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Mutinda Peaks

5 Day Uganda Tour - Rwenzori Mountains Hiking Package

Trek into the foothills and to the lower mountain peaks of the Rwenzori Mountains range or fabled ‘Mountains of the Moon’. Hike through montane forest, lobelia gardens and summit one of the Mutinda Peaks. Along the way you’ll be spotting monkey troops, dikdiks, and chameleons with stunning views over the valleys, rolling savannah plains and Lake George.

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Highlights

- Hike into the Rwenzori Mountains to views of the Mutinda Peaks.
- Panoramic views across mountains, lakes and savannah.
- Old world monkeys and other worldly flora.

Brief Itinerary

Day 1 – Montane forest and monkeys
Day 2 – Heather trees and climbing
Day 3 – Mutinda Peak and stunning views
Day 4 – Streams and giant lobelia gardens
Day 5 – Bamboo forest and final descent
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Montane Forest, Rwenzori Mountains National Park. Image © Rachel Landman

Day 1 - Montane Forest and monkeys

Your trek starts at Trekkers Hostel and it is best to start by 8.30am but you can leave as late as 10am. You’ll walk 2.2km to the UWA rangers post at 1,727m where the wildlife authority rangers will brief you on the day’s activities and rules of the national park. As you leave the rangers post for the first 2km you’ll walk along a path through grasslands and ferns, which give way to magnificent pristine Montane forest. The forests are well preserved and carry a wide variety of trees and plants. Many species of birds can be heard and seen in this rich environment. The first few kilometers climb steadily crossing several small streams and rivers where we start climbing the ridge. As you climb, the trees become taller and straighter and it is common to see and hear many types of primates. If you’re lucky you may hear troupes of chimpanzee echoing around the valleys. Particularly around our lunch spot at 2,570m, it is possible to see troupes of 15 to 20 black and white colobus monkeys or blue monkeys as they dash through the trees. After lunch you continue to climb steadily passing a rock shelter (2,785m) previously used by poachers to hunt primates and dik-dik (a small species antelope). After the rock shelter the climb enters the bamboo zone and the path becomes steeper. As you near the top, you’ll break out of the bamboo to fantastic views over the valleys and hills below looking across to Lake George and Queen Elizabeth National Park in the distance. Your first campsite is Samalira Camp, meaning ‘views’ and offers great panorama of the surrounding landscape and Kasese town.
Accommodation

Starting Point: 1450M

End Point: 3147M

Highest Point: 3147M

Estimated Time: 5 - 6Hours

Distance: 8.6KM

Day 2 - Heather trees and climbing

After a hearty breakfast you commence walking at 8:15am initially climbing steadily and crossing a small stream. It then becomes steeper for about 200 meters up a narrow moss covered ridge. The thick moss covering the ground and rocks under the giant heather trees is spectacular. The view gives the impression you can fly as you look across the many ridges and valleys far below. You can see Kilembe village deep in the valley and across Lake George. After a relatively short climb the trail becomes less steep as we pass over Chavumba meaning ‘heaven’ at 3,316m. Next you will trek across a small flat valley then climb up a steady ridge through moss covered trees and misty forests to the top of the ridge at 3,515m. Here you descend steadily for about 1km before negotiating a steep descent of 200m with good footing into the Nyamwamba valley and a well-earned lunch break at Poly’s Rock Shelter at 3,249m.
After lunch you’ll climb steadily above the Nyamwamba River for 1.6km through old giant heathers covered in old man’s beard moss to Kiharo Camp at 3,380m. The camp is directly at the base of some good granite rock climbs of 20 to 40m with their towering peaks above. Here if you have the energy you may decide to do a spot of rock climbing before settling down for the evening at Kiharo Camp.

Starting Point: 3147M

End Point: 3380M

Highest Point: 3515M

Estimated Time: 5 - 6Hours

Distance: 6.9KM

Chameleon, Rwenzori Mountains National Park. Image © Rachel Landman
Mutinda Peaks, Rwenzori Mountains National Park. Image © Rwenzori Trekking Services

Day 3 - Stunning views of Mutinda Peaks

After an early breakfast at Kiharo Camp you’ll climb a steep section passing through huge moss covered boulders. At times you get glimpses of the cliffs towering above as you move through thick forests of giant heather trees. The surroundings are evergreen as moss covers rocks and trees, possibly the most beautiful section in the entire Rwenzori Mountain Range. After about 1km you’ll pass below some high cliffs and beautiful open basins, which were formally the final resting bed of huge glaciers that melted millions of years ago. About three kilometers along the valley you turn left up an adjoining valley to Lake Nsuranja. You’ll cross to the top of a steep drop to Mutinda Rock Shelter, here you can stand on the edge of the cliffs and get excellent views of Mutinda Peaks before descending to the valley far below. You’ll cross a fast flowing river then climb up to Mutinda Rock Shelter where you can relax and enjoy the unique atmosphere of the Rwenzori Mountains.

Starting Point: 3380M

End Point: 3688M

Highest Point: 3688M

Estimated Time: 4Hours

Distance: 6.8KM

Day 4 - Streams and giant lobelia gardens

The distance today from Mutinda to Kalalama Camp is 5.1km however before you descend you may climb up to Mutinda lookout at 3,975m. The climb should take between 45 minutes to one hour and then about 30 minutes to descend. Mutinda Lookout is the lowest and flattest peak of Mutinda Peaks where on a clear day you get fantastic views of the mountain range and down across the foothills to Kasese town, Queen Elizabeth National Park and beyond. After enjoying the view and the unique atmosphere you descend to the rock shelter for a cup of tea and something to eat before continuing to Kalalama Camp, perched on a high ridge overlooking the Rwenzori foothills and Lake George.
Next you descend down a series of rocky streams, valleys and pass along riverbeds as we descend down to Kalalama Camp at 3,134m. This section is amazing as you hop across the moss-covered rocks in this unique environment, closed in between huge cliffs, creating a different microenvironment. As you near Kalalama Camp you’ll pass through a beautiful flat valley dotted with about 150 giant lobelia, creating a lobelia garden. You then continue to walk along the ridge down to Kalalama Camp, which is perched overlooking the Kilembe Valley and Kasese town.

Starting Point: 3688M

End Point: 3134M

Highest Point: 3975M

Estimated Time: 7Hours

Distance: 5.1KM

Old man's beard and montane forest. Rwenzori Mountains. Image © Rachel Landman
Butterflies in the Rwenzori Mountains. Image © Rachel Landman

Day 5 - The final descent

Today you’ll descend down through bamboo forests and cross to the trail we used climbing to Samalira camp just above the lunch spot on day one. Here you have a short break before walking the final distance through montane forest to the rangers post at 1,727m. After a debriefing with the rangers, it’s just a 2km walk back down to Trekkers Hostel. Some fast walkers have descended to the rangers post by midday, however the majority of people arrive at the rangers post around 3pm.

Starting Point: 3134M

End Point: 1450M

Highest Point: 3134M

Estimated Time: 7 - 9Hours

Distance: 10.8KM

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Chimpanzee Tracking in Kibale Forest

Trek through one of Uganda’s pristine rainforests in the foothills of the Rwenzori Mountains. Here you can track our distant cousins, the wild chimpanzees of Kibale Forest National Park. Watch these noisy yet illusive creatures, swinging from the trees, foraging for food and observe their complex socialisation, adding a truly memorable experience to your travels in Uganda.

If you would like to add this activity to your tour, please contact us for more information.

Gorilla Tracking

Head into the highland rainforests of Uganda to track the famous rare mountain gorillas in Bwindi Impenetrable Forest, a UNESCO world heritage site. Bwindi is a wildly diverse ancient rainforest and protects around half of the world's population of mountain gorillas right here in Uganda. Trust us, you’ll never forget your experience of meeting our distant relatives!

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Private Transport

If you would like to add a private transport to this tour package we have several options for you to choose from. You can choose between 4x4 mini buses with pop top roofs (seats 8), land cruisers with pop top roofs (seats 5) and omnibuses (seats 20), which can be used for your tour. Then of course we have our classic VW campervans (6 seats) if you want a truly unique form of transportation on your travels through the ‘Pearl of Africa’!

If you would like to add one of these options to your tour, please contact us for more information.

Safari in Queen Elizabeth National Park

Uganda’s most popular savannah park, Queen Elizabeth National Park is bursting with highlights. From explosion-crater lakes, tree-climbing lions, elephants, game herds, boat safaris and chimpanzees in Kyambura Gorge’s sunken rainforest. Adding this park to your itinerary gives you a real feel of Uganda’s savannah and rainforest in one destination.

If you would like to add this destination to your tour, please contact us for more information.

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Foreign Uganda Residents Discount: -$50 Per Person

East African Citizens Discount: -$160 Per Person

This Tour Includes

We use the following abbreviations our ‘Includes & Excludes’ section.
NP – National Park
NSC – Non Self Contained (communal toilets and showers)
SC – Self Contained (private toilet and shower)
UWA – Uganda Wildlife Authority

Accommodation (please view TripAdvisor links in itinerary for impartial ratings)
- 1 night Samalira Camp (steel huts, NSC)
- 1 night Kiharo Camp (wooden cabin, NSC)
- 1 night Mutinda Rock Shelter (permanent tents, NSC)
- 1 night Kalalama Camp (steel huts, NSC)
All Meals (as specified in the ‘Meal Plan’ above)
Bottled Drinking Water (1.5 liters per person, per day in your vehicle)
All Activities
- Rwenzori hiking package x 5 days (Rwenzori Trekking Services)
Wildlife & Tracking Permits
- Rwenzori Mountains National Park x 5 days (UWA)
Park & Vehicle Fees
- Park Name x _ day (Park Entry, Driver Entry, Vehicle Entry)
Specialist Guides and Rangers
- Hiking Guides (Rwenzori Trekking Services)
- Hiking Cook (Rwenzori Trekking Services)
- Porter x 2 per person (Rwenzori Trekking Services)

This Tour Excludes

Items marked ‘(*for an additional cost)’
Transport to and from trekking start point (can be added for an additional cost)
Alcohol (unless provided as complimentary by the accommodation)
Laundry (unless provided as complimentary by the accommodation)
Souvenirs & items of a personal nature
Personal Insurance
International or Domestic Flights
Visas (refer to your embassy)
Gratuities/Tips
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