DAY 1: Kisangani/Goma – Beni – Mutsora
Today, after an early breakfast, we will drive to Bangoka International airport to catch a shared flight to Beni. From Beni, we will transfer into a private vehicle and head to Mutsora at the National Park Headquarters.
Dinner and overnight at Virunga National Park tent.
**Mutsora is the starting point of Rwenzori Mountain. This is where the hiking of the mountains will start and end here.
DAY 2: Rwenzori Mountain hiking: Mutsora – Kalonge
This morning we leave Mutsora through Mutwanga and make our way to the first station Kyandolire, here marks the park limits. From Kyandolire, we will hike to the first hut Kalonge and spend the night. The hike to Kalonge is approximately 5 – 6 hours and includes many stops.
Your hike today is not a difficult compared to the other days ahead. Today we will also pass through a few rivers where you’re able to collect fairly clean water if you choose.
This evening we will spend at Kalonge hut.
DAY 3: Kalonge–Mahangu
Our day begins at 8am this morning. Today is typically considered the most difficult day of the hike. It is very strenuous because you are constantly and gradually going uphill. Over the course of the day, you will ascend over 1500m taking you about 5 -5.5 hours. We will spend our night at Mahangu hut (3310 meters), which is very similar to Kalonge.
DAY 4: Mahangu – Kiondo
Today is again, another early start. Although our hike today is not as strenuous as the day before, is still exhausting. Our day involves constantly trekking over moss-covered tree trunks and roots while heading uphill. Today you will hike for about 5 hours and end up at Kiondu Hit, which sits at 4303 meters.
Kiondo hut offers a very beautiful view of the valley, the mountains, and the glacier.
Here, about an hour is recommended for a tea break before heading upward to Wasuwameso (4462m), if the weather permits. Wasuwameso is the highest point that a non-mountaineering expert can reach, and it offers an incredible view of everything – Lake Noir, the valley, Stanley Plateau, Lake Vert, Peak Albert Peak Margherita, Peak Alexandra, and the glacier – all this, of course, depends on weather and visibility.
Our hike from Kiondo to Wasuwameso today is not that difficult and is only about an hour, however, it can be a little slippery due to the moss covered rocks.
You return to Kiondo for the night.
DAY 5: Descending or Continuing
Today you have a choice of whether or not you would like to descend or continue on.
If you choose to continue –
You will make a round trip from Kiondo to Moraine hut and will spend an additional night at Kiondo. From Kiondo to Moraine, you will pass through a pretty nerve-racking part that involves crossing a very deep abyss.
Wasuwameso offers you almost everything you could wish to see during your trek. Though you are closer to Peak Margherita at Moraine, it is only useful if you are summiting. One extra thing that you gain if you continue is a full view of Lake Gris – this of course, is weather dependent.
If you choose to descend –
The way down is possibly the second most difficult day of the trek – likely as hard as Day 2.
Today you will go from Kiondo back to Kalonge, this will take us approximately 6 hours and involves going down really steep hills. The hills can be very slippery and caution must be taken to prevent slipping.
This evening we will overnight at Kalonge.
DAY 6: Kalonge – Mutsora
Today you leave from Kalonge to Mutsora. It’s not a long hike and is between 4 and 5 hours, maximum.
Overnight at Mutsora, which was our starting point, in the tent.
DAY 7: Mutsora – Beni / Uganda border
After an early breakfast, we will spend the whole morning (before noon) at Mutsora visiting different projects done by the park and a visit the local palm oil factory before we make our way back to Beni via road.
Tonight we will spend the night at the Rock Hotel (top class based on bed and breakfast, self-contained room with hot shower and internet included).
DAY 8: Beni – Goma
After an early breakfast, we will drive to Mavivi Airport and take the shared flight to Goma. Once we have arrived at Goma Airport, we will take a drive downtown on the way to our hotel.
Our hotel this evening will be Ihusi Hotel (top class based on bed and breakfast, self-contained room with hot shower and internet included)
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