy / simple
2 - quite difficult
3 - difficult
4 - very demanding
5 - extreme
Stamina - Endurance
A mountain athlete needs endurance above any other specific fitness skill. Cardiovascular fitness is of course always subject to the movement (as climbing rocks or steep ice, you will not be able to transfer your triathlete or running fitness to mountains without being solid in the required mountaineering skills).
Easy treks to EBC or on top of Kilimanjaro. You should be an active person.
More demanding treks, simple climbs, like the climb of Elbrus. You should be a sportive person regularly exercising (at least 2-3x per week).
Very demanding treks like to the top of Aconcagua, or expeditions at the physical lower level like Ama Dablam. You should be an endurance athlete wit mountaineering experience. You should train endurance at least 3x/week.
Some of our special self-supported 8000m+ peak climbs as on Makalu, or to climb Everest (without oxygen-support) fit into this category. Your endurance should be near the level of a professional mountain athlete.
Similar Climbs and Treks - Overview:
Ruwenzori Climb - Mount Stanley
- Full service:
- 5.450,00 €
Airport of departure:
Berlin, Düsseldorf, Frankfurt, München oder Wien.
We organize this mountaineering trip incl. flight from Europe (major hubs, economy, upgrades on request) with an excellent support in Uganda. There are various safari , active and outdoor add-ons that we can to this trip.
Gorilla tracking: This can be booked for the start or the end of the trip (please see details under Upgrades).
Our recommendation: Enjoy the gorillas before the mountain trip! You are still fit and you can already acclimatize in the jungle at about 2500m of altitude.
Rwenzori Climb - Services
- Organization and management of the trip
- Guided tour
- with 8 to 12 participants tour led by international expedition leader/mountain-guide
- with 4 to 7 participants tour led by SummitClimb Guide from Team Africa
- additional local guides from the RMS: 1 guide per 3 members
- International flight to Entebbe
- Departure from different European airports
- Airport transfers to Kampala
- 2x accommodation (double room, sharing) in Kampala, ****hotel with breakfast
- 1x accommodation (double room, sharing), ***Lodge/Hotel, full board
- 2x accommodation (double room, sharing) at QE-Nationalpark, ****Hippo-Hill Lodge, full board
- Transport by bus and 4x4
- Local guide and manager
- Porters and personal porter (up to 18kg) per participant
- Group equipment (kitchen, tent)
- Cook and experienced kitchen crew
- Three meals a day (breakfast, packed lunch and dinner)
- Water (boiled, prepared)
- All national park fees (USD35 per person per day)
- RMS (Ruwenzori Mountaineering Service) compulsory services
- RMS mountain guide for Mount Stanley
- RMS climbing permit for 3 days
- All overnight stays before and after trekking in a double room with full board
- During trekking overnight stay in simple huts of the RMS
- Personal tent (single / double) on request
- Medical equipment and first aid kit
Larger groups are lead by a SummitClimb expedition from Europe (8-12 pax). On request SummitClimb expedition leader for small groups:
- 7 participants at an additional charge of USD 900.- per person
- 6 participants at an additional charge of USD 1,180.- per person
- 5 participants at an additional charge of USD 1,400.- per person
- Travel insurance
- Visa fee for Uganda
- Dinner and lunch in Kampala (we usually go out to a restaurant together)
- Personal equipment
- Snacks, alcoholic beverages, other personal expenses
Rwenzori Climb - Itinerary
Day 1 • Travel to Uganda
Departure from a European airport.
Day 2 • Arrival in Uganda
Landing in Entebbe. Our driver will be waiting for you at the airport and drive you to Kampala. Check-in at the hotel, relax by the pool and in the evening dinner together to get to know all participants. Hotel B&B.
Day 3 • Drive to the west of Uganda
We drive Via Fort Portale to Queen Elizabeth National Park, not far from Rwenzori National Park. We stay overnight in a lodge outside the park, with beautiful views and the chance to observe wildlife. Hippo Hill Lodge / full board.
Day 4 • To the foot of the Rwenzori
In order to reach the National Park Headquarters in Nyakalegija, we drive to Kasese and follow the signs to the National Park. After another 15km passing small villages, we arrive at the headquarters to register. Our trekking starts! At the beginning, we pass villages, then we go deeper in the jungle, following the valley of the Mubuku River. This lower part of the mountain has a high animal population and with some luck we can see some of them. At the end of the day, as the altitude rises, the vegetation changes and after about 3-4 hours we reach the Nyabitaba hut (2650m) where we stay for the night. Full board.
Day 5 • Nyabitaba - John Matte / Rwenzori trekking
We initially climb along the Nyabitaba Ridge, then cross the valley of the Mubuku River over the Kurt-Schäffer Bridge and follow a steep path through bamboo forests. This soon clears and an afro-alpine landscape with boulders, grass plains and ferns follows. With a bit of luck you will get first views of Mt. Stanley and Point Margerita. After about 5 to 7 hours we reach John Matte Camp (3550m). Full board.
Day 6 • John Matte - Bujuku / Rwenzori trekking
We follow the trail to the west through partly very marshy and- depending on the conditions - very wet terrain, which is partly defused by footbridges. Waterproof shoes and walking sticks are very useful here. Today we see special plants like lobelias and giant groundels ("Dendrosenecio Kilimanjaro"), which only grow on the mountains of East Africa. After a steep climb, we reach Lake Bujuku, along the eastern shore and we reach the camp. Approx. 4-6 hours trekking to the Bujuku hut (4000m). Full board.
Day 7-9 • Rwenzori ascent
We have 3 full days to explore the mountains and do interesting glacier tours. On the first day, we plan to climb Mount Speke for further acclimatization. Overnight stays in hut/bivouac with own cooking together with the guides, cook/kitchen. Half board.
A possible plan would be:
Day 7: Ascent of Mount Speke.
Day 8: Ascent to Elena Hut (4541m)
Day 9: Ascent of Mount Stanley, Margehrita Peak (5109m)
Mount Stanley, the highest peak of the Rwenzori Mountains, consists of three peaks: Alexandra (5083m), Margehrita (5109m) and Albert (5101m). Our goal is to reach the highest point. The crossing or a direct ascent from Bujuku Camp (alternative normal route) can be discussed on site.
Day 10 • Rwenzori ascent - Lake Kitandara
This day is also our reserve day for mountaineering. Then we descend to the beautiful Lake Kitandara.
Day 11 • Lake Kitandara - Guy Yeoman
We ascend to Freshfield Pass (4400m), a wide plateau below Mount Baker, and then descend over partly steep and slippery paths into the valley of the Mbuku River. There, after a hike of about 4-6 hours, we reach the Guy Yeoman Hut (3500m) / full board.
Day 12 • Descent to the Rwenzori HQ
We go back down to Nyabitaba Hut, where the Central Circuit closes, then continue to the headquarters (about 4-5 hours hike). After saying goodbye to the support team, we will be picked up and drive to Hippo Hill Resort, full board.
Day 13 • Safari / Kampala
Morning safari in Queen Elizabeth National Park where we can see crocodiles, hippos, elephants, lions, garzels, zebras and many other animals. After lunch we drive back to Kampala (5-7 hours) for a farewell dinner. Hotel, B&B.
Day 13-14 • Flight back to Europe
Flight & arrival at home.
For the participation in the SummitClimb Rwenzori climb every participant needs the personal equipment recommended by us.
down to - 10°C
with wind chill factor down to - 15°C
Citizens of the EU, Switzerland and most OECD countries can obtain the visa for Uganda on arrival with a passport valid for at least 6 months.
Rwenzori Climb - Participation
Requirements: For this trekking and climb, you should be healthy and have a good physical condition. You should be able to hike in pathless terrain and be prepared for wet weather conditions.
Technical difficulties: In order to climb Margherita Peak, you need experience in mountaineering. You should master roping up on the glacier and rope-free walking with crampons on a terrain with up to 45° of steepness and on rock - UIAA difficulty grade II. The tour can be assessed as PD+/AD- according to the French UIAA scale.
Condition/endurance: A good physical condition for up to 6-8 hours of ascent and good health is necessary.
The crossing of the Ruwenzori via Alexandera Peak (5091m) to Margherita Peak (5109m) is longer and technically more demanding, with sections of UIAA difficulty grade III and abseiling passages. According to UIAA scale, this is a high-altitude AD+ tour.