Mount Elgon Trekking & Sipi Falls
Rwenzori Mountaineering Service - 6 days
- Mount Elgon Trekking & Sipi Falls
- 6 days / 5 nights
- Difficulty: Easy
Overview> Conquer Mount Elgon's summit, Wagagai
> Visit the majestic Sipi Falls
> Ascend through smugglers caves into the volcano's Caldera
Mount Elgon is an extinct shield volcano on the border of Uganda and Kenya, north of Kisumu and west of Kitale. The highest point, named "Wagagai", is located entirely within Uganda which provides a great opportunity for trekkers to add on from Rwenzori Climbing and Virunga Massif.
Although there is no verifiable evidence of its earliest volcanic activity, geologists estimate that Mount Elgon is at least 24 million years old, making it the oldest extinct volcano in East Africa.
The 6 Days mountain Elgon trek starts from Kampala, Uganda, and ends in Kampala. This trek takes you through Mount Elgon up to Wagagai (highest peak) and a hike to Sipi Falls. The top of the mountain offers beautiful scenery of the Elgon highlands and the surrounding vegetation. Sipi Falls are beautiful to look at and are a good spot for taking photos.
RouteWhat's the plan?
Day 1. Transfer to Mbale
Our company guide will pick you up from your hotel/airport and transfer to Mbale. This drive will take between 3-4 hours. Dinner and overnight in Mbale town (Wash and Wills Hotel).
Day 2. Start the Elgon hike. Bumosola (1770 Meters) to Mude Camp (3500 Meters). (6 – 10 Hours)
After meeting at Uganda Wildlife Authority headquarters in Budadiri (1220 Meters), you will drive to the trailhead at Bumosola (1770 Meters). From here it’s a strenuous few hours up to the ‘ladders’, a set of metal staircases that bring us up and into the national park and the rainforest. These first few hours are some of the toughest of the whole trip with a steep incline, rough terrain, and often hot mid-morning temperatures. After a rest and snack at the top of the ladders and a refill of our water bottles, we hike on wide dirt trails through the forest and to Sasa River Camp.
Here, you will take a rest for tea and coffee and either lunch or snacks depending on how you feel or timing. As you continue up from here we move from rainforest to bamboo forest and eventually break through the forest entirely into alpine heather, shrub and giant lobelia. We take a short rest to sign the visitor’s book as we pass the ranger’s outpost before a couple more kilometers to Mude Camp, where we will have dinner and spend the night.
Day 3. Mude Camp (3500 Meters) – summit Wagagai peak (4321 Meters) and back to Mude. 5-10 Hours
This is the summiting day, Depending on prevailing weather conditions this is often an early start to get the best opportunity for a clear summit. We leave our gear and porters behind and head for the top. A strenuous day as we cross the 4000 Meters mark and start to feel the effects of altitude slowing us down.
Highlights on the way up are sunrise over the mountain, views of the Simu valley and Jackson’s pool, everlasting flowers, alpine lichen, and all the various Lobelia. The summit will give you a beautiful view of the Elgon highlands and caldera. It’s so beautiful! From the peak, we descend back to the Mude camp. We get back to camp mid to late afternoon ready for an early dinner and an early night.
Day 4. Mude Camp to Kajere or Tutum Cave Camp. (6 – 12 Hours)
After breakfast at the camp, you will hike to Kajere camp. This is the most picturesque day of the trip. The first hour starts the same as day 2 before we take the left-hand trail into the Simu Valley and follow the rocky trail and pass old smugglers caves as we ascend into the Caldera. If the weather is being kind we get an incredible sunrise here, a truly stunning part of the natural world! As you climb up the far side of the caldera we pass stunning rock formations and huge vistas that warm the soul.Dinner and overnight at Kajere cave camp.
Day 5. Kajere/ Tutum to Kapkwai/ Sipi Falls. (4 to 8 Hours)
After breakfast at the camp, we traverse the mountain dropping down into, crossing and climbing back out of numerous streams and small rivers, passing waterfalls and seeing an abundance of wildflowers, fungi and a variety of monkeys. As we pass back into the rainforest we descend back towards civilization, and eventually, we reach the Forest Exploration Centre at Kapkwai. From here we proceed with the hike to Sipi falls. You will see the beautiful falls and then descend to the base.Dinner and overnight in Kapchorwa, Lakamu lodge or similar.
Day 6. Transfer to Kampala
After breakfast at the lodge, you will drive back to Kampala. The driver will drop you at the hotel in Kampala or airport for your flight back home.
All transfers during the trek are included. Our company guide will pick you up from your hotel/airport in Kampala and transfer to Mbale on the first day. On the last day of the trek, you will be driven back to your hotel in Kampala or to the airport for your flight back home.
√ English speaking trekking guide and Porters
During the trek, you will be accompanied at all times by a Rwenzori Mountains guide. Porters will join the group as well to help to carry the luggage. Porters will join the group as well to help to carry the luggage. There will be 1 porter per hiker to carry his/her personal luggage. The other porters carry food, charcoal, cooking utensils, and a gas cylinder among others.
Accommodation during the trek is included in the price. You will spend your first night at a hotel in Mbale town. The nights in the mountains will be spent camping. The trekking company will provide the tents. On your last night of the tour, you will overnight in Kapchorwa, at Lakamu lodge or similar.
All meals are included during the trek, except for lunch en route on the first and last day. Breakfast, lunch, and dinner are served every day while on the trek. There is always powdered milk, chocolate drink, bread, sausages, packed juice, apples, chocolates, beef, rice, Irish potatoes, peas, and sandwiches.
√ Permits and Entrance Fees
In order to trek in the Mount Elgon national park, you need a hiking permit and you need to pay the park's entrance fees. These are included in the price of the trek.
You will have to make your way to Kampala, the starting point of this trek. Flight tickets to Uganda are not included in the price of the trek. In order to know which airlines fly to Entebbe International Airport (EBB), you can have a look at their website.
× Accommodation before and after the trek
Before and after the trek you have to take care of your own accommodation in Kampala.
× Travel Insurance
Your international travel insurance is your own responsibility. It is important that your travel insurance also covers adventures at a high altitude. Discuss your itinerary with the insurance company before your trek.
× Sleeping bag and other equipment
Sleeping bags are not included in the trek, you will have to bring your own. Other necessary trekking equipment such as trekking boots, gumboots, and warm gear are not included.
× Personal expenses
Any personal expenses that may take place during the trek, such as buying snacks, souvenirs or alcoholic drinks are on your own account.
As you hike the Rwenzori, you will not be provided with bottled water. You will get the water from the rivers and streams in the mountains because it’s clean. The locals drink it and they are okay. But if you don’t trust it, it’s okay to add some water filters to your water to avoid any inconveniences (these won't be provided by your trekking company).
Tipps for the guide and porter are not included in the price of the trek. You decide how much to tip, but if you got a good service from your guide, be generous.
Accommodation during the trek is included in the price. You will spend your first night at a hotel in Mbale town. The nights in the mountains will be spent in camping sites such as Mude Camp and Kajere cave camp. The trekking company will provide the tents. On your last night of the tour, you will overnight in Kapchorwa, at Lakamu lodge or similar.
Bear in mind that sleeping bags are not included. You will have to bring your own or rent one in Kampala before the trek.
FAQWhere is Mount Elgon?
Mount Elgon is an extinct volcano located on the border between Uganda and Kenya. The summit of this massif, named "Wagagai", is found in the Ugandan side.
Mount Elgon rests within the Mount Elgon National Park, regulated by the Uganda Wildlife Authority. In order to visit the park, you require a permit. You can reach the park either by car, form Kampala or you can take a plane to Eldoret airport, which is 70 KM away for the park's main gate, Chorlim gate.
Mount Elgon National Park is open all year round, so that is not a problem. However, some months are wetter than others. The driest and most recommended months to visit the park are from June-August and December to February. It gets extremely cold during the rainy season and snow and hail are common. No matter which season you choose, Rain gear and warm clothing are always necessary on Mount Elgon. Be prepared for abrupt changes in weather.
Trekking on Mount Elgon requires some physical fitness to hike up to the top. However, the local guides and porters are readily available to give you a hand. They are sourced from the adjacent areas to provide services for trekkers and they are experienced and enthusiastic in the field. Nevertheless, keep in mind that you will be trekking up to 10 hours a day, for 6 days, so a minimum level of fitness is required.
Packing ListPacking List
If you already decided which is the trek for you, then it is time to start packing your bags for trekking in Uganda. Rwenzori Mountaineering Service has prepared a list of some of the things you need not to forget to add into your pack as you plan your Mount Elgon trek:
- Non-cotton shirts (quick drying)
- Long sleeve shirts
- hiking boots
- Pairs of pants
- Rain jacket
- Waterproof pants
- Pairs of socks
- Good sleeping bag
- Microfiber towel (or a handkerchief)
- First aid kit
- Extra camera battery and extra memory cards
- Water filter
Rwenzori Mountaineering Service
Rwenzori Mountaineering Service
Rwenzori Mountaineering Service is managed by the destination expert safari company by names of Active African Vacations Limited that is based in Kampala Uganda with a team of experienced tour guides, Safari consultants ready to tailor-make your Rwenzori hiking trip either through the Kilembe trail or Rwenzori Central circuit.
Rwenzori Mountaineering Service has over 8 years of experience in leading hikers and climbers to the summit of Rwenzori Mountains either using the Uganda routes or Congo Hiking Routes in Virunga National Park Congo. Rwenzori Mountaineering service works in strong partnership with Mountaineering services or Trekking Services in Uganda and Virunga Foundations in Congo to create and tailor the best possible trip for you.
Our professional tour consultants have all made successful summit attempts and are therefore in a position to provide you with advice and in-depth knowledge of the mountain. Essential advice on how to climb Rwenzori, how difficult/hard a Rwenzori mountain climb is and how long does it take for a Mount Rwenzori climb, is all knowledge that we possess in detail.
Are you ready to climb the Rwenzori Mountains?!
Meet Sarah from Rwenzori Mountaineering Service
Sarah is born & raised in the Kases region Close the Mountain Rwenzori National park and responsible for the customer service of Rwenzori Mountaineering Service
Hi Sarah, why did you start working for Rwenzori Mountaineering Service
Since my childhood, I have loved nature, the tropical climate and wildlife conservation. These are the top reasons why my dad directed me to study tourism. so far I have explored most east African countries including Rwanda, Kenya, and Tanzania. I'm very familiar with the cultural practices of the local communities of the Bakonjo people in Kasese areas around the Mountain Rwenzori National Park.
What is your Educational Background?
I'm a graduate from Makerere Business School with a Bachelors Degree in Tourism and management in 2015, which provided me with the required knowledge in tourism. My Internship practice was done with the Uganda Wildlife Authority in Queen Elizabeth National Park & Rwenzori Mountains National Park.
What are your hiking experiences?
My first-time experience of Hiking was the Rwenzori Hike ( Margherita Peak) in 2015 ( May) and the Second Hike is Africa’s highest Peak (Uhuru Peak) on Mountain Kilimanjaro and Mountain Nyiragongo Hike in Democratic Republic Congo.
Safety is of the utmost importance to us. That is why this is an area in which we simply do not compromise when it comes to keeping the cost of our trekkings low. Our guides have been selected on the basis of their technical competence, proven safety performance, impeccable judgment, friendly attitude and ability to provide useful and expert instructions. They are also very professional and well trained in first aid and personal protection equipment. First aid kits are available on all treks.
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