3 Days
Tour Type
Chap Chap Treks
Moontrail Adventures

3-Day Rwenzori Hike To John Maate Camp

This 3-day Rwenzori Hike takes you to explore the stunning lower ranges of the Rwenzori mountains up to John Maate Camp.

Included in Trek Price

  • Local English-speaking guide/driver
  • All accommodation & meals indicated in the itinerary
  • All transport & fuel for the trip
  • Bottled drinking water throughout the safari
  • Park and activity fees as shown in your itinerary

Excluded in Trek Price

  • International Flights.
  • Tourist visa.
  • Personal travel & medical insurance.
  • Tips to service people.
  • Personal shopping & souvenirs.
  • Any other extras not mentioned as part of the safari.


3 Day Rwenzori Hike To John Maate Camp

The central circuit starts at the Rwenzori Mountaineering Services offices at Nyakalengija. You need to arrive in the morning to allow ample time to rent equipment and meet your guides and porters. The trail begins by passing through farmland to the park boundary beyond which it follows a thick forest along the Mubuku River, crossing its Mahoma River tributary before starting a long, steep climb up onto a massive ridge to reach Nyabitaba hut. During this part of the trip, you may hear chimpanzees and see black and white colobus, blue monkeys and the brilliantly coloured Rwenzori turaco. The hike takes an average of 6 -7 hours.
From Nyabitaba follow the trail that drops down through the forest to the Kurt Shafer Bridge, just below the confluence of the Mubuku and Bujuku rivers. Passing through the bamboo forest, traverse through a long and exhausting stretch of slippery moss-covered rock. From the Nyamuleju rock shelter, Mount Stanley and Mount Speke can be seen before passing into the zone of the giant heather, lobelia and groundsel. Finally reach John Matte Hut after passing through the tiring bog, for dinner and overnight at the hut. The hike takes an average of 7 – 8 hours. 
From John Matte climb down from the same trail to Nyabitaba Camp for your lunch. This will take about 5 – 6 hours. After your lunch, descend back to Nyakalengija for either overnight at base camp hotels or proceed to your next destination. The descent from Nyabitaba to Nyakalengija will take 3 – 4 hours

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