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“Beautiful views”

Reviewed April 26, 2014

Came as a group of friends and went with a guide along one of the routes. The climb was really taxing, especially due to the heat. But once we got there the views made up for it! Absolutely stunning! On the way down we saw several monkeys in the trees which we found pretty cool.
So beautiful and would do it all again in a heartbeat!

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Reviewed March 29, 2014

This is not a very high mountain and it is an easy one to climb, compared to other mountains. The mountain is blessed with tropical forests, caves, animals such as monkeys and a variety of Flora along the slopes.
Traditionally, the most popular destination on the Mt. Elgon are the Sipi Falls that drop 100m to the foothill from an altitude of 1,775m on Sipi River that flows from the upper slopes of the mountain.
The mountain can be climbed during the periods; December to April and June to August , however November to December is advised since its the season when plants are flowering. Since the mountain is not so high, the risk of contacting diseases related to altitude is not so common. It is advised to travel with jungle boots and heavy clothing since it is pretty cold and sometimes wet up the slopes of the mountain.
I had a great holiday time with far-look safaris and tours uganda.

3  Thank Sseggembe M
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Reviewed October 9, 2013

Forget the clamour of the organised climb up Mt. Kili or Kenya. Elgon is an amazing and fairly untrodden alternative. Unbelievable scenery, flora and fauna; incredibly friendly and helpful locals - an authentic taste of the heart of Africa. Although very physically demanding it's mainly a non-technical climb and isn't quite high enough to be a serious risk regarding altitude sickness so ideal for the first serious step on the way to becoming an amateur explorer.

By the way, don't forget to bring back an everlasting flower as proof of your ascent to Wagagai Peak!

2  Thank SubstanceZip
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Reviewed August 5, 2013

This a beautiful National Park but it is also not a common tourist attraction so the paths are pretty underdeveloped which can create a for a challenging climb. At some times there is no path and you are left climbing over boulders and if it's rained recently it creates a very challenging, very slippery climb. The Uganda Wildlife Authority will provide you with guides and boda boda rides up to the onsite headquarters but keep in mind that there prices can add up (park entrance fee, hiking fee, guide fee, boda-boda fee, tips, etc.).

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Reviewed May 21, 2012

Is Mount Stanley a bit high? A bit too far away? Do you still want a satisfying climb that doesn’t require expert skills or equipment and is closer to home? Look no further than Mount Elgon. It’s the 7th highest mountain in Africa at 4,321m and the summit is readily accessible for climbers with limited experience.

Mt. Elgon National Park can be reached quickly by car or bus. Drive to the Ugandan Wildlife Authority (UWA) base outside Mbale town the day before you intend to climb, or take the Elgon Flyer bus service from Colville Street in Kampala. It is best to call the Elgon Flyer bus company to book before arrival (0772004321). Car parking at the base of the mountain is secure.

Payment has to be made before you climb so you’ll want to have thought through your route before you arrive. Entry into the national park is $90/person/day for foreign visitors and tourists (60,000 UGX for East Africans) payable the first day of the ascent. Camping is 15,000 UGX per night, and around 15,000 UGX per day per porter (carrying your own equipment is not recommended). Porters carry cooking equipment and cook for you, but they don’t provide the food so remember to bring this with you! You will also need to bring your own warm clothing, hiking boots, tent, and sleeping bag.

The simplest, and fastest, way up the mountain is the Sasa trail leaving from Budadiri. Get a boda to the matatu stages in Mbale or a matatu to Budadiri for a few thousand UGX. At Budadiri, you will be dropped off at Rose’s Last Chance which is worth the visit in itself. It is a cheap stay, but the cost is not included in your park fee.

The first morning’s climb is steep and quick. This involves the “wall of death” – so named for the frayed local ropes that, in previous years, was the only way to climb it. Fortunately, the UWA installed sturdy staircases up the cliff face several years ago, so porters can almost run up the mountain and you’ll feel the name is no longer deserved.

Above this, it is a straight, steep path through rainforest and the bamboo zone to the lunar landscape above. There is an option to stop at a campsite at about 3000m for your first night on the mountain, and then proceed to the summit base camp, Mude, the following day. However, alternatively you can trek straight up to Mude, rest the night and strike out for the summit, Wagagai, the following morning. Regardless, it is best to reach the summit in the morning, owing to cloud cover after midday. Descending you’ll have the choice to return by the Sasa Trail or head onwards across the caldera.

For those on a budget, a 3-day trip going up the Sasa Trail and down again is the best bet. This may even be doable in two days in the dry season, if you are very fit, and can cope with fast increases in altitude. This is not recommended and could result in an unpleasant trip. Paths in the wet season become slow and tedious. For more time in the caldera, the best option would be a four-to-five day trip; ascending on the Sasa Trail, traversing the highest points of the range, descending on the Sipi Trail, and finishing at the stunning Sipi Falls. This is at least a 50km walk over steeply undulating terrain, but at no point is any technical mountaineering involved.

After the descent it is easy to get a matatu from any of the trailheads back to Mbale to pick up your car, or bus back to Kampala.

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