Mountain Climbing in Uganda, Climb Mountain Elgon in Uganda
Mountain Elgon National Park is located in the Eastern Part of Uganda covering an area of 1145 kms2 East of Mbale Town one of Uganda’s beautiful busy towns. The Park comprises of the prominent Mountain Elgon an exciting Hiking Destination in Uganda for all travelers interested in climbing to its highest point i.e Wagagai Peak.
Mountain Elgon is an extinct Volcano elevating to approximately 4,321 meters spanning both the Ugandan and Kenyan border
Various Rivers and Waterfalls await all hikers as they visit this remarkable National Park in Uganda while on holiday Adventures Tour. It also includes the Sipi Falls a destination that is worth visiting and adventuring for it comprises of three various waterfalls which include; Waterfall 1, Waterfall 2 and Waterfall 3 very suitable for all interested in Angling as they catch the Rainbow Sprout. These are very appropriate for anglers around the world who transfer here to fish the rare Rainbow Sprout.
The Peaks of Mountain Elgon
The Mountain comprises of five different peaks to be adventured by all kinds of hikers from all over the globe and these include;
- Wagagai (4,321 meters) in Uganda
- Sudek (4,302 meters) in Kenya/Uganda border
- Koitobos (4,222 meters) in Kenya
- Mubiyi (4,211 meters) in Uganda
- Masaba (4,161 meters) in Uganda.
Other than Mountain Climbing in Mountain Elgon National Park, travelers can engage in various other safari Adventure Activities which include; Bird Watching, Wildlife viewing as they view the beautiful Savannah Elephants, Rock Climbing, Hiking and Nature Walks, Cycling, and Sports Fishing as well as Cultural Encounters.
Alternatively, hikers can hike other Mountains and Volcanoes in Uganda other then Mountain Elgon and these include; the majestic Mountain Rwenzori located in the far Western Part of Uganda, Mount Gahinga Volcano, Mount Muhavura Volcano and Mount Sabinyo Volcano in Mgahinga National Park.
Climate of the Park
Mountain Elgon National Park is situated along the equator hence having equatorial Climate which comprises of both Wet and Dry seasons through out the year. This means that rains are expected to fall any time as well as the sun.
We advise all hikers to the top of MounainElgon to carry essential Gear/ wear to enjoy their hiking experience for it might rain anytime due to the varying unpredictable climate changes.
Travel to Uganda to hike the Mountain in the dry season for the trails are navigable and during the wet season, it is not advisable to go hiking due to the fact that the trails are slippery hence very challenging to navigate on.
Best Time to Hike Mountain Elgon in Uganda
Mountain Elgon can be hiked anytime around the year although the Best Time to Hike the Mountain is during the dry season in the months of June-August and December-March.
How to Get To the Park
The National Park is situated approximately 235 kms East from Kampala City and travelers can use road transport to get there.
Transfer from Kampala and proceed along the Jinja- Mbale Route for a distance of 3-4 hours. After a while driving, reach Mbale Town then transfer on a dirt road towards Kapchorwa.
Fees Paid at the Park
The Park Entry Fees to the Park vary from Foreign Non Residents, Foreign Residents and East African Residents.
Type of Person Cost
- Foreign Non Residents (FNR) – US $ 35 Per Person
- Foreign Resident (FR) – US $25 Per Person
- East African Resident (EAC) – 15,000 shs Per Person
Where to Stay at the Park in Uganda
A range of Accommodation Facilities are available to cater for all kinds of travelers that visit the Park to hike to Wagagai Peak. The safari lodges and Hotels include; Luxury, Midrange and Budget to cater for all kinds of travelers that visit the Park.
Interested in Hiking tours along the Mountain, don’t hesitate to confirm with us to offer you the best Hiking Adventure Tours in Uganda along Mountain Elgon as well as other Mountains around the country. Camping Sites are also available to cater for travelers interested in Camping.
Classic Hiking Safari Tours
- 3 Days Mountain Elgon Hiking Safari Tour
- 4 Days Mountain Elgon Safari Adventure
- 5 Days Mountain Elgon Hiking Adventure Tour
- 5 Days Mountain Elgon Climbing Tour
- 5 Days White Water Rafting & Mt Elgon
- 6 Days Sipi Falls & Mountain Elgon Safari Tour
- 9 Days Wildlife Safari Tour in Uganda
- 10 Days Jinja, Mountain Elgon & Nyero Rock Tour
Packing List to Hike Mountain Elgon
- Sleeping Bags
- Gardening Gloves
- Warm Clothing
- Trekking / Hiking Boots
- Flash Light
- Rain Jacket
- First Aid Kit
- Bottled Mineral Water
- Snacks and Food Supplies
- Sweater for Evenings
- A Pair of Shorts
- A Good Camera