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Temporary Suspension of Margherita Peak Hiking: Safety Measures Amid Glacier Crevasse Emergence

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  • The Uganda Wildlife Authority (UWA) has temporarily halted hiking activities to Mountain Rwenzori’s highest peak, Margherita, due to the emergence of a crevasse in the glaciers.
  • Additionally, they’re considering installing a permanent ladder in an alternative location on the glacier to facilitate safe passage to the peak.

The Uganda Wildlife Authority (UWA) has temporarily halted hiking activities to Mountain Rwenzori’s highest peak, Margherita, due to the emergence of a crevasse in the glaciers. This decision, announced in a statement on Tuesday by UWA, the governing body for wildlife preservation, aims to ensure visitor safety. The crevasse, a deep crack in the Margherita glacier, prompted this precautionary measure following a thorough assessment by UWA’s team.

Emphasizing their dedication to visitor safety, UWA stated their commitment to providing a secure experience for all those exploring Rwenzori Mountains National Park. Additionally, they’re considering installing a permanent ladder in an alternative location on the glacier to facilitate safe passage to the peak.

While Margherita Peak hiking is suspended, tourists are encouraged to explore other peaks in the Rwenzori Mountains, such as Speke, Baker, and Cheptegei, each offering magnificent vistas and distinctive experiences amidst the park’s stunning landscape.

Though UWA didn’t pinpoint the crevasse’s cause, environmentalists have cautioned that climate change is accelerating glacier melt on the mountain.

Uganda offers diverse tourism activities, including park visits, chimpanzee and gorilla tracking, birdwatching, and kayaking, with hiking being a popular choice.

According to Uganda Tourism Board data, tourist visits to Rwenzori Mountain rose from 2,724 in 2014 to 6,043 in 2019.

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