Mountains of the moon: climbing Uganda’s highest peak

The remote Rwenzori mountains, on the Uganda/DRC border, offer treks through varied and stunning landscapes, and Africa’s third-highest summit, with none of the crowds found at Kilimanjaro

Claudius Ptolemy, the Greco-Roman mathematician, astronomer and father of geography, called the Rwenzori range the Mountains of the Moon, and I think he got it about right. Starlight beamed down on the convex glaciers surrounding our camp near Uganda’s western border, causing them to glow like resting lunar crescents.

I should have been sleeping the night before my attempt on the Rwenzori’s loftiest peak, 5,109-metre Mount Stanley’s summit, Africa’s third-highest mountain, but altitude headaches kept me awake. I thought back to a similar sleepless night at Kilimanjaro some years earlier. I remembered then feeling sure I would succeed, and when summit day came, I duly trudged along in a torchlight procession to the top, one of 50,000 climbers who attempt Kilimanjaro each year.

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We all have a bucket list of goals and achievements we want to fulfill, even if it’s just in our heads. For many of us, it might be traveling, or, it could be some kind of physical achievement, such as scaling a mountain. Well, the good news is that you can kill two birds with one stone by doing this, as many of the highest mountains in the world are based in locations you’ve probably always wanted to go to!

Scaling the highest mountain peaks in the world is the ultimate battle of man vs. nature, and the ideal way of ticking off a personal goal. You have to make sure you think hard about this, and decide if it’s something you want to do, because climbing the world’s highest mountains takes preparation and dedication. These are some of the world’s highest peaks, and how you can tackle them safely.

Mont Blanc

The second-highest mountain in Europe (behind Mount Elbrus), and the highest peak in the Alps, Mont Blanc is definitely accessible for tourists. It’s not as grueling or intimidating as some of the larger peaks, and this makes it a little more scalable. The mountain has proven popular for hiking, mountaineering, and, even skiing as well. If you’ve never climbed a mountain before, Mont Blanc is definitely the place to start to work your way up to the larger mountains.

If you’re serious about wanting to scale Mont Blanc, you’re going to need to prepare. Now, the mountain straddles both France and Italy. So, you should make sure you choose the route you want to take. Voie des Cristalliers is considered the most popular route, and it includes travel through the Gouder Corridor. Research the mountain before you choose to commit, and make sure you have everything you need for the climb.

Mount Kilimanjaro

Mount Kilimanjaro, often referred to as Kili, is Africa’s highest mountain, and one of the biggest challenges for a lot would-be mountain climbers out there. Kili is the perfect opportunity to go to an exotic location and combine it with climbing a mountain at the same time. With an elevation of 5,895 meters, Mount Kilimanjaro is an impressive and imposing mountain, and climbing it would be a huge achievement for anyone.

If you want to put Kili on your list, you’re going to need to prepare yourself properly for the feat. This means understanding the weather in Africa, and how it differs from what we have at home. You need to condition your body and make sure you are training at a higher altitude, or, at least, making your body feel like you are. This is crucial for allowing you to adapt to the conditions, and to have a safer and more successful climb.

Mount Everest

Mount Everest is the highest mountain in the world and the ultimate achievement for mountain climbers across the globe. The mountain is a grueling and dangerous challenge and has claimed many lives in the past. That’s why you have to make sure you are properly prepared in every way. Be sure you get a clean bill of health and make sure you have all the best possible equipment. This means boots, coat, helmet, backpack, warm sleeping bag, not to mention rope, rappels, and other devices, though some places will provide that.

You will be provided with oxygen, which is essential when trying to tackle Mount Everest. Most people don’t attempt the peak, but, instead, choose to attempt the base camp challenge – still an enormous feat in itself. This is likely to be more suited to those who are not mountain climbing experts. Nepal is a beautiful country, but the mountain can be treacherous, so make sure you treat her with respect.

The highest mountains in the world are there to be conquered, but they should never be attempted unless you’re properly prepared. This is something that can result in injury or accidents, so make sure you thoroughly research the peak you’re going to attempt before you actually set out and achieve it. Good luck!

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