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Mount Elgon National Park Trek Tour Code ASU25

 

Mount Elgon lies at the border of Uganda with Kenya. It is an extinct volcano with the largest surface area in the world (50 km by 80km) and a caldera which covers over 40km at the top of the mountain. The highest peak is Wagagai at 4.321m.

There are several trekking trails around Mount Elgon. The full trekking circuit to the peaks takes 4 to 5 days to complete, following Sasa or Sipi Trails. From Kapkway Exploration Centre (UWA quarter) you can take at least three different one - day hikes, the Chebanet Falls, Mountain Bamboo trail and Ridge view trail. The one day trail to see the four Sipi Falls is a popular activity and it starts from the village of Sipi.

The trekking circuit of Mount Elgon

Trekking 1. Sipi Trail 5 days 4 nights

This trail is easier and more gradual and it passes through interesting sites like Tutum cave.

Day 1 – From Kapkway to Tutum Camp (2667m)
In the morning drive to the Kapkway Exploration Center, UWA headquarters. After organising the portersand the supplies, you start trekking up to Tutum Cave Camp (2667m) through montane and bamboo forest. Tutum cave is hidden within the forest. Dinner and overnight.

Distance covered: 11 km. Altitude of the day: 900m.

Day 2 – From Tutum Camp to Kajeri Camp (3383m)
After breakfast proceed the hike to Kajeri Camp (3383m) for dinner overnight.

Distance covered: 17 km. Altitude of the day: 900m.

Day 3 – From Kajery Camp to Mude Camp (3.500m)
Today you will walk slowly down after Muyembe camp to Mude Camp (3.500m), where you join the Sasa Trial. Dinner and overnight.

Distance covered: 25 km. Altitude of the day: 120 m.

Day 4 – From Mude Camp to Wagagay Peak (4321 m) and return to Mude
After breakfast you walk through the moorland zone up to the main peak, Wagagai, and return to the Mude campsite for dinner and overnight.

Distance covered: 18 km. Altitude of the day: 820m.

Day 5 – From Mude Camp descend to Budadiri
The trekking ends today with the descent to Budadiri, the gate of the national park nearby Mbale.

 

Trekking 2. Sasa Trail 4 days 3 nights
Following the Sasa trail is the fastest way to the main peak, however the first day is particularly tough with a rugged climb of over 1600m.

Day 1 – From Budadiri to Sasa Camp (2.900m)
In the morning you reach Budadiri (1250 m), nearby Mbale town, at the gate of the Mount Elgon National Park. After organising the food supplieas and camping gear, you will start trekking to Sasa River Camp (2.900 m) for the dinner and overnight.

Distance covered: 8 km  Altitude of the day: 1.700m.

Day 2 – From Sasa camp to Mude Camp (3.500m)
After breakfast proceed through the forest to Mude Cave Campsite for dinner and overnight.

Distance covered: 5 km Altitude of the day: 600m.

Day 3 – From Mude Camp to Wagagay Peak (4321 m) and return to Mude
After breakfast you walk through the moorland zone up to the main peak, Wagagai, and return to the Mude campsite for dinner and overnight.

Distance covered: 18 km Altitude of the day: 820m.

Day 4 – From Mude Camp back to Budadiri
After breakfast descend to Budadiri and back to Mbale.

NOTE:Both Sipi and Sasa trails can be combained to make a seven day package on request.

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Required equipment and organization of the hike

Required equipment for the hike: rucksack, sleeping bag for low temperature and sleeping mat, trekking shoes, poncho or rain coat, heavy warm jacket, hand gloves, scarf and hat, one jumper, a torch.

* Drinking water will be found in the mountain, however it is advised  to bring disinfecting tablets.