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Mt Elgon Climb; Sasa Trail

9 March, 2023

Mt Elgon Climb; Sasa Trail

Available Date: 15th-19th June | 15th – 19th November 2023 | Any other private day


Mount Elgon is an extinct shield volcano on the border of Uganda and Kenya and is the fifth-highest mountain in East Africa.
The Sasa Trail is considered the shortest, most indigenous, and most rewarding trail to Wagagai Peak (4321m) – The highest point on Mt Elgon.

Day 1: Nairobi to Mbale
Early morning pick up from Nairobi.
Drive to Mbale via the Busia border. Arrive in the evening, and check in to your hotel for dinner and an overnight stay.

Day 2: Budadiri to Sasa Camp (2900m) to Mude Camp (3500m)
Arrive at Budadiri Gate for the registrations, and briefing, and meet the ranger guides. Register at the office and the briefing is done.
You will then board a boda bodas (motorcycle) to the starting point in Bumasola Village. You will hike through the wall of death, Now the wall of life, Passing by the Sasa River Camp for lunch. Later traverse to Sasa Patrol Camp and Mude Camp at an Elevation of 3500m asl for our first night. This hike is approximately 12km that takes 8-10 hours depending on how you find it, and your strength level.

Day 3: Mude Camp to Wagagai Peak (4321m) to Sasa Camp (2900m)
Early in the morning after breakfast, you will embark on a hike to the summit, passing through Jackson Pool, and besides Jackson Peak, and a view of Jackson’s table. The views here are stunning. You then proceed to the Wagagai Peak, walking along the Caldera rim. It’s 9km to the peak and 9km back making a total of 18km. After touring, you will descend to Mude camp either for a snack or a break then traverse to Sasa River Camp for your 2nd night.

Day 4: Descend to Budadiri
After your early breakfast, you shall exit the park by descending to Bumasola Village where you will be picked up by boda bodas transferring you to the Budadiri office. This marks the end of your 3 days mountain experience.
Transfer back to the hotel.

Day 5: Return to Nairobi
Morning breakfast at the hotel, followed by check out.
Drive back to Nairobi to arrive in the early evening.


Due to the nature of the exercise, you need to prepare your body well. It is recommended you do daily cardio-based exercises before the hike. Pre hikes are organized every weekend and private on weekdays and it would be great to attend them. Contact the Bucketlist team for the calendar on this. We have prep hikes lined up every weekend for your support.


No. Item Quantity
1 Backpack/rucksack for porters (At least 60Ltrs) 1 Pc
2 Day pack Bag properly padded 1 Pc
3 Sleeping bag (-7 to -20 degrees rating) 1 Pc
4 Waterproof Hiking Boots 1 Pair
5 Balaclava 1 Pc
6 Sunglasses 1 Pc
7 Thermal Pants and Tops 2-3 Pc each
8 T-Shirts – Polyester/quick dry. 3-4 Pcs
9 Wind Proof Rain Jacket /Raincoat 1 Pc
10 Walking Poles 1 Pair
11 Walking pants 2 Pcs
12 Warm Summit/Ski Pants 1 Pc
13 Waterproof windbreaker & Rainproof Trousers 1 Pc
14 Heavy woolen socks 4 Pcs
15 Warm Summit/Ski gloves 1 Pc
16 Light woolen gloves 1 Pc
17 Warm Polar Fleece 1/2 Pcs
18 Camelbak Hydration pack /Water Bladder 2-3 litres bag
19 Bathroom Kit (Recommended Wet Wipes, Sunscreen, Toothpaste, Toothbrush etc.)
20 Headlamp with Extra Batteries 1 Pcs
21 Emergency Evacuation Card Valid
22 Wide Brimmed sun hat 1 Pc
23 Limited snacks (See the guideline above on food) 5 Small packs in Ziplocs
27 Passport/National ID/Alien ID
28 Slim hot water flask 1 Pcs
29 Snow gaiters 1 Pair
30 Tips for Crew

Expedition Charges

EAC Citizens

Option 1: Casa del Turista Hotel
Full Package – Kes. 43,900
Self Drive – 31,500
Option 2: Wash & Wills Hotel
Full Package – Kes. 49,900
Self Drive – Kes. 37,500

Package Includes:

  • All meals on the Mountain.
  • Accommodation up in the mountain.
  • 2nights accommodation on Bed& Breakfast. The night before and after the climb.
  • Statutory park fees.
  • Return Trip transport from Nairobi to Mbale for the full package.
  • Guides and staff entry fees.
  • Experienced Guides.
  • Group porters for meals, supplies.
  • Experienced Mountain chef and catering team.
  • Porter to carry your personal rucksack.

Package Excludes:

  • Tips for guides and porters (Recommended tip values – $30-$100)
  • Personal Climbing Gear as per the above list.
  • Water and Drinks (Though clean spring water is available for refills you may consider these)
  • En-route meals on the first and last day
  • Transport costs for Self-drive package
  • Sipi Falls Tour

Payment and Booking

Make payments via MPESA Paybill 695596 Account (Your Name-Mt Elgon)

Confirmations and queries must be confirmed with 0729 995 059 | [email protected]

All Booking Terms and Conditions apply

Guided tour
At a glance
  • Kes. 49500
  • Kes. 34500
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