Mountains of the Moon

Starts: Mainz, Uganda
Finishes: Mainz, Uganda

Tour Type: Small Group

Accommodation: Moderate


The Rwenzori Mountains, or the Mountains of the Moon, are easily Africa's best kept secret. Rarely visited and isolated, they contain much of Africa's permanent ice and the most varied mountain scenery as we climb from tropical rainforest, through alpine valleys to the glaciers. Our trek in the Rwenzori includes a challenging ascent on Margherita (5109m), Africa's 3rd highest mountain. This is a demanding ascent with muddy conditions and variable weather almost guaranteed. The real beauty of the trip is the ascent up the Kilembe route where the diverse flora in the forests and valleys includes giant heather, lobelia, groundsels and exuberant ferns. Under the watchful eye of our experienced mountain guides, we attempt the final ascent up to the summit of Margherita, which will require us to rope up and use crampons. However scaling the actual peak is more of a hard scramble than a climb and the exhilaration of reaching the top is enormous, as you look across Albert Peak to the Congo then east across the chain of the Rwenzori Mountains.


    • Marvel at views from the summit of Margherita Peak (5109m)
    • Trek in the UNESCO World Heritage listed Rwenzori Mountains, a source of the River Nile
    • Discover remote alpine valleys and glacial landscapes
    • Experience pristine tropical rainforests
    • Trek through Giant Lobelia forests along the remote Kilembe Trail
    • Delight in the diverse flora of the region

Trip Details

The Trip

Product Code: 133975
Tour Type: Small Group
Accommodation: Moderate
Transport: Private & Local (Public)##Private & Local (Public)
Guide Language: Engligh

Starts: Mainz, Uganda
Finishes: Mainz, Uganda
Duration: 13 days
Physical rating: Basic


  • An incredible trek up Africa's third highest peak


  • international flights 
  • airport and departure taxes 
  • visas 
  • travel insurance (must include trekking above 3900 metres; and mountaineering/ Global Rescue insurance for Summit Day only) 
  • sleeping bags 
  • aerated and alcoholic drinks 
  • bottled water 
  • tips
  • items of a personal nature such as phone calls, laundry, etc.


Price person (sharing double) $3,899 ($300/day)


$400 per person for bookings made 90 days or more prior to departure

Full Amount for bookings made less than 90 days prior to departure

Cancellation: Super Strict

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Overall Rating










K. Morrison | Tasmania 

In a word it was fantastic and totally successful. David and I joined with three other clients at Entebbe where we were met by Remi as planned and everything continued to run smoothly from there on. The five of us got on well together and being a small group with similar levels of fitness and lack of mountaineering experience was a definite advantage, especially on summit day when it was handy having four guides to coach the five of us on the ice sections. The nine days of trekking and the summit day were all great and as tough as I expected. Lots of mud, steep, slippery terrain and some rain every day (but much of it at night, so not a huge problem). Summit day was a great adventure and pretty strenuous, but with the help of the guides on the tricky parts (icy rock scree before daylight and Margherita Glacier mainly) we all got to the summit and back to Margherita Hut within 10 hours. I always enjoy a cup of tea but the first one back at the hut was special! So was the snooze that followed shortly. There was no way any of us were going to pack up and walk out to Camp 4 that day, so we negotiated a change to the program which worked out really well. For me, the landscape, geology and vegetation within the National Park were almost, well almost, as impressive as the summit experience. The guides; Enoch, Jack, Richard and Ezeah were brilliant, as were the camp crew and porters. The stamina, skill and friendly but professional attitude under all conditions of the guides was humb

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