a. Core trip - in Uganda: US$860 (minimum 6 people)
b. Airfares, visas, taxes and other remaining items (excluding personal gear, drinks) estimated at R5000.00
c. Mt Elgon trip – in Uganda : US$380 (minimum of 4 people)
d. Full budget/costing available in budget spreadsheet
a. 30% deposit for Guide etc minimum 60 days before the tour (i.e. mid-December!)
b. Airfares separately arranged (Ela willing to do block reservations through single travel agent etc.)
c. Cancellation Refunds – cancellation 40 days prior 75% refund, 25 days prior 50% refund, no refund if less than 9 days notice of cancellation.
d. Suggestion : moonies paid to Ela and one block transfer made
3. Guide : Chris Muriithi
Chris is an automotive engineer, Kenyan and based in Nairobi. He trained and lived in Germany for 8 years and is experienced to grade level 5 (ice and rock climbing). Has been mountain and hiking guide full time since 1990. We have a great reference from a Swiss adventurer who has done 4 trips with Chris (1996 Ruwenzori (Margeritha), 1997 Mt. Meru / Mt. Kili, 2000/2001 Ol Donjo-Lengai, 2003 Mount Elgon).
4. Experience / Fitness Requirements
You need to be fairly fit and healthy. You don’t need to be experienced, those who have ‘been there’ are available to answer questions and advise. This is easier in many ways than Kili, where hundreds of people climb every week having had no experience.
5. Terrain and Weather
Rwenzori is a mountain range that rises from the plateau and creates its own micro-climate. It is EXTREMELY wet in comparison to other mountains, so correct gear and a taste for rain and mud are an advantage! See kit list.
6. Provided as part of expedition (i.e. included in costs):
a. Rwenzori trip - 2 nights hotel in Kampala and 2 in Kasese before and after the trekking
b. Elgon trip – 2 nights hotel (bed & breakfast), transfers
c. all ground transfers from airport to the mountain return,
d. all park and camping fees
e. food whilst on trek
f. communal and camping equipment (tents, stoves, cups etc.)
g. guide (Chris), cook, porters
h. rescue fee.
7. Medical Requirements
a. Yellow Fever inoculations are necessary and must be done no later than 10 days prior to departure. (If you have had previous liver disorders you must consult your physician first). Your International Vaccination Certificate must be taken with you.
b. Anti-Malaria tablets are necessary - consult your pharmacist or physician.
c. Visit your nearest Netcare Travel Clinic for most of the required items ….
d. A group medical kit is planned, for those who prefer to, neat small medical kits are available at Travel Clinics, pharmacies etc.
8. Kit – see separate kit list.
a. Note that you need a kitbag for general stuff, plus daypack for personal items needed during the day (porters go ahead and you won’t be able to get into the kitbag until camp.) For the day, take medication, snacks, clothes required for that day etc.
b. Those summitting Margherita Peak (5109m) will spend two days above the snowline, you need warm gear as suggested in the kit list. If you can’t afford to buy, beg borrow or steal but make sure you have the right gear.
c. Rwenzori is wet – gear to deal with this is essential to ensure you enjoy yourself and don’t fall ill.
d. Porters carry kit bags utilizing a strap around their heads, so large kitbags are preferred over backpacks.
e. Make sure everything is in plastic bags so your gear remains dry.
9. Equipment Hire
Still need to find out where we could hire crampons for glaciers, walking/ski poles etc.
10. Sickness & Rescue
a. Report any feelings of illness to the chief moonie (Ela) and chief guide (Chris M).
b. Guide is experienced and will be able to advise and arrange rescue.
c. Rescue is by carrying the patient off on stretcher. Guide will alert Park officials who can provide additional porters. Note, air rescue is NOT POSSIBLE.
d. Although the guide will take every precaution, illness and incidents happen and we need to take joint responsibility to manage these.
e. Altitude sickness takes different forms, those on the tour experienced at it, together with the guide, will assist in determining if someone is too ill to continue. Taking medication (Diamox - and ensuring you get plenty of water since Diamox is a diuretic), and keeping people informed of symptoms like headache, shortness of breath, productive coughing etc are important prevention measures.
11. Travel Insurance
Always a good idea but you MUST let them know you are going to Rwenzori (standard insurance typically will not cover these types of adventures) (we are looking into finding out who gives the best ‘deal’)
Required, need passport, two passport photographs and a letter from your employer. Travel agents can arrange for this to be obtained at a fee. Single entry R300