The remote Rwenzori mountains, on the Uganda/ DRC margin, offering treks through differed and stunning sceneries and a fulfill but challenging peak, with none of the crowds found at Kilimanjaro
Claudius Ptolemy, the Greco-Roman mathematician, astronomer and parent of geography, called the Rwenzori range the Mountains of the Moon, and I think he got it about right. Starlight beamed down on the convex glaciers surrounding our camp near Uganda’s western margin, causing them to glow like resting lunar crescents.
I should have been sleeping the nighttime before my endeavor on the Rwenzori’s loftiest crest, 5,109 -metre Mount Stanley’s summit, Africa’s third-highest mountain, but altitude headaches continued me awake. I supposed back to a similar sleepless night at Kilimanjaro some years earlier. I remembered then seeming sure I would succeed, and when summit day came, I duly trudged along in a torchlight procession to the top, one of 50, 000 climbers who attempt Kilimanjaro each year.
Yet this endeavour stirred self-doubt. Little-known and less frequently climbed, the 120 km-long Rwenzori range, on the border of Uganda and the Democratic Republic of Congo( DRC ), isn’t as high as Kilimanjaro but involves greater technical knowledge and an endurance I wondered if I possessed. The name Rwenzori intends “rainmaker” and the mountain can be notoriously muddied and tiring to clamber, though this was the comparatively dry season, from December to February.
Rwenzori national park, nine hours’ drive west of Kampala, offers crowd-free hiking and a sense of wilderness absent on Kilimanjaro. Official statistics been demonstrated that between January and October 2017, only 693 people trekked its higher reaches. During this eight-day trek with a friend, we satisfied simply 10 other hikers- and not one tearful celebrity doing their bit for charity.