3 Days Sasa Trail Mt Elgon Hike to Wagagai Peak (Mt. Elgon National Park)
Mt Elgon Hike 3 Days 2 Nights Sasa Trail Uganda: Climb Mount Elgon in Uganda on this short and rewarding guided hike. On this budget hike, you will be climbing Mount Elgon via the Sasa trail which is known as the shortest and indigenous trail to Wagagai Peak – the highest peak on Mount Elgon.
Day 1: The starting point is at Budadiri town at an elevation of 1,250m, which is considered the trailhead, a road that is 5km to Bumasola. Hike up to Sasa River Camp and spend an overnight there. Day 2: After Early morning breakfast, hike from Sasa river camp to Mude cave camp where you will proceed straight to Wagagai Peak, 4321 meters above sea level via Jackson pool and Jackson Peak which will take approximately 6-7 hours to and back to Mude Cave camp. Day 3: After morning Breakfast, you will start your hike quite early from Mude cave camp and cross to Sasa trail where you will have your exit from the park. Check-in at the Uganda Wildlife Authority office for your certificate handover then you either spend an extra night at Rose’s Last chance or continue to your next destination.
What is included? Park Entrance + Camping Fee + Camping gear for hire + Cook + Meals & Porters. After visiting Mount Elgon National Park, you can extend your journey with an amazing wildlife game drive in the nearby Kidepo Valley National Park or extend further west for a wildlife safari to Murchison Falls National Park. Here, you will encounter the Big 5 including the rhinos, African elephants, buffaloes, lions, and leopards, making Murchison Falls National Park Uganda’s most spectacular wildlife reserve. You can also opt for the breathtaking gorilla trekking experience in Bwindi Impenetrable Forest.
This is a short and rewarding 3-day Hiking Trek up Elgon in Uganda that follows the Sasa River trail, starting and ending in Kampala Uganda. The Sasa River trail is located on the western flank of Mount Elgon. It is the shortest but steepest for climbing Mt Elgon from Uganda. Other routes include the Sipi trail on the northwestern side and the Piswa trail on the northern side.
Mt Elgon is a year-round climbing destination. Mount Elgon is a 4321 meters high extinct volcano that straddles the border between Uganda and Kenya. It is the second-highest mountain in Uganda and the eighth-highest in Africa. Mount Elgon is a relatively easy hike with good quality well-established trails and no technical climbing or steep slopes.
The tour begins with a transfer from Kampala (4-5 hours drive/ 258 Km) to Budadiri centre, the location of the Uganda Wildlife Authority (UWA) office where we register and make arrangements for the climb.
With porter’s support, Elgon is achievable by anyone with an ok level of fitness. The biggest consideration is altitude and it is recommended to be acclimatized to 1500 meters – 2000 meters for a few days before undertaking either the 3 or 4-day trip.
This trip is guided by professional guides in Mt Elgon National Park and is undertaken in conjunction with Uganda Wildlife Authority (UWA) rangers. We offer standard 3, 4, or 5-day trips using the Sasa and Sipi trails, however, we can offer a bespoke trip on other trails if you prefer a more unique experience.
Highlights include: Hiking from Mude Cave camp up through the Simu valley during sunrise, crossing the caldera, and exploring rock formations and wildflowers. Being alone on a vast mountain looking out across the whole of Uganda. Reaching Wagagai summit at 4321m. Climbing the loose boulders to ascend Jackson’s summit.
Spotting a wild duiker sprinting through the caldera. Bespoke trips are available. Difficulty: 5/ 10 Our difficulty rating takes into account both technical difficulty and the fitness required. Mount Elgon trips do require a good basic level of fitness however the trip can be tailored to take into account lower fitness levels (by adding days) and therefore the mountain remains accessible to most people.
On all trips expect to have a hike from between 5 – 10 hours per day in all weather conditions, consider the need to acclimatize to altitude especially if you consider yourself a little unfit. (A day or two with small hikes around Sipi Falls at 1800 meters – 2100 meters is a good option.)
The below itineraries are the most popular 3-day option however we can tailor the trip to suit you and your group’s needs. Please contact us for any special requests and for a personalized itinerary.
Safari Itinerary in Summary
Day 1: Bumosola to Mude Camp (1770 Meters – 3500 Meters). (6 to 10 Hours)
Day 2: Mude Camp to Wagagai summit, Jacksons Peak (Optional) and back to Mude Camp (3500 Meters – 4321 Meters – 3500 Meters) (5 to 10 Hours)
Day 3: Mude Camp to Bumosola. (4 to 10 Hours)
Mt Elgon Hike 3 Days 2 Nights Sasa Trail Uganda Itinerary
Day 1. Bumosola to Mude Camp (1770 Meters – 3500 Meters) (6 to 10 Hours)
After meeting at UWA headquarters in Budadiri (1220 meters) we take a short boda-boda ride to the trailhead at Bumosola (1770m). From here it’s a strenuous few hours up to the ‘ladders’, a set of metal staircases that bring us up and into the national park and the rainforest.
These first few hours are some of the toughest of the whole trip with a steep incline, rough terrain, and often hot mid-morning temperatures. After a rest and snack at the top of the ladders and a refill of our water bottles, we hike on wide dirt trails through the forest and to Sasa River Camp.
Here we take a rest for tea and coffee and either lunch or snacks depending on how we feel / our timing. This is our halfway point for the day. As we continue up from here we move from rainforest to bamboo forest and eventually break through the forest entirely into an alpine heather, shrub, and giant lobelia.
We take a short rest to sign the visitor’s book as we pass the ranger’s outpost before a couple more km to our stop for the night at Mude Camp.
Day 2. Mude Camp to Wagagai summit, Jacksons Peak (Optional), and back to Mude Camp (3500 Meters – 4321 Meters – 3500 Meters) (5 to 10 Hours)
Summit day! Depending on prevailing weather conditions this is often an early start to get the best opportunity for a clear summit. We leave our gear and porters behind and head for the top.
A strenuous day as we cross the 4000 meters mark and start to feel the effects of altitude slowing us down. Highlights on the way up are sunrise over the mountain, views of the Simu valley and Jacksons’ pool, everlasting flowers, alpine lichen, and all the various Lobelia.
After reaching the summit we have the option on the descent to ascend a side summit on Jackson’s peak – this is the summit Jackson’s team in 1890 thought was the highest point due to its more striking profile but is in fact just 4160 meters. It is well worth the effort!
We get back to camp mid to late afternoon ready for an early dinner and an early night.
Day 3. Mude Camp to Bumosola (4 to 10 Hours)
Information pack and expedition plan. Down down down the way we came. This is a long and unrelenting descent. The key is to take it real steady. After the ladders, the trail becomes even steeper than it was and this can be a sting in the tail and really make your legs hurt.
So a slow start and a steady descent are the names of the game. Though hard on the legs it’s a lot easier coming down than it was going up so after just 3 – 4 hours we will be down and ready to board back down to Budadiri.
We can celebrate with a drink here at the wonderful Roses’ Last Chance guesthouse before onward travel to your next destination.
Mt Elgon Hike 3 Days 2 Nights Sasa Trail Uganda Prices
Mt Elgon Hike 3 Days 2 Nights Sasa Trail Uganda Price includes:
Mount Elgon National Park Entrance fees + Food + Camping fees + Rangers + Guides + Cook and Cooking Equipment + Porters + Sleeping bag + Sleeping mat + Camping tent & Boda Boda transport to/from the trailhead
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* Gratuity for rangers, cooks, to porters
* The itinerary below starts and finishes at Mt Elgon National Park gate in Budadiri or Kapkwai
* The best time to climb Mt Elgon is during the drier months of June to August and from December to February
* Based on a minimum of 1 guest including all meals and drinks on the mountain. Including all taxes and surcharges
* We will provide transport on all trips to and from these points for your group from either Sipi or Mbale. Kindly note that we can book accommodation for you before the start of the hike and after