Mount Elgon Trekking

Mount Elgon National Park lies on the Kenya-Uganda border and is named for the extinct volcano that dominates the park. The caldera caused by the collapse of the volcanic cone is reckoned to be the world’s largest and creates an impressive feature viewable from the summit of Wagagi, the highest peak in the park at 4,321m. The most common climbing route from the Ugandan side is via the Sasa trail from Budadiri. It’s a spectacular trek that leads through farmland, forest, and heather country, before emerging onto the edge of the caldera itself and following the rim to the summit.

Sipi River Lodge offers a number of Elgon treks for our guests. The most common itineraries are listed on this page for easy reference. For all the details, kindly refer to the “Trekking Package Details” document linked below. When you’re ready to plan your own trek, contact us and we’ll get you up the mountain!

Trekking Package Details (PDF)


The Flying Visit – $510 USD per person (5 days)

2 nights at the lodge, plus 2 nights / 3 days on the mountain – 5 days total. This option is for energetic guests who are short on time.

Day 1: Arrive at Sipi River Lodge.

Day 2: After a big, early breakfast, we drive you to the trail-head at Budadiri/Bumasola, and from there you start your ascent. A strenuous first day leaves you to rest at Mude camp (12km walking distance; 1,770m – 3,500m elevation).

Day 3: You leave Mude camp for the summit at Wagagai and then hike back to camp at Mude or Sasa River (18km or 24km walking distance; 3,500m – 4,321m – 3,500m or 2,900m elevation). If you are feeling fit and making good time then there are options to climb Jacksons peak (4,165m) on your way back, check out Dirigana Falls near Mude, or just chill out and enjoy the campsite.

Day 4: Hike all the way back down the way you came, ending at Budadiri, where we will pick you up and drive you back to the lodge for a hot shower, some hearty food, and a well deserved drink!

Day 5: Depart from Sipi River Lodge.


The Intrepid Explorer – $630 USD per person (6 days)

2 nights at the lodge, plus 3 nights / 4 days on the mountain – 6 days total. Our most popular route starts out at Budadiri and follows the Sasa trail to the summit, then loops around and follows the Sipi trail back down. With this option, you walk your way back to the lodge by way of the summit! Please note that the itinerary described below includes some long, strenuous days. An alternative option would be to take the same route as described in the Flying Visit, but spend an extra day going up or an extra day exploring the summit and caldera.

Day 1: Arrive at Sipi River Lodge.

Day 2: After a big, early breakfast, we drive you to the trail-head at Budadiri/Bumasola, and from there you start your ascent. A strenuous first day leaves you to rest at Mude camp. (12km walking distance; 1,770m – 3,500m elevation)

Day 3: You leave Mude camp for the summit at Wagagai and then hike back to camp at Mude (18km walking distance; 3,500m – 4,321m – 3,500m elevation). If you are fit and making good time then there are options to climb Jacksons peak on your way back (4,165m), check out Dirigana Falls near Mude, or just chill out and enjoy the campsite.

Day 4: This is when you make your big traverse via the Sipi trail, stopping to rest at either Kajere camp (22km walking distance; 3,383m elevation) or Tutum camp (34km walking distance; 2,667m elevation).

Day 5: Hike your way from either Kajere or Tutum camp, all the way back to Sipi River Lodge, where hot showers and cold beers await (28km or 16km walking distance; 1,795m ending elevation).

Day 6: Depart from Sipi River Lodge.


The Full Monty – $820 USD per person (8 days) | $775 per person (7 days)

2 or 3 nights at the lodge, plus 4 nights / 5 days on the mountain – 7 or 8 days total. This option is for those wishing to either take a slower pace or maximize their time on the mountain. The Full Monty give you options: do you want to ascend gradually and spend more time exploring the caldera before descending back down the Sasa trail (as in the Flying Visit)? Or would you prefer taking on the challenging traverse back to the lodge via the Sipi trail (as in the Intrepid Explorer)? The choice is yours!

Day 1: Arrive at Sipi River Lodge.

Day 2: After a big, early breakfast, we drive you to the trail-head at Budadiri/Bumasola, and from there you start your ascent. A short, but strenuous first day leaves you to rest at Sasa River camp. (6km walking distance; 1,770m – 2,900m elevation)

Day 3: From Sasa River, make your way to Mude camp to rest and prepare for your trek to the summit at Wagagai the following day. (6km walking distance; 2,900m – 3,500m elevation).

Day 4: You leave Mude camp for the summit at Wagagai and then hike back to camp at Mude (18km total walking distance; 3,500m – 4,321m – 3,500m elevation). If you are fit and making good time then there are options to climb Jacksons peak on your way back (4,165m), check out Dirigana Falls near Mude, or just chill out and enjoy the campsite.

Day 5: This is when you make your big traverse via the Sipi trail, stopping to rest at either Kajere camp (22km walking distance; 3,383m elevation) or Tutum camp (34km walking distance; 2,667m elevation).

Day 6: Hike your way from either Kajere or Tutum camp, all the way back to Sipi River Lodge, where hot showers and cold beers await (16km/28km walking distance; 1,795m ending elevation).

Day 7 [optional]: RELAX at Sipi River Lodge. You’ve earned it! Read, eat, drink, sleep….or, if your legs want more, hike to our beautiful waterfalls!

Day 7 or 8: Depart from Sipi River Lodge.


Prices include the following: park entry, hiking and camping fees, guides, porters, chef, local transport, food, and accommodation in the Suam bunkhouse at Sipi River Lodge for the specified number of nights.

Prices do not include: accommodation upgrades or extra nights at the lodge, drinks at the lodge, and tips for your porters, chef, and guides.