Mt Elgon (4321m) is the eighth highest mountain in Africa, fourth highest in East Africa and the second largest freestanding volcanic base in the world rising more than 3000m above the surrounding plains and dominating the local landscape. Climbing Mt. Elgon is an exciting alternative to the other climbs in Ugandan and greater East Africa.
It’s easier to access throughout the year, less congested with a milder climate and lower elevation. Sipi has in most cases been their starting point. Budadiri is the commonest of routes that has been a starting point for many hikers. Continuing with the sasa trail, until the peak, then downwards to the Sipi falls and then back into the Sipi falls. While at the Sipi falls, you are able to view gorgeous sites of the slopes of Mount Elgon, Lake Kyoga and the Plains of Karamoja.
Day 1: Travel to Kapchorwa District
In the morning, we will pick you up and set off for Kapchorwa District, specifically to Sipi River Lodge. The falls are right on the edge of Mount Elgon National Park.
Day 2: Explore Sipi Falls
In the morning we will drive to Sipi village. Once we are there, you can either hike to the Sipi waterfalls or take guided walks around the village for history and the cultural lesson about the people of the land.
Day 3: Travel to Budadiri/Bumasola
In the morning we head to Budadiri/Bumasola. The first stretch ascends through the hillside communities above Budadiri. Further up the trail enters the National Park and climbs the scary “Wall of Death”. We make camp at Mude caves camp.
Day 4: Summit Wagagai
In the morning we will leave camp and head straight for the summit at Wagagai and then back to the camp. (3500m – 4321m – 3500m). The walk downhill back to Mude caves camp is fairly short and relaxing.
Day 5: Back to Budadiri
On this day we will head back to Bumasola then drive back to the Sipi River Lodge for a hot shower, food, and a well-deserved drink!
Day 6: Back to Kampala
Early in the morning, we start back to Kampala via Jinja. We will stop over at the Sezibwa falls for lunch before arriving in Kampala in the late afternoon.