Day 1: Hike to Sine Camp
The trek begins at Trekkers Hostel in Kilemba (1,450 metres). Today's hike takes us to Sine Camp at 2,596 metres (altitude gain of 1,146 metres). Those who are particularly fit can proceed to Kalalama Camp at 3,134 metres. Hiking to Kalalama gives you more time at Mutinda Camp where you can climb to the Mutinda Lookout at 3,975 metres.
The trek begins by passing through tall forests in the Afro Montane Forest zone. There are a multitude of birds in the forest, and at time you can see troops of 15-20 black and white Colobus monkeys.
The beautiful Enock's falls are just 200 metres from Sine Hut. As you settle into camp for the evening, sit around the campfire with your guides and learn about the mountains and their life the community.
Day 2: Hike to Mutinda Camp
Today's trek starts at 8:30am. Almost immediately, you enter the Bamboo-Mimulopsis zone, and the trail becomes steeper. In the wet season, the trail becomes muddy and slippery, making the going slow.
The atmosphere of the forest is beautiful, and you climb 551 metres over 1.8km from Sine Camp to Kalalama Camp in the Heather-Rapanea zone. Stop for a coffee/tea break at Kalalama before pressing on to Mutinda Camp at 3,582 metres. The trail meanders up several small knolls along a ridge top and then drops down the side of the valley, before rising once again. You'll pass a number of waterfalls en route, the trail twists and turns and passes an enormous variety of plant life.
In the afternoon, you have the option to climb to the top of the Mutinda Lookout at 3,925 metres (1-2 hours ascent, 1 hour descent). From the lookout you have incredible views across the Rwenzoris, down to Kasese town and Lake George.
Day 3: Trek to Bugata Camp
Cross the Mutinda Valley through the tussock grass and everlasting flowers interspersed with Giant Lobelias before climbing a steep section up to the Namusangi Valley at 3,840 metres. Here there are beautiful waterfalls and great views of the Mutinda Peaks.
The Namusangi Valley is wide, and the trail climbs steadily to Bugata Camp at 4,100 metres.
Day 4: Trek to Hunwick's Camp
Trek to Hunwick's Camp via Bamwanjarra Pass. On a clear day, the pass provides excellent views of the 3 mains peaks of the range.
A few steep sections later and we begin the steady climb up over a ridge to Hunwick's Camp, situated on the top of a deep valley with great views of Mount Stanley, Mount Baker, Weismann's Peak, and McConnel's Prong.
Day 5: Summit Mount Baker
Today is the Mount Baker summit hike. It's a 4.3km climb lasting 4-6 hours on the ascent, and 2-3 hours on the descent. We'll set off by 6:30am to climb the Mount Baker peak at 4,842 metres.
The ascent is a steep, rocky climb where you need good fitness, and you need to be comfortable with heights - there is some crevice climbing with sharp drops. The routes are safe, but not recommended for the vertigo-afflicted!
Although it's a steep climb, Mount Baker is not considered a technical climb except in the wet season from April-May and September-October when it can get very slippery and icy. Safety ropes will be used at all times on steep sections.
After climbing up you descend along a crack in the rock face to the glacier, and then it's a short 300-metre walk to the peak. On a clear day, you have incredible views of the peaks of Margherita, Alexandria, Stanley's plateau and the glaciers of the range. One of the most stunning viewpoints in the range.
After admiring the view, head back down to McConell's Camp for overnight.
Day 6: Hike to Kiharo Camp
We start the day by climbing up a ridge towards McConnel's Prong where you have great views of all 3 peas and Scott Elliott's Pass before reaching Oliver's Pass at 4,505 metres. The train cuts across below Weismann's Peak to the confluence of the Nyamwamba River which flows down though Kilembe and Kasese to Lake George in Queen Elizabeth National Park.
You have the option here to climb Weismann's Peak at 4,620 metres. On a clear day you get stunning views of Margherita Peak, Mount Stanley, Mount Speke, and Mount Baker.
The train then heads down the valley to Kiharo Camp situated in a deep valley flanked by high cliffs and surrounded by dense vegetation.
Day 7: Return to Basecamp
Today we head from Kiharo Camp back to the Kilembe, covering a distance of about 15km. The walk is 5-8 hours depending on fitness and weather conditions.
The trail down the Nyamwamba Valley is mostly downhill and the views are absolutely beautiful, with moss covered rocks, rivers, cascading waterfalls, valleys and forests. The route took 6 years to develop.
Prices, Departures and Inclusions
Prices are per person based on 2 people travelling together. Additional $35/night park fee payable at the Rwenzori park gates.
Price depends on group size:
1-2 person group: US$1,242 per person for the trek starting and ending in Kilembe.
3+ person group: US$1,134 per person for the trek starting and ending in Kilembe.
We run group treks and solo treks. You can book any date, and the number of other people in the group will simply depend on how many other travellers have booked to be in the mountains for those dates. If no one else has booked for your dates, the trek will run as a private tour.
Maximum group size for the high altitude treks is 8 or 9, or up to 15 for low altitude treks.
Equipment and training
The standard of both equipment and training is very high in the Rwenzoris. The team is also constantly in the mountains finding new routes and keeping existing ones open, so even when visitor numbers are low, they are not getting stale.
We partner with the best regional specialists who value safety immensely. External trainers are brought in to keep the local guides up to date in alpine techniques and safety.
All of the technical gear is imported from the UK, including ropes, ice screws, ice axes, harnesses, and crampons. We do recommend every client comes along with their own pair of crampons, but there are also some to rent.
For all treks summiting Magherita peak, the following gear is provided: harnesses, caribinas, ice axes, helmets, rubber boots, ropes and ice screws.
- Guides & porters throughout the 10-day trek
- All meals
- Accommodation throughout the trek in dormitory-style huts along the trail
- All technical equipment (recommended to bring own crampons)
- Accommodation before and after the trek
- Transport to and from Kilembe
- Flights or visa fees
- Anything not mentioned as included
- Note that we can arrange transfers to and from the trailhead for you at additional cost, or if you're including the Rwenzoris as part of a wider itinerary with us, then transport to and from Kilembe and accommodation before/after the trek will be included.