3 days rwenzori mountain climbing to John matte is a short safari that starts from Nyakalengija to Nyabitaba hut on day 1, Nyabitaba hut to John Matte on day 2, then day 3 you will depart to Nyakalengija. This 3 days Rwenzori takes you through the Bakonzo farmland via the Central circuit trail to John Matte.

Itinerary highlight For the 3 days Rwenzori Mountain Climbing To John Matte

Day 1: Nyakalengija (1600m)-Nyabitaba hut (2660m)

Day 2: Nyabitaba hut (2660m)-John Matte hut (3420m)

Day 3: John Matte to  Nyakalengigja

Detailed Itinerary

Day 1: Nyakalengija (1600m)-Nyabitaba hut (2660m)

In the morning, you will have your breakfast, and head to Rwenzori mountaineering Services headquarters where you will be briefed about your 3 days Rwenzori hike to John Matte.

After here, you will start your hike from Nyakalengija through the Bakonzo settlements to Rwenzori national park gate for registration, before entering the park. You will hike through the dense tropical forest, coupled with high elephant grass and lush bushes.

This forest is a home to various animal species among others; forest elephants, chimpanzees, hyrax, black-and-white colobus monkeys, L’Hoest’s monkeys, duiker, and three horned chameleons.  You may also have chances of spotting bird species like; Handsome Francolin, Rwenzori Turaco, Long-eared Owl, Barred Long-tailed Cuckoo, Cinnamon-chested Bee-eater, Strange Weaver, Archers’ Robin-chat, Rwenzori Batis , not forgetting many other tree and plant species. You will expect to see some of them. It’s about 8km from Nyakalengija to Nyabitaba hut.

Dinner and overnight at Nyabitaba hut.

Day 2: Nyabitaba hut (2660m)-John Matte hut (3420m)

Wake up early for a delicious breakfast treat, after then you will trek through verdant shrubs and forest for approximately 30 minutes to the Kurt Schuffer bridge which is at the confluence of the Mubuku and Bujuku rivers. You will continue trekking through the bamboo mixed with montane forests and slippery moss-covered rocks for a couple of hours. As you hike you might spot a number of bird species that inhabit the forest.

You will continue to move up to Nyamulejju rock shelter where the first hikers used to at times camp and also spend the night. You also have a lunch break at this point, while enjoying the spectacular views of the magnificent Mount Stanley and mount Speke if the weather is clear. You will then continue to move through the alpine forest to John Matte hut where you will have dinner and a restful night.

The hut is near river Bujuku and most hikers take a bath there, the water is so cold but so refreshing as well. You will also have a view of the Margherita glacier which is on mount Stanley between Alexandra and Margherita peaks.

Nyabitabah to John Matte is approximately  11km.

Day 3: Descend back to Nyakalengija.

After breakfast at John Matte, you will descend back to Nyabitaba,then to Nyakalengija.

Price includes;

-Hiking permit

-Park entrance fees

-Accommodation and meals as you hike

-Guides and porters as you hike


-Warm and rain gear

-Walking sticks

-Sleeping bags



-And other items of personal nature