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Uganda Safaris
Uganda Safaris

The best 3 Day Rwenzori Mountain Trek in 2024

3 Day Rwenzori Mountain Trek overview

The 3 Days Mount Rwenzori Nature Walk to John Maate Camp will give you a dreamlike experience. with Horizon seeker Adventure It takes you to the mossy heather zone above 3,500 metres asl the reason UNESCO calls the Rwenzori Mountains “Africa’s botanical big game”.

John Maate Camp is one of the camps with the best views of the Stanley plateau glacier on Mount Stanley. After walking through a boggy section, relaxing in this camp is very rewarding. Enjoy cloudlike fog as it moves quickly across the valley either side of the camp.

Situated across the hill at the edge of the valley, before dinner or early in the morning you can cross the Bujuku River to the Bigo Bog before returning to camp.

3 Day Rwenzori Mountain Trek Itineraries


The 3 Days Mount Rwenzori Nature Walk to John Maate Camp follows the Rwenzori Central Circuit trail and starts at the Rwenzori Mountains National park’s Mihunga gate. After an early morning breakfast, your drive/ guide will transfer you from your hotel around Fort portal or Kasese to Mihunga park gate for a briefing from the park wardens and induction for the trip while meeting your guides and porters.

After the briefing you embark on your trip into the park taking the trail which follows a thick forest along the Mubuku River, crossing the Mahoma River tributary before starting a long, steep climb up onto a massive ridge to reach Nyabitaba Camp. During this part of the trip you may hear calls of or actually spot Chimpanzees as well as Black and White Colobus, Blue monkeys and the brilliantly colored Rwenzori Turaco.

Hike Duration: 6 -7 hours. Elevation height: 1,036M

DAY 2: NYABITABA (2651m) – JOHN MATTE CAMP (3505m)

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 Camp after passing through the tiring bog, for dinner and an overnight rest.

Hike Duration: 7-8 hours. Elevation height: 854m

DAY 3: JOHN MATTE (3505m) – NYABITABA (2651m) – PARK GATE (1615m)

From John Matte you will 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 the park gate where you will end the Trek.

The descent from Nyabitaba to the Park gate will take 3 – 4 hours to complete your 3 days nature walk to John Maate Camp.


Park fees for 3 days

All meals

Bottled drinking water

Warm sleeping bags



Guides and Porters

First Aid Kit:

Stomach medicine

Headache medicine

1 elastic bandage, Elastoplasts

Water purification tablets


Hiking shoes/Ruber boots

Rain jackets

Warm and waterproof gloves

Warm sweaters



Vitamin C tablets

Altitude sickness medication

Sun lotion

Lip ointment

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