Ruwenzori Mountains

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Rwenzori Mountain National Park, Uganda.

While it is said that Kilimanjaro is the world's tallest free standing mountain, it is nothing in difficulty when compared to the Rwenzori mountain in Uganda. Rwenzori is harder to climb because it is mainly rock and ice when you get to the second peak. The level of difficulty increases exponetially as you get closer to the highest peak. It literally takes 10 days for seasoned climbers to get to the highest peak - Margherita. The highest peak is set at a little over 5,100 metres. The Rwenzori National Park is set over 100, 000 hectares of land in western Uganda, of which most of it is the mountain with glaciers, water falls, forest, bogs which make it very beautiful in comparison to Mt. Kilimanjaro, Elgon and Mt. Kenya all of which I have had a chance to climb.

Rwenzori Mountain National Park, Uganda.

Besides it's popularity with forest activities, wild life and greening, Rwenzori mountains has been designated a UNESCO World Heritage site for it's forest programme: During it's 25th session in 2001, the UNESCO world heritage committee agreed that the forests world wide needed special focus and attention therefore they approved the creationg of a World Heritage Forest programme to make sure that forest conservation is carried out on a global basis. One of these sites was the Rwenzori National Park Forest programme and it covers the furthering of conservation of tropical forest biodiversity. There are two sites in Uganda that are dedicated as World Heritage sites for Forest conservation and they include Rewnzori National Park Forest Programme and Bwindi Impenetrable Frest National Park, both in western Uganda. It is designated a UNESCO Heritage Site.

Africancrab says:
I do agree with you Lauro. Kilimanjaro is over-rated. Ruwenzori and Mount Kenya are great mountains to climb in East Africa. Infact Rwenzori is much harder and a great challenge for the mountain climber.
Posted on: Sep 21, 2010
lauro says:
some people knew only about kilimanjaro! but i think thats so overrated! ruwenzori mountains still remain a mystery!
Posted on: Mar 12, 2010
Africancrab says:
Yes it is another great mountain in Africa, it is a little more difficult to climb than Kilimanjaro. It is mostly rock and ice at the top. But is such beautiful scnery and vegetation as you climb higher. The bog fields are great to see.
Posted on: Mar 12, 2010
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photo by: Africancrab