Volcano Climbing (day trips from Kisoro)
The climbing is done on three extinct volcanoes and doesn’t require specialised mountaineering gear.
a) Mt Muhavura (4127m) It is a 12km walk and takes 8 hours hiking
b) Mt Gahiga (3414m).Gahiga means small piles of stones, it takes 6 hours to climb.
c) Mt Sabyinyo (old mans teeth) (3669m). It is a 14 km walk and the journey takes 8 hours.
Mountain Climbing:- There are two areas where this can be done, Mt Elgon and Rwenzori Mountains.
These two mountains are among the best in Africa and Uganda
Mt Elgon (approx 4 days leaving Kampala & return)
The mountain has three accessible routes(Sasa,Sipi & Piswa trail) to the peaks and doesn’t require any climbing skills or specialised equipment.
Rwenzori Mountains ( Mountains of the Moon)
Much of the Rwenzori Mountains can be climbed by anyone reasonably fit without special equipment other than good hiking boots and warm, waterproof clothing, however most of the higher peaks and certain other sections do require mountaineering equipment and previous experience.
Central Circuit Trail (7 to 8 days plus travel time between Kampala and the mountains)
Arrival, transfer to Kasese (Margherita hotel)
After breakfast, transfer to park headquarters at Nyakalengija. This is the starting point, where you can rent equipment and hire your porters and guide. The charges for these services depend on the length of your stay.The days hiking is fairly easy to Nyabitaba. On your way to the park boundary,you will go through coffee plantations, garden plots and homesteads. After the park boundary, the trail follows the River Mubuku on your right, you will cross small rivers, rocks and bluffs before reaching River Muhoma. Make a climb through ferns and the forest and then finally to Nyabitaba hut (2652m). A 5-7 hour climb.
Hiking up to John Matte (3414m)
It is considered to be the longest and most tiring day of the circuit, so an early start is vital. From Nyabitaba Hut. Move westward and drop steeply at River Mubuku which you cross at Kurt Shaffer bridge. After the bridge, move anticlockwise and use the muddy slippery trail that climbs to the bamboo zone. Enter the moorland zone with giant tree heather and groundsel. Have a stop at Nyamileju Hut for lunch and to enjoy the view of Mt Speke and Mt Stanley if the day is clear. After lunch proceed following River Mubuku, go through giant Robelia, groundsel and challenging bog and finally to John Matte.
Leave John Matte hut and head for Bujuku (3962m). The hike takes up to 5 hours depending on the conditions of the Bigo Bog. Crossing the Bujuku river, you will enter into the Lower Bigo Bog . This involves a tough track and experience of jumping from one grassy tussock to another. The trail is muddy but eventually leads to the Bigo Hut. Past the Bigo Hut is Upper Bigo Bog before reaching the beautiful Lake Bujuku. At the southern end of this lake is a majestic setting with Mt Baker in the South, Mt Speke in the North and Mt Stanley in the west. Take the lake trail and at the north end is a rock shelter called cooking pot and a short distance further is Bujuku Hut. If you intend to climb Mt Speke (requires climbing experience skill and special equipment) make Bujuku Hut your base allowing an extra nights stay to do this climb.
Elena Base / Kitandara Hut.
a) If you intend to scale the highest point in the Rwenzoris (Margherita 5109m) then make Elena your base. It is 3-4hours from Bujuku Hut and 2km off the central circuit trail. (requires climbing experience skill and special equipment).
b) If you are not climbing the Margherita peak move south from Bujuku Hut to Kitandara (4023m).This takes you to the highest point on the circuit trail Scott Elliot pass(4372m), then go through the giant groundsel and descend to Kitandara lakes. Kitandara huts are positioned on the shores of the lakes and it takes 3-4 hours from Bujuku hut.
Start early after your morning breakfast to have an ample time to reach Nyabitaba as it is another long day walk.The trail from Guy yeoman leads through difficult spots of deep mud. After asuccessful descend, walk through the bamboo forest and cross upper mubuku river and take on the Nyabitaba ridge to Nyabitaba camp.
Descend to Rwenzori Mountains National park and complete your trip with cold drink with your guide conteplating your ever lasting memory.Then later transfer to Kampala or continue as per your plan.