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6-Day Rwenzori Trek- Central Circuit

Day 1: NYAKALENGIJA (1615m asl.) – NYABITABA CAMP (2651m asl.)

The central circuit 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 6 -7 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.  

Day 3: JOHN MATTE - BUJUKU CAMP (3962m asl.)

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.

Day 4: BUJUKU - KITANDARA CAMP (4430m asl.)

Leaving Bujuku, the trail takes you through more bog, while climbing the steep slopes west of the lake and through the magical forest of Groundsel Gully. Turn to your left, while the trail on your right leads to Elena Camp, the highest camp, for those who are aiming at climbing Margherita Peak. The trail will lead you through the Scott-Elliot pass, where there are spectacular views of Bujuku Lake and Mount Speke. After, the trail passes you through an alpine zone of sparse vegetation and rough boulders, descend past the Kitandara Lakes for dinner, and overnight at the Kitandara camp. 

The hike takes an average of 5 – 6 hours. 

Day 5: KITANDARA – GUY YEOMAN (3261m asl.)

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 4282m asl. At this point, you can view the Congo to the west and Mount Stanley to the north. From the pass, take on the long high alpine moss. Thereafter start the descent through steep rocky trails and the rock shelter at Bujongolo, the base camp for the historic expedition by the Duke of Abruzzi in 1906, and then overnight at Guy yeoman camp.

The hike takes an average of 6 – 7 hours.


Below Guy Yeoman, the route descends the cliffs of Kichuchu. Beyond Kichuchu the muddy path crosses the Mubuku River twice through a bamboo forest before climbing downwards to Nyabitaba to complete the circuit.

Continue hiking downwards and complete your trek by the evening.

Upon arrival, you will be transferred to your hotel in Fort Portal for dinner and overnight.

The descent from Guy yeoman to Nyakalengija takes 7 – 8 hour

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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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