Best time to climb Rwenzori Mountains in Uganda!  

Planning a Uganda safari starts with the selection of the time of travel which include the months and number of days to go for Uganda safari to Ruwenzori mountains and visiting the primates.  

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Uganda Safari Holidays that leads you to Ruwenzori Mountains and gorilla trekking experience is once a life time adventure that can only be tailored by Ruwenzori Expeditions trading as Primate Safari Experiences limited that specializes in Primate Safaris and Ruwenzori Climbing.  

The frequently asked question for holiday makers that select to climb Rwenzori Mountains is when is the best time to trek Ruwenzori Mountains in Uganda which the experts of Rwenzori Expeditions is interested in answering in this article for unique Mountaineering adventure. 

Best time to visit Rwenzori Mountains 

The best time to hike Rwenzori Mountains- Hiking Rwenzori Mountains is one of the best trending activities in Uganda. Therefore, if you’re looking for the best destination in East Africa with a wonderful experience, Rwenzori Mountains is your answer where you will get an opportunity of trekking the 3rd highest mountain in Africa. When you’re planning a hiking safari on the Rwenzori Mountains is always better to first know the suitable months for trekking.  

Rwenzori Mountaineering tours are carried out throughout the year so there is no green season and do not assume that wet season will be a good time to visit the park even though you are most interested in botany. The change from the driest month to the wet season cannot make any dramatic changes to the flora and fauna of the park and the only thing which doesn’t change is the depths of the bog that you pass through. 

The weather in Rwenzori mountain peaks is always wet and they are usually masked in mist. This creates the wild rime formations on the higher summits and glaciers which may make route-finding and hiking experience difficult. 

If you’re planning a peak climb, it is always good to do so in the morning hours between the hours of 2:00 am and like 8:00 am is when the best weather occurred in the park and when the mist and clouds are veiling the peaks. 

What to pack for a hike? 

Tourists also have to note that, African weather is unpredictable, therefore we expecting rainfall at any time of the year and even in dry months so you are recommended to be well prepared for any activity in the park at all times to avoid inconveniences by carrying hiking boots, waterproof rain jacket, long-sleeved shirt, long trousers, hat, sunglasses and among others. 



June- August & December-February 

From June to August and from December to February is the perfect time to visit/climb/hike/trek Rwenzori Mountains National Park, otherwise, it can be visited throughout the year. For mountaineers the climbing window from June to August is the best times to attempt an ascent to Margherita Peak of Mountain Rwenzori. 

From mid-June to August, the dry months may sound like the ideal time to visit the Rwenzori Mountains. The small window of opportunity opens up for mountaineers, eager to glimpse Mountain Rwenzori at its best, yet it is a season during which the mountains can receive less amounts of rainfall. 

During the dry months, the Rwenzori Mountains national Park is, more visited than the colder months from March to May and from September to November, shrouded in mist. However, it is very cool in this season in Rwenzori mountains national Park, where climbers/trekkers can enjoy fine weather in the region. 

From December to February, after the cold months from September to November, the weather tends to be relatively stable with mild to warm days and cold nights. The small window of hiking/climbing Rwenzori Mountains National Park opens up opportunities to mountaineers eager to glimpse the Rwenzori Mountains at its best. 

These dry months of December, January and February are also the peak time for climbers, with many more climbers seeking to reach the Margherita. 


March-May & September-November- When to Visit Rwenzori 

On the other hand, the cold months from March to May and from September to November are usually low seasons because of the heavy rains, muddy trails and slippery rocks in the Rwenzori Mountains. During these months, Rwenzori Mountains National Park is very empty, and serene, which makes it suitable for solo mountaineers, who would want to climb the Rwenzori Mountains by individually, at their own time schedule and convenience. 

In a nut shell, a visit to the Rwenzori Mountains national Park doesn’t require a permit but prior booking through trusted and reliable tour operators in Uganda. At this time we can customize your safari, according to the number of days, additional activities, as part of a package tour that includes hiring a vehicle, a driver and a guide. 

Rwenzori expeditions.com is operated by a local Safari company called Primate Safari Experiences Limited that is a member of Association of Uganda Tour operators (Auto) with experts in tailoring Uganda Safaris staying in luxury Lodge, Mid-range hotels.    

In conclusion, when looking for the best time to visit the Rwenzori mountains National Park, You should not depend on the weather but you should rather depend on what favors your interests as a tourist and this can be more organized with a trusted tour operator company like the Primate Safari Experiences.   


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