9 Day Trek – Mt. Elgon

 9 Day Trek – Mt. Elgon

Highlights

  • Mt. Elgon NP
  • Sipi Falls
  • Tutum Cave Camp (2667metres)
  • Wagagai peak (4321metres)

  • Mt. Elgon NP
  • Sipi Falls
  • Tutum Cave Camp (2667metres)
  • Wagagai peak (4321metres)

Day 1: Arrival in Entebbe

Upon arrival at Entebbe International Airport, you will receive a welcome from our representative / your tour and driver guide who will then transfer you to a hotel within Entebbe. Whilst at the hotel, you will be briefed about the tour and the next day’s travel schedule.

Day 2: To Mt. Elgon NP

After an early morning beakfast, we will drive east of the Country aiming for Mbale District – the home of Mt. Elgon NP. En-route, we will have minor stop overs in Mabira Forest, Bujagali Falls and the source of the Nile in Jinja; where we will have lunch. After lunch, we will then continue our journey arriving in Mbale in the late afternoon.

Day 3: In Sipi Falls

Optional Abseiling the 100 metre main fall in the morning. Finalizing trip, checking personal equipment and relaxing.

Day 4: Mt. Elgon Trek (Day 1)

Leave Sipi at 7am and drive to Budadiri Sasa trail head (1250metres), meet guides and porters and start climb. After 3 hours hiking through small villages and farms you reach the park boundary where the path gets steeper and you hike through the dense montane forest. After 20 minutes you reach Mudangi Cliffs, sheer cliffs only climbable by precarious ladders. Above the cliffs you keep ascending through forest and reach the bamboo zone then shortly after the Sasa river crossing, which could be a small stream or knee deep water depending on the time of year. Here you will set up camp for the night on the flat grass area known as Sasa river camp (2900metres).

Day 5: Mt. Elgon Trek (Day 2)

After an early morning cup of tea and cooked breakfast you are ready to continue ascending through the bamboo zone and then dense bush. After about 2 hours hike from camp you come out of the bush into heathland. A short hike and you reach a small rise and you can take in the spectacular views of the peaks of Jacksons Summit and, to its left, Mubiyi. Another 1 and a half hours hike you reach Mude Caves (3500metres) and set up camp below a stunning waterfall.

Day 6: Mt. Elgon Trek (Day 3)

Leave mude cave camp early to pass huge rock outcrops, ascend the crater rim up to the caldera. Birders may catch a sight of Lammergeyer Vulture or the rare Jacksons francolin. You now pass through Giant Groundsels and over rocks to the summit of Wagagai peak (4321metres). From the peak, to the north and east, you can see the whole expanse of the crater and its peaks,while to the south and west the the broad valleys drop away to the forest and plains far below. Returning by the same route you return to camp in the afternoon. 8-9hours.

Day 7: Mt. Elgon Trek (Day 4)

Leave Mude Cave Camp and begin descending through spectacular rock outcrops and reaching an area where buffalo sometimes graze. The trek to Tutum Cave Camp (2667metres) marks the longest day of walking in the thick of the forest. An option of spending the night at Kajeri Camp is available if your legs are feeling tired.

Day 8: Mt. Elgon Trek (Day 5)

The final day you make an easy but stunning descent through the dense montane and bamboo mixed forest. The forest is home to several species of monkey including Blue Monkey and Black and White Colobus as well as a huge variety of birds. Presently you reach the National Park gate at Kapkwai and 45 minute hike back to the lodge for a well deserved hot shower, hearty 4 course evening meal and comfortable bed.

Day 9: To Kampala / Entebbe

Breakfast and departure

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