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J Meggitt | Sydney, NSW
 
 

Mountains of the Moon

The Rwenzori Mountains, or the Mountains of the Moon, are easily Africa's best kept secret. Rarely visited and isolated, they contain much of Africa's permanent ice and the most varied mountain scenery as we climb from tropical rainforest, through alpine valleys to the glaciers. Our trek in the Rwenzori includes a challenging ascent on Margherita (5109m), Africa's 3rd highest mountain. This is a demanding ascent with muddy conditions and variable weather almost guaranteed. The real beauty of the trip is the ascent up the Kilembe route where the diverse flora in the forests and valleys includes giant heather, lobelia, groundsels and exuberant ferns. Under the watchful eye of our experienced mountain guides, we attempt the final ascent up to the summit of Margherita, which will require us to rope up and use crampons. However scaling the actual peak is more of a hard scramble than a climb and the exhilaration of reaching the top is enormous, as you look across Albert Peak to the Congo then east across the chain of the Rwenzori Mountains.

Brief Itinerary

DAY 1 Join Kampala
DAY 2 Drive to Kasese and preparation
DAY 3 Commence trek
DAYS 4/11 Trek and climb in Rwenzori National Park to Margherita (5109m) , the highest peak in the range. On the descent we have the option to climb to Mutinda Lookout on Mutinda Peak
DAY 12 Complete trek and return to Kasese
DAY 13 To Kampala, trip concludes

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Trip Code: RWE
Trip Grading: Entry Level Mountaineering or Exploratory Treks
Entry Level Mountaineering or Exploratory Treks

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Duration:  13 days
Activities:  Trekking Mountaineering
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Next Trip:  07 September 2014
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price: £2,090.00 GBP

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