Looking for a combined multi mountaineering trip in Uganda and haven’t reached the conclusion? Find the unique and adventurous Hiking expeditions into the Rwenzori Mountains and Mount Elgon in Uganda, the Pearl of Africa. The mountains stand as the first and second highest mountains in Uganda and the third and seventeenth highest on the African continent. A well crafted Uganda Hiking expedition to these unique destinations will expose you to the beautiful vegetation cover of the mountains during the hiking experience. You will get a chance of spending your beautiful nights at the mountain slopes, caves and at the campsites making your mountaineering trip in Uganda unforgettable.
Positioned on the border of Uganda and Kenya, Mount Elgon is the oldest extinct volcanic mountain in East Africa and the second largest mountain in the Republic of Uganda after Rwenzori. Elevating at a height of 4,321 meters, the highest of peak of the mountain is known as Wagagai. On the border of eastern Uganda and western Kenya, Mount Elgon offers a variety of hiking options that include the adventurous climbs to the summit of Wagagai which is the highest peak. Apart from Wagagai, the mount also features other peaks such as Sudek (4,302 meters), Koitobos (4,222 meters), Mubiyi (4,211 meters) and Masaba (4,161 meters). Protected by Mount Elgon national park, there are other features to see during your mountaineering safari apart from the mountain and these include; the caldera, warm springs by Suam river, beautiful vegetation and several wildlife species like elephants and others. You can also do other activities in the park apart from mountaineering and among these include; bird watching, nature walking, cultural encounters and others.
For one to reach the summit of the mountain, he/she will have to make a booking of 5 to 7 days.
Legendary known as the ‘’Mountains of the Moon’’, Rwenzori mountains are a range of mountains in eastern equatorial Africa situated on the border between Uganda and Democratic Republic of Congo. The snowcapped mountains feature the highest peak of Uganda and the third highest on the African continent – Margherita after Uhuru of Tanzania and Batian of Kenya. The permanently snow-capped mountains – Rwenzori are a UNESCO World Heritage Site regarded as one of the most dramatic and challenging hiking destinations in Uganda and Africa at large. With a number of peaks, the mountain’s highest peak is Margherita ranging at a height of 5,109 meters. This peak is located on one of the mountain massifs of the Rwenzori Mountains – Mount Stanley. Other ranges include Mountain Speke (4,890 metres), Mount Baker (4,843 meters), Mount Emin (4,798 meters), Mount Gessi (4,715 meters) and Mount Luigi di Savoia (4,627 meters). The glaciated mountain is protected by Rwenzori mountains national park which is a home to various attractions such as over 70 mammal species, about 217 bird species, lakes, rivers, waterfalls and a unique vegetation zone.
For one to reach the summit there are two safe routes to use for the hike and these include Kilembe route which is governed by the private organization and the Central Circuit route that is led and organized by the local people.