Climbers get new trail up the snowy mountains of the moon
George Businge, the warden for the Rwenzori Mountains National Park, says this adds a new trail to the existing Central Circuit through Mihunga, Kilembe Trail, and Kakuka Trail.
The Bukurungu trail is expected to take between 7-9 days to Margherita Peak and back. UWA is now working with the WWF to develop the trail to include facilities to ease the journey for climbers.
Uganda Tourism Board, Chief Executive Officer Stephen Asiimwe says the new trail is a very welcome development for both the community and the tourists.
“This trail gives the community in the Buhuhira sub country of Kasese District economic benefits through the provision of services and products to the climbers,” Asiimwe says. The locals work as porters for the climbers and also have the opportunity to start income generating activities like sale of crafts.
Mt. Rwenzori about 350km and five hours west of Kampala City is Uganda’s highest mountain. The Rwenzori ranges are also Africa’s highest mountain range. Also known as Mountains of the Moon, the ranges straddling the equator have permanent glaciers through the year.
Rwenzori Mountains National Park, a World Heritage Site, protects the highest parts of the 120km-long and 65km-wide Rwenzori mountain range. The national park hosts 70 mammals and 217 bird species including 19 Albertine Rift endemics, as well as some of the world’s rarest vegetation.
The Rwenzoris are a world-class hiking and mountaineering destination. A seven- to twelve-day trek will get skilled climbers to the summit of Margherita – the highest peak – though shorter, non-technical treks are possible to scale the surrounding peaks.
Meeting eyes with a silverback mountain gorilla across a misty jungle, after an arduous hike through Bwindi Impenetrable Forest, leaves everlasting impressions of arguably the best wildlife safari in the world.
But there's much more to Uganda. Rich in nature, it's an outdoor sanctuary of crater lakes, white-sand beaches on lake islands, thundering waterfalls and national parks. Visitors can cross the equator by boat slicing through Africa's largest lake. Or climb through glaciers in the Mountains of the Moon.
“You'll find a lush country with fewer tourists in Uganda," says Thornton of Intrepid Travel.
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