Mount Sabinyo
Mount Sabinyo
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At 12,000 feet, Mount Sabinyo is one of the smaller terrestrial volcanoes comprising the Virunga chain.
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Lewis G
5 contributions
3.0 of 5 bubbles
Oct 2022
Would I do this hike again? No.

The reason?
- the hike begins around 8am, so by the time you summit, cloud has covered the mountain peak. You really need to start it earlier to enjoy the view.
- We're a fit 30yo people & climbed Kilimanjaro 3 weeks prior to doing this. Even for us, it took 4.5hrs up, and 4.5hrs down, and we're fast hikers.
- there wan't much to see on the way up, so don't have high hopes of seeing golden monkeys or bumping in to a gorilla. The guide we were with had been doing it for 8 years & had only seen one male gorilla in all that time
- The ladders are dangerous. When mixed with the cloud cover, the steps/rungs become wet & slippery, and some of the edges are sheer.
- Our guide at the end (friendly guy) let slip that he's finished the hike as late as 9-9:30pm if he has a slow group.

So, what then did we enjoy?
- finishing the hike & going home.

We both love hiking, but this wasn't the lush / relaxed experience we had first anticipated. After the first hour, the trees are covered in this moss which they call old mans beard, and it looks like you're in a horror film. That's not really a problem through - as you don't really get time to look up to enjoy the scenery much as you're scrambling over stick ladders.

Was the sign worth it? Not really.
Written 29 November 2022
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Luka Z
Ljubljana, Slovenia4 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Jul 2022 • Friends
If you like a true adventure the hike to Mount Sabyinyo is a must. It is a very challenging hike yet very rewarding. Definitely not for the faint hearted due to almost vertical and extremely steep climbs on wooden ladders, which can be tricky and dangerous in rain. You will be appointed a Uganda Wildlife Authority guide that will motivate you throughout the hike and armed rangers to make your trip safe as there are wild animals roaming around. You will have to summit 2 peaks before reaching the top, which makes it even more challenging. When you reach the 3rd peak at 3669m you will be in 3 countries (Uganda, Rwanda and DR Congo).
Written 25 July 2022
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Jamesnilo
Regensburg, Germany340 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Jul 2022 • Couples
Sabinyo is tough hike, but every step is worth the effort. You should be reasonably fit to do the hike, as long passages are really steep. Roughly a quarter of the elevation gain consists of ladders and stairs, but don’t expect ladders or stairs as you find them in the hardware store… make sure to bring gloves, don’t suffer from vertigo and enjoy the thrill. Once you made it up to third peak the view is absolutely breathtaking - all across Uganda, Ruanda, the Congo basin, Visoke, Karisimbi, Gahinga and ….
We were lucky, we had a day with blue sky and no fog. Out of our group of 9, 5 made it to third peak.
Written 23 July 2022
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Kristina Björktorp
Borlange, Sweden19 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Dec 2021
A very beautiful but difficult hike! It was an adventure of a lifetime. The ladders are many and the walkway is steep. It litterary takes your breath away in more than one way. Start early to have time to go slow. Unfortunatly it started to rain so the ladders became very very slippery. Take care!

I'm happy I had an excellent guide from Musana Tours and Travel to escort me, I could never had done it on my own.
Written 10 January 2022
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Lily
11 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Jul 2019 • Friends
This was an insanely beautiful hike! A friend and I decided to hike this mountain at the last minute. We traveled from Kigali, Rwanda on Friday, the night before and drove back right after completing the climb (about 5 pm). We rented a car, passed through the Cyanika border, and stayed in Kisoro. You can't book permits before the day of, so we decided to leave early in the morning to the UWA office. Unfortunately, the Kisoro office was closed at 7 am, so we drove to the Mgahinga Park office at the base of the mountain. We don't know if this is how it usually is, or if this was abnormal, but you usually have to find a driver to drive you from Kisoro to the base (about 8 km on an unpaved road). Plan to be at the office at the very latest at 7:30 am because that's when the briefing starts and the hike begins. We were late, but we paid the $80 permit fee (USD cash) and the guide took us quickly to catch up with the rest of the group. Our group had about 8 people, but only 3 of us made it to the 3rd peak. You need to be in good shape and used to elevation gain to be able to reach the 3rd peak. My friend and I aren't mountain climbers, but we are long-distance runners, who have been running in Kigali at higher elevation with hills for the past month. It was difficult, but not impossible to complete. Half of the hike involves 90-degree-angle, very rickety ladders on the edge of the cliff, so if you are scared of heights or bad at balancing, this wouldn't be the hike for you. The whole hike took us about 9 hours, so be prepared for a full day of hiking. We packed 2 litres of water each (I probably could have used about 500 ml more), lunch (samosas, cookies, bananas, granola bars for snacks, chips), warmer clothes (the temp ranged from 45 to 70 degrees Farenheit, and there's many shady parts), bug spray (50% deet), and sunscreen. We didn't hire porters, but you can negotiate with them before you head out to carry your things for you for about $15. We wore high socks (watch out for ants), rain jackets, leggings, running shoes (you don't necessarily need hiking boots, but they would have been helpful), windbreakers, T-shirts and long sleeve shirts. You'll definitely want to grab the hiking stick they offer for free at the beginning of the climb.The views were absolutely astounding, and we felt very safe the entire time. There were multiple armed guides with us the entire time, and we never felt like we would fall off the mountain. It was a once-in-a-lifetime experience, and I would recommend this climb to anyone who wants a beautiful hike in Uganda with views of 3 East African countries!
Written 28 July 2019
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Neli
3 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Jul 2019 • Couples
Difficult but rewarding hike! We were very lucky with the weather and had the most beautiful views of the 3 countries. The guides, armed guards and porters are all amazing! After reading the reviews and seeing the pictures of the ladders and stairs to the third peak we were a bit scared, but we really enjoyed the hike. It definitely looks more challenging than it is (although I am normally afraid of heights, I wasn't there). The whole trip took us about 8 to 9 hours, but we stayed quite some time on the 3rd peak as the weather was just perfect. Can only recommend this hike!
Written 21 July 2019
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Robin M
2 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Jan 2019
I found this hike to be difficult but rewarding. The ladders can be slippery if it has been raining. The best part of the hike was transitioning through different landscapes (grassland, bamboo forest, rainforest, etc). Being able to be in three countries at once at third peak was another highlight. Very beautiful.
Written 7 May 2019
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betsl18
Denver, CO27 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Feb 2019 • Friends
We climbed Mount Sabinyo on day three in the park, after we had already hiked about 22 miles in the previous two days, so our legs were a bit tired to begin with, but this ranks as one of the top hardest hikes I have ever done (which is a significant number, considering we live in Colorado and have hiked all over the world). The hike has several components- it starts out in areas that had previously been terraced for farmland, but has since been allowed to return to forest, then swamp areas, then the virgin bamboo forests. At that point, the climb really starts to get steep. It travels through a dense forest with trees covered in “old man’s beard” moss and the trail starts to have a series of ladders and steps made out of small branches. The vegetation changes again to more of an arid environment as you summit peak one. There is a rest hut at the top of peak one where a lot of people choose to leave their bags or unnecessary gear for the next two peaks.
You descend into a saddle and then have a short push up to peak two, then a descent into another saddle and a very steep ascent on ladders and tiny paths along the hillside to the top of peak 3. It is incredibly rewarding to summit the last peak and be in all three countries at once. I would definitely do it again, but for sure pack a lighter pack because of the amount of vertical. This trail is not a great idea for people who are afraid of heights nor people with bad knees (the way down).

The guides from the park were absolutely incredible and so were the guards that accompanied us. Can’t speak highly enough of these guys!
Written 10 February 2019
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millsie82
Sydney, Australia191 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Oct 2018 • Couples
Wow. What a hike!
We set off at 07:30 with a little drizzle and the mountains draped in misty cloud. Starting at around 2,227m, the heart is pumping with the initial 1hr warm up to get to the parks boundary edge. Suitably warmed, the fun really started, with switch back tracks soon giving way to more direct paths which have countless wooden ladders laid down to assist with the ascent (and subsequent descent).
The first peak is, as expected,the hardest, with the longest uphill effort required.
Once that is done, it’s a small descent, a decent climb again to peak 2 followed by a bigger descent and then the final push for peak 3.
The final push is memorable for the near vertical stairs and ladders which get you to the summit.
We did this all under the veil of dry but cloudy surroundings, which limited what we saw on the way up.
We had lunch on the summit, which we reached by midday and sat straddling Uganda, Rwanda and the DRC. With a fresh breeze and cloud on the way up, we were kept cool and so our stops were not long on account of us feeling the chill.
Luckily for us, as we descended, the clouds decided to part, treating us to spectacular views of all 3 countries, and also the trail we had walked. If the weather is clear, when summiting, you will see the stairs and ladders ahead of you. For me, ignorance was bliss, as we only saw this after we had done it on the descent. I admit I would have been a little nervy about doing it had I seen it.
For the rest of the downward trail, we stopped for many a photo opportunity and enjoyed the surroundings which we had methodically moved through with not as much appreciation on the ascent. The sun broke through and we warmed considerably, and we even managed to site an Antelope
though the monkeys remained elusive. Even so, we had a truly fantastic time. Our guides, Alex and Joseph were patient and knowledgeable and got us there and back safely.
Written 4 November 2018
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Henar M
49 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Sept 2018 • Solo
Amazing trek, try to plan when rested as it is a 5 hour trek up and about 2 hours down (ideally, Our group took longer as I was a bit slow since I’d done the gorilla trek for 9 hours the previous day).
14km round trip it is well worth it and you can hire a porter for min 15 USD. They are all very encouraging! 80 USD + transport from your lodge in Kisoro area.
Written 26 September 2018
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