Rwenzori, the mountains of the moon.
Rwenzori previously called the “Ruwenzori Range”. It is situated on the boundary between Uganda and the Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC). These mountains uphold glacial masses and snow. Consequently, it is the source of the river Nile. The range is about 120km long and 65 km wide. It comprises six massifs isolated by profound crevasses.
In descending order they are; Mount Stanley at 5,109m, Mount Speke at 4,890m, Mount Baker 4,843m, Mount Emin 4,798m, Mount Gessi 4,715m and Mount Luigi di Savoia 4,627m. Mount Stanley has a few auxiliary summits, with Margherita Peak being the highest.
Trekking the spiritualist Rwenzori Mountains National Park in Uganda is a really phenomenal and remarkable experience. The marvel of the great glacial masses, the beauty of the valley of nine lakes, the hairy lichen swinging from giant heathers with a set of rough precipices and finally bluffs and snow-covered summits.
The wide assortment of fauna and flora with several biospheres as you climb through various vegetation zones makes a definitive encounter for journeying. At no other time has this one of a kind and lovely trip been accessible, absolutely immaculate and without a doubt perhaps the most excellent treks in the world.
The Rwenzori Mountains is a World Heritage Site and offers the chance to see nature at its best. The vegetation fluctuates from the evergreen woodland zone going up to 2,800m, the bamboo zone going somewhere in the range of 2,800m and 3,300m, the heather zone going between 3,000m to 3,800m, the snow-capped zone stretching out from 3,500m to 4,500m, and ultimately the nival zone at 4,400m to 5,000m.
At higher elevations, a few plants reach an unusually huge size, like lobelia and groundsels. The vegetation in the Rwenzori Mountains is unique and special to the equatorial alpine of Africa. Over 4,500 metres the snow and glacial masses add that unique measurement to the wondrous perspectives all through this pristine mountain range.