Mount Elgon National Park Trekking Circuits

Duration: 

6 Days 5 Nights

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.

Treking Option  1. Sipi Trail 6 Days 5 Nights

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

Day 1: Transfer to Mbale

Early morning transfer to Mbale arriving on time for lunch, dinner and overnight at Protea Hotel

Day 2 – From Kapkway to Tutum Camp (2667m)

In the morning from Mbale, passing via Sipi, you will reach Kapkway Exploration Center, UWA headquarter. After arranging the guide and porters, with food and camping gear, you start walking up to Tutum Cave Camp (2667m) through montane and bamboo forest. Tutum cave is spectacular hidden with-in the forest. Dinner and overnight. Distance of the day: 11 km. Altitude of the day: 900m. 

Day 3 – From Tutum Camp to Kajeri Camp (3383m)

 Proceed the hike to Kajeri Camp (3383m) for dinner overnight. Distance of the day: 17 km. Altitude of the day: 900m. 

Day 4 – From Kajery Camp to Mude Camp (3.500m)

Walk slowly down after Muyembe camp to Mude cave Camp (3.500m), where you join the Sasa Trial. Dinner and overnight. Distance of the day: 25 km. Altitude of the day: 120 m. 

Day 5 – From Mude Camp to Wagagay Peak (4321 m) and return to Mude

Continue the walk through the moorland zone up to the main peak, Wagagai, and return to the Mude campsite for dinner and overnight. Distance of the day: 18 km. Altitude of the day: 820m. 

Day 6– From Mude Camp descend to Budadiri

The trekking ends descending to Budadiri, the gate of the national park nearby Mbale.Transfer back to Kampala for dinner and overnight or departure from Entebbe International Airport.

Trekking Option 2. Sasa Trial 5days 4 nights 

Sasa trial is the fastest way to the main peak, however on the first day is particularly tough with rugged climb of over 1600m.

Day 1: Transfer to Mbale

Early morning transfer to Mbale arriving on time for lunch, dinner and overnight.

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 until 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.Distance of the day about 5 km. and 4 to 5 hours walk. Altitude of the day: 600m. 

Day 4 – From Mude Camp to Wagagay Peak (4321 m) and return to Mude

Continue with the walk through the moorland zone up to the main peak, Wagagai, and return to the Mude campsite for dinner and overnight. Distance of the day: 18 km.and 8 to 9 hours walk. Altitude of the day: 820m. 

Day 5 – From Mude Camp Back to Budadiri

After breakfast descend to Budadiri and back to Mbale and transfer back to Kampala for dinner and overnight or Departure from Entebbe International Airport.

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