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 1 -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.
he trekking circuit of Mount Elgon
Trekking 1. Sipi Trail 5 days 4 nights
This trail is easier and more gradual and it passes through interesting sites like Tutum cave.
Day 1 – From Kapkway to Tutum Camp (2667m)
In the morning from Mbale, passing via Sipi, you will reach Kapkway Exploration Center, UWA headquarters. After organising the porters with the food supplies and camping gear, you start walking up to Tutum Cave Camp (2667m) through montane and bamboo forest led by the guides. Tutum cave is hidden within the forest. Dinner and overnight. Distance covered: 11 km. Altitude of the day: 900m.
Day 2 – From Tutum Camp to Kajeri Camp (3383m)
After breakfast proceed the hike to Kajeri Camp (3383m) for dinner overnight. Distance covered: 17 km. Altitude of the day: 900m.
Day 3 – From Kajery Camp to Mude Camp (3.500m)
After breakfast walk slowly down after Muyembe camp to Mude cave Camp (3.500m), where you join the Sasa Trial. Dinner and overnight. Distance ocovered: 25 km. Altitude of the day: 120 m.
Day 4 – From Mude Camp to Wagagay Peak (4321 m) and return to Mude
After breakfast you walk through the moorland zone up to the main peak, Wagagai, and return to the Mude campsite for dinner and overnight. Distance covered: 18 km. Altitude of the day: 820m.
Day 5 – From Mude Camp descend to Budadiri
The trekking ends descending to Budadiri, the gate of the national park nearby Mbale.
Trekking 2. Sasa Trail 4 days 3 nights
Sasa trail is the fastest way to the main peak. However on the first day the ascent is particularly tough and rugged rugged for over 1600m.
Day 1 – 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 covered is about 8 km. and takes average 7 to 8 hours walk. Altitude of the day: 1.700m.
Day 2 – 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 covered is about 5 km. and 4 to 5 hours walk. Altitude of the day: 600m.
Day 3 – From Mude Camp to Wagagay Peak (4321 m) and return to Mude
After breakfast you walk through the moorland zone up to the main peak, Wagagai, and return to the Mude campsite for dinner and overnight. Distance covered: 18 km.and 8 to 9 hours walk. Altitude of the day: 820m.
Day 4 – From Mude Camp back to Budadiri
After breakfast descend to Budadiri and back to Mbale.
NOTE:Both Sipi and Sasa trails can be combained to make a seven day- full package on request.
Required equipment and organization of the hike
Required equipment for the hike: rucksack, sleeping bag for low temperature and sleeping mat, one plate, cutlery, mug, knife, trekking shoes, poncho or rain coat, heavy warm jacket, hand gloves, scarf and hat, one jumper, a torch.
How the hike is organized: The group or the individual person is accompanied by a Guide and by one “porters”, who has the duty of transporting some of the luggage for up to 18kg per person (the rest is extra luggage and it will be chargeable at extra cost). Acacia Safaris provides the food menu, cooking equipment, tents and camping gears. The cook will help organizing food while the porter will help in the camping. Drinking water will be found in the mountain, however it is advised to bring disinfecting tablets.
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