Mt Elgon is the second tallest mountain in Uganda with snow peaks scaling up to about 4,320 metres above sea level.
At the slopes lies Mt Elgon National Park stretching to more than 100 kilometres north east of Lake Vitoria along the Uganda-Kenya border.
On the other side of the slopes are inhabitants mainly from the Sabiny and Bagisu tribes occupying the districts of Kapchorwa, Kween, Bukwo and Bududa, Manafwa, Mbale, Sironko and Bulambuli respectively.
Two other minor tribes – the Benet and the Shana – also live sandwiched within the same communities.
You Can begin your journey at about 1pm, walking through shrubs and besides water streams that flow downwards.
The target is to reach the peak of the mountain but also visit the bamboo forested areas that lies about 2,800 metres above sea level.
The bamboo forest is the main source of malewa, a local delicacy that is popular among the Bagisu.
At about 2,800 metres above sea level the effect of height will begin to set in.
From here, the grasslands and thickets are so visible overlooking the bamboo forest and the slopes.
Our intention is Wagagai, the highest peak of the mountain.
From the bamboo forest, you need five hours to trek to the peak and darkness is already setting. So, it is only caution that you camp for the night before you resume your journey the following day.
At 9.30am, you begin your journey up but it is a long one and the effects of height are now so real.
Breathing is now a little hard and there is this unusualness in everything as we climb further.
It is a tough journey full of rocky stretches and shrubs.
At about 2pm, you begin to see the peak but it is about 30 minutes walk away. The vegetation here is not the usual; it is flowery on one side but with swathes of rocks on the other. Beautiful rocks curved in all formations cover the mountain top and the sky that now seems to be so near illuminates the crater lake on the other side of the mountain.
The breeze, though cold, is so condensing to wash away the tiredness that is spread in every joint on your body.
You will be so tired and I believe it is the same with everyone. However, the adventurous side in you cannot give up easily. “I am here to explore and see the world from above”.
The day is rolling by and darkness is setting in. You have been moving since you arrive at the mountain top and it is only fair that You begin preparing for the night. On the other side, you will light a bonfire as you set up tents where you shall spend the night.
Supper has already been served and the only thing waiting is , to slide into your sleeping bags to see off the night.
You will be there for three days and this feeling will give you the determination to adventure such that you have experiences to share.