Climbing Mount Muhabura is a thrilling adventure hike that can take a full day. Muhabura is the second highest peak in the Volcanoes National Park and the last on the extreme east of the Virunga range between the border of Rwanda and Uganda.
when you hike to the top of the volcano, you will enjoy fantastic views over other five volcanoes as well as the Twin Lakes. Muhabura summit has crater lake with surrounding drier vegetation and the giant heather visible on the slopes of the volcano. The trek is physically demanding as the slopes are sharply steep.
Climbing Mount Muhabura
The hike begins at 07:00am from the park headquarters in Kinigi from where climbers are driven to the foothills of mountain. Muhabura Trekking Permits may be acquired on the day of the adventure or booked in advance. Porters can be hired on the ground to help during the ascend.
prospective climbers may book for the permits through a tour operator even though its not very necessary. Mount Muhabura may be hiked from either Uganda or Rwanda unlike Mount Sabinyo whose trekking is one done on the side of Uganda. Muhabura climbing that requires physical fitness commonly takes between 5-6 hours depending on the speed of hiking.
Hiking begins in the morning by tourists checking to confirm they have right climbing gears and supplies like packed lunch/snacks, drinking water, long trousers, hiking boots, long-sleeved shirts plus a walking stick to support you while on the slopes. Visitors gather at the Park headquarters at Kinigi to get a pre-climbing briefing. The same programme is followed by hikers on the side of Uganda, they also converge by 7:00 am for briefing at Ntebeko Visitor Center. The briefing includes explanation of the geo-formation as well as the background of the Mountain and hiking guidelines. The guides also tell you what to expect during trekking, tips on handling injuries and the expectations during the ascend to higher heights above sea level.
When the briefing is done, climbers are transferred at the base of the Volcano to the trailhead. The climb is done in the company of armed soldiers and tour guides. Armed men are fo protecting tourists from any attacks by wild animals such buffaloes and elephants which are scared away by air-shooting.
The hike has two stops, each with a hut before making it to the top. The first stop is done at an elevation of 3116 meters or 10223 feet since the second one at a height of 3855 meters or 12648 feet. The highest point of the climb is at an elevation of 4,127 meters or 13,450 feet. To reach the summit, you will be one of the successful climbers since some end at the first hut and others at second one. The peak is known for coldness and the misty outlook but due to the hike, one may swim in the Crater Lake.
Cost of Climbing Mount Muhabura
The cost of hiking Mount Muhabura is $75 per visitor on the side of Uganda. The said amount includes hiking and guiding fees but excludes the porters’ fee.
Finally ascending onto Mount Muhabura is a UNIQue adventure activity usually undertaken by visitors to Mgahinga or Volcanoes National Park for gorilla tracking tours. Contact us so that we organise for you a climbing excursion of Mount Muhabura.