7 Days Rwenzori Trekking Via Central Circuit Trail Route

7 Days Rwenzori Trekking.The 7 Days Rwenzori trekking to the top of Margherita Peak (5109m) via Central Circuit Trail Route of Rwenzori Mountains National Park.This 7 days Rwenzori trekking safari starts from Nyakalengija, through the central circuit trail route to Nyabitaba hut, John Matte hut, Bujuku hut, Elena hut, Margherita Peak, Kitandara hut, Guy Yeoman hut and ends in Nyakalengija.

7 Days Hiking Rwenzori to Margherita peak via the Central Circuit

7 Days Rwenzori Mountains trekking tour starts from the base of Rwenzori Mountains National Park, through the Mubuku River Valley, down to the slopes of Mount Baker, which then ascends further to the highest point Margerita Peak, after which it descends downwards to the foothills of the Park.

Like the 7 days Rwenzori trekking of the Kilembe trail, 7 days Rwenzori trekking of the central circuit trail  moves through 5 vegetation zones of different altitude levels from: Montane forest(1800m), Bamboo Zone(2600m), Heather zone(2900m), Alpine zone(4000m), Rock(4500m) and glacier zone(5109m) of Rwenzori Mountains National Park.

However, a full Rwenzori mountain trekking package , which includes pick up and drop off  from either Kampala/Entebbe or Kigali Rwanda is a 9 days Rwenzori trekking to 10 days Rwenzori trekking of the Central circuit Trail

Highlights Of 7 Days Rwenzori Mountains Trek

Day1: From Nyakalengija(1615m)–trek to Nyabitaba Hut(2651m)

Day2:From Nyabitaba Hut (2651m) –trek to Mubuku River (2600m) – John Matte Hut

Day3: From JohnMatte(3380m)-trek to Bujuku(3962m)

Day4: From Bujuku(3977m)-trek to Elena Hut(4541m).

Day 5: From Elena Hut (4541m)-trek to Margherita peak – Kitandara hut (4027m)

Day6: From Kitandara(4027m) –trek to Freshfield Pass (4282m)–Guy Yeoman

Day 7: From Guy Yeoman (3450m) – Nyabitaba (2651m)  – Nyakalengija (1615m)

Detailed Itinerary For The 7 Days Rwenzori Mountains Trek – Central Circuit Route

Day1: Nyakalengija(1615m)–trek to NyabitabaHut(2651m)

Duration: 5-6 hours

Following your breakfast, you will depart early for Rwenzori Mountaineering Services offices in Nyakalengija for registration. Thereafter briefing about your 7 days central circuit will take place, followed by allocation of guide, porters, as well as renting requirements (only for those who don’t have hiking gear).

Shortly after, the trek begins, passing through bakonzo farmlands to the park boundaries, which follows the Mubuku river. The trail continues through Mahoma tributary, after which you will start ascending up a steep massive ridge to reach Nyabitaba hut.

While hiking, expect to spot black & white colobus monkeys, blue monkeys, chimpanzees(though rarely seen), the 3 horned chameleon and the beautiful Rwenzoru Turaco.

Dinner will be served and later on have a goodnight rest in the hut.

Day 2:Nyabitaba Hut (2651m)–trek to Mubuku River (2600m) – John Matte Hut(3380m)

Duration: 6-7 hours

After a goodnight sleep, wake up early to a delicious breakfast, after descend down through the forest to Kurt Scuffer bridge,  just beneath the confluence of the Mubuku & Bujuku river.

7 day Rwenzori Trekking
Kurt Scuffer bridge, just beneath the confluence of the Mubuku & Bujuku river

You will trek through the bamboo forest, passing through the challenging stretch of slippery moss-covered rock, reaching the Nyamileju rock shelter where you will take a shot lunch break and relax. You will be amazed by the breathtaking scenic views of the magnificent Mount Stanley, Mount Speke.

From here, you will continue with your trek through the giant heather zone, Lobelia and groundsel. Proceed through the tiring bog, and ;later on arrive at John Matte for dinner & and an overnight.

Day3: John Matte(3380m)-trek to Bujuku(3962m)

Duration : 5-6 hours

Wake up early for breakfast, and leave John Matte behind descending along the trail to cross the Bujuku River. From here, you will enter the Lower bigo bog (known as the home of Giant Lobelias), as jump from tussock to tussock, until you finally cross to the Upper bigo Bog.

The upper Bigo Bog leads to Bujuku Lake, coupled with spectacular views of  Mount Baker to the South and Stanley to the West.  Arrive at Bujuku Hut, located under the shadows of Mount Baker and Speke. The hut settles in a narrow valley below the Stuhlmann Pass.

Dinner & overnight at Bujuku hut

Day4: Bujuku(3977m)-trek to ElenaHut(4541m).

Duration: 4-5 hours

Depart Bujuku instantly after an early breakfast, following the trail through more bog, west of lake Bujuku, though the magnificent  Groundsel gully as it ascends  up the Scott Elliot Pass at 4372m. You will proceed with your climb up through a metal up the gully head, which takes you over a steep section, where the trails divide into right and Left.

The right trail takes ascends up to Elena Hut and Mount Stanley trekking over large boulders, whereas the trail on the left descends down to Scott Elliot Pass, through Kitandara Lakes, up to Kitandara hut. This trail leads those who are not climbing Margherita Peak.

Yet for those who will climb Margherita, will rest at Elena hut after having a delicious and tasty dinner.

Day 5: Elena Hut (4541m) to Margherita peak – Kitandara hut (4027m)

Duration: 5 – 7 hours depending on the weather, physical Strength and the climbing pace of the group

On this day 5, you will reach Margherita peak (5109) on Mount Stanley.

You will wake up early to a cup of hot tea or coffee at 2:00pm, after then you will depart for Margherita peak hike.  You will continue to the base of the stanley where you will trek over three glaciers, including the slippery  rock, ice and  and more open regions. This climb is truly a mystical challenge, that require proper acclimatization, enough physical strength.

You will then continue with your climb on to the glaciers, cross the Stanley Plateau and ascend upwards. Acclimatized to fog, altitude sickness, and cool weather, you will scramble up to the Peak of Mount Stanley-the highest peak of the Rwenzori Mountains.

Celebrating Victory After Conquering Rwenzori Mountains to Margherita Peak

At this point, You will spend time celebrating your victory at the peak while enjoying a few bites, as well as taking great pictures while at the peak. After a short while, you will embark on your descent, due to the high altitude and the tough conditions. You will then descend through the scott Elliot pass, which offers beautiful views of the Bujuku Lake & Mount Speke. You will slope down to Kitandara Lakes, passing through the alpine zone of sparse vegetation and rough boulders. After that, slope  further past the Kitandara Lakes for dinner and an overnight at the Kitandara hute.

Day 6: Kitandara(4027m) – Freshfield Pass (4282m)–Guy Yeoman (3450m)

Wake up very early in the morning for breakfast, and take on the trail that descends steeply up the head wall, spreading out from the base of Mount Baker, and proceeding along the southern side of the mountain down to the fresh field pass.

It is from this point, that you have magnificent views of Congo to the West, Mount Stanley to the North.

After the fresh field pass, take on the trails leading through the rock shelter at Bujongolo – the base camp for the historic excursion by the Duke Of Abruzzi in 1906

Dinner & Overnight at Guy yeoman.

Day 7: Guy Yeoman (3450m) – Nyabitaba (2651m)  – Nyakalengija (1615m)

Duration: 7-9 hours

Following your morning breakfast, you will depart for Nyabitaba. You will descend down beneath Guy Yeoman, trekking down the cliffs of Kichuchu. After then cross the Muddy path passed the Mubuku River, before climbing upwards to Nyabitaba to complete a round loop

You will then descend from Nyabitaba to Nyakalengija, till you reach the main head office to receive your certificate of success, after which you will head back to the lodge.