The Kilembe Trail was opened in June 2009 and is one of the best trails in Africa , linking Kilembe to the various peaks in the Rwenzori Mountains. The trek is a challenge to be enjoyed by nature lovers and mountaineers will enjoy fantastic views, stunning valleys, and a wide variety of plants and trees and unlike Kilimanjaro and Mt Kenya which are stand alone mountains and which are relatively short and direct in climbing. The Rwenzori is in fact the highest mountain range in Africa, and as such there are many ups and downs in climbing to the peaks. Even when coming down from the main peaks you have to do a lot of climbing.
The Rwenzori Mountains receives about three (3) metres of rain per year resulting in the lush and varied plant life and many wet areas and bogs. The heavy rainfall also results in many species of plants and birds and small animals which is a huge plus as the environment is spectacular.
Experienced guides and porters
Our local guides provide you with a rich cultural experience as well as local knowledge of the mountains and who when not in the mountains, partake a daily training schedule of PT, rope handling, first aid, catering, and customer care to ensure that you get the best possible experience when climbing the Kilembe trail.
Guaranteed, year-round departures
Our treks are guaranteed to depart with a minimum of one person, so you don’t have to worry about any last minute cancellations once you’ve booked. We will trek any day of the year however the months of June, July and August then late December,January February are the dryest and best months to trek although some say the wet seasons are the best as the mountains are often covered in snow making a spectacular scenery.
Quality packages at competitive prices
Our trekking packages are fully inclusive of accommodation and good food cooked by our guides, however you need to bring a warm sleeping bag, warm clothing, good hiking boots (some like to trek in rubber boots), and a good rain coat. We provide you with a porter to carry your rucksack and equipment then we have other porters to carry the food and other equipment.
Our local guides will provide you with the best possible meals considering the remoteness of these mountains and limitations of weight. We provide a combination of freshly canned food for the three main meals as well as biscuits or dry bread, cheese and tomatoes. These are supplemented with additional servings of fresh vegetables and tropical fruits where possible. There is unlimited tea, coffee or hot chocolate and additional boiled water for your water bottle.
Depending on your daily food intake requirements, some trekkers also opt to bring additional food as well, such as muesli bars, chocolate, sweets, biscuits, and other favorites, to supplement their energy needs. This is a great idea but don’t make your backpack too heavy!
Generally temperatures around the 3,000 to 4,000 metres mark are around 10 to 15 degrees Celsius during the day and 2 to 6 Celsius at night
Temperatures at camps 4 and 5 during the day can vary from + 1 to + 12 Celsius with temperatures dropping to minus 5 to + 3 Celsius at night. On the peak it can drop to minus 2 degrees Celsius during the day but at times it can be + 8 or 10 degrees Celsius. It can also get very windy on the peaks which bring in a chill factor in bad weather.
Giving back to the local people
Apart from employing local people, Rwenzori Trekking Services is committed to honouring the tourism legacy of supporting local communities through our programme of, for each day a tourist treks on our trail $5 goes to various community or cultural development programmes organized and run by the local community or kingdom.
Items for hire
Climbing ropes and harnesses with carabinas supplied free of charge but you are welcome to bring your own.
Items for hire, Crampons @$15, Climbing boots @ $20 (size dependant), Ice axe @$10, Sleeping bag @ $15, Warm jacket/sweater $10, Rubber boots $5, Raincoat $10, Garters $5, Gloves $5 (Prices are per trek not per day).
All persons climbing above 4,500 metres must ensure that they have a comprehensive adventure/mountaineering insurance policy to cover all medical and rescue costs should rescue or medivac be needed as complex rescue, helicopter rescue, medical evacuation or hospitalization is not covered in our pricing. Clients must fill out the necessary form stating the company they are insured with, the policy number and the telephone number/contact of the insurance company.