Uganda’s jungle, beautiful scenery and, at the end, a spectacular boat safari

Perhaps not as famous as Kilimanjaro, Margherita Peak offers a much more spectacular route than its taller cousin in Tanzania. The dense jungle, marshes and streams to cross, spectacular bridges and well-kept shelters make it not only a mountain to climb, but also a special experience.

In ancient times, Rwenzori, the chain of which Margherita Peak is part, was known as the Mountains of The Moon and was considered the place where the Nile originated. Later, explorers of the time discovered that the Nile has several springs and that, in fact, one of them is formed from the melting Rwenzori’s glaciers.

 

Expedition time frame

January, 29 – February, 9

Days 1-2

Flight to Entebbe

After the flight to Entebbe, an airport famous for a spectacular operation to recover some hostages by the ISF, the Israeli military, follows the transfer to Kampala, the capital of Uganda, where we are accommodating.

Day 3

Kampala-Kasese-Nyabitaba (2650m)

We make the transfer from Kampala to Kasese, at the entrance to the route to the mountain. The journey will take about 7 hours by minibus, between tea and banana plantations. Arriving in Nyakalengija (1500m), we meet the local porters and guides, then climb to the first refuge, Nyabitaba (2600m), where we spend the night.

Day 4

Nyabitaba (2650m)-John Matte Hut (3380m)

Speaking about vegetation, we are in the middle of a jungle, and the route presents itself as such: roots, mud, the Mubuku river to cross. 

Day 5

John Matte Hut (3380m) – Bujuku Camp (3977m)

The longest swamp you ever crossed, guaranteed, which introduces a less-used equipment item on the mountain, rubber boots.

Day 6

Day of acclimatization at Bujuku Camp

A short trek for acclimatization followed by return to Bujuku, because we are already at 4000 meters, which means that we are beginning to feel more and more the effects of lack of oxygen.

Day 7

Bujuku Camp (3977m) – Elena Hut (4541m)

We finish climbing the Bigo Bog swamp started the previous day, then finally we hit the rock section. On some beautiful rocky plates, where we climb to the grip, we reach Elena Hut. It is the last refuge before the summit, but also the place where at night you can see the most starry night you could ever see.

Day 8

Elena Hut (4541m) – Margherita Peak (5109m) – Kitandara Lakes Camp (4100m)

The start to the summit happens at 3 in the morning, like any high peak, on an interesting, really alpine route. We start with a decent, beautiful climb on solid rock, follow glacier and then rock again on the final section of the route. From above, we can truly admire the equatorial jungle stretched around, in Uganda and Congo. The thousands of meters of descent that follow are just the road to one of the most picturesque shelters I have encountered so far, on the shores of Kitandara lakes.

Day 9

Kitandara Lakes Camp (4100m) – Nyabitaba – Nyakalengija – Kasese

Our adventure on the mountain is over, we descend to Nyakalengija, then follow the transfer to Kasese, where we will stay for the next two nights.

 

Day 10

Safari cu jeepul și cu barca în Queen Elizabeth Park

A spectacular day as only a safari in the Ugandan savannah can be. By the way, in Swahili, the language of the natives, safari means travel. The first part of the day is spent in the jeep, after lunch we board the boat and cross the canal that connects the two beautiful lakes, Queen Elizabeth and Edward.

 

Day 11-12

Transfer Kasese-Kampala-Entebbe and flight home 

Technical data

  • BE CAREFUL! THE ENTRY IN UGANDA IS CONDITIONED BY THE PRESENCE OF THE YELLOW BOOK OF COMPULSORY VACCINES
  • From a technical point of view, Margherita is a peak that does not pose particular problems.
  • Knowledge of basic climbing and glacier walking (rock scrambling, rappel, rope walking, the use of crampons and ice ax) is required
  • Necessary technical equipment: crampons, ice ax, harness, helmet, belay device, prusik thin rope, short sling.
  • After registration, a complete list of the necessary equipment, including clothing, footwear, medical kit etc. will be provided.

THE PRICE INCLUDES

All transfers


Romanian guide (Costin Miu) and local guides, all authorized


1 x accommodation in double rooms + breakfast in Kampala


6 x accommodation in shelters during the ascent


2 x accommodation + breakfast in Kasese


Full board (breakfast, lunch, dinner) during the ascent


Porters, cooks, park access fees

THE PRICE DOES NOT INCLUDE

Bucharest-Entebbe flight tickets (approx. 800 euro)


Uganda’s visa 


Mandatory altitude insurance


Meals in Kampala and Kasese except breakfast


Possible rental of technical equipment, clothing or sleeping bags


Tips, personal expenses