Mount Stanley

Mount Stanley or Mount Ngaliema (/əŋɡɑːˈljmə/,[1] also US: /-mɑː/,[2] UK: /əŋˌɡɑːliˈmə/[3]) is a mountain located in the Rwenzori range. With an elevation of 5,109 m (16,763 ft), it is the highest mountain of both the Democratic Republic of the Congo and Uganda, and the third highest in Africa, after Kilimanjaro (5,895 m) and Mount Kenya (5,199 m). The peak and several other surrounding peaks are high enough to support glaciers. Mount Stanley is named for the journalist and explorer, Sir Henry Morton Stanley. It is part of the Rwenzori Mountains National Park, a UNESCO world Heritage Site.[4]

Mount Stanley
Mount Ngaliema
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Mount Stanley
from left to right: Moebius Peak, Elena Peak, Savoia Peak, Alexandra Peak, Margherita Peak
Highest point
Elevation5,109 m (16,762 ft)
Prominence3,951 m (12,963 ft)
Ranked 28th
Isolation830 km (520 mi) Edit this on Wikidata
ListingCountry high point
Coordinates0°23′09″N 29°52′18″E / 0.38583°N 29.87167°E / 0.38583; 29.87167Coordinates: 0°23′09″N 29°52′18″E / 0.38583°N 29.87167°E / 0.38583; 29.87167
Mount Stanley is located in Uganda
Mount Stanley
Mount Stanley
Location in Uganda
(on the border with Democratic Republic of the Congo)
LocationDemocratic Republic of the CongoUganda
Parent rangeRuwenzori Range
First ascent1906 by Duke of the Abruzzi and party
Easiest routerock/snow climb

Mt. Stanley consists of two twin summits and several lower peaks:

Peak metres feet
Margherita Peak 5,109 16,763
Alexandra 5,091 16,703
Albert 5,087 16,690
Savoia 4,977 16,330
Ellena 4,968 16,300
Elizabeth 4,929 16,170
Phillip 4,920 16,140
Moebius 4,916 16,130
Great Tooth 4,603 15,100


First ascentEdit

The first recorded ascent of Mt. Stanley was in 1906 by Luigi Amedeo, J. Petigax, C. Ollier, and J. Brocherel. Margherita Peak is named after Queen Margherita of Italy.[5]


  1. ^ "Ngaliema". Collins English Dictionary. HarperCollins. Retrieved 2 August 2019.
  2. ^ "Stanley, Mount". Merriam-Webster Dictionary. Retrieved 2 August 2019.
  3. ^ "Ngaliema, Mount". Lexico UK English Dictionary. Oxford University Press. Archived from the original on 2022-08-26.
  4. ^ UNESCO World Heritage Centre
  5. ^ Peter Bridges, ‘A Prince of Climbers’, Virginia Quarterly Review, 76-1 (Winter 2000), 38–51.

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