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Weismann’s and Stella Peaks

6 Day Uganda Tour - Rwenzori Mountains Hiking Package

Trek into the mountains of the fabled ‘Mountains of the Moon’. You’ll be hiking through montane forest, lobelia gardens and summiting Weismann’s Peak with views of the main peaks of the Rwenzori, Mt Stanley, topped by the third highest peak in Africa, Mt Speke and Mt Baker. You’ll spot monkey troops, dik-diks and chameleons along the way with stunning views.

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- Summiting Weismann’s Peak!
- Panoramic views across mountains, lakes and savannah.
- Old world monkeys and other worldly flora.

Brief Itinerary

Day 1 – Montane forest and monkeys.
Day 2 – Bamboo forests and waterfalls.
Day 3 – Weismann’s Peak view and red forest duiker.
Day 4 – Summiting Weismann’s Peak.
Day 5 – Lake Bugata and bogs.
Day 6 – The final descent from the mountains.
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Kilembe, the starting point for your trek into the Rwenzori Mountains. Image © Rachel Landman

Day 1 - Montane forest and monkeys

The trek starts at Trekkers Hostel in Kilembe. It’s best to start your adventure by 9am but can leave as late as 11am. You walk 2.2km to the UWA rangers post at 1,727m, which takes about one hour. At the gate the rangers will brief you on the rules of the national park. You start by walking along the valley floor through tall forest trees of the afro-montane forest zone. This is a steady climb with a multitude of birds and a chance of seeing wild chimpanzees or blue monkey scampering off through the forest. At times visitors can also see troupes of 15 to 20 colobus monkeys racing through the treetops, as well as the chance of a sighting of the L’hoest monkey, which is part of the Bakonzo cultural emblem and are, protected by the virtue of the Omusinga (king). There are wide varieties of plant species from forest trees to bamboos thickets, low shrubs, flowers, fungi, and with many moss and lichen covered vines hanging from the tall trees, creating an amazing appeal. Enoch’s Falls are just 200m from Sine Hut and well worth the short stroll after your long day trekking to experience the white water as it streams down the mountains side. The wooden cabin at Sine Hut will be your first accommodation on the trek. It contains 10 beds and is set between tall forest trees on a narrow ridge, with a verandah where you may sit and enjoy the beauty of the afro-montane forest.

Starting Point: 1450M

End Point: 2596M

Highest Point: 2596M

Estimated Time: 5 - 8 Hours

Distance: 9.2KM

Day 2 - Bamboo forest and waterfalls

After a hearty breakfast, your day of trekking begins at 8.30am and you’ll soon enter the bamboo-mimulopsis zone. It will be a steep climb with many high steps. In the wet season the bamboo area is rather muddy making the going slow. However the atmosphere and the forest is beautiful as you climb 551m in altitude and a distance of 1.8km to Kalalama Camp at 3,147m. Here you’ll reach the heather-rapanea zone where you can take a rest and a quick cup of tea or coffee before heading on to Mutinda Camp.
The trail then meanders up and over several small knolls along a ridge top then drops down the side of the valley before climbing again. In doing so you cross several small streams and pass close to moss covered waterfalls. As you continue you climb steadily alongside a beautiful mossy river, which tumbles down over the rocks where giant heather trees, whose trunks are covered in green moss with old man beard hanging from the branches overhead. The trail twists and turns as you climb up the deep valley, which has an enormous variety of plants and flowers. This valley is unique with an abundance of giant heather trees creating a beautiful atmosphere, often shrouded in mist.
Once you reach Mutinda Camp, which is set near a small and waterfall and offers a chance to wash, refresh and relax. Or you may wish to climb up to the top of the Mutinda lookout (one and a half hours up and one hour down). The view and the atmosphere is amazing as you stand on moss covered rocks at 3,925m with views across the Rwenzori mountains and down to Kasese town and Lake George on a clear day.

Starting Point: 2596M

End Point: 3688M

Highest Point: 3688M

Estimated Time: 6 - 8 Hours

Distance: 7KM

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

Day 3 - Weismann’s Peak view

In the alpine zone the trail is boggy particularly in the wet season but with a little skill and support from your porters, you can step from tussock to tussock to make the going easier. You will cross the Mutinda valley through the tussock grass and everlasting flowers interspersed with many giant lobelias. Then you’ll climb a steep section up to the Namusangi Valley at 3,840m, which ends abruptly with sheer waterfalls and fantastic views of the Mutinda Peaks. The Namusangi Valley is wide, with many ups and downs and crossing several bogs as the trail climbs steadily to Bugata Camp at 4,062m. Bugata Camp is situated way up Bamwanjara Pass high above Bugata Lake with views across Lake Kopello to Weismann’s Peak, which is often covered with snow! Down the valley you’ll get views of Lake Africa and Lake Kanganyika and the many small peaks towards Mutinda Camp. There are many red forest duiker, which are a sub-species only found in the Rwenzori Mountains. In the dryer season you may choose to walk directly up the valley but a more scenic trail meanders along the hilltops with fantastic views of Lake Nusuranja from Plozza Rock. From Plozza Rock you also get fantastic views down the valley of nine lakes ringed by rugged peaks and ridges. Bugata Camp has good facilities, solar lights, good toilets and bathrooms where the guides may prepare some warm water in a basin for you to wash.

Starting Point: 3688M

End Point: 4062M

Highest Point: 4062M

Estimated Time: 4 - 6 Hours

Distance: 4.9KM

Day 4 - Summiting Weismann’s Peak

Todays trek starts by walking across the hillside below high cliffs above Bugata Lake. You then round a ridge-point to Lake Kopello and walk along the edge of the lake where the water temperature averages 2˚c. As you climb further you get excellent views of the four lakes along the valley below. The last section to the peak is steep on solid rock and can be difficult when snowing or iced up and it may be necessary to use ropes for safety. On a clear day you get fantastic views of all the main peaks of the Rwenzori mountain range; Mt. Stanley, Mt. Speke and Mt. Baker. The top of Weismann’s Peak is relativity flat or dome shaped with deep moss growing on the rocks creating a beautiful atmosphere. For those who want to climb to the highest point we can take a gentle walk across the moss covered domed shaped ridge to Stella Peak at 4,626m. You then descend to our Bugata Camp for the evening.

Starting Point: 4062M

End Point: 4062M

Highest Point: 4626M

Estimated Time: 4 - 6 Hours

Distance: 9KM

Montane landscape, Rwenzori Mountains. Image © Trekking Services
Glacial lake in the Rwenzori Mountains. Image © Trekking Services

Lake 5 - Lake Bugata and bogs

In the early morning you’ll set off around Lake Bugata and the outlet of Kopello Lake then climb 200m to the confluence of the two valleys. As you descend down the upper areas of the Nyamwamba Valley, there is a large area of thick giant groundsel with dense evergreen undergrowth and moss with the rocky peaks towering above. As you descend the valley you will notice the terrain is made up of several flat boggy areas where millions of years ago glaciers sat and melted eroding the rock to leave a wall of rocks in front of where it lay. The valley is home to large numbers of red forest duiker for you to spot along the way. At night you may stay at Kiharo Camp at 3,460m; an area rich in evergreen plants and babbling streams. At night the air is filled with the calls of the rock hyrax as they sit in the rocky cliffs high above.

Starting Point: 4062M

End Point: 3460M

Highest Point: 4062M

Estimated Time: 8Hours

Distance: 5KM

Day 6 - Final Descent

Assuming that you slept in Kiharo Camp, you wake up to the shrill calls of the Ruwenzori turaco and a chorus of other bird species. After a hearty breakfast you walk down the valley, which is home to many species of birds that dive in and out of the thick vegetation. Chameleons are a common sight as they crawl along the branches of the thick vegetation feeding on insects. Keep an eye out for them, as they are fascinating! In the clear areas you may catch a glimpse of a duiker quietly feeding surrounded by giant lobelia. After descending a few kilometers you’ll climb 200m to a ridge overlooking the valley before crossing several small valleys and streams to Kyalavula (meaning ‘lookout’ in the local Bakonzo language). You’ll take in beautiful views down the valley and across to Lake Edward in Queen Elizabeth NP. From here you descend down a long ridge, through the bamboo-mimulopsis zone and the afro-montane forest zone back down to base camp in Kilembe.

Starting Point: 3460M

End Point: 1450M

Highest Point: 3460M

Estimated Time: 9Hours

Distance: 17.6KM

Chameleon, Rwenzori Mountains. Image © Rachel Landman
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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’!

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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.

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Foreign Uganda Residents Discount: -$60 Per Person

East African Citizens Discount: -$190 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 Sine Hut (wooden cabin, NSC)
- 1 night Mutinda Rock Shelter (permanent tents, NSC)
- 2 nights Bugata Camp (permanent tents, NSC)
- 1 night Bugata Camp or Samalira Camp (permanent tents / 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 6 days (Rwenzori Trekking Services)
Wildlife & Tracking Permits
- N/A
Park & Vehicle Fees
- Rwenzori Mountains NP x 6 days (UWA)
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)
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