Mountain Climbing in Uganda, Mountain Elgon National park in Uganda
Go Mountain Climbing and Hiking along Mountain Elgon located with in Mountain Elgon National Park located East of Uganda traversing both the Uganda and Kenyan border.
Mountain Elgon is the most popular attraction in the park due to the number of travelers that transfer to the park to hike to the highest point i.e Wagagai Peak on Mountain Elgon.
The Hiking process is quite challenging though very rewarding when you reach Wagaggi Peak and getting requires you to transfer along various trails that lead you to the summit.
Best Time to Hike Mountain Elgon in Uganda
Hiking to the top of Mountain Elgon at Wagagai Peak is very appropriate during the dry season due to simple navigation through the vegetation zones, the trails are clear, photography is clear etc.
There are 2 dry seasons in the county and these are experienced in the months of mid December-March and June- July.
Book your safari during these months to encounter, adventure and experience the best of Uganda’s Mountains.
Trails that lead to Wagagai Peak on Mountain Elgon in Uganda
Travelers around the world find Mountain Elgon a very appropriate substitute to the more vigorous climbs in East Africa with various attractions, placid climate and lower elevation which does not require any equipment/ technical experience to get to the top but rather determination and interest. Take on one of the trails below to experience the best of the Mountain.
The Sasa trail
This is the shortest and most difficult to trail to the peaks requiring one to cross the community land so as to discover the unique BaMasaba farming settlements and culture.
This entire trip takes 4 days and begins from Budadiri town at an elevation of 1,250m.
The most difficult climb is at an elevation of more than 1,600m and this usually ends on the first day before crossing the park’s vast area of bamboo forest. While on the trail, you will pass via Jackson’s Pool then move forward to Wagagai Peak.
The Sipi trail
This trail takes 4-6 days in a 56km round trip and begins at the Kapkwai Forest Exploration Centre at 2,050m.
It is the longest trail to the peaks and goes through the North western mountainside via Tutum Cave to enter the caldera then proceed towards Wagagai Peak.
This starts smoothly then becomes quite difficult on the third day from Kajeri Camp.
The Piswa trail
this trail takes 7 days about a 49km round trip and is long and very tender to trail.
It begins from the village of Kapkwata situated along the northern slopes of the mountain crossing the moderate wood plantation to the Podocarpus forest.
This trail is known for its rich wildlife species and wonderful views of the Karamoja Plains, Nandi and Kapeguris hills in Kenya. This also goes through the hot springs on the way to the caldera and the peaks.
What to Carry For the Mountain Elgon Hike
- Waterproof camping gear
- Hiking boots
- Woolen Gardening Gloves
- Warm light clothing
- Rain jacket
- Good Camera