The Best Long Trek To Do In January - Mountains Of The Moon Trek
Think Kilimanjaro is a little too overcrowded for you? Then checkout the details on this incredible trek on the boarder of Ugnada and the Congo in the Rwenzori mountain range.
FYI - This is part of a series of blogs that describe and detail the best short and long treks around the world per month. The trek per month is not random, I chose the best treks with the best climate conditions per month. Type in February in the search bar of my blog section and find out what the best treks to take are in February.
Name of the Trek: Mountains of the Moon Trek
Nearest Airport: Entebbe International Airport
Average Trekking Duration: 13 days
Distance: 60 miles
Highest Altitude: 5,109m
Best Month To Go: January
Average Temperature: 30 degrees Celsius
Average Cost: The trek is only available with a guide or in a group with a tour or trek operator. The cost is not high, and per day cost of an individual, in this case, will be around USD $145. You will need to pay additional park entry fees and money for the tips to porters.
The mountaineering enthusiast having already hiked up to Kilimanjaro will find Rwenzori Mountain range in the boarder of Uganda and Congo irresistible. The 60-mile stretch of these mountains is enticing to everyone, seeking the challenging trek routes. There are six mountains to look out through the trekking route. Look out for Ibanda, John Matte Hut, Biga Hut, Bujuku Hut, Elena Hut, and Margherita Summits.
The trek begins from reaching Kampala, from the airport and then driving to Fort Porta. From there, another drive to Kilembe and then trek to Sine Camp, Mutinda Camp, Bugata, and Butawu Camps will be necessary the consecutive days. The ascent to Mount Stanley from Scott Elliott Pass is enjoyable. Moreover, check out Weismann’s Peak, which is another highlight of this trek.
What to Expect?
The mountains are covered in mist and clouds for most of the year. Rwenzori Mountains have rains even in the dry months. It is ideal for visiting the carry rain protection and getting mosquito repellants. The trip will include a rather difficult hike up the third highest mountain in Africa, Margherita Summit on Mount Stanley. The trek route has camps and permanent ones even on high altitude. There are camps providing camp bed and mattress and are available on twin sharing and multi-sharing basis.
The route is scenic, and though there are bogs in the way, the glacial crossings on your way make them even more breathtaking. There are constant elevation gain and loss, snow, and unpredictable weather. You can benefit if you carry your own snacks for munching along the way. However, the guides are usually helpful in providing with the necessary food and lodging facilities. It is a good idea though to carry your own water treatment purifiers.