Hiking trips in Uganda
Rwenzori mountain hike
Mount Rwenzori also known as mountains of the moon is situated within Rwenzori national park in western Uganda, the snow capped mountain supporting glaciers stands on an elevation of 5,109 meters above sea level with a range of 120 kilometers long and 65 kilometers wide.
The climb to mount Rwenzori to reach Margarita takes between 8-10 days depending on the phase of hikers with stopovers and nights spent at Nyabitaba hut at 2651 meters, John Matte hut at 3505 meters, Bujuku hut at 3962 meters, Kitandara hut at 4223 meters, Elena hut at 4541 meters and Guy yeoman hut. Hiking can also be organized starting from 30 minutes to several hours within a day.
Mount Sabinyo hikes
Mount Sabinyo is one of the eight Virunga range volcanoes shared between Uganda, Rwanda and Congo. The mountain offers one of the best spectacular views of three countries at one point, it stands on an elevation of 3645 meters above sea level.
Climbing mount Sabinyo can only be done form the Uganda side because of its rugged nature along the terrain with many craters and sharp ridges on the Rwanda and Congo sides. Hiking mount Sabinyo takes about 8 hours round trip.
Mount Elgon hikes
Mount Elgon is located in Elgon national park in Eastern Uganda bordering Kenya, geologist estimate that it’s the oldest volcano in East Africa and claim it was higher than Mount Kilimanjaro before its last eruption. Mount Elgon stands on 4321 meters above sea level having the largest intact caldera in the world.
Hiking to the top of Mount Elgon will take from 3- 6 days depending on the route being used to get to the peak; you can also do a one day hike to 3 in one Sipi waterfalls found on Mount Elgon.
Mount Muhabura borders Uganda and Rwanda standing on an elevation of 4127 meters above seas level, it’s the third highest of the 8 Virunga volcanoes straddling across Rwanda, Uganda and Democratic Republic of Congo.
The hike to mount Muhabura starts early morning at the base of the volcano to first stop over hut at 3116 meters and the second stop over hut at 3855 meters above sea level. The climax of the climb is to the peak at 4127 meters where you find a beautiful Crater Lake.
Mount Morungole is nestled within Kidepo Valley national park in the north eastern part of Uganda standing on an elevation of 2749 meters above sea level. The hike is strenuous but the spectacular views at the top are worth the climb and you also get to interact with the indigenous endangered IK people living on the mountain.
Mount Gahinga is also part of the Virunga massif volcanoes bordering Uganda and Rwanda rising at 3473 meters above sea level, mount Gahinga is the smallest of the volcanoes though its slopes are home to the endangered mountain gorillas and the unique golden monkeys.
The hike to the summit can be done in one day and the top provides stunning views of the vegetation of slopes, volcanic caves can be explored as you trek and there is a beautiful crater at its summit.
In conclusion, the above are just some of the mountains you can hike while in Uganda but there are several more and the hikes always take between 30 minutes to several days depending on tourists choice. You should also endeavour to pack your own hiking gear when coming to Uganda.Tags: Travel Blog