Day 1: Hike to the Sine Camp
As the adventure begins, complete a briefing with your guides at Kilembe (1,450m), before beginning the trek to Sine Camp at 2,596 metres. You will hike through the forests of the Afro-montane forest zone. This is a steady climb for about 6km before passing through a steep section towards Sine Camp.
The hike is a great opportunity to see some of the flora and fauna of the Rwenzoris, including Colobus Monkeys. Today you will cover a total distance of approximately 9.5km over 5-6 hours.
Day 2: Hike to Mutinda Camp
Hike to Mutinda Camp at 3,688 metres, passing through the Bamboo and Heather-Rapanea zones. The trail meanders up over several small knolls along a ridge top before dropping down the side of the valley. You cross several small streams and pass close to the moss covered waterfalls. Once you pass 3,000 metres, you'll see unique plant species like Giant Heather covered in Usnea lichen.
Mutinda Camp is set near a small river and waterfall. In the afternoon, you summit Mutinda Lookout at 3,975 meres. Today's hike covers approximately 6km over 6-8 hours of walking.
Day 3: Hike to Bugata Camp
Hike to Bugata Camp at 4,100 metres, gaining 412 metres in altitude. The route passes through a beautiful valley full of plants, streams, and waterfalls. The hiking gets tougher now, and there are some steep ridges, muddy and boggy sections, and higher steps. The rewards are well worth it with the views from camp.
Day 4: Hike to Weismann's Peak
An early start today as you head for the summit of Weismann's Peak (4,620 metres). After the summit hike, descend via a different route which loops back around to the Nyamwamba Valley to Kiharo Camp at 3,430 metres.
Today's hike covers 3.7km from Bugata to Weismann's Peak, and further 9km to Kiharo Camp taking approximately 8-10 hours in total.
Day 5: Return to basecamp
Descend past the moss covered rocks, along the rivers and forests back to the base camp at Kilembe. It's about 15km from Kiharo to base camp, taking 7-9 hours. Debrief at Kilembe and continue with your onward journey.
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$821 per person for the trek starting and ending in Kilembe.
3+ person group: US$746 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.
- Guides & porters throughout the 10-day trek
- All meals
- Accommodation throughout the trek in dormitory-style huts along the trail
- All technical equipment (except crampons): none required for low altitude treks.
- 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.