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Rwenzori Expedition - Mountains of the Moon Traverse


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Basic costs:
9.500,00 €
Full service:
15.750,00 €

Traverse of Rwenzori - Congo to Uganda via Mag. Peak - 5109m

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Unique adventure in the heart of Africa:
+ Mount Stanley ascent, west side
+ expedition carried out only twice in 30 years
+ wild untouched nature
+ unforgettable expedition to the Moon Mountains

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Rwenzori Expedition - Mountains of the Moon Traverse

Selected dates:

Basic costs:
9.500,00 €
Full service:
15.750,00 €

Airport of departure:

Berlin, Düsseldorf, Frankfurt, Stuttgart, München

Rwenzori traverse - guidance

Basic price: No guidance on the mountain, independent ascent under the supervision of the expedition leader (min. 4 participants).

Full service: Mountain guide per 2 climbers, fully guided expedition with the traverse of Rwenzori and ascent of Mount Stanley, Margehrita Peak.

Possible cancellation of expedition

Due to the political uncertainties in the East of the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC), there is an increased risk that the tour may have to be cancelled or modified due to extraordinary circumstances. Already incurred and possible additional costs are at the expense of participants and most insurances do not cover them.
The traverse has only been done twice in the last 30 years - both times by SummitClimb & Felix Berg - and is not a standard expedition, trekking or mountaineering trip.

Alternative: Rwenzori from Uganda

If necessary, we can switch to the alternative classic programme in Uganda at no extra cost before entering the DRC.

Rwenzori traverse - Services

Basic package:

  • Organization and management of the expedition
  • SummitClimb expedition leader
  • International flight to Entebbe (EBB)
    - Departure from different airports in Europe
  • Airport transfers to Kampala
  • 2 nights (double room) in Kampala, ****hotel with breakfast 
  • 1 overnight stay (double room) in ***Lodge, Queen Elizabeth National Park
  • Transport to the border with Congo in a private vehicle
  • Logistics of the border crossing (visa Congo required)
  • Transport in Congo to Mutwanga
  • Overnight stays in simple accommodation, Virunga National Park
  • Organisation of porters for trekking / Congo
  • Purchasing food in Congo 
  • Logistics with UWA, National Park in Uganda
  • Logistics with RMS, Ruwenzori Mounatineering Service, Uganda
  • Return transfer from RMS Headquarters to Kampala

Full Service package: 

  • All services listed under Basic package
  • The entire tour guided tour by the expedition leader or a IVBV mountain guide
  • Ropes and climbing equipment
  • Group equipment: stove, gas, bivouac tent
  • Food during the expedition
  • A ratio of max. 2 climbers per mountain guide

Not included: 

  • Travel insurance
  • Visa fees for Uganda and Congo
  • Dinner and lunch in Kampala (we usually go out to a restaurant together)
  • Personal equipment
  • Snacks, alcoholic beverages, other personal expenses
  • Tips

Rwenzori traverse - Itinerary

Day 1 • Kampala / Entebbe
Departure from Europe in the afternoon of the previous day. Arrival in Uganda, drive to the hotel in Kampala. Hotel, B&B

Day 2 • Drive through Uganda
A long day in the car takes us along Lake Victoria to Bwindi National Park. Overnight at Kitandara Lodge, B&B.

Day 3 • Gorilla tracking
For acclimatization we spend a day visiting the gorillas in their natural habitat. After the gorilla trek, we drive to Queen Elizabeth National Park and stay at Hippo Camp Lodge. Full board.

Day 4 • Uganda to Congo
We drive to the border with Congo (DRC) near Mponde. After regulating the border crossing and making arrangements with the Virunga National Park, we drive to Rwenzori (west side).

Bridge into Congo, drive to Rwenzori Ranger in Congo. Jungle of Rwenzori (DRC), Trek in Congo
Photos: Mponde bridge, Ranger in Congo, hiking up in the jungle. 

Day 5 • Rwenzori - Congo
After providing the last supplies (food) and final preparations of local guide and porters, we ascend to the 1st hut (approx. 3-4 hours): Kalonge Hut (2138m).

Day 6 • Rwenzori - Congo
Ascent to the 2nd hut (about 4-5 hours): Mahangu Hut (3310m).

Day 7 • Rwenzori - Congo
Ascent to the 3rd hut (about 4-5 hours): Kiondo Hut (4200m).

Day 8 • Rwenzori ascent
Trekking (approx. 5-6 hrs.) over partly secured path (old fixed ropes) to the Moraine Hut (approx. 4400m). From this point on we are on our own, the porters are heading back. The bivouac hut is still in Congo, on the western flank of Rwenzori. 

Hut in Congo Relax at the fireplace in a hut, Congo Hiking in the jungle of Ruwenzori, Congo. 
Photos: Kiondu Hut, Relax at the fireplace, hiking up to Moraine Hut.

Day 9 • Rwenzori ascent
Preparation and material transport at approx. 4800m, this day serves for acclimatization. Overnight stay at the Moraine Hut (4400m).

Day 10 • Mount Stanley ascent (5109m)
Ascent of Mount Stanley through Glacier Pass. If we are fast, we can also ascend Pt. Alexandra and then Margherita Point, then descend (if necessary tent or bivouac). The exact plan will be adapted according to the level of the participants and the circumstances. 

Albert Glacier, Rwenzori, Congo Climbing the ridge of Peak Alexandra - Rwenzori Mount Stanley - view from Alexandra Peak
Photos: Albert-Glacier in Congo, on the ridge of Alexandra Peak, Mount Stanley.

Day 11 • Rwenzori - Uganda
Reserve day for the descent to Bujuku Lake or Lake Kitandara, Uganda. Here we are in the "territory" of the RMS, the Rwenzori Mountaineering Service of Uganda.

Day 12 • Rwenzori - Uganda
Descent via the classic Central Circuit to Nyakalegija, Uganda.

Day 13 • Rwenzori - Uganda
Pick-up at the foot of the mountain and drive to Kampala. Hotel, B&B.

Day 14 • Kampala
Reserve day or day in Kampala (and surrounding area, possibly safari along the way back).

Day 15 • Kampala
Kampala, end of the expedition, in the evening drive to Entebbe Airport (EBB).

Day 15 • Back home
Arrival at your departure point, back home.

To participate in the SummitClimb Ruwenzori expedition each participant needs the personal equipment recommended by us.


down to - 10°C / 
with wind chill factor down to - 20°C

General conditions of the climb:

expedition, 5000m, alpine mountaineering, glacier tour, warm to cold, humid


Participants should apply for a Multiple Entry Visa for Uganda (to be applied for in advance only, embassy). You must also apply for the visa for Congo at your consulate or embassy.

Rwenzori traverse - Participation

Requirements: A spirit of adventure, flexible action depending on the political situation in the region, independent mountaineering skills and experience in travelling through politically unstable countries.

Technical requirements: You should master climbing knots, roping up and abseiling, rope-free walking with crampons on a terrain with up to 45° of steepness and on rock - climbing UIAA grade II.

Physical requirements: A good condition for up to 8 hours of ascent and then 4-6 hours of descent. You should be in good health and able to carry your own equipment and parts of the group material (approx. 12-15kg rucksack).

Danger notice Rwenzori, Congo: 

The Rwenzori Massif is located in the west in the South Kivu Province, DRC (Congo). To get to the mountain we have to travel through South Kivu. Traveling in this region is very risky. At the latest after two days of trekking we are no longer exposed to any criminal or political danger, but the rescue possibilities on the mountain are extremely limited and a U-turn would mean a return through the Kivu area.


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Basic package
9.500,00 €
Full service
15.750,00 €


Rwenzori Expedition - Mountains of the Moon Traverse

25. Jan - 09. Feb 2025

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