Rwenzori Mountains National Park is situated in the southwestern part of Uganda spanning the districts of Nundibugyo, Kabarole, and Kasese. It at the border with the democratic republic of Congo next to Virunga National park. Rwenzori Mountain National park was gazetted as a national park in 1991 and later declared as UNESCO’s Wild heritage site inn 199 just after 4 years declared as the park. Rwenzori Mountains National park covers 995 square kilometers and it harbors different biodiversity including rare plant species, animals, mountain ranches, rivers, and waterfalls.
Rwenzori Mountain ranges are the major feature or attraction of the park featuring 6 six distinct mountain ranges which are identified as Baker, Speke, Stanley, Emin, Gessi, and Savioa. The mountain ranges of Rwenzori have its highest peak as Margherita which stands at 5109 meters making it the third highest peak in the African continent. The mountain Rwenzori was dubbed the mountains of the moon around 150 A.D by Alexandria. Henry Manton Stanley, the British explore made the mountain Rwenzori popular on the word modern map by calling it Ruwenzori locally translated as cloud king or rainmaker.
Since then, the mountain Rwenzori ranges have turned out to be one of the leading destinations for adventure safaris by visitors from different parts of the world. The mountain provides visitors with chances and opportunities to ascent and descent via the snow-covered peaks, hiking through the glaciers, which have formed majorly water catchment areas in the region, it is even believed that river Nile could have had its source from these mountain ranges. You can hike this mountain for the whole week before you reach its peak it experiences the real world beyond imagination.
Mountain Ruwenzori ranges sit on the rim of Albertine rift valley covering eleven kilometers long and only 50 kilometers wide. The ranges /peaks such as Mt Stanley raises to 5109 meters, mount Speke at 4890meters, Mount Baker stands at 4843meters, Emin at 4797meters, Gessi at 4715 meters, and finally, Savoia raises at 4627 meters. As earlier said the Rwenzori Mountain is the third highest mountain in Africa after Kilimanjaro and Mountain Kenya but the Rwenzori, is Africa’s highest block mountain range. Hiking trails to peak commences at the foothills of the mountains at Kilemebe, Katebwa, and Mihunga. Mountain climbing is not easily provided the wet conditions step slopes but the porters will help you to achieve your adventure desires.