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Rwenzori Glacier- Rwenzori Mountains & Expeditions

Rwenzori Mountains were gazetted as a national park in 1991, recognized as a World Heritage Site in 1994. The word ‘Rwenzori’ roughly translates as ‘Rainmaker’, which clearly illustrates the importance of the mountains to Central Africa.

The Rwenzori atmosphere is wet; the mountains receive over 3 metres of rainfall a year. This makes the lower slopes lush with vegetation and the higher reaches covered in snow and ice.

The glaciers have retreated massively over the last hundred years due to climate change in Uganda and the entire world hence the new conservation measures that include planting the trees around the Rwenzoris by the local in partnership with WWF,  Rwenzori climbers are recommended to visit during the wet season months  as you will still have to navigate ice walls and Significant snowfall to reach the Magherita peak to see the Glacier at the top of Mount Stanley.

Glacier in Rwenzoris

In 1906, 43 glaciers were scattered across 6 peaks within the Rwenzori Mountains. These glaciers covered an area of around 7.5km², around half of the total surface area of Africa’s glaciers at the time. By 2005, 3 of these glaciers had disappeared, and the Rwenzori’s glaciers only covered an area of 1.5km².

Check on the Recommended Packing List for walking on the snow
Category What Comments
Snow glasses (UV filter, wrap around) Essentially glasses that cover your side vision so you don’t get blinded by the snow
Rubber boots (for boggy areas) You will wear these 5-6 out of 7 days
Ice axe Can be rented
Crampons Can be rented
Harnesses Can be rented
Helmet Can be rented
Clothes: Body
2 thermal vests Or wool
2 thermal leggings Or wool
1 fleece pullover Down vest or wool also works
1 fleece jacket Down jacket also works
1 fleece pants
Comfortable trekking pants
1 rainproof/windproof jacket with hood
Sports t-shirts or shirts (not cotton)
1 pair of comfortable hiking boots
3 pairs of outer socks (thick wool or polypropylene)
4 pairs of inner socks (thin silk or polypropylene)
Sandals or light weight trainers for around camp
1 pair of inner thermal gloves (polypropylene or capilene)
1 pair of insulated outer gloves
Hand warmers (optional, for summit day)
Sun cap or hat
Ski hat (wool or fleece) for summit day
1 Buff, light balaclava or similar
Sleeping gear
Sleeping bag for -15°C (down or polar guard)
Sleeping mats (optional)
Comfortable day pack
One XL strong duffel bag (to be carried by porter)
Diamox (Acetazolamide) for altitude
Inhaler if you have asthma or potential for chronic breathing difficulties
Ciproxin for upset stomach or as general antibiotic
Other items for trek
Head lamp with extra battery
Suncreen and sun block for lips (30 SPF or more)
Hydrating system (like CamelBak)
1 trekking pole (adjustable preferred)
1 stainless steel thermos of one liter or half liter (optional)
First Aid Kit
Items for camp
Personal care elements (small towel, soap, wet wipes)
Book, music, games, power bank
Camera, memory cards, extra batteries
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