5 DAYS MOUNTAIN RWENZORI HIKE
Travel to the foot hills of the mountain through a realm of interesting scenery with a stop for lunch and great taste of fresh air. Check into the lodge have dinner and retire early to the bed in preparation for great days
Start at Trekkers at 1450 meters and rest at sine hut at 2596 meters being a height gain of 1,146 meters, if you still have energy to go, you can go up to Kalalama camp enjoying the great view across the lowlands of lake Edward and Queen Elizabeth National Park
We start by walking up the valley floor through tall forest trees of the Afro Montane Forest Zone. This is a steady climb for the first six kilometres then after crossing a river it is a steep climb up to Sine Camp. The forest trees are tall with multitudes of birds and a chance of seeing blue monkeys scampering off through the forest. Enock’s Falls are just 200 meters from Sine Hut and offer a splendid opportunity to capture a great screensaver for your memories as brightly clouded green lichen grow on the many lives hanging from the trees with the waterfall as a background.
At Sine Camp 2,596 metres we have wooden huts set between tall forest trees on a narrow ridge where you may sit and enjoy the beauty forest while you look down at a long set of rapids and waterfall crashing over the rocks. Some clients prefer to sit outside enjoying the warmth of the campfire and chat to the guides about the mountains and life 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 is set in livid green vegetation and hanging vine. Truly beautiful.
During the afternoon you may wish to walk down to Enocks falls where there is many swinging vines covered with bright green lichen and mosses. You may decide to continue down the forest trail about a kilometres to see more of the swinging vines and absorb the beautiful envioonmemt before returning to Sine Camp for the night.
You can sleep at Sine Camp, or those who are fit and want to proceed to Kalalama Camp at 3,134 metres may do so and apart from the fantastic views
Day 3. From Sine Camp we start by climbing up through the bamboo forests whish is quite steep but very beautiful and inspiring. AS you climb through the upper part of the bamboo zone there is small patches of mixed forest trees many of which bear fruit and berries and atracts many different types of birds. You will hear the calls of the Rwenzori Turaco bird which has bright red or crimson wings and a magnificent sight as they fly between trees also during the drier season the female Malicite Sunbird comes down the mountain to feed on nectar producing flowers before heading back to the high altitudes to mate and rear their young. At about 3,00 metres altitude you reach the Heather zone where the Gaint Heather trees reach 15 metres in height and are truly magnificent. At 3,147 metres you find Kalalama Camp which is an alternative to sleeping at Sine camp and has fantastic views of the valleys and across the foothills you see Lake George in Queen Elisabeth National Park. From here you climb up a beautiful mossy ridge before truning off to pass through more heather forests across to 3,515 metres where you turn to descend to an awesome flat valley with many lobelia plants and theri beautiful flower stems. From here you climb a short distance to Kyravilla and descend down a magnificent moss covered ridge to Samalira Camp nestled in a small dip in the landscape but with fantastic views.
Day 4. Descend down through the bamboo forests and back into the Afro Montane Forest Zone beaming up birds and primates. Just below Omusita Rest Area you may either continue straight down or branch to the left to slope down to a tral along the Nyamwamba River where the trees and forest is trully beautiful and continue on to the park entrance and back to the hostel
Travel back to Kampala