15 Days Uganda Mountain Hiking Tour

15 Days Uganda Mountain Hiking Tour will take you to Mountain Elgon National park for a Mountain Hiking Tour for mountain trekking and adventure tour to Sipi falls in Sipi. You will then transfer to Rwenzori mountains in western Uganda for A mountain trekking tour to the top of the mountain.

The 15 Days Uganda Mountain Hiking Tour will take you for a mountain gorilla trekking tour in Bwindi Impenetrable national park and a lake Bunyonyi tour for a relaxation and birding trip.

At 4,000km² Mt. Elgon has the largest volcanic base in the world. Located on the Uganda-Kenya border it is also the oldest and largest solitary, volcanic mountain in East Africa.

Its vast form, 80km in diameter, rises more than 3,000m above the surrounding plains. The mountain’s cool heights offer respite from the hot plains below, with the higher altitudes providing a refuge for flora and fauna.

Mount Elgon National Park is home to over 300 species of birds, including the endangered Lammergeyer. The higher slopes are protected by national parks in Uganda and Kenya, creating an extensive transboundary conservation area that has been declared a UNESCO Man & Biosphere Reserve.

A climb on Mt. Elgon’s deserted moorlands unveils a magnificent and uncluttered wilderness without the summit-oriented approach common to many mountains: the ultimate goal of reaching the top of Mt. Elgon is not the final ascent to the 4321m Wagagai Peak, but the descent into the vast 40km² calderas.

15 Days Uganda Mountain Hiking Tour: Safari Day by day

Day 1: Transfer to Mbale

On arrival in Uganda and our driver/guide will transfer you to Mbale for dinner and overnight at Lacam Lodge.

Day 2: 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 dinner and overnight. The distance is about 8 km. and takes an average 7 to 8 hours walk. Altitude in a day: 1.700m.

Day 3: From Sasa camp to Mude Camp (3.500m)

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. The distance of the day about 5 km. and 4 to 5 hours walk. Altitude of the day: 600m.

Day 4: From Mude Camp to Wagagay Peak (4321 m)

From Mude Camp to Wagagay Peak (4321 m) and return to Mude Continue with the walk through the moorland zone up to the main peak, Wagagai, and return to the Mude campsite for dinner and overnight.

The distance of the day: 18 km.and 8 to 9 hours walk. Altitude of the day: 820m.

Day 5: From Mude Camp back to Budadiri

From Mude Camp back to Budadiri After breakfast descend to Budadiri and back to Mbale. Later, transfer back to Kampala dinner and overnight at The Lodge.

Day 6: Transfer to Rwenzori Transfer to Kasese, lunch in Fort portal town.

Transfer to Rwenzori Transfer to Kasese, lunch in Fort portal town. Dinner and overnight at Hotel Margherita.

Day 7: Start of the Weismann’s and Stella Peaks

Start of the Weismann’s and Stella Peaks – 6-day trek The trek starts from Kyanjuki, which is situated 1,450 meters above sea level and 12-kilometers from Kasese at around 9 am. You will be briefed by your guides at the UWA rangers post at 1,727 meters.

We start by walking up the valley floor through tall forest trees of the Afro Montane Forest Zone. In this beautiful environment, you will be able to see a variety of Flora and Fauna. Sleep at Sine Hut – 2,585 meters Sleep at Sine Hut – 2,585 meters

Day 8: From Sine Hut 2,585 meters to Mutinda Camp 3,925 meters

After a good breakfast, trekking starts at 8.30 am to Kalalama Camp at 3,147 meters through the Bamboo-Mimulopsis Zone which is a steep climb. Reaching Kalalama Camp take a rest and a quick cup of tea or coffee before heading on to Mutinda Camp.

The trail meanders up and over several small knolls along a ridge top then drops down the side of the valley before climbing again, and in doing so cross several small streams and passing close to moss covered waterfalls.

The trail twists and turns as you climb up the deep valley, which has an enormous variety of plants and flowers. Eventually, you get to Mutinda Camp which is set near a small river that drops off a waterfall and offers a chance to wash, refresh and relax or, you may wish to climb up to the top of the Mutinda Lookout (one and a half hours up and one hour down).

Day 9: 4.9km starting at 3,688 meters climbing to 4,062 meters

4.9km starting at 3,688 meters climbing to 4,062 meters You cross the Mutinda valley through the tussock grass and everlasting flowers interspersed with many Giant Lobelias before climbing a steep section up to the Namusangi Valley (3,840 meters), which ends abruptly with sheer waterfalls and fantastic views of Mutinda Peaks.

The trail climbs steadily to Bugata Camp at 4,062 meters. Bugata Camp has good facilities, solar lights, good toilets and bathrooms where the guides may prepare some warm water in a basin for you to wash.

Bugata also has a helipad (GPS reading N 18.312 E29 53.457) in case of any need for rescue by helicopter.

Day 10: Climb Weismann’s Peak 4,620 meters and Stella Peak 4,626 meters 3.7km to Weismann’s Peak then another 800 meters to Stella Peak and return.

Total distance 9km 4 to 6 hours. The trek starts by walking across the hillside below high cliffs above Bugata Lake then around a ridge point to Lake Kopello.

The last section to the peak is steep on solid rock and can be difficult when snowing or iced up and it may be necessary to use ropes for safety. On a clear day, you get fantastic views of all the main peaks, Mt Stanley, Mt Speke, and Mt Baker.

The top of Weismann’s Peak is relativity flat or dome-shaped with deep moss growing on the rocks creating a beautiful atmosphere.

For those who want to climb the highest point, we can take a gentle walk across the moss-covered domed shaped ridge to Stella Peak 4,626 meters. Return to Bugata Camp. Sleep at Bugata Camp.

Day 11: Descend to either Kiharo Camp 3,460 meters 4.9km starting at 3,688 meters climbing to 4,062 meters

Descend to either Kiharo Camp 3,460 meters or Samalira Camp 3,170 meters Early morning set off around Lake Bugata and the outlet of Kopello Lake then climb 200 meters to the confluence of the two valleys.

The valley is home to many Red Forest Duiker (Cephalophuc nigrifrons rubidus) At night you may stay in Kiharo Camp at 3,460 meters an area rich in evergreen plants and babbling streams. At night the air is filled with the calls of the rock hyrax as they sit in the rocky cliffs high above.

Day 12: After a hearty breakfast

After a hearty breakfast, you walk down the valley which is home to many species of birds who dive in and out the thick vegetation.

After descending a few kilometers you climb two hundred meters height to a ridge overlooking the valley before crossing several small valleys and streams to Kyalavula. Samalira Camp 3,147 meters is situated in a closed valley at the top of several waterfalls and is the alternative to sleeping In Kihara Camp.

From here you descend down a long ridge, through the Bamboo-Mimulopsis Zone and Afro Montane Forest Zone back down to base camp in Kilembe. Dinner and overnight at Hotel Margherita.

Day 13: Transfer to Bwindi Impenetrable NP Transfer to Bwindi

Transfer to Bwindi Impenetrable NP Transfer to Bwindi, have lunch en-route and continue to the park. Dinner and overnight Buhoma Community.

Day 14: The encounter with mountains gorillas

Morning briefing from the rangers at 8.00 am before you enter the gorilla sanctuary. The thrill of your encounter will erase the difficulties of the potentially strenuous trek.

Bring jungle boots and rain jackets because the park is often wet. Spend time in awe watching the gorillas go about their activities. Each encounter is different and has its own rewards, but you are likely to enjoy the close view of adults feeding, grooming and resting as the youngsters’ frolic and swing from vines in a delightfully playful display.

A recently proclaimed World Heritage site, it’s one of the most biologically diverse areas on earth and its unique, precious flora sustains roughly half of the world population of mountain gorillas – believed to number just 600.

There’s also a substantial chimpanzee population and research shows that Bwindi is the only forest in Africa in which these two apes live together. Dinner and overnight Buhoma Community.

Day 15: Departure After an early breakfast, return to Kampala for departure.

End of the 15 Days Uganda Mountain Hiking Tour

Safari Highlights

Day 1: Transfer to Mbale

Day 2: From Budadiri to Sasa Camp (2.900m)

Day 3: From Sasa camp to Mude Camp (3.500m)

Day 4: From Mude Camp to Wagagay Peak (4321 m)

Day 5: From Mude Camp back to Budadiri

Day 6: Transfer to Rwenzori Transfer to Kasese, lunch in Fort portal town.

Day 7: Start of the Weismann’s and Stella Peaks

Day 8: From Sine Hut 2,585 meters to Mutinda Camp 3,925 meters

Day 9: 4.9km starting at 3,688 meters climbing to 4,062 meters

Day 10: Climb Weismann’s Peak 4,620 meters and Stella Peak 4,626 meters 3.7km to Weismann’s Peak then another 800 meters to Stella Peak and return.

Day 11: Descend to either Kiharo Camp 3,460 meters 4.9km starting at 3,688 meters climbing to 4,062 meters

Day 12: After a hearty breakfast

Day 13: Transfer to Bwindi Impenetrable NP Transfer to Bwindi

Day 14: The encounter with mountains gorillas

Day 15: Departure After an early breakfast, return to Kampala for departure.

Safari Inclusions & Exclusions

Services included

  • Airport transfer
  • Full board accommodation excluding drinks
  • Ground transportation by 4×4 Land Cruiser or minibus
  • Gorilla and chimp permits
  • English speaking Driver/Guide
  • Hiking fees, Sipi falls and Rwenzori
  • Entrance fees, taxes
  • All activities that have been mentioned directly on the itinerary

Services not included

  • International flights
  • Visas (visa for Uganda 100$).
  • Tips for hotels, drivers, guides, etc.
  • Drinks in general, extras in hotels, personal expenses.
  • Other optional activities that can be made during the tour and not included in the itinerary.

VISA: A visa is needed for Uganda. Passport with a minimum validity of 6 months is needed. The price is $50 (valid for one month and a unique entrance). The visa is issued at the airport on arrival.

TRANSPORT: We use 4×4 land cruisers or minibus vehicles. The vehicles have a pop–up roof and each client will have window access.

DRINKS: The meals will be provided with mineral water for the clients. Other drinks taken are at the expense of the client.

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