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Mountaineering tours in Uganda

 Mountaineering tours in Uganda

These Mountaineering tours in Uganda take you through different mount peaks. Hiking is well established in the Rwenzori Mountains in the west and on Mount Elgon in the east. The Rwenzoris are a chain of mountains with several peaks. These snow capped mountain peaks along the border with Congo have been developed and opened to hikers.  Casual hikers can engage in lower altitudes without need for special equipment. However, those who would like to ascend to the glacial peaks of up to 5000 meters can also do so.

Mountain Elgon on the other hand is an extinct volcano with a large Caldera at the peak. One does not need to have special equipment to hike up to the top.

Enthusiastic hikers may want to try out other Volcanoes including Mount Mgahinga on the border with Rwanda and Congo or Mount Moroto in the east near the border with Kenya. For effective hiking to the peaks, you need some equipment which you can bring or hire on site. For your customized itineraries, kindly let us know.

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This 10 days Rwenzori mountains climbing tour starts and ends at Nyakalengija. Similarly, the tour can start and end in Kilembe. This however follows a different route to the peak. The Rwenzori mountain chain has several peaks stretching 120 kms along the Uganda and DR Congo border. The highest peak is Magherita at 5,109m. The main attractions are the peak, rivers and rare bird species. Without a doubt, the best months to climb the Rwenzori are June to August.  And December to February.

The 8 days Mountain Elgon tour climbs to the peak. It starts from Kapkwata and ends in Budadiri. Mountain Elgon formed after a volcanic eruption. It is however a dead Volcano. The highest point is Wagagai at 4,321m. Besides, the other main highlights include the waterfalls, hot springs and wide caldera (8 kilometres wide)

There are 4 particular trails used to hike up the Elgon mountain.  The Sasa trail is the oldest that leads to the Wagaigai peak. Also there is the Sipi trail. However, this trail begins at the Forest exploration center north west of the park. Additionally, it is a rather longer hike that needs a minimum 7 days round trip. But the Piswa trail has a gentle ascent. This one is by all means the best route for watching wildlife. Alternativey, the Suam route starts at a higher altitude from the northern side. However, this needs only five days to reach the top.

 

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