|Climbing Mt Ruwenzori|
Day 1: Kampala - Kasese
Day 2: Nyabitaba (2651 m) - Mubuku River (Matte Hut (3505m)
This involves a demanding 7+ hour trek up to Johl The Central Circui t 'proper' starts a few hundred mE Nyabitaba where the trail divides. The right fork I peaks up the Bujuku valley while the path on the le1 the subsequent descent. The trail leads to the Kurt Shafer Bridge which Mubuku valley just below the river's confluence wit I valley. Beyond the river, a muddy, slippery trail clir up through bamboo forest.
The route fords the Bujuku River as you cross the bog, A steep clim b follows to reach the Upper Bigc a boardwalk has been constructed to assist walk weather, there are superb views of Mt. Stanley at this cavernous, glacier-carved valley. Above the bog steady climb ovell" glacial moraine, criss-crossing t trail reaches the lovely Lake Bujuku. The last stage of the 3-5 hour hike to Bujuku Hut past Cooking Pot Cave is perhaps the muddiest stage of the expedition. The hut is well placed for parties climbing Mt. Speke.
From Bujuku hut, the trail crosses more mud before climbing steeply through a forest of giant groundsels, climbing a short metal ladder to ascend the Groundsel Gully. Above the gully, a branch in the trail climbs directly to Elena Hut (4430m) for the ascent of Margherita peak on Mt. Stanley (5109m). This climb needs an ice axe, mountain boots, crampons and ropes.
Guy Yeoman (3505m) Freshfield is a long flat traverse through tracts of fabulously colourful moss (and more mud), beyond which the long descent to Nyakalengija begins. The hike to Guy Yeoman hut takes around 5 hours. The hut enjoys a lovely location close to the Mubuku River with terrific views of the looming Mt. Baker to the north.
The descent to Nyabitaba takes around 5 hours but with an early start it is possible to make it all the way down to Nyakalengija.
The descent from Nyabitaba to Nyakalengija takes 2-3 hours. Drive back to Kampala, reaching in the late afternoon.