Hiking Rwenzori Mountains is one of the best and trending activities in Uganda. Therefore, if you are looking for the best destination with a wonderful experience in East Africa, Rwenzori Mountains is your answer. While hiking Rwenzori, you will get an opportunity of hiking the third highest mountain in Africa. When planning a Rwenzori hiking safari, it is always better to first know the suitable months for trekking.
The Rwenzori Mountains can be visited all thought the year but the best months to trek the Rwenzori Mountains are the dry season months and this is between June-August and December-February are known as the driest months in Uganda. In the dry seasons, all trekking routes to and within the park are passable and the hiking is good and smoother than during the wet season. However, tourists have to note that even in dry months, it may rain.
As African weather is unpredictable even during rainy seasons you can experience light rainfall hence it is good to first know the best season to travel to avoid the bad conditions during your hiking safari. 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.
Hikers are strongly discouraged from visiting Rwenzori mountains national park in the wet season that is from March, April, May, October, and November simply because when the hiking trails are wet and slippery hiking becomes challenging and difficult. However, some activities like birding are best during the wet season due to the plenty of food and migratory bird species are common, but the best recommended time for visitors planning to hike the Rwenzori mountains is much ideal in the dry season.
If you are planning a peak climb, it is always advisable to do so in the morning hours between the hours of 2:00 am and like 8:00 am. This is when the best weather occurred in the park and when the mist and clouds are veiling the peaks.
Hikers 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 hikers are strongly advised to carry hiking boots, waterproof rain jacket, long-sleeved shirt, long trousers, hat, sunglasses and among others.
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 favours your interests as a tourist. This can be done in a more organized way through consulting an organized and trusted tour company like the Rwenzori mountaineering service.