The best time to climb or Hike Mt Rwenzori

The best time to climb or Hike Mt Rwenzori

Uganda Mountaineering and Hiking Safaris

When is the best time to climb or hike Mt Rwenzori is one of the most frequently asked question for those interested in summiting or hiking the mountain. As any safari activity, it is very important to go hiking in the most favorable conditions possible. Day hikes and summit expeditions are done all year round. Climbing mount Rwenzori can be done as a sole safari like the 7 day Rwenzori hiking safari or can be coupled with other safari activities like gorilla trekking and wildlife safaris.

The Rwenzori Mountains are open to visitors throughout the year and day hikes and summit hikes are undertaken any time of the year. The mountain gets an influx of visitors from July to October and December to February. In these months, the mountain receives less rainfall making it ideal for mountain climbing. More to that, other safari activities like primate trekking and wildlife sightings are in full bloom.

When to climb Rwenzori

Rwenzori Mountain lies close to the equator and experiences mild weather conditions. With 2 dry and wet seasons, the best time to climb or hike Mt Rwenzori is the dry season of July-September and December-January. In these months, Mt Rwenzori receives the least amount of rainfall. This ensures beautiful hikes with clear views of the peaks and scenery. The warm weather poses less of a strain on your body giving you more chances of summiting. More so, with safety as a primary factor on the mountain, the wet seasons pose a challenge. The rains lead to mud, heavy snow and severe cold which can pose a huge strain to the body. That will reduce your chances of summiting the mountain.

Summiting during the High Season.

The high season on the mountain are the dry months of July-September and December-February. During these months, you are assured of staying dry throughout your hike. This make your Uganda hiking safari more comfortable and enjoyable. This results into chances of proper acclimatization. With clear blue skies, you are guaranteed better scenic views on your hike. However, these high seasons see an increase on the number of hikers on the trails. While some visitors appreciate meeting and socializing with other climbers, others would like an exclusive hike on the mountain.

Summiting during the Low Season.

The low season offers exclusive hikes on the trails on the mountain. This to some hikers is worth the trek in the rain. The solitude and tranquility on the mountain is why people seek outdoors. The rains come in the afternoons and the hiking schedule can be adjusted so that most of the hiking is done in the mornings. During the low seasons, local tour operators and hotels offer discounts which is an added advantage.

 

Mountaineering and Hiking safaris To Mt Rwenzori

4 Day Rwenzori and cultural safari
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Hike Rwenzori and meet the local Bakonjo on this Uganda hiking safari  View itinerary

5 Day Rwenzori hiking safari
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On this hiking safari, we will get to enjoy the outdoors, views and the landscape on the mountain. View itinerary

7 Day Rwenzori summiting safari
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Challenge yourself and summit Mt Rwenzori on this 7 day hiking safari View itinerary

Hiking Mt Sabinyo

Hiking Mt Sabinyo

Climbing Mt Sabinyo – Hiking in Uganda – Uganda hiking safaris

Hiking Mt Sabinyo is one of the top hiking excursions in Uganda. Sabinyo is one of the three mountain ranges that make up Mgahinga gorilla national park. At 3,645m the mountain range offers some of the best hiking experiences in Uganda. Sabinyo is part of the Virunga Mountains that ran along the borders of Uganda, DR Congo and Rwanda. The summit of the mountain is shared by the 3 countries. Here, you have panoramic views of the 3 countries. Mount Sabinyo derives its name “Sabinyo” (old man’s teeth) from the rugged peaks which look like the spaces in the old men’s teeth.

The Hike

The hike up Mt Sabinyo is scenic with amazing views of the rugged peaks and crater lakes. Although the mountain is shared by 3 countries, it can only be trekked from Uganda. Hiking Mt Sabinyo takes around 8 hours depending on your level of fitness and the weather. 5 hours will take you to the top while the descent will take 3 hours.

At 7:30am, you will register at the park headquarters where you will be briefed about the mountain and the hike. You will be escorted by rangers and guides and armed with a walking stick for support. Porters can be hired to help you with your luggage. Be sure to carry plenty of drinking water, energy bars and a packed lunch. The hike will take you to the bamboo zone at 2400-2800m which is habitat to the golden monkeys. Unless you are golden monkey trekking, they are rarely seen on this hike. Other wildlife species on the mountain include elephants and gorillas.

At 2800-3200m, the vegetation transitions into pristine forest. At 3200m, the terrain changes into sub-alpine zone all the way to the summit. The Rwenzori Turaco can be spotted in this region. Mt Sabinyo has 3 summits which can be reached on this hike. Here, you will get to the point where the 3 countries meet.

 

What to carry for the hike.

  • Comfortable hiking sores
  • Rain gear
  • Plenty of drinking water
  • Pack lunch and energy snacks
  • Trousers and long sleeved shirt to protect you against shrubs

4 Day Mt Sabinyo hiking safari

4 Day Mt Sabinyo hiking safari

4 Day Mt Sabinyo hiking safari

This 4 Day Mt Sabinyo hiking safari takes you to the southwestern part of Uganda for amazing outdoor adventure. Enjoy the scenic beauty of the mountainous region of Kisoro on this Uganda hiking safari.

Safari Overview.

At 3,669 meters above sea level, Mt Sabinyo offers some of the best hiking adventures in Uganda. The mountain is located in Mgahinga gorilla national park and is one of the 3 mountain ranges that make up the park. The others include; Mt Muhabura and Mt Gahinga. The summit of mount Sabinyo is shared by the three countries of Uganda, Rwanda and DR Congo. On this Uganda hiking safari, you will get to relax and enjoy the serenity of Lake Bunyonyi after the hike.

4 Day Mt Sabinyo hiking safari Itinerary

Day 1: Transfer to Mt Sabinyo.

After a short briefing, you will have an early departure for the mountain ranges. Driving along the Kampala-Masaka highway, you will make a breakfast stop at the equator. Here, you will be able to take some photos at the equator monument before proceeding on your Uganda mountaineering and hiking safari. We will have another lunch break in Kabale before embarking on the last leg of this drive. The rolling hills of Kabale offer spectacular views of Lake Bunyonyi and terraced hills. On arrival, you will check into the lodge, relax as you prepare for your hike up the mountain.

Day 2: Hike Mt Sabinyo.

After an early breakfast, you will depart the lodge for the park headquarters. You will carry a packed lunch and plenty of drinking water as this hike is a whole day’s hike. At the park headquarters, you will be briefed about the park and the hike to the top. You will accompanied by rangers and you can hire porters in case you need someone to carry your supplies. The day hike takes up to 8 hours depending on your level of fitness. The summit marks the border of Uganda, Rwanda and DR Congo. The hike has rare but amazing wildlife sightings of buffalo, forest Elephants and golden monkeys. After the hike, your guide will pick up and transfer you to your hotel for the evening and night.

Day 3: Transfer to Lake Bunyonyi.

After a much needed recovery night, you will transfer to Lake Bunyonyi on this day of your 4 Day Mt Sabinyo hiking safari. This short drive is scenic with amazing views of all the 3 mountains of Muhabura, Sabinyo and Gahinga. On arrival, you will enjoy a relaxing boat cruise on Lake Bunyonyi, exploring the different islands on the lake. Here, you will learn of the deep history like Sharp’s island, leprosy colony and Punishment Island. After the island tour, you will check into your lodge in time for lunch. The free afternoon on the lake will allow you to relax and enjoy the beauty of Lake Bunyonyi.

Day 4: Transfer to Kampala.

On the last day of this 4 Day Mt Sabinyo hiking safari, you will have an early breakfast and check out of the lodge. You will then transfer to Kampala with a lunch break at the Igongo cultural center. On arrival in Kampala, your guide will drop you at your residence, hotel or airport. This will mark the end of your 4 Day Mt Sabinyo hiking safari.