Mount Stanley

Mount StanleyMount Stanley is located in the Rwenzori Mountains range. At an altitude of 5,109 m (16,763 feet), its the utmost mountain feature of the Democratic Republic Congo and Uganda. It also takes the third highest position in the whole of Africa Kilimanjaro at 5,895 metres and Mount Kenya at 5,199 metres.

This peak and numerous other neighboring peaks are in a higher altitude enough to upkeep glaciers. This Mount is titled that way after a journalist explorer, Sir Henry Morton Stanley. Mount Stanley is a slice that makes part of Rwenzori Mountains National Park, a UNESCO-recognized world Heritage Site.

Mount Stanley has two twin summits plus quite a lot of lower peaks. This mountain was first climbed by Duke of the Abruzzi, J. Petigax, J. Brocherel and C. Ollier on June 18, 1906.

Mount Stanley is also a high chain of some 11 peaks that rise from number of glaciers including the Stanley Plateau, This plateau is the widest mass of ice in the Rwenzori Mountains with a length of over one kilometer. The highest of the summits is the Margherita peak that is trekked from the Elena hut to the first rocks. The path then crosses the snow and ice Stanley Plateau towards Alexandra peak which is the second topmost summit is the Massif.

On the eastern ridge of the peak, the normal path to the Margherita peak runs a steep gully and then ascend the dramatic Margherita glacier to the saddle between Margherita and Alexandra peak. From here, one may climb northwards to a short and steep rock wall that is also hiked to the summit.

During the climb, a rope will be required for the largely crevassed glacier as well as and the summit rocks. The peak further forms the boundary between Uganda and the DR Congo. The eastern narrow hilltop of Alexandra peak at 4990 meters is as well a superb climb for any mountain trekker. There is another collection of peaks towards the south which are topped by Savoia peak at 4977 meters. The climbing of any of the mentioned peaks across the famous tropical glaciers is an extraordinary experience enjoyable by the trekking visitors of the Rwenzori Mountains National Park.

Quick Facts About Mount Stanley

Elevation: 16,762′
First Hiked: 1906
Prominence: 12,963′
First Climber: The Duke of the Abruzzi, Prince Luigi Amedeo
Mountain Range: Rwenzori Mountains