Glacier rip forces new route for hikers and mountain climbers to Rwenzori Mountains

(eTN) - Following the recent opening of a deep and several meter wide crevice, which cuts across the traditional ascent route to the Margherita Peak (5,109 meters above sea level) in the Rwenzori Moun

Glacier rip forces new route for hikers and mountain climbers to Rwenzori Mountains

(eTN) – Following the recent opening of a deep and several meter wide crevice, which cuts across the traditional ascent route to the Margherita Peak (5,109 meters above sea level) in the Rwenzori Mountains, another route was scouted by guides and the Uganda Wildlife Authority (UWA) staff located in the national park, to avoid a loss of revenue by pre-booked mountain climbers, who come from across the world to hike and climb the “mountains of the moon” as the range is also known.

The “rip” in the glacier is generally attributed to rising temperatures under the climate change phenomenon, and it is understood that the Uganda Wildlife Authority is working on other contingency plans to climb the various peaks should other glaciers and ice fields shrink further or rip apart.

Margherita Peak is a UNESCO World Heritage site. For more information, visit www.ugandawildlife.org or write to [email protected] .

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