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4 Day trek Rwenzori to Bujuku

Day 1: NYAKALENGIJA (1615m asl.) – NYABITABA CAMP (2651m asl.)
The trek starts at Nyakalengija. You need to 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 a thick forest along the Mubuku River, crossing its Mahoma River tributary before starting a long, steep climb up onto a massive ridge to reach Nyabitaba hut. During this part of the trek, you may hear chimpanzees and see black and white colobus, blue monkeys, and the brilliantly colored Rwenzori turaco.

The hike takes an average of 5 -8 hours.

Day 2: NYABITABA – JOHN MATTE CAMP (3505m asl.)

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 Nyamuleju 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.

The hike takes an average of 7 - 8 hours. 


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 oozes 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. This camp is good for acclimatization for clients attempting the summits of peaks Mount Stanley and Mount Speke. Dinner and overnight at Bujuku hut. 

The hike takes an average of 4 – 5 hours.



From John Matte climb-downs from the same trail to Nyabitaba Camp for your lunch. This will take about 5 – 6 hours.

After your lunch, descend back to Nyakalengija for either overnight at base camp hotels or proceed to your next destination.

The descent from Nyabitaba to Nyakalengija will take 3 – 4 hours

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Frequently Asked Question

Qn. What's the best time of the year to trek?

Ans. You can trek any day of the year however, the dry months of the year are better, that's January, February, June, July, August and late December are the best months to trek although, in the mountains, almost every day is a wet day.

Qn. What physical fitness or exercise is required to prepare to trek Rwenzori?

Ans: You need to be physically fit since Rwenzori is kind of challenging to even for experienced hikers. However simple jogging prior to the trek experience is essential to prepare the muscles for the hike.

Qn. Are the trails smooth or easy to hike?

Ans: Some trails are muddy, rocky, and slippery. So as you you trek, you need to be careful about where you step. Otherwise, they are clearly demarcated to lead you to the summit.




Price includes

  • Park fees

  • Hiking gears

  • Bottled Drinking water

  • Accommodation

  • Meals

  • Guide fees

  • Luggage Carrier/Potters

  • Chef's

Price Excludes

  • Visa

  • Insurance

  • Personal Expense

  • Tips

  • Alcoholic Beverages

Packing list

  • Camera

  • Antimalarials

  • Warm light-weight clothes

  • Backpacker/ small bag to accommodate your packed lunch, rain gear, and drinking water.​

  • Waterproof hiking boots

  • Several pairs of woolen socks

  • Trekking trousers

  • Warm layers

  • Woolen head sock

  • Warm gloves​

  • A torch/headlamp and batteries​

  • 1 pair of jogging shoes

  • 1 sun hat

  • Handkerchiefs

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