In a few words: it’s tough country, muddy, cold, wet and high.
Though located just North of the Equator, the Rwenzori is famous for its harsh climate, wet and cold: regular rain has to be expected almost every day, with snowfall above 4000m. The tough trek, with several steep and muddy parts, will enrich the experience. However the landscape is truly wonderful and fascinating: even if a similar afroalpine vegetation can be encountered on other major African peaks, the size and exuberance it reaches on the Rwenzori is unique, making a Rwenzori trekking a wonderful experience. The Rwenzori lies within national parks both on the Uganda and Congo sides and no independent trek can be undertaken. The trek can only be done with the help of local guides and porters, along 3 main routes, two from Uganda and one from Congo. The political difficulties of the region and the strenuous hike ensured the range remained largely unvisited.
The Rwenzori mountains, the fabulous Mountains of the Moon, are a fascinating mountain range lying in the heart of Africa, on the border between Congo and Uganda. Considered to be the Sources of the Nile since the Classical times, the range is formed by several massifs, steep granite valleys, wide bogs and a prolific gigantic flora that shapes the landscape as it came from a fairy tale. The mountains of the Rwenzori form a range about 120 km long and 50 km wide and unlike other major African peaks. Formed by the geotectonic forces that shaped the Rift Valley, though not being of volcanic origin, the Rwenzori range is formed by several massifs, such as Mt. Speke, Mt. Baker or Mt. Stanley, which with Margherita Peak at 5109m is the third highest mountains of Africa.
The name itself, Rwenzori, in the local Bakonjo language means “rain maker”, so much so it can rain every day of the year and water has an eccentric presence in all its forms: rain, fog, ice, clouds, snow, rivers, mud. Several European explorers in Uganda and Congo failed to see the mountain tops for a long time, mud will be your trekking companion for the most part. Continue reading
Welcome! I am thrilled to launch my new website, a project which has been brewing for a while, showing my visions on nature and history (being an archaeologist myself) and the results of my journeys in some incredible corners of the World. I will also write some personal essays on my adventures or talk about my techniques or the gear used. Stay tuned for more.
This is my first blog ever and for my first post I decided to start with an image which brings me back good memories, dating to my first expedition to East Greenland, a 20 days solo trek I undertook in the tundra of Jameson and Liverpool lands in the Scoresby Sound region of East Greenland, the longest fjord system in the World. What brought me to East Greenland, to the remotest inhabited community in the Northern Hemisphere? Many reasons: the desire to see the Arctic in its full majesty, the non-funny challenge of walking about 200km with 40 kg on my back, the aspiration to move my steps into the “unknown”…