'Rwenzori', or 'Mountains of the Moon', lie along the western border of
Uganda, on the border with the DRC. A chain of remote fold mountains, they
contain some of East Africa's most unusual and luxuriant vegetation and
beautiful lakes. The main summit, Margherita (5 109 metres), rises out of
the Stanley Plateau, the largest glaciated area on the continent. To the
west is the endless expanse of the DRC jungle and to the east the mists
and clouds that rise up over the Lake Victoria basin. Chimpanzee, Blue Monkey,
Ruwenzori Colobus, Red Forest Duiker, Hyrax and Leopard are the commonest
large mammals, although some elephant and buffalo are still extant.
These fabled, mist-covered "Mountains Of The Moon", 120 km in length and 48 km in width, were formed from a block which was thrust up during the creation of the western arm of the "Great East African Rift Valley". At the centre of the range, there are six peaks carrying permanent snow, three with glaciers. The highest of these peaks, and the third highest peak in Africa, is Mt Margherita rising 5109 metres above sea level.
The Rwenzori Mountains were gazetted as a National Park in 1991. The park covers 996 sq km of rugged mountain terrain. Whether experienced climbers or casual day hikers, Rwenzori Mountain National Park offers visitors a unique experience of an Afro-Montane rainforest. The main attraction is the luxuriant vegetation found above 3000m, which includes the giant forms of Lobelia, Heather and Groundsel. It is also the home to hyrax, blue monkey, chimpanzee, giant forest hog and many unique bird species such as the Rwenzori Turaco, the Handsome Francolin and the Olive Pigeon.
We offer two trips for a minimum of four climbers - smaller groups will be levied a surcharge. Only for the more serious and dedicated climber, both spend seven days in the mountains and allow an ascent of the highest peak. The climb will be guided by qualified South African mountain guides with ice climbing experience and who have had numerous ascents of the peaks, as well as local Bakonja guides, who are well trained but few of whom have ascended the peaks or above the snow line. The trip is fully portered plus a cook to prepare the meals.
Good quality South African camping equipment is used. For private groups, more peaks can be climbed. Hikers have the option of not ascending any peaks Food is a combination of local and imported goods. Other short local trips etc can be added on to these climbs, as well as trips to Kenya and Tanzania.
A fully portaged hike to the Summit, with the option of a night or two on the return at the 5 star Mweya Lodge in Queen Elizabeth National Park, offering an opportunity to see game and view chimpanzees.
We offer trips for
a minimum of four climbers - smaller groups will be levied a surcharge.
Only for the more serious and dedicated climber, the trip spends seven
days in the mountains and allows an ascent of the highest peak, and is
guided by qualified mountain guides with ice climbing experience who have
had numerous ascents of the peaks, and are fully portaged with a cook
to prepare the meals. Note that the guiding on the mountain will be done
by local Bakonjo guides, who are well trained both locally and by NOLS
(National Outdoor Leadership School) in Kenya, an American NGO, and are
qualified on ice and have summated both Margherita and Mt Kenya. For private
groups, more peaks can be climbed. Hikers have the option of not ascending
any peaks. Food is a combination of local and imported goods. Other short
local trips etc. can be added on to these climbs, as well as trips to
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