Mount Stanley Climb (8 Days)

Summit Africa's third highest mountain

Mount Stanley Climb (8 Days)

Climb Mount Stanley, Africa's third highest mountain, on this 8-day expedition into the Mountains of the Moon. Experienced climbers will have the option to ascend to Margherita Peak, the highest of Mt Stanley's twin summits, while trekkers will have the opportunity to complete a snow and ice trek across the Stanley Plateau - Mt Stanley's primary glacier.

Outline Itinerary

  1. Day 1: Arrive Entebbe

    Arrive Entebbe. Overnight in a centrally-located hotel.

  2. Day 2: Transfer Entebbe to Kasese. Overnight at local hotel.

    Transfer from Entebbe to Kasese by road or air. On arrival, you will be met at the airstrip by the local climb team and transferred to the Sandton Hotel, or similar, for dinner and overnight.

  3. Day 3: To Sine Hut – 9.5km

    After an early breakfast at the Sandton, transfer to the Trekkers Hostel in the nearby village of Kilembe, start point for our treks into the Rwenzoris. Following a final kit check and briefing, set off on foot from the Hostel for the Rwenzori park gates.

  4. Day 4: To Mutinda Camp – 6.1km

    Commence walking after a hearty breakfast. Today’s trail climbs steadily to begin with, as you enter the bamboo zone and then continue onto a steep moss-covered ridge about 200m in height.

  5. Day 5: To Bugata Camp – 8.6km

    Your starting height today is 3,590 metres, climbing to 4,200 metres at the confluence between the Nyamwamba and Namusangi Valleys, before dropping to Bugata Camp at 4,100m.

  6. Day 6: To Hunwick’s Camp – 8.3km

    Today’s route is designed to help you acclimatise. Starting at 4,100m, you climb to the top of the Bamwanjara Pass (4,450m), before dropping to Hunwick’s Camp at 3,975m, allowing you to rest tonight at a slightly lower altitude.

  7. Day 7: To Margherita Camp – 5.1km

    Today’s walk is a relatively easy ascent. Leaving Hunwick’s Camp, you trek past Kitandara Lake before beginning a steady climb to Scott Elliott pass and, finally, Margherita Camp (4,485m), situated at the top of the pass with fantastic views to Lake Bujuku and Mt Speke in the north, and the Kitandara Lakes and Weismann Peak to the south.

  8. Day 8: To Margherita Peak / Stanley Viewpoint – 12.7km

    Starting at a height of 4,485m and climbing to 5,109m (Margherita Peak) or 4,908m (Stanley Viewpoint), today’s climb will take an estimated 10-13 hours – 6-8 hours up and 4-5 hours down.

  9. Day 9: To Kiharo Camp – 15.8km (from Hunwick’s)

    Leaving Hunwick’s Camp, you climb up a high ridge to reach McConnell’s Prong, where, on a clear day, you'll be greeted with views of all three peaks (Stanley, Baker and Weismann) and Scott Elliott's Pass. Continue climbing to reach Oliver's Pass, at 4,505m. The distance from Hunwick’s Camp to the top of Oliver's Pass is 3km.

  10. Day 10: To Kilembe – 14.6km

    Today you descend via the Nyamwamba Valley across open moorland and large areas of tussock grass. As this is a valley floor, it is rather wet and at times boggy. It is a good idea to have your rubber boots ready for this section.

  11. Day 11: Departure

    Your itinerary ends this morning in Kasese. We can arrange for your transfer back to Entebbe/Kampala if required.

Price guide

Price based on two climbers and inclusive of fully-supported 8-day climb to Margherita Peak, Rwenzori park fees, and accommodation before and after the climb. Please see our Rwenzori rates chart for detailed pricing.

11 days from £1620pp


11 days from £1620pp

At the summit of Mt Stanley

The entire trip ran like clockwork and everything exceeded our expectations.

Reggie and Greg

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