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  • Ruwenzori Mountains of the Moon Mountain Climb: Dates: 13 Jan - 25 Jan, 3. Feb. - 15. Feb, 1. June - 13. June, 2. Aug. - 14. Aug., 20. Dec. - 09. Jan, 14. Jan. - 26. Jan. 2016
  • Mountain Climb Cost Full-Service Cost: $4,355, £3,250, €3,850. (Converted 16-08-2016)
  • Trek: 13 Jan – 23 Jan, 3. Feb. - 13. Feb, 1. June- 10. June 2015, 2. Aug. - 11. Aug.  30. Dec. - 09. Jan. 2016, 14. Jan. - 24. Jan. 2016
  • Trek Cost Full-Service Cost: $3,450, £2,250, €3,250. (Converted 16-08-2016)

Introduction to Our Ruwenzori Expedition

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We are excited to announce a new trip to Africa's 3rd, 4th, and 5th highest mountains, located in a gorgeous national park, rarely visited. There is stunning trekking and optional mountaineering on these mountains which are not often climbed.

The range is about 120 km (75 mi) long and 65 km (40 mi) wide. It consists of six massifs separated by deep gorges: Mount Stanley (5,109 metres/16,750 feet), Mount Speke (4,890 metres/16,000 feet), Mount Baker (4,843 metres/15,900 feet), Mount Emin (4,798 metres/15,700 feet), Mount Gessi (4,715 metres/15,500 feet) and Mount Luigi di Savoia (4,627 metres/15,200 feet). Mount Stanley is the largest and has several subsidiary summits, with Margherita Peak being the highest point. The rock is metamorphic, and the mountains are believed to have been tilted and squeezed upwards by plate movement. They are in an extremely humid area, and frequently enveloped in clouds.

The Ruwenzori are known for their vegetation, ranging from tropical rainforest through alpine meadows to snow; and for their animal population, including forest elephants, several primate species and many endemic birds. One zone is known for its six metre/20 foot high heather covered in moss, and another for its giant lobelia. Most of the range is now a World Heritage Site and is covered jointly by The Rwenzori Mountains National Park in Uganda and the Parc National des Virunga in Congo.

When you see the high level of service we provide, you may agree that the cost is affordable, inexpensive, even "cheap".

Please "click" one of the links on the column on the upper right of your screen under "Rwenzori" to learn more about our expedition.

Rwenzori Cost

* Our “full-service” expedition includes:

  • Leadership: Cost includes a very experienced and qualified British, European, or American leader;
  • National Park entrance fees;
  • Camping fees;
  • 2 nights in **hotel in Kampala sharing double;
  • local English speaking trekking guides;
  • porters for gear (per person one personal porter);
  • group gear: quality sleeping tents (sharing, 1 tent for2 members), dining tent, emergency medical kit, radio gear, satellite telephone, group climbing equipment (ropes, ice screws, slings and rock gear);
  • Cook and cooking facilities;
  • 3 meals a day and water while camping;
  • meals and accommodation during traveling;
  • Transport: Bus, Safari bus, 4x4 Landrover.

Not included:

  • extra nights in Kampala;
  • hotel upgrade, single room and single tent (possible with surcharge);
  • personal gear for hiking, climbing and camping;
  • alcohol, meals in Kampala;
  • tips. back to top

Extension options to add-on to your expedition:

Mountain -Extension (4 days): Some of us will stay 4 more days on the mountain for a better chance of climbing the three highest peaks and possibly exploring some new routes. Extra price: $750.

Gorilla-Extension (2-3days): Enjoy a trip to one of the last natural Habitats of the biggest mankind-apes. Only two small groups are
allowed in the park every day, so as not to distract the gorillas (NP fees only are $750) and this trip is only possible on advanced booking.

Extra price (1 day with the gorillas): $950, although longer visits are possible if you wish to pay more for your stay. Please request early if you wish to prolong your trip to Africa with this unique and exciting adventure. back to top

Combinations:

  • 1) Join our Mt.Kenya-Kilimanjaro mountain climbs previous to this trip.
  • 2) Take a few days after the trip to enjoy the beaches of Kenya or Tanzania.
  • 3) Combine with a classical animal safari in the savannas of Africa. back to top
1) Mt.Kenya, Safari and Kilimanjaro (20 days)
It is although possible to join the Mt.Kenya climb (9days) or the Kilimanjaro hike (7days). Please request our itinerary.

2) Zanzibar (3 nights, 4 days) ****service:

1) Flight to Zanzibar. Transfer to hotel Emerson & Green. City tour of the 800 year old stone town, which is historically known for its spices and as being a gold trading center;
2) Drive to Club Breezes or Club Blue on the beach, which are both top end resorts with endless white beaches on the Indian ocean;
3) Relax on the beach, snorkeling, swimming or spa;
4) Afternoon flight back to Nairobi or Kampala.

Prices Per Person:

  • Single: $2285.
  • Double sharing: $1980.
3) Serengeti and Ngorongoro Crater Safari(2 nights, 3 days):
1) After breakfast depart to Serengeti stopping on the way at Olduvai Gorge, the archaeological site made famous by Louis and Mary Leaky, also known as, "The Cradle of Humankind". Lunch and afternoon game drive in Serengeti untill 6:30 p.m., dinner, and overnight at Seronera camp site or Sope/Serena Lodge;
2) Full day game drive in Serengeti until 2:30 p.m. Then we will drive to Ngorongoro for dinner with a stay overnight at Simba Campsite or Sopa/Serena Lodge;
3) Breakfast and departure for a full day game drive discovering the beauty and abundance of wildlife permanently residing on the crater floor until 3:00 p.m. and then drive to respective destinations.

Prices Per Person:

  • Camping $780.
  • Luxury Lodging Single: $1640.
  • Double sharing: $1240. (Min 3 people, without transfer from Kampala to Safari and back). back to top

* Our "basic climb" includes:

Basic (Permit, Accommodation and Transport)

  • Organization: Felix Berg and local agency;
  • National Park entrance fees;
  • Camping fees;
  • 2 nights in **hotel in Kampala sharing double;
  • Transport: Bus, Safari bus, 4x4 Landrover.

Add on to the basic climb:

  • Mountain Service (Porters, group gear and food service) 
  • Climbing service (Leadership, Hiking or Climbing Guide, equipment)  back to top
Please ask any questions regarding cost at info@summitclimb.com.

 

Itinerary

Please click one of the links below to view that section of our Rwenzori daily itinerary or scroll down.

Please also visit our Rwenzori route description for more about what to expect on the drive from Kathmandu, during the climb itself, etcetera. Please click here to view extension options and combinations of further adventures for your trip.

Arriving in Kampala:

1) Arrival in Kampala

2) Day for arrangements in Kampala, Uganda; back to top

Trekking to the Mountains of the Moon:

3) Trek to the Park Headquarters at Nyakalegija;

4) Trek from Nyakalegija to Nyabitaba;

5) Trek from Nyabitaba to John Matte camp;

6) Trek from John Matte camp to Bujuku; back to top

Climbing the Mountains of the Moon:

7) Exploration and climbing Mountains of the Moon;

8) Exploration and climbing Mountains of the Moon;

9) Exploration and climbing Mountains of the Moon;

10) Exploration and climbing Mountains of the Moon;

11) Exploration and climbing Mountains of the Moon;

12) Exploration and climbing Mountains of the Moon; back to top

Going Home:

13) Descent;

14) Descent and travel back to Kampala;

15) Departure to respective destinations. back to top

Mountain Extension:

Mountain -Extension (4 days): Add 4 days to the Climbing the Mountains of the Moon section of the itinerary. Some of us will stay 4 more days on the mountain for a better chance of climbing the three highest peaks and possibly exploring some new routes. Extra price: $750, £350, €550. back to top

Gorilla Extension:

Gorilla-Extension (2-3days): Enjoy a trip to one of the last natural Habitats of the biggest mankind-apes. Only two small groups are
allowed in the park every day, so as not to distract the gorillas (NP fees only are $500+ for Feb 08) and this trip is only possible on advanced booking.

Extra price (1 day with the gorillas): $950, £450, €700, although longer visits are possible if you wish to pay more for your stay. Please request early if you wish to prolong your trip to Africa with this unique and exciting adventure. back to top

Kilimanjaro and Mt. Kenya Combination:

Mt.Kenya, Safari and Kilimanjaro (20 days in Africa) $3950, £1950, €2950:
It is also possible to only join the Mt. Kenya climb (9 days) or the Kilimanjaro hike (7 days). Please click here for the itinerary. back to top

Zanzibar (3 nights, 4 days) ****service:

1) Flight to Zanzibar. Transfer to hotel Emerson & Green. City tour of the 800 year old stone town, which is historically known for its spices and as being a gold trading center;
2) Drive to Club Breezes or Club Blue on the beach, which are both top end resorts with endless white beaches on the Indian ocean;
3) Relax on the beach, snorkeling, swimming or spa;
4) Afternoon flight back to Nairobi or Kampala.

 

Prices Per Person:

  • Single: $2285, £1150, €1650;
  • Double sharing: $1980, £1000, €1450.
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Serengeti and Ngorongoro Crater Safari(2 nights, 3 days):

1) After breakfast depart to Serengeti stopping on the way at Olduvai Gorge, the archaeological site made famous by Louis and Mary Leaky, also known as, "The Cradle of Humankind". Lunch and afternoon game drive in Serengeti untill 6:30 p.m., dinner, and overnight at Seronera camp site or Sope/Serena Lodge;
2) Full day game drive in Serengeti until 2:30 p.m. Then we will drive to Ngorongoro for dinner with a stay overnight at Simba Campsite or Sopa/Serena Lodge;
3) Breakfast and departure for a full day game drive discovering the beauty and abundance of wildlife permanently residing on the crater floor until 3:00 p.m. and then drive to respective destinations.

Prices Per Person:

  • Camping $780, £400, €550;
  • Luxury Lodging Single: $1640, £800, €1200;
  • Double sharing: $1240, £600, €900 (Min 3 people, without transfer from Kampala to Safari and back). back to top

Thank you for joining our Rwenzori Expedition

Route

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Introduction-

The Rwenzori Mountains lie along the western border of Uganda and rise to a height of 5,100 metres. They comprise the legendary "Mountains of the Moon", a World Heritage Site. These incomparable, beautiful, mist-shrouded peaks provide a unique backdrop to one of the most magnificent national parks.

In the centre of the range, which boasts Africa's third highest mountain, some of the peaks carry permanent snow and glaciers, while the lower slopes are covered with dense forest. There are excellent walking routes, including the Bujuku circuit, which provide wonderful and unique scenery. For those who want to attempt to climb, Mount Stanley (5,109 metres/16,750 feet), Mount Speke (4,890 metres/16,000 feet), and Mount Baker (4,843 metres/15,900 feet), have been compared to the Alps.

The glacial mountain range that straddles the border of Uganda and the Democratic Republic of Congo has intrigued explorers and intellectuals for thousands of years. In 2 A.D., the Greek geographer Ptolemy referred to a range of snowcapped mountains in East Africa as the "mountains of the moon". Water from these mountains fed the Nile river. The region's glaciers, waterfalls and lakes make it one of Africa's most beautiful alpine areas. The park has many natural habitats of endangered species and a rich and unusual flora. back to top

Itinerary-

The proposed itinerary allows enough time for proper acclimatization, rest days, and several returns to base camp, where the kitchen and base camp staff can look after all of your needs, and quell your appetite. The weather at this time of year is normally quite good and stable. There are also several options to extend your stay on the mountain and other adventures in Africa. back to top

Weather-

The sequence of weather and climate around the year is similar to that described for Kenya. Much of Uganda, however, is rather wetter than Kenya. This is because of the influence of Lake Victoria, an important local source of atmospheric moisture, and thunderstorms; in addition, the west of the country is often influenced by moist southwesterly winds bringing rains from the Congo.

Over most of Uganda the weather is pleasant and not uncomfortable for much of the year. There is much sunny weather with daily hours of sunshine averaging from six to eight. The weather is much wetter in the mountain districts, however we are traveling during the dryer season, so as to maximize our chances for summiting and trekking comfortably. back to top

Arriving in Kampala-

Our trip begins upon your arrival to Kampala, Uganda. Kampala is the capital city , social hub and the country's largest urban centre. This is our staging post for the trip to the Rwenzori mountains. You need to find a flight into Entebbe aiport, which is the International airport 30 km from Uganda's capital city Kampala. From Nairobi, Kenya local carriers operate frequently to Entebbe (aprox. $350 round trip). back to top

Trekking to the Mountains of the Moon-

To reach the Park Headquarters at Nyakalegija we travel past Mubende town to Fort Portal in Western Uganda. 5-10kms outside Kasese on the Kasese-Fort Portal Road, we will follow the signpost for the National Park. From the turn-off to the Park HQ is approximately 15 kms, traveling through villages. Overnight camping at the Park Headquarters.

The trail passes along the western bank of the Mubuku River, passing through villages, leading up to the Park entrance. A 45-minutes walk gets us to the Park Entrance, where the trail slopes down towards the river, passing through lowland equatorial forest. Reaching the river, the path bears left away from the river, through more forest until one comes to a small bridge. Crossing the bridge, one starts climbing a moderately steep ridge. Elephants inhabit this area, and evidence of their presence (improbably large mounds of dung, huge passageways in the bush) will be seen. A word of caution: The elephants in this area are not very friendly, thanks to poaching activities during years past but our guide and ranger are trained to detect elephant presence quickly and react to ensure our safety! Elephant territory ends at Mahoma bridge, some 2hrs into the journey and a good resting place. We pass through more forest (where, if you are lucky you may see monkeys and chimpanzee), then through a field of ferns. As you gain more altitude, you will notice hanging moss growing on tree branches, and subtle changes in the forest vegetation, as trees become more spindly, and undergrowth thins. After about 4-5 hrs we should arrive at Nyabitaba Hut.

The trail passes along the western bank of the Mubuku River, passing through villages, leading up to the Park entrance. A 45-minutes walk gets us to the Park Entrance, where the trail slopes down towards the river, passing through lowland equatorial forest. Reaching the river, the path bears left away from the river, through more forest until one comes to a small bridge. Crossing the bridge, one starts climbing a moderately steep ridge. Elephants inhabit this area, and evidence of their presence (improbably large mounds of dung, huge passageways in the bush) will be seen. A word of caution: The elephants in this area are not very friendly, thanks to poaching activities during years past but our guide and ranger are trained to detect elephant presence quickly and react to ensure our safety! Elephant territory ends at Mahoma bridge, some 2hrs into the journey and a good resting place. We pass through more forest (where, if you are lucky you may see monkeys and chimpanzee), then through a field of ferns. As you gain more altitude, you will notice hanging moss growing on tree branches, and subtle changes in the forest vegetation, as trees become more spindly, and undergrowth thins. After about 4-5 hrs we should arrive at Nyabitaba Hut.

The trail to Bujuku camp heads west out of John Matte, crossing the Bujuku River, and heading out over the Lower Bigo Bog. This presents the first encounter with Bog, a kind of high-altitude swamp. Gumboots and a walking stick are essential equipment in this territory. After crossing Lower Bigo, the trail leads upwards to Bigo Hut, an abandoned camp. From Bigo Hut, the trail climbs up a steep incline, leading up to Upper Bigo Bog. Wooden slats have been placed over the bog to make it easier to cross. This part of the trail has a number of interesting plants, including giant lobelia and Everlasting Flower (said to have a 40-year flowering cycle). While breathing will be getting a little difficult and the body under more strain, it is worthwile taking time to savor the beauty of this part of the trail. Out of the bog, and a short climb later, Lake Bujuku will be sighted. Giant groundsel abounds. To get to Bujuku Hut, Lake Bujuku is skirted to the east. This is no easy task as the banks are generally quite muddy even in the dry season. Bujuku Camp is fairly cold, but if you are lucky there may be a spot of afternoon sunshine to warm you up. You will almost certainly need to dry off a few clothes (yes, only the very expert avoid a close encounter with the bog), take some afternoon tea, and prepare for bed. Journey time to Bujuku is 5-6hrs. back to top

Climbing the Mountains of the Moon-

We have 6 full days for exploring the mountains of the moon. We are in the middle of a fascinating mountain range with many hiking and climbing options around. Our base will be Bajuku Camp and 3hrs apart Elena Camp.

Bujuku Camp - Situated on a slope at the northeastern tip of Lake Bujuku, Bujuku Camp(3930m, 0° 22.98' N 29° 53.19' E) has perhaps the poorest facilities at present. Consisting of a single-room tin hut (there is another for the guide and porters), this camp can be quite cold. The camp offers a breath-taking view of Lake Bujuku and the surrounding peaks. On a clear day, Scott Elliot Pass, the Stanley Plateau and Mt. Baker can be seen clearly. This camp also offers opportunities to spot the elusive duika antelope. The camp is a staging post for the trip to Elena Hut (and hence to Margherita) or to Mt. Speke. Trekkers to Mt. Speke will head out of this camp to attempt the peak.

Elena Camp - Wedged between two large flat rocks, Elena Hut (4563m, 0° 22.27' N 29° 53.86' E) is the staging post for climbing Mt. Stanley. At the best of times conditions at this camp are bleak. Temperatures at this camp-in-the-clouds hover around the freezing mark during the day, and plummet will below freezing at night. On a clear day the camp offers a excellent views of Mt. Baker, Mt. Speke and Lake Kitandara. It also offers the first close-up view of the Mt. Stanley glaciers. The rocks around Elena Hut can be quite treacherous when wet. In addition, finding ones way over these rocks can be tricky, given the dearth of landmarks. Paths are however conveniently marked using small heaps of stones. back to top

Going Home-

After packing up the camps, we will descend back the way we came to Kampala. In Kampala, you can have a day to relax, celebrate, tour the city, write postcards, and do a bit more shopping, before heading home. We hope you had a safe, enjoyable, and successful adventure. Thanks for joining in!

If you have arranged for an extended service or another combined adventure we offer in Africa, you may not be going home yet. Please see more information below. back to top

Mountain Extension-

Mountain -Extension (4 days): Add 4 days to the Climbing the Mountains of the Moon section of the itinerary. Some of us will stay 4 more days on the mountain for a better chance of climbing the three highest peaks and possibly exploring some new routes. Extra price: $750, £350, €550. back to top

Gorilla Extension-

Gorilla-Extension (2-3days): Enjoy a trip to one of the last natural Habitats of the biggest mankind-apes. Only two small groups are
allowed in the park every day, so as not to distract the gorillas (NP fees only are $500+ for Feb 08) and this trip is only possible on advanced booking.

Extra price (1 day with the gorillas): $950, £450, €700, although longer visits are possible if you wish to pay more for your stay. Please request early if you wish to prolong your trip to Africa with this unique and exciting adventure.

Kilimanjaro and Mt. Kenya Combination-

Mt.Kenya, Safari and Kilimanjaro (20 days in Africa) $3950, £1950, €2950:
Please click here to review the route for this expedition. It is also possible to only join the Mt. Kenya climb (9 days) or the Kilimanjaro hike (7 days). Please click here for the itinerary. back to top

Zanzibar Combination-

Zanzibar (3 nights, 4 days) ****service:

1) After breakfast depart to Serengeti stopping on the way at Olduvai Gorge, the archaeological site made famous by Louis and Mary Leaky, also known as, "The Cradle of Humankind". Lunch and afternoon game drive in Serengeti untill 6:30 p.m., dinner, and overnight at Seronera camp site or Sope/Serena Lodge;
2) Full day game drive in Serengeti until 2:30 p.m. Then we will drive to Ngorongoro for dinner with a stay overnight at Simba Campsite or Sopa/Serena Lodge;
3) Breakfast and departure for a full day game drive discovering the beauty and abundance of wildlife permanently residing on the crater floor until 3:00 p.m. and then drive to respective destinations.

Prices Per Person:

  • Camping $780, £400, €550;
  • Luxury Lodging Single: $1640, £800, €1200;
  • Double sharing: $1240, £600, €900 (Min 3 people, without transfer from Kampala to Safari and back).

Safari Combination-

Serengeti and Ngorongoro Crator (2 nights, 3 days):

1) After breakfast depart to Serengeti stopping on the way at Olduvai Gorge, the archaeological site made famous by Louis and Mary Leaky, also known as, "The Cradle of Humankind". Lunch and afternoon game drive in Serengeti untill 6:30 p.m., dinner, and overnight at Seronera camp site or Sope/Serena Lodge;
2) Full day game drive in Serengeti until 2:30 p.m. Then we will drive to Ngorongoro for dinner with a stay overnight at Simba Campsite or Sopa/Serena Lodge;
3) Breakfast and departure for a full day game drive discovering the beauty and abundance of wildlife permanently residing on the crater floor until 3:00 p.m. and then drive to respective destinations.

Prices Per Person:

  • Camping $780, £400, €550;
  • Luxury Lodging Single: $1640, £800, €1200;
  • Double sharing: $1240, £600, €900 (Min 3 people, without transfer from Kampala to Safari and back). back to top

Thank you for joining our Rwenzori Expedition

Leadership

Leadership:   Felix , a proficient technical climber, a graduated mathematician and financial analyst, who lives in Zürich, Switzerland, and Berlin, Germany, is a full-time climber living of slide shows, guiding and leading expeditions. He has lived in Nairobi, Kenya, in 2002-2003 and since is our Africa expedition organizer, has successfully lead 6 Kilimanjaro and 10 Mount Kenya ascents and organized even more. He is fluent in Swahili, and has been involved in training the Kenyan Wildlife Service (KWS) mountain rescue team on Mount Kenya since 2004. Felix was the co-leader of our 2002 Kangchenjunga expedition and Everest-Tibet 2004. He is a very well organised person, and a strong climber, with good ideas, always eager to help others. He has made solo winter ascents of major North Face Routes in the Alps. Felix met SummitClimb, when he made an impressive no-rope ascent and descent of Ama Dablam with a German-Japanese expedition in 2001, then became a leader in training on Kangchenjunga and improved his leadership skills on Everest-Tibet 2004. Felix has his own website you might enjoy visiting: www.BergBote.de . Please be sure to return here when you are done. Thanks.

Organizer: Your expedition is organized by our British, European, and American, office personnel working on-the-ground together as well as in your home-country. For example, one of our lead organizers is the very experienced Dan Mazur, trekking in Tibet since 1986 and climber-leader-organizer of Everest, K2, and 12 "eight-thousand-metre-peaks". He is a relaxed, friendly and well organized person, and a highly-skilled professional with 25 years experience in helping people explore the mountains, with the highest attention to detail, comfort, and safety.

Porters: Our full service expedition supplies one personal porter per person during the expedition, so you don't have to carry a heavy ruck sack.

 

Our leaders and staff look forward to serving you on our expeditions to form a successful team and create a rewarding experience.

Your Experience & Training

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Team Member Experience:

Our goal is to work together as a team so that all members reach the top safely. We do not expect you to be expert (although some members are) but, nor are we a climbing school (although we do conduct one or two days of training at the beginning of each expedition, please see below). If you need fundamental technical training, and snow and ice experience, we urge you to participate in our Glacier School held each June and September. Members need to have experience in being part of a team, working toward a common goal, and be ready to work with the group and be a good "team-player".

Our leaders are there to ensure (for our full-service members) you make it up to the summit and back down safely. However, this is not a guided expedition, and team members are expected to be able to care for themselves in a winter-camping and climbing environment. Obviously when climbing the highest peaks in Africa, there are hazards present, and members must have experience in roped rock and ice climbing techniques (to protect from falling down the mountain or into crevasses), and have winter-condition climbing experience in the greater ranges of the world, including placing and retrieving anchors, belaying, abseiling, glacier rescue and avalanche awareness. It is also required that all members will have knowledge of altitude sickness, frostbite, and the recognition of their symptoms, prevention, and treatment. When traveling above basecamp, all members must climb with another team member at all times.

Neither solo climbing, nor descending, are allowed above basecamp. However, we welcome you to join our expedition as an individual and most of our members do. The main expectation is that members will be prepared to climb with a team member at all times above basecamp. This practice ensures that the entire team has a fun, successful, and safe time on the mountain. back to top

Fitness and Health:

To participate in this expedition you must be a very fit and active winter-walker-climber in good health. Prior to joining our group, please see your doctor and obtain the necessary permission and advice, as well as medications for travel in extremes of altitude, and also for exotic locales.

Note: Please make sure you have physically trained yourself very thoroughly before joining this climb of the highest peaks in Africa. For a list of the medications we recommend you purchase, please click here . We look forward to climbing together with you! back to top

Training Prior to the Expedition:

  • Firstly, you should always consult your doctor before starting a rigorous exercise plan.
  • In the beginning, to see how you handle the training, and to avoid muscle strains that could slow your training down, you may wish to use shorter more frequent but less taxing workouts, and take more rest. After you get "up to speed" as it were, you could increase the rigour. Older climbers and walkers please take note of the latter. Also remember that swimming is an excellent form of training because it does not put stress upon your joints. Thank you.
  • In order to train well for your trip you should work toward excercising 3 to 4 times a week for between 40 minutes and an hour and a half each time. You should expect to work hard, and try to keep your heartrate quite high and your breathing quite heavy.
  • Adequate rest and a well balanced diet are also essential to avoid injury and illness before the expedition. You should sleep at least 8 hours per night, and eat 3 nutritious meals a day. Don't forget that you will perspire when you train, so try to drink at least 4 litres/quarts of water a day.
  • You may wish to engage the services of a personal trainer, who could help you to fine tune your fitness to a higher level while minimizing strain and maximising your potential in ways you might not have imagined. Personal trainers can also be a great motivator, as you and the trainer have your weekly session, thus you will feel an incentive to complete your planned fitness programme for that week.
  • Please allow us to introduce you to our friend Ben Palmer. Ben is nice person and an avid climber, on rock, ice, in Scotland, the Alps and the Himalaya. Ben is uniquely qualified as a personal trainer, with four years experience as a Premier Global Level III Personal Trainer (The highest qualification available).
  • For more information on how to train for the expedition or for a detailed exercise regime please email Ben: ben@benpalmerfitness.co.uk . Thank you very much.
  • Utilising both gym equipment and the great outdoors will provide a more balanced exercise programme. You should try to accomplish at least half of your workouts outside. This could include walking and running (On stairs and hills too) and cycling, but above all should be fun! Hillwalking and climbing with a pack weighing 5-10 Kilos/10-20 pounds is essential. If you don't have hills, why not go for stairs, bleachers, viewing stands, stadiums, even the stairways in tall buildings? Don't forget to spend time directly working the muscles of the legs, back and shoulders, and remember that your own body weight can be just as effective as weights, or machines.
  • About 6 weeks before the expedition departure date, you may wish to do 1 full day each week of hill walking, climbing or an equivalent, with a light rucksack. On that day, you would want to eventually work toward six-eight hours of continuous walking or climbing up and down hill, with 4 to 6 separate ten minute breaks and a 1/2 to 1 hour lunch break midway through.
  • To minimize the chance of injuring yourself, consider starting with a half day and then if you do well, increase to 2/3, then eventually to a full day, once a week.
  • We want you to arrive for your expedition in top shape, so please take plenty of rest and do not over-do it.
  • Hint: when carrying a rucksack while descending, walking, or climbing down-hill, try carrying a bit less in your rucksack in order to save your knees. Many trainers advise carrying water bottles up the hill then emptying them at the top so your rucksack is lightened for the trip down. back to top

Training During the Expedition:

  • Upon arrival in Kampala and in the base camp, ALL full-service and basic-climb members are requested to participate in one to two days of orientation to how the trip will be operated. There will be plenty of time for discussion, question answering, and for equipment review. Training will be conducted in basecamp in the areas of climbing techniques, glacier travel, rope fixing, ascending, descending, safety techniques, rappels (abseils), belaying, medical equipment and procedures, communications equipment, camping techniques and high-altitude cooking. For the expert and beginner alike, it is important to review these techniques in order to enhance skills, ensure safety-awareness, and work together as a team.

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We hope that you will arrive for your Rwenzori Expedition in good health, both mentally and physically prepared, so we can work together as a team and have a successful expedition.

Personal and Team Equipment

Below is a detailed list of equipment you need to bring for Rwenzori and at the bottom is a description of team equipment that we bring for you. (Click Link below to go directly to that section of the personal equipment list or just scroll down):

Climbing-

  • Climbing harness;
  • Figure 8/Abseil belay device;
  • 3 regular carabiners;
  • 2 locking carabiners;
  • Ice axe w/leash;
  • Crampons - must fit boots exactly;
  • 2 ice screws;
  • 1 long and 1 short prusik (5mm) sling;
  • Adjustable, telescoping trekking pole (optional, but highly recommended). back to top

Upper Body-

  • Gore-Tex jacket with hood, waterproof and breathable;
  • 1 polar fleece jacket;
  • 2 cotton t-shirts;
  • Cotton shirts and/or long and short sleeve polypropylene shirts, lightweight;
  • Warm thermal underwear tops.
  • Umbrella (optional); back to top

Hands-

  • Warm mitts and gloves.

Head-

  • Warm Hat;
  • Sun hat, plus cotton head‑scarf or "bandana";
  • Helmet;
  • Head torch, with batteries and lamps;
  • Sunglasses. back to top

Lower Body-

  • Cotton underwear briefs;
  • Warm thermal underwear bottoms;
  • 1 pair Gore-Tex trousers, salopettes, or bibs. Waterproof/breathable with full side zips;
  • 1 pair polar fleece trousers;
  • 1 pair walking trousers for trekking and around camp;
  • 1 pair walking shorts. back to top

Feet-

  • 1 pair sturdy leather walking boots with good ankle support (make sure they are "broken‑in");
  • Snow gaiters (optional);
  • comfortable, warm, all day rock shoes (Using your good quality all‑leather hiking boots is okay too but for smaller hard climbs the rubber shoes will be much more fun);
  • Mountain boots that can fit crampons for going to the summit;
  • Light shoes for camp and mud‑wading in jungle at base of mountain;
  • Warm Socks;
  • Cotton socks. back to top

Sleeping-

  • Sleeping bag for ‑10 centigrade (15 Fahrenheit);
  • Sleeping Mat. back to top

Rucksack-

  • Rucksack, small or medium (maximum 50 litre/3,050 cubic inches). You will carry this small bag;
  • Waterproof rucksack cover (optional);
  • Kit bag (duffel) with lock, (80‑100 litre/5,000-6,000 cubic inches). Your porter will carry this large bag. back to top

Personal Hygiene-

  • Sun cream for face, and Lip sun cream;
  • Wash Kit, bar soap or hand sanitizer gel/1 small towel;
  • Female/Male hygiene products;
  • Mosquito repellant cream;
  • hand wipes. back to top

Medical-

  • 1 skin blister repair kit;
  • 1 small bottle anti-diarrhea pills;
  • 1 small bottle anti-headache pills;
  • 1 small bottle cough and/or cold medicine, Antibiotics for chest infection;
  • 1 small bottle anti-altitude sickness pills: Diamox, Acetylzolamide;
  • Malaria preventation Medicine;
  • 1 small bottle of water purification tablets or water filter;
  • Prescription glasses, extra contact lens supplies (contact lens wearers: there is a lot of dust here, you definitely need to bring prescription glasses as a backup);
  • Earplugs;
  • Do not bring sleeping pills, they are a respiratory depressant. back to top

Personal Food-

  • On the mountain we supply plenty of food for you to cook 3 hot meals each day. This food will consist of soup, local cheese & sausage, biscuits, dried noodles, potatoes, rice, porridge, butter, dried and tinned vegetables, fruit, meats, and fish, tea with milk and sugar, powdered juice drink, and drinking chocolate. Our porters will be carrying this food to the higher camps.
  • We ask that you bring or buy your own "snack" or daily cold energy food, 1-2 kilos is a good amount. We do not provide cold “snack” food such as chocolate or "energy-bars". back to top

Practical-

  • 2 one‑litre water bottles;
  • 1 camera and film, or digital camera with extra cards and extra batteries;
  • Binoculars;
  • Photos of your Home and family to show your new friends;
  • Several Waterproof plastic sacks, ie: rubbish sacks for your sleeping bag, shoes, etc;
  • 1 bathing suit/swimming costume (you never know);
  • basecamp entertainment. It is good to bring additional items which you have found to be useful on previous expeditions. For example: paperback books, playing cards, ipod mp3 player, short-wave radio, game boys, musical instruments, ear plugs, lots of batteries, etc.;
  • travel clothes for basecamp and in town;
  • Passport, 2 extra passport photos, proof of insurance card, flight ticket, flight itinerary. Keep all in plastic bag;
  • cash for hotels, visas, small items and gratuities. Credit card, traveler's cheques. Use an "under the trousers" money belt, not one of those round‑the‑neck jobs or bum‑bags that are really more of a sign showing where the money is;
  • Extra gifts of used clothing shoes, hats jackets, for the porters, their wives, children and mothers and fathers;
  • Lots of patience. Please relax, this is AFRICA !!
  • * PLEASE LIMIT YOURSELF TO THIS LIST ON THE TREK, DUE TO PORTER RESTRICTIONS (18kg). HOWEVER, YOU CAN BRING YOUR FULL BAGGAGE ALLOWANCE TO AFRICA THEN LEAVE THE EXCESS IN STORAGE AT TTHE HOTEL BETWEEN TREKS/CLIMBS ‑THANK YOU back to top

Group Equipment

We provide a plethora of top-quality, and time-tested equipment, group gear, and supplies, including: rope, ice, rock, and snow anchor protection; basecamp, advanced basecamp and altitude tents; cookers, fuel, high-altitude food, walkie-talkie radios, bamboo marker wands, etcetera. We now provide an individual tent for each member in basecamp, so you do not have to share. We also have a shower and toilet tent for Basecamp. Please see the group EQUIPMENT link, in the menu bars above to study what we bring for your use and safety.

* PLEASE try to LIMIT YOURSELF TO THIS LIST, DUE TO BAGGAGE RESTRICTIONS. THANK YOU back to top

Please submit any equipment questions or concerns to: info@summitclimb.com

Questions

Application (Int)

What questions do you have? Please ask as many questions as possible. This helps us to have a proper conversation so we can better understand one-another's expectations, so you will have a very safe, enjoyable, and successful expedition. Thank you. Before completing the application forms, please be sure to carefully study the Rwenzori "Questions" website for information regarding flights, payment, team members, application forms, insurance, etcetera: Rwenzori Frequently Asked Questions.

Below you should find a pdf or MS document containing the application pro forma. Are you able to read it? When all of your questions have been answered to your satisfaction, please print out the application and return it to us with your refundable ten-percent deposit, to hold your place in our team. Would you please just post it to us at the mailing address you will find on the form? Thank you very much. If you decide not to go, your deposit will be refunded according to our refund policy. Your registration and the final payment must be completed two months prior to the expedition starting date. Thank you very much.

Click here to download the PDF Form for International Applicants

 

 

If you do not have an Adobe PDF reader, please obtain it here


Here is a checklist of what we need to have in your file at least two months before the trip begins. We encourage you to send an electronic scan of all of the below documents, please be sure they are signed. Thank you:

[ ] Completed Payment.
[ ] Trip Registration Form (part of 4 page form),
[ ] Signed Participant Release and Acknowledgement of Risk (part of 4 page form),
[ ] Signed Terms and Conditions of Booking (part of 4 page form),
[ ] Signed Medical Form (part of 4 page form),
[ ] 1 Passport sized photo, which is a simple, very clear picture of your face, sent as an email scan. (We simply require a picture of your face against a white background. You can take it yourself for free with your own digital camera or smart phone),
[ ] Exact photocopy of passport identification pages,
[ ] Exact photocopy of complete flight itinerary,
[ ] Proof of mountain rescue and repatriation insurance,
[ ] Proof of travel, accident, and repatriation insurance (cancellation insurance is advised).

Please do let us know what further questions you may have about the registration process, or anything else for that matter. Thank you.
Welcome to our team.

Application (US)

What questions do you have? Please ask as many questions as possible. This helps us to have a proper conversation so we can better understand one-another's expectations, so you will have a very safe, enjoyable, and successful expedition. Thank you. Before completing the application forms, please be sure to carefully study the Rwenzori "Questions" website for information regarding flights, payment, team members, application forms, insurance, etcetera: Rwenzori Frequently Asked Questions.

Below you should find a pdf or MS document containing the application pro forma. Are you able to read it? When all of your questions have been answered to your satisfaction, please print out the application and return it to us with your refundable ten-percent deposit, to hold your place in our team. Would you please just post it to us at the mailing address you will find on the form? Thank you very much. If you decide not to go, your deposit will be refunded according to our refund policy. Your registration and the final payment must be completed two months prior to the expedition starting date. Thank you very much.

Click here to download the PDF Form for US Applicants

 

If you do not have an Adobe PDF reader, please obtain it here

Here is a checklist of what we need to have in your file at least two months before the trip begins. We encourage you to send an electronic scan of all of the below documents, please be sure they are signed. Thank you:

[ ] Completed Payment.
[ ] Trip Registration Form (part of 4 page form),
[ ] Signed Participant Release and Acknowledgement of Risk (part of 4 page form),
[ ] Signed Terms and Conditions of Booking (part of 4 page form),
[ ] Signed Medical Form (part of 4 page form),
[ ] 1 Passport sized photo, which is a simple, very clear picture of your face, sent as an email scan. (We simply require a picture of your face against a white background. You can take it yourself for free with your own digital camera or smart phone),
[ ] Exact photocopy of passport identification pages,
[ ] Exact photocopy of complete flight itinerary,
[ ] Proof of mountain rescue and repatriation insurance,
[ ] Proof of travel, accident, and repatriation insurance (cancellation insurance is advised).

Please do let us know what further questions you may have about the registration process, or anything else for that matter. Thank you.

Welcome to our team.

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