Rwenzori Mountain Trekking and Itenerary

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Rwenzori Mountain “Mountains of the Moon”, as it is called is situated in Western Uganda in the East African Rift Valley and straddles also to the Democratic Republic of Congo and its conservation area known as Virunga National Park. This is the third highest mountain in Africa rising up more than 16,700 feet above sea level and its highest peaks rise above the clouds and are permanently snowcapped. Mountain Rwenzori ranges are higher compared to the Alps and they have glaciers which are one of the sources of the longest river on earth, River Nile. Margherita Peak is the highest peak on the ranges making it the 3rd highest peak in Africa together with its twin peak, Mount Stanley, which is within the park. The 4th and 5th highest peaks, Mount Speke and Mount Baker, are also within the park. The mountain ranges were first brought to the worlds notice in CE 150 by Alexandrian geographical researcher and photographer, Pletomy, when he described a stunning mountain which he christened “mountain of the moon.” Later in 1899, English explorer, Henry Morton Stanley, was as spell bound as Pletomy when he beheld the ranges and christened them the “Cloud Mountains.”