Rwenzori Mountain Trek & Volunteer

Company : Inspired Escapes
Location : Kampala, Uganda
Duration: 2 weeks to 2 weeks
Approx Costs: 1000 to 1250 £ Pound (UK)

Join us on a challenge in Uganda in support of Kids Club Kampala, a not-for-profit organisation working in the slums of Kampala, Uganda, with the aim of supporting vulnerable children and transforming poor communities.

You will have a unique chance to volunteer, get to know the families you are fundraiasing for, and challenge yourself on an unforgettable trek through the Rwenzori Mountains. 

The trek takes you to Mountain Rwenzori (Mountains of the moon), a World Heritage Site. The 120 kilometer Rwenzori chain is commonly referred to be the legendary snow covered Mountains which Ptolemy described in AD150 as the “mountains of the Moon”. The rugged peak covered with mist and the distinctive ice covered peaks noticeable miles away, offer breathtaking backgrounds to this stunning mountain and rewards your eyes with the beauty you will never forget. Taking a safari up the Rwenzoris is a very exhilarating and satisfying experience that you will not easily enjoy elsewhere across Africa.

The eastern side of Mountain Rwenzori receives large amounts of rainfall that have resulted into the shriving of a luxuriant mountain vegetation to that grows to bizarre proportions, with huge lobelia plus groundsel that grow up to 10 meters. This has drawn in various birds plus animals that can survive in this flourishing vegetation.

Kids Club Kampala (KCK) is a not-for-profit organisation working in the slums of Kampala, Uganda, with the aim of bringing hope and love to vulnerable children and transforming poor communities. Founded in 2009, Kids Club Kampala was set up to overcome the lack of hope and self-esteem of children living in situations of extreme poverty, and works to empower children and women from disadvantaged communities to bring about sustainable changes through different development projects and supporting their basic needs.



Day 1: Arrival

Arrive at Entebbe airport where you will be welcomed by our staff members and transferred to the Kids Club Kampala guesthouse. 

Day 2 - 6: KCK Project Week

During your time with Kids Club Kampala, you will be involved in a number of community projects including assisting with teaching children at education projects, helping at feeding project, and slum community clean up (cleaning up rubbish in the community, painting houses, fixing bridges, repairing structures, etc.)

Day 7: Transfer to the Rwenzori Mountain Base

Our Company representative shall pick you up from Kids Club Kampala to Kasese Town. We shall have a stop over to shop all snacks needed up in the mountain. Register with RMS offices. Dinner and overnight at Hotel Magherita or Rwenzori Base Mountain Camp. Journey time: 8-9 Hours

Day 8: Transfer from Nyakalenjiga to Nyabitaba

After breakfast, drive to Ibanda, the park headquarters and the Rwenzori Mountaineering services (RMS) at Nyakalenjiga (5400ft/1646m) Our company representative will exchange formalities with the Rwenzori officials, rent equipment and select guides and porters. Start hiking from this point up to Nyabitaba Hut (8700ft/2652m). Hiking may take 5-7 hours. Meal Plan: Full Board

Day 9: Trek from Nyabitaba to John Matte

Follow the trail from Nyabitaba hut leading to Kurt Shaffer Bridge crossing Bujuku and Mubuku rivers. From this point it is steep and slippery. Continue the hike up to John Matte hut (11200ft/3415m) and overnight. Today's trek may take 7 hours. 

Day 10: Trek from John Matte to River Bujuku

From John Matte in the morning we will cross to River Bujuku and enter the Bigo bog. Cross the drier ground up to Lake Bujuku overlooking Mt. Baker and Speke to the north. Thereafter we shall embark on a journey back to John Matte. The Hike may take 6-7 hours.

Day 11: Trek from John Matte to Nyakalenjiga

We start our climb back to Nyakalenjiga from John Matte in the morning. This trek will take a full day and we will stop over at Nyabitaba for lunch and then later continue to Nyakalenjiga for Overnight and Dinner.

Day 12: Transfer from Nyakalenjiga to Entebbe Airport for Outbound flight

After breakfast our company representative will pick you up from your place of accommodation to embark on a journey to the Entebbe Airport for your outbound flight and on this day it will mark the end of your memorable challenge.

Adventure includes:

  • Accommodaiton
  • All transfers in Uganda
  • Meals as specified in the itinerary
  • Hiking fees, porters, guides and cook.
  • Park entry fees

Doesn't include

  • Flights
  • Visas
  • Personal Insurance
  • Personal expenses


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