Rwenzori Mountains is an astonishing landscape that covers an areas of 998km2. Unlike the other volcanic mountains of east Africa, Rwenzori is a block of rock that up faulted through the floor of the Western Rift Valley. This third tallest mountain range in Africa, boasts of 5109m above sea level on mount Stanley, margarita peak, which is also crossed by the border with the DR Congo. Commonly known as the mountain of the moon, as named by Ptolemy (AD 150). Rwenzori Mountains was placed on the map in May 1888, gazetted as national park in 1991, recognized as a world heritage site in 1994 and a Ramsar site in 2008
With snow at the equator, atop this legendary mountain landscape, the lower slopes are overspread in moorland, bamboo and rich, moist montane forest. Huge tree-heathers and colorful mosses are draped across the slope with giant lobelias and “everlasting flowers” dress the mountain, creating an enchanting, fairy-tale scene.
Besides being the mother of mystic breathtaking scenery, Rwenzori landscape is home to some of the world’s rarest vegetation, a multitude of wildlife including 217 bird species (19 of which are Albertine Rift endemics) and 70 mammals.
You can’t afford to miss this world-class mountaineering destination. On this mountaineering adventure, 8 – 11 day trekking will get both skilled and semi-skilled climbers to the summit of Margherita and other peaks. The mountain offers shorter, non-technical treks to scale the neighboring peaks and you can select from arrange of treks that range from one to seven days, basing on your level of fitness, budget and time.
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