7-Day Mount Elgon Hike (Sipi Trail)
This ancient volcano, now extinct, represents one of Uganda’s most enduring natural landmarks. It erupted for the first time approximately 24 million years ago. In the past, Mt Elgon stood as the highest mountain in Africa, surpassing even the current elevation of Kilimanjaro at 5,895 meters. However, over countless centuries, erosion has reduced its height to 4,321 meters, making it the fourth-highest peak in East Africa and the eighth-highest on the entire continent. Mt Elgon is inhabited by two distinct tribes, the Bagisu and the Sabiny, while the marginalized Ndorobos are compelled to live deep within the Benet forest. Besides hiking on Mt Elgon, you can also enjoy the excitement of white water rafting on the Nile River in Jinja.
Trekking Day-by-Day Itinerary:
Day 1: To Sipi Falls
We left the airport the day before after being picked up, and after breakfast, we headed to the Kapchorwa district, where Sipi River Lodge is situated. Three waterfalls known as Sipi Falls are located in Eastern Uganda, close to the Kenyan border, on the outskirts of Mount Elgon National Park. After lunch in Mbale, take a drive to the resort so you may unwind there.
Day 2: In Sipi FallsDay
You can choose from a range of activities on this day, such a guided walk around Sipi village to learn about the locals’ culture or a trek to the Sipi waterfalls. The people who live here are known as the Bagisu, and they speak a dialect of the Lumasaba language known as Lugisu, which is fully understood by the Bukusu and other dialects. The Imbalu, a circumcision rite performed on the Bagisu or Bamasaba, takes place every two years in August.
Day 3: To Budadiri/Bumasola
We drive you to the trail head in Budadiri / Bumasola after one night at the lodge, where you begin your ascent of Mount Elgon. The trailhead’s initial section winds through the hillside settlements above Budadiri. The trail continues climbing as it reaches the National Park and immediately ascends the Wall of Death! This is just a steep portion where UWA has built a succession of ladders, ramps, and boardwalks into the cliffs, despite the visual evoking horror. After a demanding first day, you arrive at Mude Caves Camp (1770m – 3500m) to recuperate and set up camp.
Day 4: To Summit of Wagagai
After hiking to the peak of Wagagai on the second day, you return to the camp (3500m – 4321m – 3500m). Unobtrusively high at the edge of the crater rim, Wagagai Peak offers breathtaking views across the wide, echoey plains of the Caldera and out into Kenya. To reach it, you must trek a few kilometers along the rim. The stroll back to Maude Camp is not too long, giving you time to enjoy the tranquil surroundings and discover the many lake pools located across the slope.
Day 5: Back to Budadiri/Bumasola
After climbing to the summit of Mount Elgon, also known as The Summit of Wagagai, on day three, you return to Bumasola. We will pick you up and transport you back to Sipi River Lodge where you can enjoy a hot shower, a substantial meal, and a well-earned drink in recognition of your achievement.
Day 6: To Jinja Rafting Base
You will depart for Jinja Rafting Base early in the morning following breakfast. You will experience an entirely new kind of adventure on a visit to the River Nile. Activities in Jinja include quad biking, horseback safaris, bungee jumping, white water rafting, and village visits (all of which can be scheduled).
Day 7: White Water Rafting
As you arrive at the rafting base, you can have a cup of coffee and our delectable rafting breakfast while getting to know your fellow rafters and guides. Since rafting involves physical exertion, eat well. You will receive a briefing before being outfitted with helmets and life jackets and making your way to the starting spot downstream. You will receive thorough safety training once you reach the river’s side. As the river meanders through breathtaking landscapes, we lead the rafts into the formidable obstacles of some of the largest and safest white water rafting in the world. In order to guarantee your safety and optimum enjoyment, we pause before each of the rapids to explain the intended path. It is quite acceptable to join the safety boat at any moment or to stroll about and then rejoin the raft if that is how you feel most comfortable. The rapids are spaced between calm sections of water that are ideal for swimming, breath-taking, and soaking in the beauty.
Day 8: To Entebbe Airport via Kampala
After breakfast in the early morning, you will return from Jinja, in the eastern region of Uganda, to Kampala/Entebbe airport. You will arrive at Kampala/Entebbe Airport late afternoon after a lunch stop at the Sezibwa Falls.
End of Trekking
- Airport transfers
- Accommodation as per itinerary
- Park fees and permits
- Professional mountain guides and porters
- Meals during the trek
- Personal trekking equipment.
- Tips and gratuities.
- Personal expenses.
- Travel insurance.