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MT ELGON AND SIPI FALLS EXPEDITION - Bucketlist Adventures
Wambomba Gaston 3rd September 2019 0

MT ELGON AND SIPI FALLS EXPEDITION

Mt Elgon was once Africa’s highest mountain, far exceeding Kilimanjaro’s current 5,895m. Millennia of erosion have reduced its height to 4,321m, relegating it to the 4th highest peak in East Africa and 8th on the continent. At 4,000km² Mt. Elgon has the largest volcanic base in the world. Located on the Uganda-Kenya border it is also the oldest and largest solitary, volcanic mountain in East Africa. Its vast form, 80km in diameter, rises more than 3,000m above the surrounding plains. The mountain’s cool heights offer respite from the hot plains below, with the higher altitudes providing a refuge for flora and fauna. Here is an expedition like no other you would want to jump on

ITINERAY

Day 1: Nairobi – Budadiri, Uganda
On this day fly in the morning from Nairobi to Kitale. From here you will be picked up and proceed to the Uganda border for customs and check in. After crossing our hosts will receive us and drive us to Budadiri our base for climbing the mountain. Gear Check, Dinner and Overnight at the base.
PS: You may also travel overnight by road from Nairobi arriving in Kitale in the morning.

Day 2: Budadiri(1700m) – Mude Cave Camp (3500m)
On this day depart early from Budadiri and drive to the Trail head at Bumasola from where we start the hike. The first section of the hike goes through community farm lands to the Park boundary. The trail then ascends dramatically for 2km popularly known as wall of death formed by the 300m Mudange cliffs. Previously this was ascended by ropes before the current metal staircases that make it easier. After 4 hours the hike takes you to Sasa River camp where you will have lunch. Proceed after lunch to the Mude Cave Camp situated next to a stream. Lying at the transition zone of the forest to the Moorland a climb to a vantage point will reward you with staggering views of Simu Gorge in the distance as well as the Sasa River Patrol Base. Dinner and Overnight.

Duration: 6-7 hours of hiking

Day 3: Mude Cave Camp (3,500m)– Wagagai Summit(4,321m) – Mude Cave Camp(3,500m)

Duration: 6-7 hours of hiking
Mt. Elgon has the one of the world’s largest caldera spanning a diameter of 8km. On the rim of this Caldera are a number of summits with the highest being Wagagai Summit at 4,321m. The Trail from Mude River follows a beeline to the distinct Jackson’s summit and Jackson’s table. The trail goes through alpine vegetation zone before finding the precious Jacksons pool on the way. By passing the Jackson’s summit, the trail then follows the Rim of the Caldera with staggering views of the floor as well as Suam Gorge. The Summit is the accessed after a short steep scramble. After enjoying this highest point in Mt. Elgon return to Mude River camp to arrive early in the afternoon.

Day 4: Mude Cave Camp – Budadiri Village
After Breakfast embark on the descent down the mountain to Budadiri Village. The descent offers scenic views of the Gorges. Check in back to our cottages/huts at the base for the last night at the base camp.

Day 5: Budadiri Village – Sipi Falls- Mbale Town
After Breakfast drive out to Sipi Falls . There is a short trail to enjoy to the majestic falls that drop 110m from the cliff. If it’s in it for you the best way to experience the falls is to rappel down the falls on rope and harness. After the waterfalls a tour of the nearby villages will give you an insight into the ways of life. The after head to Mbale town for rest and overnight celebration.

Day 6: Mbale Town to Eldoret/Kisumu Town
After breakfast transfer to Eldoret/Kisumu Town for onwards flights/Bus Service to Nairobi. Trip ends with great memories.

B. PHYSICAL FITNESS
Due to the nature of the exercise, you need to prepare your body well. It is recommended you do cardio based exercises before the hike. The same can be done by other Cardio based exercises. This will help your breathing as well as aid your muscles.

Pre hikes are organized every two weeks and it would be great to attend them. Contact the Bucketlist team for more insight

C. FOOD & SNACKS
Meals will be provided, as well as basic snacks like cookies, biscuits and fruits. You should also bring your own energy snacks for the duration of the hike. Based on your preference, you can consider nuts, candy, energy bars, soda/beverage, dextrose, Green apples, chocolate bars et al.

Main meals are prepared and served at camp. They include common starch, vegetables, soup and meat.
Any special dietary requirements such as diabetic, vegetarian, lactose intolerant, non-beef must be communicated in advance.

D. CLIMBING GEAR

Mandatory Requirements/Equipment/Gear

No. Item Quantity Remarks (Tick if You Have/Mark ‘H’ if you would like to Hire)
1 Backpack/rucksack for porters 1 Pc
2 Day pack Bag properly padded 1 Pc
3 Sleeping bag (-0 to -20 degrees) 1 Bag
4 Waterproof Hiking Boots 1 Pair
5 Marvin/Balaclava /Warm Hat 1 Pc
6 Sunglasses 1 Pc
7 Slim hot water flask 1 Pc
8 T-Shirts – Polyester quick dry. 4 Pcs
9 Warm Jacket 1 Pc
10 Long Rain coat or Poncho 1 Pc
11 Walking pants 2 Pcs
12 Summit Ski Trouser 1 Pc
13 Waterproof windbreaker pants / Rain Trousers 1 Pc
14 Heavy woolen socks 4 Pcs
15 Gloves (Warm Ski gloves) 1 Pc
16 Light woolen gloves -1 1 Pc
17 Fleece 1 Pcs
18 Thermal underwear (Top & Bottom) 1-2 Pairs
19 Camelbak Hydration pack /Water bottles: Carrying Capacity of over 3 Litres 3 litres total
20 Bathroom Kit (Recommended Wet Wipes, SunScreen, Toothpaste, Toothbrush etc)
21 Headlamp with Extra Batteries 1 Pcs
22 Personal First aid items/medicine if any
24 Wide Brimmed sun hat/Baseball cap 1 Pc
25 Snacks to last all days (Personal Discretion)
27 Passport/National ID/Alien ID & Yellow Fever certificate
28 Personal First Aid items
29 Disclaimer & Health self-assessment form submitted.
30 Emergency evacuation cover

Ancillary Gear Items

1 Camera
2 Power Bank/Solar Charger
3 Snow gaiters
4 Ankle support and knee support
5 Book or portable games to use
6 Money for Crew Tips
7 Walking poles

All the above items can be sourced with the help of our team. Do contact the Expeditions team. For hiring and purchase contact us.

E. Expedition Charges
The expedition rates are as follows:-
East African Citizens: USD 650
Non-Citizens: USD 950

Package Includes
• All meals on the Mountain.
• Accommodation at Budadiri Cottages, Mountain Tents and Mbale Town after the Hike.
• Statutory park fees.
• Guides and staff entry fees.
• Experienced guides and rangers.
• Group porters for meals, supplies.
• Experienced Mountain chef and catering team.
• Porter to carry your personal rucksack.
• Local Transport to and from Kitale to Mbale as well as all transfer to and from the mountain.
• Sipi Falls Tour after the hike.
• Transfers back to Kitale/Eldoret after the Mountain.
Package Excludes
• Transfer from Nairobi: Return Flight KES 12,000, Road KES 4,000 Both ways
• Visa fees for Non-East African Citizens.
• International Yellow Fever Vaccination Certificate (Mandatory)
• Tips for guides and porters (Recommended tip values – $50-$100)
• Personal Climbing Gear as in “D” above
• Water and Drinks (Though clean water is available for refills but you need to carry water purification tablets)
• En-route meals while on transit. Dinner in Mbale Town.

F. Booking & Payment Terms
You may make payments with KES after which we shall invoice you based on prevalent exchange rates or send directly to the USD account as below.

USD Payments
A/c Name: Bucketlist Adventures
A/c No: 1005055853
Branch Name: NIC Bank, The Mall Westlands.
Postal Address: – P.O.Box 44599,00100- Nairobi Kenya.
Branch code: 105
Bank Code: 41
Swift Code: NINCKENA

KES Payments
Bank: NIC Bank

A/c Name: Bucketlist Adventures
A/c No: 1005055788
Branch Name: The Mall Westlands.
Postal Address: – P.O.box 44599,00100- Nairobi Kenya.
Branch code: 105
Bank Code: 41
Swift Code: NINCKENA

For MPESA: Use Paybill Number 695596 and input your name as the Account Number. (NOT Buy Goods pls)

G. Gear Hiring List
A list of mountain gears is available for hire. These are available from Nairobi. Some gear is also available for purchase from us. Contact us for more information on this.

H. Proposed expedition preparation checklist

Activity Details Proposed Time/Duration
Physical Fitness and Wellness Please see attached Training regimen for 8 weeks before the expedition. Minimum 8 weeks to expedition
Pre – Hikes We recommend two challenging hike every month with over 7 hours of walking and around 500 meters of elevation. They help you monitor your performance and gain confidence. Check with our team for the current calendar. Every month for 3 months
Acquisition of gear Purchase at outdoor retailers or the local market. Latest 3 weeks to the hike
Payment of the Hike deposit To book your spot with an amount to be determined with the expedition team Immediately on planning to hike
Full payment of Hike Final payment of all expedition charges 2 weeks to the hike. Need for more time needs to be communicated.
Work on water intake Many people do not take a lot of water on a normal basis. It is important to train your body to take water easily. Start by taking a glass before all meals and ensure you graduate to half a litre to 750ml in the morning, midday and at night. 2 weeks to the hike
Packing procedure To shield your clothes from the rain line your bag with polythene bags or pack all your stuff in smaller polythene bags first. You need to pack the last day’s clothes first followed by the 2nd last days etc. If your bag is being carried by potters, you need to pack the rain clothes, snacks and all daily necessities in a smaller bay pack since the potters move with their pace A day to the hike

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