The 4 Days Mountain Rwenzori trekking Safaris takes you Climbing up to Sine Hut 2,680m where you spend a night. Next morning you continue to Mutinda Camp 3,688m where you may choose to climb Mutinda Lookout at 3,975m and sleep at Mutinda Camp. Next morning you descend to Samalira Camp for your last night before returning to base camp at Kilembe.
Highlight 4 Days Rwenzori trekking
Day 1: Briefing and start 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. Expect plant and flower species, birds and a chance of seeing some primate species.
Day 2: Hike to Mutinda Camp at 3688 metres, through the Bambo 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 3000metres
Day 3: After breakfast, we hike up higher then take a right turn and climb a bit before descending down through Hunwick’s pass to Kiharo camp at 3420 meters for Dinner and Overnight
Day 4: Descend downhill past the moss covered rocks along rivers and beautiful forests back to the base camp in Kilembe.
Day 1: Trekkers camp – Sine Hut (1,450 – 2,596 m)
We start by walking up the valley floor through tall forest trees of the Afro-Montane Forest Zone. This is a steady climb with multitudes of birds and a chance of seeing blue monkeys scampering off through the forest. At times visitors may see troupes of 15 to 20 black and white Colobus monkeys as they swing through the treetops. There are rare sightings of the L’Hoest monkey which are part of the Bukonzo cultural emblems and are protected by the virtue of the King or Omusinga or you may hear wild chimpanzee in the distance. There is a wide variety 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 awesome appeal. Enock’s Falls are just 200 meters from Sine Hut and offer a splendid opportunity to capture a great screensaver for your memories.
At Sine Camp 2,596 meters we have wooden huts set between tall forest trees on a narrow ridge where you may sit and enjoy the beauty of the Afro-Montane forest while you look down at a fantastic waterfall crashing over the rocks far below. Some clients prefer to sit outside enjoying the warmth of the campfire and chat with the guides about the mountains and live in their community. Sine is just below the bamboo zone and the area around has many different bird species. 150 meters from the camp is Enock falls which are set in livid green vegetation and hanging vine. Truly beautiful and sleep at Sine, or those who are fit and want to proceed to Kalama Camp at 3,134 meters may do so and apart from the fantastic views gives you more time at Mutinda Camp where you may climb up to Mutinda Lookout at 3,975 meters.
Day 2: Sine Hut- Mutinda Camp (2,596-3,688 m)
After a good breakfast, trekking starts at 8.30am and you enter the Bamboo-Mimulopsis Zone which is a steep climb with many high steps. In the wet season, the bamboo zone is rather muddy and slippery making the going slow. However, the atmosphere and the forest is beautiful as you climb 551 meters altitude and a distance of 1.8km to Kalalama Camp at 3,147 meters which is in 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 meanders up and over several small knolls along ridge top then drops down the side of the valley before climbing again, and in doing so cross several small streams and pass close to moss covered waterfalls. You then climb steadily along the side of a beautiful mossy river which tumbles down over the rocks under the Giant Heather trees whose trunks are covered in green moss with old man beards (Usnea lichen) hanging from the branches. 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 many Giant Heather trees creating a beautiful atmosphere often shrouded in mist. Mutinda Camp which is set near a small river and waterfall offers a chance to wash, refresh and relax. In the afternoon you may wish to climb up to the top of the Mutinda Lookout (one to two hours up and one hour down) The views are amazing as you stand on moss covered rocks at 3,925 meters with views across the Rwenzori Mountains and down to Kasese town and Lake George. For those clients who are climbing to Margherita or any of the main peaks climbing Mutinda to 3,975 meters is also an excellent way to acclimatize and reduce the risk of high altitude sickness.
Day 3 Mutinda Camp – Kiharo camp (3,688 – 3420m)
We start the day by climbing up a Rocky River bed then across a long stretch of bogs before climbing up to the top of a high waterfall. We have constructed boardwalks at the upper area and will be extending more as soon as we can. We then turn right and climb a little before descending down through Hunwick’s Pass which is a new trail which pass through two high peaks called Twin Peaks and where apart from the chance of spotting a Hyrax or Red Diker with a sharp eye you will see various species of hawks and eagles nesting high on the cliff faces. At the bottom, you pass through a bog with many lobelia plants after which the trail passes through tall heather trees and many huge mosses covered rocks to Kiharo Camp. About 200 meters from the camp is a high waterfall cascading down moss covered rocks which is worth a visit.
Day 4: Kiharo camp- Trekkers camp (3420- 1,450 m)
The trail down the Nyamwamba Valley is mostly downhill and absolutely stunning with beautiful views. The moss covered rocks along the river, cascading waterfalls, deep valleys, and forests are possibly the best in the Rwenzori Mountains. This part of the trail took us six years to find a way through and a route which is easy enough for tourists to use. In 1937 the explorer and geologist McConnell tried to find a way up this valley but failed and have to turn back and search for another route up the mountain but now you can experience this truly beautiful valley.
A few kilometers from Kiharo Camp the path turns off to the right to pass along the river. In the clear areas, you may catch a glimpse of a Duiker quietly feeding in small clearings as you pass along the river. If you wish you may prefer to walk down the river itself hopping across the rocks as you pass down. A few kilometers down the river it becomes very steep with multitudes of waterfalls so we have to move away from the river and follow a narrow ridge to bypass steep sections. At the bottom, we again meet the river where there are a huge rock shelter and a place to rest for a while. After crossing a small stream, you climb up a gentle slope before turning back down to the river to avoid another set of waterfalls, which are impassable. The forest along this section is magnificent and full of life with many birds, primates, duikers and hyrax.
A great experience and ending to a fantastic trek.
Tour cost can be sent on request depending on the number of people