UGANDA – RWENZORI & GORILLA TREKKING
From the mystical mountains of the moon to the land of the last gorillas
18 Days + Arrival and Departure
From 7.150 USD
Rwenzori is the kingdom of the so-called Mountains of the Moon. The three highest peaks of this legendary mountain range are each more than 5.000 meters high, being the third highest in Africa after Kilimanjaro & Mount Kenia. The Rwenzori Mountains National Park is located in Uganda in the central part of this mountain range, and is a UNESCO world heritage site since 1994. Only a few hundred excursionists and mountaineers face each year the difficulties of exploring this fantastic region. This natural paradise has preserved its inaccessibility and mysterious fascination to this day. The mountainous landscape, characterized by numerous giant lobelias and a matchless scenery with its peaks, glaciers, rivers, lakes and forests covered with lichens, is considered one of the strangest and most impressive natural places in the world.
Our 8-day trekking in the Mountains of the Moon will lead us along the little known Kilembe Trail. If what you are looking for is an adventurous route that only a few have done before, this is the one for you. The journey is hard and exhausting. Each day is a new physical and mental challenge, but the reward is huge, full of unique and unforgettable impressions. First, our route will take us through the jungle full of the noise of monkeys and birds. Then we will go through the dense bamboo forest to get to the high moorland. A unique and diverse flora with giant plants that only grow here will surround us throughout the hike. If the weather is good, all of us will have the opportunity to climb the highest summit, Peak Margarita 5.109 meters high. Leaving from the last camp using our piolet and crampons, we will climb the glacier to get to the top of the Mountains of the Moon.
After our mountain adventure, the dream of every nature and animal lover comes true: we will go in search of the last mountain gorillas on earth at the Bwindi Impenetrable National Park. By foot and in the company of several park rangers, we will look for the tracks of these “gentle giants” in the mountain jungle. With a little luck, we will have the overwhelming and incomparable experience of observing closely a family of gorillas and the silver back, which weighs up to 250 kg in its natural habitat.
A 3-day safari through the Queen Elizabeth National Park well known for its very rich wild life, completes this wonderful trekking, mountain and nature trip.
Live the experience of Uganda with SPONDYLUS, an exotic and beautiful country privileged by its flora and fauna far away from mass tourism, a really unique adventure!
- Welcome to Uganda, the “Pearl of Africa”, an exotic world with an incomparable natural wealth.
- 8-Day dream trekking to the mystical Mountains of the Moon and the source of the Nile.
- We cross several climate and vegetation zones in the Rwenzori National Park, which has been declared a World Heritage Site by UNESCO.
- Mountaineers have the opportunity to climb Mt. Stanley, the third highest mountain of the black continent.
- In the intact and untouched rainforest of the Bwindi National Park we observe the last wild mountain gorillas on earth in their natural habitat.
- Close contact with nature and culture of Uganda.
- At the end of our dream trip we go on a safari in the world famous Queen Elizabeth National Park.
Level of difficulty
We offer this trip on FIXED DATES, but also as PRIVATE TRIPS.
Fixed dates - Season 2022/2023
The participants can make reservations freely for fixed date trips. SPONDYLUS will define the starting / ending dates of each service.
Minimum number of participants: 6 persons
Maximum number of participants: 12 persons
If there are less than 6 participants in the group, there will be a small group extra charge.
The dates for private trips are requested by the participants. In general it is not possible to add external persons to the group. If required, the itinerary can be adapted to the group´s needs and priorities.
The price depends on the number of participants, and they are based on a double room. The respective price INCLUDES both the gorilla permit (700 USD) and all national park admissions, etc. in relation to the trekking and safari at the end of the trip (approx. 400 USD).
Single Room Supplement: * 590 USD
* The extra charge for single room will be done at the moment of making a reservation for the single room. If there is no other person found for sharing a room at the moment of making the reservation of a double room, we will charge half of the extra charge.
Small Group Surcharge: If the size of the group is smaller than the minimum number of participants (6 people), a small group fee will be charged. All this depends on the final number of participants.
Warm mountain jacket (synthetic / no down), Breathable and waterproof windbreaker jacket (Goretex or similar), Rain cape, Medium weight fleece pullover or jacket (Polartec or similar), Trekking trousers, Breathable and waterproof overtrousers, Thermal underware, Thermal trekking socks
Head & Hands
Sun hat, Warm hat or similar with ear protection, First layer thin gloves, Trekking gloves (Goretex, Windstopper or similar)
Synthetic fiber sleeping bag (no down) comfort zone -10ºC, Waterproof compression bag for sleeping bag, Expedition mattress (Therm-a-Rest type or similar)
Robust Trekking boots, Rubber boots with good sole profile, Light trainers or sandals for camps
Telescopic trekking poles
Knee-high gaiters, Sun glasses with 100% UV protection (suitable for glaciers), Wide mouth water bottle, Thermos, Sun block factor 30+, Lip sun protector factor 30+, Watch with alarm, Expedition Duffel Bag, Head lamp with batteries & extra batteries, Back pack 40L + with rain cover, Swimwear, Towel, Mosquito-repellent (with DEET), 3 Passport photos, Waterproof packing bags, Personal pharmacy*
* Personal Pharmacy
First aid kit (medical adhesive tape, plasters, bandages, disinfectant, etc.), Hand sanitizer (Alcogel or similar), Germicidal wound ointment, Pain killers (E.g. Paracetamol, Ibuprofen, etc.), Sore throat pills and or lozenges, Diarrhea (E.g. Perenterol, Loperamide), Antibiotics for respiratory & urinary tract infections (E.g. Cefuroxime), Antibiotics for gastrointestinal tract infections (E.g. Ciprofloxacin), Solution with electrolytes & salts to drink in case of fluid loss due to diarrhea, Acetazolamide (Diamox) optional
IMPORTANT: Consult your GP for advice on your personal pharmacy!
Additional Technical Equipment - for mountain climbers only / Mount Stanley
Light ice axe, Crampons, Harness, 2 Carabiners, Tape sling
To guarantee maximum security, all along the trekking we always take with us a first aid kit and medicine for emergencies.
Besides this, we strongly recommend every participant to hire a Foreign Health insurance and an Accident insurance for Uganda.
The climatic conditions and other factors of force majeure can cause a change in the trip program. Responsibility and decision making in this regard rests completely with the SPONDYLUS guide in charge.
We know that reaching the top of a mountain is the dream of every mountaineer. This is the reason why we make our best effort to make a successful ascent possible. Due to our wide experience on climbing high mountains, we normally succeed. However, it is not possible for us to guarantee reaching the summit of any mountain, and we will never put our health at risk trying to achieve the goal. The security and wellness of our clients, our mountain guides and the whole expedition team is our highest priority!