Hiking the Ndorobos Trail

A mind-blowing experience in Kween district

Are you ready to disconnect from your usual workdays, to allow the continuous walking to take over your thoughts, to be physically exhausted but rewarded with stunning views? We welcome you to join us for this outstanding adventure here at the Ndorobos trailhead.

The impression of the area and the people, you will be surprised the farming lands so well organized. From up there in the mountains, you can see the clear boundaries of the lands, large rectangular squares each dedicated to specific agriculture (in fact, a bit like Europe).

The tones and the colors are also different from that of western Uganda (Fort Portal). The lighter colors are probably due to the predominant cultures in this area, the maize, millet, and potatoes. The mountain is also different from the Rwenzori mountain plateau, yet hilly but offering flatter lands and thus more cultivatable areas.

Most surprisingly, at the tip of this plateau”, the mountains suddenly dip downwards to the lowlands.

community in kween district, hiking the ndorobos trail on mount elgon
hiking ndorobos trail on mount elgon in east Uganda

The communities are extremely welcoming, and you will feel a lot of curiosity and calm. People are open and warm. And they are much willing to share with you the history of this area,  their communities, traditions, the plants, name practicing and so much more.

Why is this area so unique and the reason you should visit?

First of all this region has something special in the air, probably linked with the altitude and the freshness that accompanies it, but also the tranquility of the place. The breathtaking views of mount Elgon, Mt Kadam, the valley between Mt Elgon and Mt Kadam, which is part of the Pian Upe Wildlife Reserve, Caves, Waterfalls, and very different landscapes standing in front of you. Not forgetting the tribes and the stories that inhabit it.

It has a rich, understated history compared to other parts of Uganda. You will also notice that in terms of nature, this area is much more than the proximity to mount Elgon national park. You will get this feeling of entering a timeless world, almost untouched by the political and economic restlessness of the country and the world.

The communities are extremely welcoming, and you will feel a lot of curiosity and calm. People are open and warm. And they are much willing to share with you the history of this area,  their communities, traditions, the plants, name practicing and so much more.

Why is this area so unique and the reason you should visit?

First of all this region has something special in the air, probably linked with the altitude and the freshness that accompanies it, but also the tranquility of the place. The breathtaking views of mount Elgon, Mt Kadam, the valley between Mt Elgon and Mt Kadam, which is part of the Pian Upe Wildlife Reserve, Caves, Waterfalls, and very different landscapes standing in front of you. Not forgetting the tribes and the stories that inhabit it.

It has a rich, understated history compared to other parts of Uganda. You will also notice that in terms of nature, this area is much more than the proximity to mount Elgon national park. You will get this feeling of entering a timeless world, almost untouched by the political and economic restlessness of the country and the world.

hiking ndorobos trail on mount elgon in east Uganda

The Mosopisiek trail is a moderate-difficulty hike and more challenging in the rainy period. But never the less it gives you the pace and a good breath with eye nutrition to admire the stunning views of mount Elgon and Kadam mountains, still proudly standing in front of you and the magical shining waterfalls, the community lands stretching on the other side of the mountains.

 

Tips:

-Take warm clothes, it gets chilly up there.

-To enjoy this region, you actually need 3 days, but also day hikes can be arranged.

 

-Do not rush your stay in this area, there is so much to explore and slow travel is the best if you want deeper connections with nature and the communities.

-Do not expect luxury.

-Booking in advance is recommendable.

Nature in Kween district east Uganda

THE ITINERARY FOR NDOROBOS TRAIL

After your early morning breakfast at your lodge of residence, we will drive to the starting point of your 3-day trip to the Kween district.

You will meet your guide for this experience at the Kapchorwa Benet trail. After a briefing from a community guide, you will then proceed with your hike to Kaptakwoi waterfalls in Kapchesombe and to the lower Kwoti to glaring twenke falls, climb to mulungwa and have a view of Jackson peak, forest view, adjacent to nature behind the waterfalls in mengya and later slope to the home of l. c.ii in mengya for a night end of day 1.

view in kween district
sunset in kween district on mount elgon

Day 2.

Mosopisiek trail to meet mosopisiek in mengya breathing point of the mountain to stories of fortune teller Mukuuso cave and continue to hike to the four viewpoints witnessing the finishing speed for athletes at kworto malil village, then walk adjacent to piswa/  yatui for another super forest view enjoying the sunset at yatui village and return at home for dinner and overnight.

Day 2.

Mosopisiek trail to meet mosopisiek in mengya breathing point of the mountain to stories of fortune teller Mukuuso cave and continue to hike to the four viewpoints witnessing the finishing speed for athletes at kworto malil village, then walk adjacent to piswa/  yatui for another super forest view enjoying the sunset at yatui village and return at home for dinner and overnight.

sunset in kween district on mount elgon

Day 3.

You will have a chance to do a lot of nature walks not in the park but adjacent to the park as you slope towards Tuikat or connect via kitawoi depending on what is interesting.

Importantly

We will make possible arrangements for you to meet kokop Moses who is the grandmother to Joshua Cheptegei who is a Ugandan long-distance runner. And he is a reigning Olympic champion in 500 meters and a silver medalist for the 10000 meters, a 2 time 10000m world champion in 2019, and a 2020 world silver medalist from 2017 and 2019 world cross country champion.

hiking in kween district

This trip is just made for you

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