The fabled Rwenzori Mountains of Uganda have long stories of trails and hikers emanating directly from the native Basongola and Bakonzo who reside around this mountain and first explored the terrains until they were developed and natured to the current state of hiking trails for all sorts of hikers. Also known as the “Mountains of the Moon”, the Rwenzoris are the 3rd highest ranges of Africa.
These block mountains offer a challenge the higher mountains do not offer! You can climb rwenzori Mountains from either Uganda or the Democratic Republic of Congo.
Rwenzori has now been developed and prepared with more hiking trails taking various directions. These trails originate from various points arising names of places or anything of importance where a specific trail passes like a river, a valley or mountain. So this has helped to make it easier
With so much prepared for you, it is but appropriate that you are prepared for them too. You may find that this area has a lot in common with other areas popular for hiking but you would also discover lots of differences that are both wonderful and mystifying.
To help you get prepared for Rwenzori climbing or trek , we have a few reminders here for you that you could follow as guidelines:
See to it that your back pack is complete with all gears and items you would need during the hike. Unnecessary items must be left behind. As a rule of thumb the following should be found in your bag before you leave the camp:
First aid kit which includes an insect repellant, sunscreen lotion and toilet paper
Food and drink enough for the entire trail and camp. Estimate your supply according to the length and distance you would be hiking.
Pocket knife, flashlight, water-proof matches or lighter, candles, a whistle, duct tape
Enough clothes for the entire tour and extra clothing appropriate for both sudden rise and drop of temperature
Refrain from going off the trail. Switching to a new trail might help increase erosion while detouring on a muddy trail would likely destroy the surrounding vegetation.
In Rwenzori particularly, it is best to stay above the tree line unless you want to find yourself struggling on fragile wildflower and the boggy part of the trek.
Certain places in Rwenzori have high forest fire index. In case you are in such places or anywhere near it, please refrain from building fire without using special camp fire containers.
Always travel in three or more. This will ensure that there are enough people to act on different circumstances. Say in case of accident, the injured person could be attended to while someone goes for help.
To minimize trail erosion, it is advisable not to hike on early spring when the trails are wet.
Never drink untreated water, always boil the water you get from streams and lakes.
Be sure that nothing is left behind, including your garbage and other materials you have brought with you.
Refrain from feeding the wildlife, interfering in their natural food chain might disturb the balance of nature.
These are just some of the reminders you should always keep in mind. They serve both the purpose of allowing you to enjoy your Rwenzori hiking while keeping you away from certain dangers and unwanted incidences.