This 6 Days Mount Elgon hike will take you to Eastern Uganda. Mount Elgon is a 4,321m high extinct volcano that in prehistoric times stood taller than Kilimanjaro does today. Hike to the Wagagai peak on this 6 Days Complete Circuit Trail while enjoying the spectacular scenery on this oft-neglected and relatively undemanding mountain. Also there is a variety of forest monkeys and small antelope, along with elephant and buffalo and over 300 birds including many species not recorded elsewhere in Uganda.
Trip Summary for the 6 Days Mount Elgon Hike
Day 1: Transfer to Mbale, Budadiri Tourism Center
Day 2: Hike to Sasa Camp (2,900m)
Day 3: Hike from Sasa to Mude Camp (3,500m)
Day 4: Hike from Mude Camp to Wagagai Peak (4321m)
Day 5: Descend from Mude Camp to Budadiri. Stay at Lacam Lodge
Day 6: Return Trip to Kampala
Trip Itinerary for the 6 Days Mount Elgon Hike
Day 1: Transfer to Mbale, Budadiri Tourism center.Uganda mountaineering safari
Day 2: 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 arranging the guide and porters, with food and camping gear, you start walking to Sasa River Camp (2.900 m) for the dinner and overnight. The distance is about 8 km. and takes average 7 to 8 hours walk. Altitude in a day: 1.700m.
Day 3: From Sasa camp to Mude Camp (3.500m)
After breakfast at the camping site, proceed through the forest to Mude Cave Campsite for dinner and overnight. It will take you 4 to 5 hours walk to reach the campsite. Altitude of the day: 600m.
Day 4: From Mude Camp to Wagagayi 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. The distance is 8 to 9 hours walk Altitude of the day: 820m.
Day 5: From Mude Camp back to Budadiri
6 Days Mount Elgon hiking adventureAfter breakfast descend to Budadiri and transfer to Sipi Falls. Overnight at Lacam Lodge.
Day 6: Departure
Return Trip to Kampala to end the 6 Days Mount Elgon Hike
End of the Tour
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Tour Cost Inclusions
• Full time English speaking guide
• Hiking permit
• Accommodation & meals
• Bottled drinking water
• Government taxes
• All activities included in the itinerary
• Park entrance fees
Tour Cost Exclusions
• Extra activities not in the itinerary
• Alcoholic beverages
• Personal shopping
Other activities to do in Mountain Elgon National Park include;
Visitors to Mountain Elgon National Park can make extended hikes to the summit, take day/half day walks through the forest, cultural encounters among others
Forest walks. The park has various trails of varying length to explore the forest, the trails pass via caves, water fall, communities for cultural encounters and watching various primates and bird species.
Sipi Falls Hiking
Sipi falls hike is another great activity to do on your visit to Mountain Elgon National Park, at Sipi falls you will have an opportunity to see the river as it plunges over three sets of basalt cliffs during its decent to the plains beneath, great for other activities like sunset watching, abseiling and hiking.
Mountain Biking excursions range from casual exploration of many lovely trails in the vicinity to the challenging Elgon Enduro which is hosted by Sipi River lodge and the local communities
This is as well done at Sipi Falls. Many basalt cliffs around Sipi falls have been bolted and can safely be climbed giving you a great challenge
Coffee tour is one of the best activities to do on your visit to Mountain Elgon National Park, the mount environs is one of the areas in Uganda where finest coffee is grown and produced the major type of coffee grown here is Arabica coffee. On this coffee tour you will take a guided tour with a local guide to a coffee garden to see how coffee is grown up to when it is harvest at the end of the tour you will also taste the locally grown coffee with a cup of coffee and have options to buy as well.
Mountain Elgon areas is home to four tribes making it great for cultural encounter, it has various cultures for cultural encounters including the local Bagisu, Masaba among others. The great event here is the Embalu which includes circumcising men using local means this attracts any tourists to see this historical cultural event every year.
Mountain Elgon National Park has over 300 recorded bird species making it one of a great bird destination in Uganda, bird species include Black-collared apalis, Green tinkerbird, Jackson’s fracolin, Verreaux’s Eagle, Black collared apalis and Endangered Lammergeier.
How to access Mountain Elgon National Park?
Mountain Elgon National Park is 235km drive from Kampala, you will drive East of Kampala via Jinja and proceed to Mbale town. The drive time from Kampala to Mountain Elgon National Park is approximately 3-4 hours. Mountain Elgon can also be accessed from Kidepo National Park in the north Eastern Uganda, having stops via Pian Upe Wildlife Reserve is also recommended for those driving from Kidepo National Park to Mountain Elgon National Park.
Lodges in Mountain Elgon National Park
Lodge options where to stay in Mountain Elgon National Park you can stay in range from budget, mid-range to luxury. Budget options include Sipi River Lodge Camp Site among others fares range from 90-100 dollars a night per person, mid-range options include Sipi River Lodge among others fares range from 100-200 dollars a night per person and then Luxury options Mbale Resort Hotel among others fares range from 200-400 dollars a night per person.
Best time to visit Mountain Elgon National Park
The best time to visit Mountain Elgon National Park is during the dry months of December to February and then June to October during this time the roads accessing the park are dry and driving through is easy compared to wet season of March to May and Later October to November, this time also offers great hiking environment. However, the park can as well be visited throughout the year and you will be able to do the above activities in Mountain Elgon National Park.
Why book your 6 Days Mount Elgon Hike with Eco Adventure Safaris
Eco Adventure Safaris offers amazing hiking tours to Mountain Elgon in Eastern Uganda. Contact us here for our discounted packages and also tailor-made trips. Our magic in organizing authentic experiences stems from the fact that we have over time assembled a team mixed with young and energetic staff guided by well-experienced mature managers and directors who are Ugandans and passionate about what they do. Eco Adventure Safaris is highly rated and reviewed on trip Advisor to help you learn on the experiences of the other travelers who have traveled with us. Contact us here for detailed information about the 6 Days Mount Elgon Hike.