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Hiking the Rwenzori Mountains Uganda – Africa
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The Mountains of the Moon also called the Rwenzori Mountains is an up to 5,109 meter (16,762 ft) high mountain chain between The Democratic Republic of Congo and Uganda in mid Africa. The Rwenzori mountains are among the highest in Africa, with Africa’s third highest peak among them. A hike to the mountains can take 8 days or more
The Trail through the Rwenzori mountains starts in the dense tropical rainforest and moves up through in all five different vegetation zones, including different types of cloud forests and to more bare landscapes, to finally reach the snow covered high mountains. Local guides works as trail-finders help hikers navigate between the camps and huts often situated at day distances along the different routes.
Climate change and the Rwenzori Mountains
The Rwenzori mountains is said to have lost most of their snow cover due to climate change and just in the last hundred years the look of the high Rwenzori mountains have changed a lot as most of the snow has now disappeared. Climate experts have followed this this fragile and biodiversity rich Unesco World heritage site closely since the 1980’s to better understand how climate changes is working and what consequences it will have, not only in the Rwenzori Mountains but in the rest of the world too.
Historical info on the Mountains of the Moon on Wikipedia
The Rwenzori Mountains – Uganda on Wikipedia
Blogs – Hikers writing about the hike to the Mountains of the Moon ( Rwenzoris Mountains)
- Good blog story from 9 days hike: Jane & Paul hiking 9 days in the Rwenzoris
- Shannon Orcutt blog post from hike posted on Mountain Club of Uganda MCU.ug
20 minutes film from the Norwegian Adventurer Jørn Eriksson – 8 days trek in the Rwenzori Mountains: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=jpBC610co8E
Tour and local trekking companies research:
Research link: Rwenzori Trekking Service: Website