Mt. Rwenzori is Best to climb in Africa- Climber

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Ravi says the Rwenzori is more intriguing, with many twists and turns, adding that the natural environment is also still pristine compared to other mountains. According to Ravi, when climbing Mt Kilimanjaro or Mt Kenya you experience just 10 percent of what Rwenzoris have to offer, including the three peaks, making it the most exciting climb in Africa.

Forget Tanzania's Mt. Kilimanjaro and Mt. Kenya, Uganda's Mt. Rwenzori is the best to climb in Africa. This is the verdict of world renowned Malaysian mountain climber, Ravichandran Tharumalingan, shortened as Ravi, one of few people to climb Mt Everest, the highest mountain peak in the world in the Himalayas.

Ravi, who lost eight fingers to frost bite during the Mt Everest challenge, is also listed in the Malaysia Book of Records for the fear of climbing the highest mountain on Earth. The Uganda High Commission in Malaysia organised Ravi's Rwenzori climb, supported by Ministry of Tourism, Wildlife and Antiquities.

Accompanied by Ugandan guides, Ravi started the Rwenzori challenge on January 19th, reaching the highest peak of Marghaerita at 5,109 metres high eight days after. Addressing the media in Kampala, Ravi, who said he has ever climbed Mt Kilimanjaro in Tanzania, the highest mountain in Africa, and Mt Kenya, those two are less challenging and exciting like climbing the Rwenzoris.

Ravi says the Rwenzori is more intriguing, with many twists and turns, adding that the natural environment is also still pristine compared to other mountains. According to Ravi, when climbing Mt Kilimanjaro or Mt Kenya you experience just 10 percent of what Rwenzoris have to offer, including the three peaks, making it the most exciting climb in Africa.

He wonders why Uganda has failed to publicize and promote the Rwenzoris, observing that it could be a good tourism income earner during low tourism periods like during summer. Ravi says based on his experience, he will sell Mt Rwenzori to other international mountain climbers as the 3rd Summit Quest for 2018.

In appreciation, Ravi says he will build a crossing ladder connecting the peaks, to give climbers an unforgettable experience of moving from one peak to the other. Ravi says while he appreciates representing Uganda, the best and more sustainable option is to promote Ugandan tourism ambassadors. 
He is offering a training expedition to the Himalayas for four Ugandans who would become the country's mountain climbing ambassadors. Ravi also advices Uganda to set up a mountain climbing training center in the Rwenzoris to equip professional climbers, guides and tourists.

He also advises Uganda that although the Rwenzoris and neighboring tourism spots are magnificent, there is more to do in terms of better roads, hotels and tourism personnel. He also advises the government to encourage more local journalists to experience the climb and tell their stories to the country and the world.

Uganda's High Commissioner to Malaysia, Dorothy Huyha, says there is a need to generate lots of tourism information on Uganda and adequately fund foreign missions in order to boost foreign tourists coming to the country.
Stephen Asiimwe, the chief executive of Uganda Tourism Board, says the tourism sector is growing fast, with tourists numbers hitting 1.4 million, bringing in 1.4 billion dollars. Asiimwe says focus now is on attracting more high value and bug spending tourists who can stay longer, like between eight and 14 days.
He appeals to Ugandans to invest in the tourism sector and promote more local tourism. At a peak of 5,109 metres above sea level, Mt Rwenzori is 996 square kilometers. It was gazetted in 1991, recognized as a World Heritage Site in 1994 and as a Ramsar Site in 2008.
Unlike other regional mountains which are volcanic, Mt Rwenzori is a block of rock up-faulted through the floor of the Western Rift Valley. As back in time as 150AD, an Alexandrian geographer Ptolemy Christened the Rwenzoris as "Mountains of Moon".

The explorer Henry Stanley placed the Rwenzoris on the global map on May 24, 1888 labeling as "Ruwenzori", a local name which he recorded as meaning "Rain Maker" or "Cloud King". According to records, Ms Beryl Park aged 78 is the oldest person to climb the Rwenzoris.