Mount Sabinyo Volcano Hike, “Sabinyo” is a local term which means “old man’s teeth” in reference to the mt. Sabinyo’s distinct summit with peaks which look like an old man’s spaced teeth.
Mount Sabinyo Volcano Hike
Standing at 3645m, Mount Sabinyo offers one of the best mountain hiking and climbing experiences in Uganda. A dormant volcano, Mt Sabinyo is one of the numerous rolling volcanoes that make up the magnificent Virunga mountain range that spans along the borders of Rwanda, Uganda and the Democratic Republic of Congo. While the other volcanoes either lie in one of the countries or are shared between two countries, Mt. Sabinyo lies at the meeting point of the all the three borders. It is more like the axis of the Virunga range and offers the best views across the Virungas, you could call it a 360 degree experience!
At the peak during Mount Sabinyo Volcano Hike, the hiker is rewarded with stunning, magnificent views and at this point he or she is in the three countries of Uganda, Rwanda & DR Congo at the same time.
What is the start point of Mount Sabinyo Volcano Hike
Mount Sabinyo Volcano Hike trips are organized from the Uganda side, one can hike up to its three peaks depending his/her physical ability, but a minimum journey to one peak takes about eight hours. In Uganda, Mount Sabinyo is located within Mgahinga Gorilla National Park in the southwestern corner of the country.
Due to the extremely rugged nature of the terrain along the Sabinyo’s slopes that has many craters with sharp ridges, the mountain cannot be trekked in the other two countries except in Uganda where they have managed to work out a safe though challenging trail that includes improvising handmade ladders to assist climbers at very steep sections. Like all the other Virunga volcanoes such as Mount Gahinga Volcanoe, Muhabura Volcano, except the highest, Karisimbi Volcano Hike that requires 2 days, Mt. Sabinyo is a one day hike and the round trek is 8 hours, 4 hours to the summit and 4 hours back, however depending on the pace, weather, etc…
Journey of Mount Sabinyo Volcano Hike
Hiking activity of Mount Sabinyo Volcano Hike sets off from the park office after meeting with and briefing by the ranger guide. Walking sticks are provided for free meanwhile the porters are available for hire between 15 $ – 25$. The trek takes you through vegetation ranges from the bamboo zone between 2400 – 2800m,
What to see on Mount Sabinyo Volcano Hike
Mount Sabinyo Volcano is an habitat for the Golden Monkeys which you are chanced at seeing on the way during the Climbing exercise.
Other big wildlife to see on Mount Sabinyo Volcano Hike include; Buffaloes, Elephants and Gorillas but are rarely seen on the trail.
Between 2800 – 3200m is a beautiful forest patch of Hagenia Hypericum, over 3200 is that Sub-alpine zone that has fewer trees. This is also territory of the famous Rwenzori Turaco, a stunning bird which is also endemic to the Albertine rift region.
At the summit you hike to each of the three summits and get the chance to be at the meeting point of all the countries, and enjoy the best views of all!
Items to pack for Mount Sabinyo Volcano Hike
-Long-sleeved shirt and trouser -Hiking Boots -Rain coat
-Stocking hat for warmth -Camera with Battery -Binocular
-Garden gloves for cold weather at the top
-Packed Lunch and snacks
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