Overview: 8 Days Mountain Elgon Climbing

Mount Elgon is an extinct Volcano last erupted about 24 million years ago. This Volcano has big area of about 80km . Mount Elgon is the 3rd highest mountain in east Africa, and the 2nd highest mountain in Uganda and the highest peak is called Wagagai peak.  It has a caldera , a collapsed crater covering over 4o km on the top of the mountain. While ascending mountain Elgon , will go through four distinct forest layer types – the lush montane forest where you find the peak, mixed bamboo belt, the fascinating heath and moorland., the most rare and endemic plant species like the giant Lobelia Elgonesis and dotted clusters , will also go through the dense shrubs and brilliant wild everlasting flowers.

Safari Outline: 8 Days Mountain Elgon Climbing
Day 1:  Kampala- Mbale town
Day 2: Mount Elgon – Day 1 hiking
Day 3: Mount Elgon – Day 2 hiking
Day 4: Mount Elgon – Day 3 hiking
Day 5: Mount Elgon – Day 4 hiking
Day 6: Mount Elgon – Day 5 hiking
Day 7: Mount Elgon – Jinja
Day 8: Day for white water rafting

Day 1 :  Kampala- Mbale Town
After breakfast depart from Kampala. Drive to the eastern part of the country stopping in Jinja and continue to Mbale town. Visit Mt. Elgon National Park offices in Mbale for briefing, after carryout food shopping in town to supplement what you have and proceed to Budadiri. Check-in at Rose Last Chance Hotel.

Day 2: Mount Elgon – Day 1 hiking
After breakfast clear with park offices, rangers, porters before starting the climb. You will follow the Sasa trail, which is the less difficult and convenient trail to access the peaks. The trail passes through the largest area of bamboo forest in the park, continues through the Mude cliffs and crosses River Sasa. Overnight will be at Mude Cave Camp.

Day 3: Mount Elgon – Day 2 hiking
After breakfast, continue with hiking. The climb takes you over Jackson’s pool before making it to Wagagai peak (4321m) or Jackson peak (4165m). This will be one of your longest days while on this trail as you struggle to reach the summit. Return to Mude camp for overnight.

Day 4: Mount Elgon – Day 3 hiking
Visit the Caldera with collapsed peaks on top of the mountain stretching over 40 km. This is believed to be one of the biggest caldera in the world. Descend to overnight at Kagyenyi camp any other camp depending on the guide’s advice.

Day 5: Mount Elgon – Day 4 hiking
Hike to the hot springs and Suam gorge and descend to overnight Mude camp.

Day 6: Mount Elgon – Day 5 hiking
Descend following the Sasa trail. It may be steep but it will not be long. Overnight at Rose Last Chance Hotel in Budadiri town.

Day 7: Mount Elgon – Jinja
After breakfast drive to Mbale for lunch. After lunch drive to Jinja, Overnight.
Day 8: Day for white water rafting

Today will join other people booked for rafting. Raft the whole day. Lunch will be served on the way. At the end will be served a barbeque to welcome you out of water. Then I will be driven to Kampala. End of safari.

Pease notes the safari cost include:
-meals and accommodation
-full-time safari driver/guides,
-park entry fees, forest guiding walks, all activities while on safari
and the applicable Government Taxes.
-4×4 wheel drive vehicle with gas
-Mount Elgon hiking
-White water rafting
Excluded are:
-Drinks, your bar bills, phone calls, personal insurance and any other services of a personal nature like souvenirs tips and laundry etc.

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