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.