5 days – Mount Elgon trekking trip

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Description:

This 3-4 days trek takes you from Sipi at 1708 meters to Wagagai, the highest peak of Mount Elgon standing at 4321 meters above sea level on the oldest extinct volcano in east Africa at 24 million years of age. You will explore the mountain terrain to enjoy expanses of unique vegetation, breath taking scenery and caves. Common site is the lobelia Elgonensis, the everlasting flowers and many other eye catching flowers. Spot the colorful bird and insects unique to this habitat. In the forest zone, you may find some primates. Sitting on top of the mountain you will be rewarded with the view of the world’s largest and intact caldera. The trip takes four days of trekking plus the two days of transferring to and from the base camp. It is a camping trip and guest can choose to come with their own camping gear though we provide it within the price.

Day 1: Jinja – Mount Elgon: today, you arrive at the base of Mount Elgon.  Dinner and overnight at one of the following options based on availability: blue star homestay. Masai lodge or crow’s nest campsite.

Day 2: Sipi-Piswa Camp: After breakfast, with the 4wd car, you will transfer to kapkwata at 2190 meters above sea level, from where you will start your hike on the kapkwata trail. You will be exposed to a scenic route running through the bamboo, heather and moor land leading you to the piswa camp at 2850 meters, where you will have dinner and overnight camping.

Day 3: Piswa camp – Hunters cave Camp: Hike up to the edge of the caldera through beautiful pillars of the most unusual plant species including lobelia elgonensis. You will also find the wild everlasting flowers. Visit the hot springs and Suam gorge as you start to ascend to the hunters cave camp at 3850 meters. Dinner and overnight camping at hunters cave camp.

Day 4: Hunters cave Camp – Mude cave Camp: after breakfast, you ascend to the top of the caldera to the wagagai peak at 4321 meters. Descend thereafter through the jackson summit (4200 meter) and the Jackson pool to arrive at mude cave camp at 3500 meters. Dinner and camping at mude cave camp.

Day 5: Mude cave Camp – Kampala: Early morning, descend through the Sasa trail to Budadiri and then travel back to Mbale town. You will have lunch in Mbale and head to Kampala through Jinja or the next destination.

Price per person. 

  • 1 pax (1350$)
  • 2-3 pax (995$)
  • 4-5 Pax 850$
  • 6 pax (780$)

Includes:

  • Meals: All meals , Food and energy (gas), catering services on the mountains on the mountainsIncludes:
  • Activities: All park fees, rangers, Porters and guides on the mountains.
  • Accommodation: Camping gear, All night’s accommodation fees at the base camp and on the mountains
  • Transport: Private transport by road from and to Kampala to the base camp on the first and last days.

Excludes:

  • Personal materials such as clothing
  • Insurance cover
  • Bar drinks and extras at the hotel
  • Tips and laundry services
  • Uganda entry visa

Upgrade available on demand:

  • Single supplement
  • Arrival and departure transport
  • Accommodation hotel
  • Number of group participants

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