Uganda, The Mountain Climber's Dream
Some of Africa’s highest and scenic points are in Uganda! Magherita, for instance, the third highest point on the continent is in located in South-Western Uganda. For lovers of mountain climbing, Uganda has a packed and enthralling menu. Stand on an awesome peak in the ‘Pearl of Africa’ and behold lush expanses of nature, grand heritage and rich history!
Africa Sceneries has suitable options for you, including those for the experienced and inexperienced climbers, or for those short of time to choose from. For instance, the apex of conical-shaped Virunga volcanoes in Mgahinga Gorilla National Park offers breath-taking panoramic views of Uganda, Rwanda and the DR Congo.
To the east of the country, Uganda, elegant Mount Elgon along the Uganda-Kenya border is a guaranteed exhilarating experience for climbers. Weaving one’s way to its peak, Wagagai is a 4-7 days’ adventure. This calls more for guts than mountaineering experience on the part of the climber. The reward for such guts is a refreshing up-mountain trek though wonderful forest scenery, natural pools and ancient caves.
Undertaken in an even year, a sojourn up Mount Elgon presents an adventurer with a peek into the unique culture of the native Bamasaba people. You will behold peculiar drum beats, high-pitched songs and rhythmical dance patterns that climax with male circumcision (without anesthesia)! It is a revered mandatory ritual, through which the fearless boys transit to manhood and has been practiced here through the generations from time immemorial.
The ultimate climbers’ challenge in Uganda is taking on the Rwenzori Mountains (mountains of the moon), Africa's highest mountain ‘chain’. This is a 9-day fantasy adventure. Climbers will enjoy the breath-taking forest canopy of the lower slopes as they scale the heights further up. The sojourn climaxes with a conqueror’s sigh at the snow-capped equatorial Magherita peak - a truly unforgettable experience! Recommended: Visit Africa Sceneries’ Volcano and Mountain Climbing web-page to place your booking today!
CLIMBING THE MARVELS OF MGAHINGA GORLLA NATIONAL PARK
The three mountain volcanoes in Mgahinga Gorilla National Park can be accessed by climbers. It, for instance takes about eight hours to climb up the steep 14km leading up to the peak of Mt. Sabinyo, at 3,669m.
It takes around six hours to ascend and descend Mt. Gahinga (3,474m), topped by a swamp-filled crater and giant lobelia. Occasionally, climbers may spot golden monkeys frolicking through the branches of the thick bamboo forests.
Mt. Muhavura is the highest peak at 4,127m, and this 12km round trip takes around eight hours. Once at the top, hikers are rewarded, on a clear day, with panoramic views of the Virunga Volcanoes, Lake Edward, Bwindi Impenetrable Forest and the peak of the Rwenzori Mountains.
CLIMBING THE MOUNT ELGON/VOLCANO
Many travellers find Mt. Elgon an exciting alternative to the more strenuous climbs in East Africa. It is easier to access throughout the year, less congested and has many of the same attractions, with a milder climate and lower elevation. Getting to the Wagagai peak requires no special equipment or technical experience.
The Sasa trail is the shortest but toughest route to the peaks, traversing the community land and allowing you to explore Bamasaba farming settlements and culture. The round trip takes four days and starts at Budadiri town at an elevation of 1,250m. The toughest climb of over 1,600m is completed on the first day, before crossing the park's largest area of bamboo forest and passing Jackson's Pool on the way to Wagagai Peak.
The Sipi trail (four to six days, 56km round trip) starts at 2,050m at the Kapkwai Forest Exploration Centre. It is the longest trail to the peaks, passing through the northwestern mountainside through Tutum Cave to enter the caldera and reach Wagagai Peak. The trail begins gently, but becomes tougher on the third day from Kajeri Camp.
The Piswa trail (seven days, 49km round trip) is long and the most gentle of the trails. Starting at the village of Kapkwata on the north side of the mountain, it traverses the soft wood plantation to the Podocarpus forest. It’s notable for its rich wildlife and spectacular views of the Karamoja plains in Uganda and the Nandi and Kapeguria hills in Kenya. The Piswa trail also passes the hot springs on the way to the caldera and the Wagagai peak.
Alternative Elgon hiking options
The various routes can be combined, ascending the Sipi/Piswa/Sasa Trail and descending along the Sasa/Sipi Trail for example. This allows a traverse of the caldera and a visit to the hot springs.
Trans-boundary hike/cross border tourism: The higher slopes of Mount Elgon are shared with an adjacent national park in Kenya and a trans-boundary hike can be arranged. After ascending to the caldera with a UWA guide, climbers cross the border to descend with a Kenya Wildlife Service escort.
MOUNTAIN/ VOLCANO CLIMBING IN RWENZORI MOUNTAINS
The Central Circuit Trail: This challenging, seven-day climb provides a circular tour of the high Rwenzori. From the trailhead at Mihunga, the route ascends the Bujuku Valley via Nyabitaba for acclimatization before reaching the peaks. Clients joining the Central Circuit after Bujuku will traverse the Scott Elliot and Freshfield passes to descend through the Mubuku Valley.
Mountain Climbing Safari: 10 Days Rwenzori Trekking Safari Adventure
Kilembe Trail: The recently reopened Kilembe Trail ascends the southern slopes of the Rwenzori from a trailhead at Kilembe near the town of Kasese. The route along the lovely Nyamwamba Valley passes glacial lakes and some stunning viewpoints before joining the Central Circuit at Lake Kitandara.
Africa Sceneries will arrange for you a reward trek through the Rwenzoris worth every penny and climbing effort! We’ll liaise with our cherished partners to give you an climbing adventure that brings dreams to life.
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