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RWENZORI MOUNTAINS NATIONAL PARK
Rwenzori “Mountains of the moon” offers trek to Margherita Peak (5109m) Africa's third highest point. Even though there are other routes climb we recommend climbing up Kilembe route real beauty of forests, valleys and flora is diverse with trees. There are many species of birds and primates up the trail you will see chimpanzee nests high up in the tall trees, if you are lucky you may catch a glimpse of the resident chimpanzee as they scamper away. Colobus monkeys, antelopes and blue monkeys are residents of this forest.  Ascending up Magherita Peak is more of a hard scramble than a climb except for a few difficult moves and when it snows it is more difficult however the rewards and exhilaration of reaching the top is enormous as you look across Albert Peak to the DRC (Congo) then east across the spectra of the Rwenzori Mountains.

KILEMBE ROUTE TO MARGHERITA PEAK – 9 DAYS

Day 1 SAMALIRA CAMP: (3171m) After breakfast walk 2kms from Trekkers Hostel in Kyanjiki  (1,667) with your guide to the rangers post at 1,727M for advice and park rules. Continue to Samalira Camp Via Rock shelter (2,785m) where poachers used to pass, through the thick forest with tall trees and then Bamboo   passed the main ridge and rocks. The 9 kms walk takes about 6 hours to the camp for dinner and overnight.
DAY 2 KIHARO CAMP (3588m): - After breakfast steepy 7 kilometres walk across small stream then up a narrow moss covered ridge.  The views give us the impression that we could fly as we look across the many ridges and valleys far below. You can see Kilembe village deep in the valley and across Lake George. After  Chavumba (meaning heaven) at 3,316m the climb becomes less steep upto the Nyamwamba valley Lunch  break at Polies Rock Shelter 3,249 metres. After lunch climb above the Nyamwamba River to Kiharo Camp at 3,588 metres pass through granite rock climbs of 20 to 40 metres, with towering peaks above. Sleep at Kiharo Camp 3,588 metres
DAY 3 CAMP 3 (4065M): - Walk via Bamwanjara and kachope lakes then face steep section through the narrow valley with large moss covered rocks. With the peaks clear ahead you reach the wider upstream Nyamwamba River through bogs and giant lobelias. Both sides of the valley are lined with sheer cliff faces as we near the confluence of the Nyamwamba and Namusangi valleys. Our third camp at 4,065 metres, is above Lake Kopello and has panoramic views looking down the valley of nine glacier lakes, the Namusangi valley. The 7 kilometers trekking takes about 5 hours to Camp 3 (4,065m) for dinner and overnight .

DAY 4 CAMP 4 ((4450M): - As you ascend you will be able to view the main peaks ahead where on a clear day you can see Mt Stanley, Mt Speke in the centre and Mt Baker. On the right one can see McConnell’s Prong named after a British explorer and geologist. The Kachope Lakes area is one of the three known areas where on a misty day one may catch a rare glimpse of the Rwenzori leopard. Little research has been done on this animal yet it is rare than the snow leopard, which has gained so much attention in recent years. After passing Kachope Lakes we climb to Camp four (4,006m) for dinner and overnight. The six kilometers walk takes about 6 hours.
DAY 5 CAMP 5 (4,460 m) 4.1 kilometres 3 to 5 hours Start height is 4,006 metres climbing to 4,333 metres at Camp 5. After breakfast have easy walk past Kitandara Lakes and climb through Sott Elliott pass to the camp situated right on the pass with fantastic views down the valley to Lake Bujuku and Mt Speke. To the south you see Kitandara Lakes and Wiesmanns Peak. It takes about 4 to 5 hours to the camp at 4,460 metres in a flat sheltered position covered with moss where you can get a good sleep before climbing any of the peaks on Mt Stanley including Margherita and Alexandra Peaks. Dinner and overnight.

Day 6 MARGHARITA PEAK (5109 M) SUMMIT: - Wake up at about 3.am for attempt to the summit after hot drink. It takes about 3 hours to Margherita (5109m) through Elena hut (4,540m) on the way to the peaks. After Elena the steep climb on hard rock through the edge of the glacier (4,765 m) Although there are few crevices the guide will lead the way as one never knows. The upper areas of the glacier and the saddle between the two peaks Alexandra and Margherita the sun will just be peeping over the horizon giving the chance of fantastic photographs of the two main peaks tip with sunlight. Then reach the upper Met. Stations (4,830 m) descend to a ladder (4803 m) onto the upper glacier leading to Magherita Peaks. First you climb up the glacier to a small saddle between Alexandra and Magherita Peaks at 5,025 metres then up a steep rock to the main peak (5109M). At times the rocks are covered with snow and ice and may be slippery but mostly it is firm rock. Nice view of Albert Peak to the DRC (Congo) then east across the spectra of the Rwenzori Mountains from the top. After enjoying the scenery and signing the book, you descend using the same path down to Camp 5 for dinner and overnight. 7 kilometers walk takes total of about 7 to 8 hours up and down. (Some people prefer to walk directly down to camp 4 so as to sleep at a lower altitude but this depends on your fitness as you would need to leave Camp 5 before 3.pm to avoid walking in the dark)
DAY 7 CAMP 3 AT 4,006 M: - After a good rest descend down from camp 5 via camp 4 to see the rock hyrax and their main predator Rwenzori Leopard Panthera pardus Ruwenzori which is rarely seen. The leopard has been heavily poached in the past and there are few left however on a rare occasion on a misty or overcast day you may be lucky to see one briefly as they move between the rocks to prey on hyrax. The 10 kilometers walk takes between 6 to 7 hours. Dinner and overnight at Camp 3 (4006 m).
DAY 8 KALALAMA CAMP: - 9.5 kilometers walk takes 4 to 6 hours to descend via the Namusangi valley across open moreland and large areas of tussock grass. Walk through wet valley floor, you need rubber boots for this section. Continue down passed several small waterfalls and Lobellia through steep rocky section with fantastic views of Mutinda Peaks directly ahead. Dinner and overnight at Kalalama camp overlooking the Kilembe valley and Kasese town
DAY 9 TREKKERS HOSTEL: - Descend down through the bamboo forests which at times get boggy and slippery due to the mass of fallen leaves during the wet season. Pass Samalira camp and Musenge shelter down to the rangers post then after signing off walk down to Trekkers Hostel for lunch. The walk takes about 6 hours and cover about 11 kilometers. End of the trip.

OTHER TREKKING TRIP TO RWENZORI
i)10 DAYS TREK TO MARGHERITA PEAK 5109M
ii) 8 DAYS RWENZORI TREK TO MT. BAKERS 4886m.

Price includes: Guide, potters, food (meals) and accommodation whilst in the mountain
RECOMMENDED MOUNTAIN EQUIPMENTS (available for higher):  - Wind proof Jacket and over trouser, Rain coat, warm under wear, warm socks, walking trousers, shirts and pull over, Rain shoes, warm hat and balaclava, scarf, warm sleeping bag, sun glasses, torch, sun cream, toilet pare, walking stick, water bottle, water purification tablets, First aid kit including blister plaster, headache tablets and emergency whistle
 

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