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Rwenzori Mountain National Park (Mountain of the Moon)

30
Apr 2014

 

Rwenzori Mountain National Park (Mountain of the Moon)

The snow capped peaks of the Rwenzori mountain range lie along and shares the western border of Uganda with the Democratic Republic of Congo. It is regarded to be legendary snow-capped mountains of the moon, described by Ptolemy in AD150. The highest peak reaches an elevation of 5,102m, it is also Africa’s tallest mountain range, exceeded in altitude only by the free standing volcanoes of Mount Kenya and Mount Kilimanjaro.


      The distinctive glacial peaks are visible form miles around,   but the slopes above 1600m are the preserve of trekkers who rate the Rwenzori to be the most challenging of all African trekking tours.

 

The park covers a total area of 998 square kilometres and Is 120 km long. The mountain has several peaks with the highest being Margherita peak. This peak is the goal main trekking route known as the Central Circuit Trail.
The main attraction in the Rwenzori is the luxuriant vegetation found above 3000m which includes the Giant lobelia. It is also a home birds such as the Rwenzori turaco and Olive pigeon. A variety of large mammals inhabit the lower slopes including chimpanzees.

 

Trekking
The best time for trekking and mountaineering is during the dry seasons from mid December to March and from June to mid August.

Activities

  • Trekking and mountaineering
  • Bird watching

Access
The town of Kasese is about 7 hours drive from Kampala either via Mbarara or via Fort Portal. The trail head at Ibanda is a further 1 hour from Kasese.

 

Mountain Checklist

  • 1 day bag (for Small bag but enough to carry your packed lunch Rain gear drinking water and a camera)
  • 1 sleeping bag
  • 1 pr. of mountain boots
  • 1 jogging suit
  • Pairs of woolen socks
  • Pairs. of trekking trousers 2 cotton shirts warm
  • woolen cap 1 pr gloves, woolen mitten
  • Atorch, headlamp incl. batteries
  • 1 trekking bag
  • 1 pr. of jogging shoes
  • 1 sun hat
  • Handkerchiefs
  • 5 prs. Of socks
  • 1 pr. Snow glasses
  • Leggings up to the knee (Gaiters)
  • Rain proof and warm gear
  • Walking sticks
  • Photo equipment
  • Pocket knife
  • Appetizer

 

Drugs against:

  • Stomach upsets
  • Headache
  • 1 elastic bandage, Elastoplasts
  • Water purification tablets
  • Vitamin C tablets
  • Sun lotion 20
  • Lip ointment

 

For summit climbers:

  • 1 pr. of crampon Proof Mountain boots
  • 1 ice axe (Hire at base)
  • 1 Harnesses
  • 1 pr of crampons
  • 1 pc of 50 meter climbing rope (Hire at base)

 

 

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