Massif Montane Expedition

Bushiyi Trail in Bududa, on the slopes of Mount Elgon is a newly established off beaten trail, which is 53km away from Mbale town covering 1:32mins to the start of the trailhead. It’s scenic, and accessible Route one can take on to explore the mountain as you enter and exit from Sipi Gate. The trail starts in the town of Bududa leading to Bushiyi trailhead which is located on the base of Mount Elgon. From there, hikers embark on a thrilling journey that takes them through diverse landscapes, from lush montane forests to open grasslands and rocky slopes. Along the way, you’ll encounter a range of flora and fauna, including different species of Monkeys, birds, and unique plant life.

However, as you will be ascending, the mountain, you’ll be rewarded with panoramic vistas of the sprawling valleys, and neighboring peaks of the surrounding Elgon Landscapes. Reaching the summit could seemed to be challenging yet incredibly rewarding experience, offering you a sense of accomplishment and awe-inspiring. It’s worth noting that the Bushiyi trail is a moderately difficult trek that requires a certain level of physical fitness and mental preparation. Nevertheless the general beauty on this trail, gives one a unique opportunity to explore the nature and cultural wonders of the area. And is a must-visit destination for nature lovers and adventure enthusiasts looking to experience the wonders of this East African untamed mountain.

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Itinerary

Arrival Mbale town and checking in at your booked hotel either in Mbale town or off to Riverine Resort in Bududa Village adjacent to the start of the trail. Briefing later or during or after dinner will be conducted on this day one. Spend a quiet evening, charge your gadgets and have enough rest

Wake up early in the morning for the hearty breakfast, departure after on a public taxi if your aren’t on self-drive option and you spent a night in Mbale City and board out in Bududa Town then Boda Bodas Comes handy to connect us to the start of the trailhead in Bushiyi Village where the team will be waiting.

Our trek will start at Bushiyi information office, walk through montane forests, Bamboo zones, spot tropical species of birds, learn plants, enjoy epic views as you stretch your way to Shiloko Cave Camp as a first camp for Light hot Lunch then proceed to Dubi River Camp found at an elevation of 3,563masl for your first night. The tents will be set for you, served dinner, and if the weather is calm then just wait for your sunset time and later a bonfire moment before heading to your bed.

Breakfast: 6:00am

Departure: 6:30am        

Distance: 53km drive and 11km walk from Bushiyi office to Dubi River Camp

Difficulty: Both gentle & Steep

As the sun rise, we will be up for the breakfast, set off while enjoying the scenic route to Wagagai peak, view over Kenyan Site, experiencing moorland endemic vegetation like Scenocia, Mzungu hairy plant, encounter Giant Lobelia and heather plants. However, we will be gaining more meters plus, within this zone, meaning there’s little oxygen and sipping of water and snack bite is highly recommendable to keep up the energy level. After summiting the peak, we will backtrack passed Dubi River Camp to Shiloko Cave Camp 2,700masl for the 2rd night. (-1,621mAsl)

Breakfast: 6:30am

Departure: 7:00am

Distance: 24Km Backtracking

Lunch Stopover: Dubi River Camp or Packed Lunches

Difficulty: Gentle going & Descending coming back

Our 3 days Elgon Mountain experience will come to an end as soon as we sign out on exiting book, say bye to the team of Porters, Ranger guides plus your happy chef and we board Boda Bodas to Riverine Resort for stopover lunch before continuing to Bududa Stage to catch a taxi back to Mbale.

Breakfast: 6:00am

Departure: 6:30am        

Distance: 5km

Difficulty: Moderate Slope

Total Hiking Distance: 40km going and back

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