1Day 1: On arrival at Entebbe International Airport
On arrival at Entebbe International Airport, your safari guide will meet you and transfer you to your hotel in Kampala. Overnight at Africana Hotel or Similar (BB)
Drive from Kampala to Ibanda (near the trail head) and stay overnight. Evening briefing, distribution of food loads and final preparation. Overnight at Ibanda, Tour holiday Inn (FB)
Drive from Ibanda to Nyakalengija road head (1900m). Register with Uganda Wildlife Authority, listen to briefs and arrange porter loads. Walk from the trail head up the Mubuku river system to Nyabitaba Hut (2650m) 3-4 hours walk. Look for fresh forest elephant trails, listen to the magic of the tumbling rivers and watch for monkeys and chimpanzees.
Descend the ridge to the Mubuku River then climb through bamboo forest toward John Matte Hut (3380m). The trail is steep and challenging ascending along the north side of the Bujuku river through giant heather forest (6-7 hours).
Trek from John Matte Hut (3380m) to Bujuku Hut (3977m). We encounter the first of notorious bogs for which the Uganda approach to the peaks is famous. Traverse around Bigo Bog and Lake Bujuku. Look for the Everlasting Flower (known to remain on the plants for 40-years) and giant lobelias.
Bujuku Hut to Elena Hut (4580m). Climb steeply from Lake Bujuku to Abruzzi’s camp and then on to Elena Hut near the foot of the Mt. Stanley Plateau. From the valley floor, screen slopes heavily populated with giant lobelias give way to polished slabs of rock and short wall climbs lead to Elena Hut (2.1/2 hours). Sleeping space is tight.
Elena Hut to Margherita peak (5109m) then down to Kitandara Hut (4027m). Early morning traverse of the Elena glacier to the Stanley Plateau where crampons will be required. Cross this in a NW direction and follow the Margherita glacier to the cool and to choose a route to the summit. Descend to Kitandara Hut for a comfortable night.
Kitandara Hut (4027m) to Guy Yeoman Hut (3450m) Climb steeply to the Freshfied pass (4280m) then down follow open ridges to the spectacular Bujongolo rock shelter. Enjoy dozens of waterfalls of the upper Mubuku river system en route to Guy Yeoman hut.
Guy Yeoman Hut to Nyabitaba hut. Drop very steeply alongside the Mubuku river, past Kichuchu (another rock shelter) and join our original route near the confluence of the Bujuku river (3.1/2 hours).
Nyabitaba Hut to the Nyakalengija road head (2-hours). Descend steeply off the ridge and notice enter the warm rainforest. Look for the tropical forest birds and monkeys. Drive directly back to Kampala arriving in the early evening.