Only another 642 meters (2106 ft) to reach the top for Thierry Bodson of WWF.
A few (indisputable) facts about the Rwenzori Mountains:
- The Congo side is THE BEST! (A completely unbiased fact)
- The Congo trek of the Rwenzori Mountains does not include muddy bogs and swamps (or so I’m told).
- The climb usually takes about 5 days round-trip from Mutsora, and possibly a few more if you go all the way to Margherita Peak, the highest point that is on the border of both Congo and Uganda.
- Margherita Peak is at 5109m (16,763 ft)
- There are cabins with beds to sleep in on the way up!
- There are some very funky plants mixed in with this mountain landscape (see pictures below).
- I might never climb this mountain, as I’m in terrible shape.
- Emmanuel (our beloved warden) has never climbed it either. I don’t feel so bad. (I see a challenge in the works here.)
- You’re welcome to dispute or confirm these facts if you’ve actually climbed the Rwenzoris from the Congo side.
- You’re even more welcome to get out of that office chair and come climb this amazing mountain. (I know, I know. That means me too.)
Many thanks to Thierry Bodson with World Wildlife Fund for these great photos. You can see more on our Facebook photo album HERE. And click on the photos below to see them larger.
1 - The beginning of the trek in the lowlands through a giant fern-like forest.
2 - The first of several cabins for trekkers.
3 - Beautiful flowering plants.
4 - Fog and vegetation create a mystical scene.
5 - Lakes and rivers are encountered throughout the climb.
6 - Snow-capped mountain views.
7 - Cold lakes to swim in (if you’re crazy, like this guy here - yes we’re talking about you, Thierry).
8 - Strange cactus-like vegetation.
9 - More unusual vegetation.
10 - Alpine Lakes
These last two photos are from Bruno Hugel with a group that climbed to Margherita Peak.
11 - Go Congo and ICCN!
12 - Margherita Peak - 16,763 ft. This is very high, in case you were wondering.