Mount Elgon is a massive extinct volcano that once stood far higher than Kilimanjaro’s current 5900m. However, its height was reduced when an unusually violent eruption emptied the volcano’s magma reservoir and the cone no longer supported by underlying molten rock, collapsed inwards. Many travelers find Mt. Elgon an exciting alternative to the more strenuous climbs in East Africa. You may choose to take either the Sipi, Sasa or Piswa trails.
After a sumptuous breakfast, you will depart for Eastern Uganda crossing the river Nile at Jinja and proceeding to Mbale town. Mountain Elgon is a 4,321 meters high. This climb offers spectacular views for the hiker with a variety of forest monkeys, small antelopes, with elephants, buffalo and about 300 bird species.
Total hiking Distance /Time: (11 km). About 5 Hours:
Today you hike the Sasa trail is the most direct route to the peaks and the shortest to climb. Its trailhead is Budadiri gate which lies at 1,250M above sea level. You will travel by car as far as Bumasola trading center (1,770m) and then start walking from there or walk right from Budadiri via Bumasola. The Trek from Bumasola to Mudange Cliffs is a relatively stiff climb of 2km 2-3 hours walk, you will ascend to the Mude cave camp where you will spend the night.
Total hiking Distance /Time: (18 km) about 8 hours:
Early in the morning, you will hike from Mude Cave towards the Wagagai Peak (4,321 m). Later descend to Mude Camp for the night.
Total hiking Distance /Time: (16km) about 4 hours
From Mude Cave, descend to the Caldera and Hot Springs. Later arrive at the Hunter’s Cave
Total hiking Distance /Time: (17 km) about 5 hours:
From the Hunter’s Cave Camp trail descend to Piswa Patrol Hut a scenic hike through the Bamboo, heath and moorland.
Total hiking Distance /Time: (11 km) about 3 hours:
From the Piswa Patrol Hut descend to Kapkwata where the tail ends. You will then meet up with your guide and drive to a viewing point of Sipi Falls.
The 7km Section of the Sipi Valley immediately outside the National Park is very scenic as the river plunges over three sets of basalt cliffs during its descent to the plains beneath.
Overnight in Mbale.
After a leisurely breakfast, transfer to Kampala via Jinja.
Later on arrive in Kampala/Entebbe and catch your flight home.
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