Day 1: Leave for Kasese southwestern Uganda.
Day 2: Nyakalengija (1615m) to Nyabitaba Hut (2651m). The Central Circuit starts at the Rwenzori Mountaineering Services offices at Nyakalengija. You should arrive in the morning to allow ample time to rent equipment and meet your guides and porters. The trail begins by passing through farmland to the park boundary beyond which it follows the Mubuku River, crossing its Mahoma tributary before starting a long, steep climb up onto a massive ridge to reach Nyabitaba hut. The hike takes around 6 -7 hours. During this part of the trip you may hear chimpanzee and see black and white colobus, blue monkey and the brilliantly coloured Rwenzori turaco.
Day 3: Nyabitaba (2651m) to Mubuku River (2600m) John Matte Hut (3380m). From Nyabitaba follow the trail that drops down through the forest to the Kurt Shafer Bridge, just below the confluence of the Mubuku and Bujuku rivers. Passing through the bamboo forest, traverse through a long and exhausting stretch of slippery moss-covered rock. From the Nyamileju rock shelter, Mount Stanley and Mount Speke can be seen before passing into the zone of the giant heather, lobelia and groundsel. Finally reach John Matte Hut after passing through the tiring bog, for Dinner and Overnight at the Hut.
Day 4: John Matte (3380m) to Bujuku (3962m). From John Matte Hut the trail drops down to cross the Bujuku River and enters Lower Bigo Bog, the home of giant lobelias. Jumping from tussock to tussock, the bog is finally crossed but rarely without the feet sampling some of the freezing ooze below. The Upper Bigo bog gives way to Bujuku Lake, with views of Mt Baker to the South and Mt Stanley to the West. Bujuku Hut, well located in the shadow of Mount Baker and Mount Speke, is set in a narrow valley below Stuhlmann Pass. Dinner and overnight at Bujukuhut.
Day 5: Bujuku (3977m) to Elena Hut (4541m). Leaving Bujuku, the trail takes you through more bog, while climbing the steep slopes west of the lake and through the magical Groundsel Gully as it ascends to Scott-Elliot Pass at 4372m. At the head of the gully a metal ladder takes you over a steep section after which the trail is divided into two. The trail on your right leads up to Elena Hut and Mount Stanley on a steep trail over large boulders, while the trail on your left leads to Scott-Elliot Pass and down to Kitandara Lakes the trail on he left leads those who are not climbing Margherita Peak to Kitandara Hut. Those climbing the peak will have their Dinner and Overnight at the coolly and Icy Elena Hut
Day 6: Elena Hut (4541m) to Margherita peak to Kitandara hut (4027m). For those aiming at reaching Margherita peak (5109m), continue to the base of the Stanley Glacier. To reach the summit of Margherita, the climb takes about 5-7 hours depending on the weather conditions and the pace of climbing this mountain. This tough walk takes you over three glaciers, slippery rock, ice and very exposed areas which are open on many sides. Note that this climb is for only physically fit and technical climbers. Climbing on to the glaciers, cross the Stanley Plateau and proceed with the ascent.
Acclimatized to fog, altitude sickness and coolly weather, scramble up to the summit of Margherita the highest peak of the Rwenzoris. Given the high altitude and the tough conditions even if you do not reach the peak, donâ€™t get disappointed. Prepare for you return through the Scott-Elliot pass, where there are spectacular views back to Bujuku Lake and Mount Speke, up to Mount Stanley and down to the Kitandara Lakes. After the trail that passes you through an alpine zone of sparse vegetation and rough boulders, descend past the Kitandara Lakes for dinner and overnight at the Kitandara.
Day 7: Kitandara (4027m) to Freshfi eld Pass (4282m) Guy Yeoman (3450m). 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. 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 the rock shelter at Bujongolo, the base camp for the historic expedition by the Duke of Abruzzi in 1906. Over night at Guy yeoman.
Day 8: Guy Yeoman (3450m) to Nyabitaba (2651m). The descent to Nyabitaba takes around 6 -7 hours but with an early start it is possible to make it all the way down to Nyakalengija. Below Guy Yeoman, the route descends the cliffs of Kichuchu. Beyond Kichuchu the muddy path crosses the Mubuku River twice before climbing upwards to Nyabitaba to complete the circuit.
Day 9: Nyabitaba (2651m) - Nyakalengija (1615m). The descent from Nyabitaba to Nyakalengija takes 3 â€“ 4 hours.
- 1 day bag (for Small bag but enough to carry your packed lunch Rain gear drinking water and a camera)
- 1 sleeping bag
- 1 pr. of mountain boots
- 1 jogging suit
- Pairs of woolen socks
- Pairs of trekking trousers 2 cotton shirts warm woolen cap 1 pr gloves, woolen mitten
- A torch, headlamp incl. batteries
- 1 trekking bag
- 1 pr. of jogging shoes
- 1 sun hat
- 5 prs. Of socks
- 1 pr. Snow glasses
- Leggings up to the knee (gaiters)
- Rain proof and warm gear
- Walking sticks
- Photo equipment
- Pocket knife
- Stomach upsets
- 1 elastic bandage, Elastoplasts
- Water purification tablets
- Vitamin C tablets
- Sun lotion 20
- Lip ointment.
For summit climbers:
- 1 pr. of crampon Proof Mountain boots
- 1 ice axe (Hire at base)
- 1 Harnesses
- 1 pr of crampons
- 1 pc of 50 meter climbing rope (Hire at base).
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