8 Days trip to the mountain of the moon - Day 6: Climbing the summit of Margherita.

Day 6: Climbing the summit of Margherita.
For those climbing Margherita peaks (5109m) continue to the base of the Stanley Glacier. Depending on the weather and the individual’s acclimatization, it can be a four to seven hour walk to the summit of Margherita. This is a tough walk over three glaciers, slippery rock, ice and very exposed areas which are open on many sides. It is only for the physically fit and is a technical climb which requires roping up, crampons and appropriate equipment for cold, windy and icy conditions. It is best to attempt the final climb in a minimum group of 4- two climbers and two guides; (a supplement for the extra guide has to be paid for at the time of booking.) climb on to the glacier, cross the Stanly Plateau and proceed with the ascent. Subject to altitude sickness, fog and weather, scramble up to the summit of Margherita, crown of the Rwenzoris. Due to the altitude and the tough conditions not everybody will make it to the summit so do not be disappointed if you do not. Returning to Scott- Elliot pass, there are spectacular views back to Bujuku Lake and Mount Speke, up to Mount Stanley and sown to the Kitandara Lakes. Once over the pass the trail enters an alpine zone of sparse vegetation and rough boulders. Descend to the Kitandara Hut for overnight, past the Kitandara Lakes. ( For those  who do not wish to climb the peak, a more restful day walking from Elena Hut to Kitandara Hut 4,023.) (FB).