The fabled "Mountains of the Moon" in Rwenzori Mountains National Park, one of Uganda's UNESCO heritage sites lie in Western Uganda along the Congolese border where the snow-covered equatorial peaks rise to a height of 5,109m and the lower slopes are blanketed in moorland and rich montane forest. Most of the park is accessible only to hikers although the magnificent scenery and 19 Albertine Rift endemics would be ample reward for Birders. Rwenzori Mountains National Park protects the eastern slopes and glacial peaks of the 120km-long Rwenzori Mountains, a world-class hiking and mountaineering destination.

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The fabled "Mountains of the Moon" in Rwenzori Mountains National Park, one of Uganda's UNESCO heritage sites lie in Western Uganda along the Congolese border where the snow-covered equatorial peaks rise to a height of 5,109m and the lower slopes are blanketed in moorland and rich montane forest. Most of the park is accessible only to hikers although the magnificent scenery and 19 Albertine Rift endemics would be ample reward for Birders. Rwenzori Mountains National Park protects the eastern slopes and glacial peaks of the 120km-long Rwenzori Mountains, a world-class hiking and mountaineering destination.

Mount Rwenzori stands as the third tallest mountain range in Africa after Mount Kilimanjaro and Mount Kenya. The mountain features six main peaks that are kept apart by very deep gorges including; the highest Mount Stanley 5,109m (16,763 ft.), Mount Speke 4,890m, Mount Baker rising to 4,843m, Mount Emini rising to 4,798m, Mount Gessi towering to 4,715m and Mount Luigi di Savoia rising to 4,627m. The Mountain is comprised of metamorphic rocks and the ranges that were tilted up wards by the tectonic plate movement. It is a magical adventure destination worth exploring on adventurous Uganda safaris and tours.

  • Facts & Figures

    President: Yoweri Museveni (1986)

    Prime Minister : Ruhakana Rugunda (2014)

    Land area: 77,108 sq mi (199,710 sq km); total area: 91,135 sq mi (236,040 sq km)

    Population (2014 est.): 35,918,915 (growth rate: 3.24%)

    Capital and largest city (2011 est.): Kampala, 1.659 million

    Monetary unit: Ugandan new shilling

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Rwenzori Mountains National Park lies a few kilometers north of the equator in western Uganda. The park trailhead at Ruboni can be reached from Kampala from the north via Fort Portal (375km) or the south passing through Mbarara and Queen Elizabeth National Park (450km). Nyakalengija is 17km off the Kasese-Fort Portal road and 25km north of Kasese town. You can also fly into Kasese from Kajjansi (private airstrip in Kampala) or Entebbe International Airport.

The Rwenzori Mountains National Park, a world heritage site, has designated trails for hikers to minimise the environmental footprint. Hiking is organised by an able agency the Rwenzori Trekking Services.

January-Febraury and July-August are the driest months, but rain is possible due to unpredictable seasonal changes

On the mountain, there is no opportunity to restock with equipment and supplies so be sure to bring what you need. Warm clothing and a decent 4-season sleeping bag are essential. Don’t underestimate the equatorial chill at 4000m! A good raincoat, woolen hat and waterproof over trousers are also necessary. Bring plastic bags to separate wet and dry clothing in your rucksack and plenty of snacks and sweets.

Porters can be hired to carry your backpack up the Rwenzoris, up to a maximum of 15kg. Most hikers wear walking boots and these are essential for the peaks. However, for general walking gumboots are preferable in the boggy valleys. Sunglasses or snow goggles, sunscreen, lip salve and a flashlight are recommended.

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