Mountain Climbing in Uganda

Enjoy the unforgettable Hiking Experience on Uganda’s steep mountains.


Mountain Climbing

Uganda is a land of hills, valleys, picturesque planes and Volcano Mountains offering the most unforgettable hiking experiences in Uganda that can be achieved from Mgahinga Gorilla National Park, Mount Elgon National Park and Rwenzori Mountains National Park. Hiking up a volcano is a test of character, strength and finally an accomplishment that leaves you prouder than before the hike.

Hiking up the volcanoes is not just a rocky climb but rather a scenic walk through the dense forests that grow on the slopes of the volcanoes, a peek at the gorillas that tread the bamboo in the Virunga massif and the rare birds that have made these highlands a birders paradise.

Adventurous travellers can venture to the east of Uganda and hike Mount Moroto and Mount Elgon at 4,321 meters with the largest caldera in the world, to the west to Mount Rwenzori, the mighty Virunga Ranges; Mount Mgahinga (3,474 metres), Muhavura (4,127 metres) and Sabinyo (3,645 metres), to the north to Mount Morungole.

Best Mountain Climbing and Volcano Hikes in Uganda

Uganda offers the most rewarding mountain climbing opportunities with rewarding with the best mountain hiking memories that last a lifetime. The most unforgettable hiking experiences in Uganda can be achieved from;

Mountain Hiking the Mount Elgon

Mount Elgon is the most interesting alternative for travellers compared to other challenging hikes within other Volcanoes in East Africa. It is also very accessible throughout the year, is less congested because fewer tourists climb it and has numerous of the same attractions with cooler climate and lower altitude. Hiking/climbing to the summits of Mount Elgon does not necessarily require special equipments and technical experience.

hiking mount elgon

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Mount Muhavura


Mountain Climbing the Virunga ranges

Mountain climbing in Mgahinga Gorilla National Park is conducted in three Volcanoes (Mount Gahinga, Mount Sabinyo and Mount Muhabura) that form part of the enormous Virunga Massif stretching across three countries.

Mountain Climbing in Rwenzori Mountains

The Rwenzori mountains offer the most challenging climbing adventure and most rewarding for enthusiast hikers and the trials that can be hiked include;

The Central Circuit trail: This a 7 day hike and the most challenging climb which offers a circular hike of the Rwenzori beginning from the Mihunga trailhead through the  slopes the Bujuku valley through Nyabitaba and arriving to the Peaks of the Mountain.

Mountain Rwenozori National Park

Snow capped Mountain


Crater swamp at the top of mount Gahinga


Hiking Mount Gahinga

Mount Gahinga at 3474 meters above sea level has a swamp-filled Crater and huge Lobelia on its Peak and takes only 6 hours to ascend to and descend from its peak. On a clear day, you will be able to sight the endangered Golden monkeys near the Bamboo Forest

Hiking Mount Sabinyo

Mount Sabinyo is shared by Uganda, DRC and Rwanda, standing at 3669 meters above sea level the mount can only be climbed from the Ugandan side and it takes 8 hours to complete the 14 kilometer round trip, which involves passes through a steep ride to the peaks.

Hike Mount Morungole

Climb one of the highest extinct Volcanoes in northeastern Uganda and at the same time visit one of the most remote people group in East Africa – the Ik People who were the first people in the area and live on top of this volcano that is only accessible by a path up.

Hike Mount Moroto

Mount Moroto is located in remote Karamoja Region in Eastern Uganda and can best be accessed from the Safari to Kidepo Valley Park. Mount Moroto is off-the-beaten Track.

What to Carry for Wear for Mountain Climbing In Uganda

For a memorable experience, you should have the right packing list for your mountaineering adventure to be enjoyable and successful and they include;

Ensure to carry hiking boots for stepping on slippery surfaces and lose rocks.

Carry enough drinking water to rehydrate

Stock your backpack with and energy giving snacks to keep you strong in the hiking process.

Incase of a long hike such as Mount Rwenzori, carry a safe sleeping bags, warm jackets and sweaters to deal with the night coldness.

The Volcanoes distinct, rugged beauty provides an almost mystical, adventurous backdrop for climbing and hiking enthusiasts presenting Uganda’s Jungles, Rainforests, savanna plains, mountains renders a mountain climbing safari a must do on your Uganda Safari.

At Ganyana Safaris we will create that perfect hiking safari itinerary that will spice up your time in Uganda with a bit of adventure and see things on foot and up close.