5 Days Rwenzori Mountains Trekking (Weismann’s Peak)
5 Days Rwenzori Trekking starts at Trekkers Hostel in Kyanjuki, Kilembe which is situated 1,450 meters above sea level and 12 kilometers from Kasese town. 5 Days Rwenzori Mountains Trekking is best to start the trek by 9 am but you can leave as late as 11 am. You walk 2.2km to the UWA ranger’s post at 1,727 meters, which takes about one hour. Here you pay the gate entrance fee and the rangers brief you on the rules of the National Park. Day 1 Start at Trekkers at 1,450 meters and sleep at Sine Hut at 2,596 meters being a height gain of 1,146 meters.
Day by Day Itinerary 5 Days Rwenzori Trekking (Weismann’s Peak)
Day 1: Briefing from the Guides
Briefing from the guides and starting the trek, hike to Sine Camp at 2596 meters, the hike will take you through the tall forest trees of the Afro-montane forest zone. This is a steady climb for about 6 kilometers then along a steep climb towards Sine hut. The hike will offer you lots of plant and flower species to view, birds, and a chance of seeing some animal species like Columbus monkeys. Covering 9.5km approximately 5 to 6 hours of walking.
Day 2: Hike to Mutinda Camp at 3588 meters
Hike to Mutinda Camp at 3588 meters, through the Bamboo and Heather-Rapanea Zone, following the trail while it meanders up and over several small knolls along a ridge top and drops down the side of the valley crossing several small streams and passing close to moss-covered waterfalls with very unique beautiful plant and flower species found above 3000 meters like Giant Heather trees whose trunks are covered in green moss with old man beards (Usnea lichen) hanging from the branches, approaching to Mutinda camp which is set near a small river and waterfall.
In the afternoon one has an option of summiting Mutinda lookout at 3975 meters. Covering 6.1km, approximately 6 to 8 hrs of walking to Mutinda camp.
Day 3: Through the valley of amazingly unique beautiful plant species
The third day takes you through the valley of amazingly unique beautiful plant species, streams, and waterfalls while we head to Bugata Camp at 4062 meters. The trek gets tougher and exhausting with the steep ridges, mud and boggy sections, and high steps but the rewards are enormously beautiful.
Day 4: Head for the summit of Weismann’s peak at 4620 meters
From Bugata Camp you get up early and head for the summit of Weismann’s Peak at 4620 meters. After the summit, you start to descend through a different route which makes the loop thus we descend down the Nyamwamba valley to Kiharo Camp at 3430 meters for the night. It’s 3.7km to the peak and a total of approximately 9km down to Kiharo camp taking 8 to 10 hours.
Day 5: Descend Downhill
Descend downhill past the moss-covered rocks along rivers and beautiful forests back to the basecamp in Kilembe. 14.6km 7 to 9hrs of walking Debrief and refresh and continue to your hotel for the night.
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