Rwenzori mountains climbing

Mount Rwenzori is (16,762 ft) 5,109m tall above sea level at it's highest peak Margherita found on Mount Stanley.

Mount Rwenzori also known as the Rwenzori mountains (mountains of the moon) are Uganda's tallest mountain and the 3rd highest mountain in Africa only after Mount Kilimanjaro and Mount Kenya.

The Rwenzori mountains are also the biggest mountain range in Africa consisting of 6 massifs. This makes it a better and challenging experience for climbers interested in hiking in Africa. 

The Rwenzori mountains range is about 120 kilometres (75 mi) long and 65 kilometres (40 mi) wide. This makes the Rwenzori mountains Africa’s biggest mountain range in size. Stretching from western Uganda to Eastern DR Congo where the highest peak Margherita (5,109m asl) is located.

The Rwenzori mountains consist of six massifs separated by deep gorges i.e Mount Stanley (5,109 metres (16,762 ft)), Mount Speke (4,890 metres (16,040 ft)), Mount Baker (4,844 metres (15,892 ft)), Mount Emin (4,798 metres (15,741 ft)), Mount Gessi (4,715 metres (15,469 ft)) and Mount Luigi di Savoia (4,627 metres (15,180 ft)). Mount Stanley has several subsidiary summits, with Margherita Peak (5,109m asl) being the highest point.
There is always occurrence of snowing in the Rwenzori mountains from an elevation of 3,962m asl in the mornings where you wake up to grass filled with snow and frozen water in the bog and streams mostly in the Bujuku valley. The peaks of Margherita (5,109m asl) on Mount Stanley, Edward (4,890m asl) on Mount Speke and Mount Baker 4,844 m (15,892 ft) are permanently snow capped with the Margherita or Stanley plateau having the biggest snow and Mount Baker having the least.
The Rwenzori mountains can be accessed by air with a domestic flight to Kasese Aerodrome in Kasese town with a two way flight costing about $300 per person sharing or by public transport on a bus from Kampala to Kasese. The best way to reach Mount Rwenzori is to organize your transfer through a tour operator or a travel agent to pick you up from anywhere in Uganda to Kasese. Mountain climbing requires a lot of logistics in terms of food shopping, climbing equipment, porters, guides, gas, tents, etc which makes booking with a tour operator important to organize the logistics in advance.
Rwenzori mountains trekking fees range from $800 to $1,850 depending on many factors such as the climbing route, tour operator, time of the year, number of days, number of peaks to summit, etc.
The Rwenzori mountains have three (3) major climbing routes; i.e the oldest and shortest Central circuit trail which begins at Mihunga gate, the Kilembe trail in the south and the Bukurungu wilderness camping trail which begins in Omukorukumi which  all allow you to reach and summit all the 6 massifs of the Rwenzori mountains in either 7 days or 8 days to Margherita peak (5,109m asl) accordingly. Other short trails are available to enable you enjoy nature walks such as the Kazingo trail, Sebwe/Bughalitsa trail, Kinyampanika chimp trail and the new Kyondo trail.
Mount Rwenzori is a mountaineering destination that requires technical climbing equipment like ropes, trekking shoes, crampons, ice axe, carabinas, ice screws, harness, trekking poles, helmets etc to summit the highest peak on Mount Stanley as well as the second highest peak on Mount Speke. Short treks do not require technical equipment to do. Other requirements include warm clothes, water proof gloves, backpacks, rain gears, rubber boots, sleeping bags, hats, torch, etc.
The Rwenzori mountains can be climbed all year round but the best time being the drier months of December to March and June to September. However, you can climb the Rwenzori mountains anytime of the year depending on your preparations and available time. There are always more rains in the months of October to November as well as April to May depending on the year.
Climbing the Rwenzori mountains to Margherita peak (5,109m asl) takes 7 to 8 days depending on the trail used. Several short treks are available to explore the Rwenzori mountains in 3 days to John Maate camp or Lake Mahoma, 5 days Mount Speke, 4 days to Bujuku camp, 5 days to Weismann peak, 6 days central circuit trail to explore the beauty of the Rwenzori mountains, etc