If you’re going to Rwenzori Mountains to explore some cool, untouched areas on a hiking adventure, check out the Bukurungu Trail. It’s managed by locals and you’ll have to wild camp instead of staying in huts like on the Rwenzori Central Circuit and Kilembe Trail. You’ll pass through tropical forests, heather and lichen zones, alpine, rock and moorland. It also covers Katebwa cultural sites, Bukurungu flats, Lake Muhule and Kakaka areas in Kabarole district.
The trail opened in 2018 after a partnership between WWF and the Uganda Wildlife Authority. It’s more adventurous than the other two trails, and great for those who want to explore the real wild nature of Rwenzori Mountains, the lakes (Lake Mughuli, Lake Bukurungu, Lake Bujuku, and Lake Irene) and the vegetation.
Climbing to Magherita Peak takes 8 days if you go the Bukurungu Trail route – way more than the Rwenzori Central Circuit or the Kilembe Trail. It starts at Kasanzi Park Gate in Omukorukumi and joins up with the Central Circuit, so you can make it to Margherita Peak and make your way back down. It ends at Mihunga Park Gate, stopping at Mount Gessi and the Portal Peaks along the way.
You’ll see deep gorges, lakes, swamps, and vegetation, plus war monuments, round tombs, and a chance to spot some chimps and other cultural sites. It’s gonna be an amazing trip! The Bukurungu Trail is managed by the RRHA Rwenzori Ranges Guides and Escort Association. They have booking agents, including Rwenzori Expeditions, who are certified by UTB and are a member of the Association of Uganda Tour Operators. All their packages include park entrance, camping, and porters.