Mountain Climbing in Uganda

Uganda offers fascinating opportunities to the mountain climbers in the world because of its snowcapped high ranges of the Rwenzori and Muhavura found in the west and the rugged rocks of Mount Elgon and Mount Moroto in the east which offer wonderful experiences.

Mountain climbing in Uganda is carried out on major mountains of Elgon, Rwenzori, Mgahinga, Muhavura and Moroto as well as several other hills across the country.

Mountain climbing provides an exclusive fascination for backpackers trailing the numerous bird species and the rich variety of vegetation cover and wildlife for nature lovers.

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Climbing the Rwenzori mountain ranges offers an opportunity to see the green tropical rainforests under the equator submerge into the sky as heath forests and Alpine plants like lobelia.

M.t climbing in Uganda can be done at any period of the year though dry seasons are preferably the best that is; December-March and June- September.

Rwenzori Mountains:

The Ruwenzori, also spelled Rwenzori and Rwenjura, are a range of mountains in eastern equatorial Africa, located on the border between Uganda and the Democratic Republic of the Congo. The highest peak of the Ruwenzori reaches 5,109 metres (16,762 ft), and the range’s upper regions are permanently snow-capped and glaciated. Rivers fed by mountain streams form one of the sources of the Nile. Because of this, European explorers linked the Ruwenzori with the legendary Mountains of the Moon, claimed by the Greek scholar Ptolemy as the source of the Nile. Virunga National Park in eastern DR Congo and Rwenzori Mountains National Park in southwestern Uganda are located within the range.

Elgon Mountain:

Mount Elgon is an extinct shield volcano on the border of Uganda and Kenya, north of Kisumu and west of Kitale. The mountain’s highest point, named “Wagagai”, is located entirely within Uganda. Although there is no verifiable evidence of its earliest volcanic activity, geologists estimate that Mount Elgon is at least 24 million years old, making it the oldest extinct volcano in East Africa.

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