If you are an adventurous traveler, then you should consider going to Climb Mount Kenya Chogoria Route which is the most difficult and yet scenic route.
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Climb Mount Kenya Chogoria route is the most recommended and undeniably the most magnificent ascent route to the summit at Point Lenana Peak, 4985m. It is located on the windward side up the mountain and the walk beside the Gorges Valley truly spectacular. This 5-day hiking allows you a comfortable hiking pace, giving you time to ascend the peak in a safe pace. Descent is recommended through Sirimon route Mount Kenya which takes you through Mackinders Valley and some of the beautiful forest tracks.
Climb Mount Kenya Chogoria route entirely on camping except on the last night which is at Old Moses Camp (Hut), aka Judmier Camp. Accommodation on this Chogoria route hike of Mount Kenya is 3 nights in high altitude camping tents, fully provided with tents, mattresses and food and one night in the mountain hut.
Climb Mount Kenya Chogoria Route trek highlights
• Trekking through the most stunning route on Mount Kenya
• The charming Gorges Valley with great scenic views of Lake Michaelson
• A visit to The Nithi Falls on Mt. Kenya hike
• Camping on the beautiful Lake Ellis
• Hiking on Chogoria route dotted with tarns and stunning wilderness environment.
Chogoria route itinerary and Mount Kenya climbing package price:
Day one: Nairobi – Chogoria Town – Mount Meru Bandas, 16km and 4hrs walk, 950m ascent
The day starts with pick up from your hotel in Nairobi at 7 am and drive northwards to Chogoria Town, aptly at 2000m for an early lunch. You will take a 4x4WD land rover to the rain forest clearance located 16km. Your day’s hike starts from here for 16km. This walking is through the forest in a dusty path which can sometimes become muddy during the rainy season. The hike will last 4hrs reaching Mount Meru Bandas on 2950m where dinner and first night will be. Accommodation here is based on camping in high altitude camping tents. If you wish to stay at the comfortable bandas, there is an extra fee of $30 per person, L, D
Day two: Mount Meru Bandas – Road Head – Lake Ellis, 5hrs, 13km, 700m ascent
Wake up to breakfast. Follow the path through the giant heather and forest up to Chogoria road head, from where you detour with a descent from the route crossing a stream (stemming from Lake Ellis) on to Nithi Falls then a short ascent to get to Road Head Camp at an altitude of 3300m walking approximately 3-4hrs. You now, continue hiking from Road Head Camp for 1hr, following the track in the forest and giant heather to arrive at Lake Ellis, through Mugi Hills between the Gorges Valley, up through the Nithi River. You will then reach Lake Ellis Camp for the night, 3650m, B, L, D
Day three: Lake Ellis Camp – Mintos Hut – hike of 12km in 4-5 hrs
An early start with hiking through the track following a ridge up the mountain for approximately 3 hours. At an altitude of 4100m, join the mainly used track on the normal Chogoria route. Here, you will be amazed at the breathtaking views over the scenic Gorges Valley, Northern Moorlands and towards Ithanguni. Your lunch is served at a small stream crossing. A further one hour hike will lead you to Mintos Hut at 4200m. In the afternoon, you can take a short 10 minutes guided walk to the “Temple” which a 150 meters vertical cliff. Alternatively, take an afternoon walk to the most scenic Lake Michaelson. This hiking to Lake Michaelson, take a 2hrs ascent and 1hr 30 minutes descent back. Return for dinner and night at Mintos Hut, B, L, D.
Note: It is possible to take an afternoon hike to Lake Michaelson on this day. The hiking to Lake Michaelson, take a 2hrs ascent to the lake and 1hr 30 minutes descent back to Mintos Hut.
Day four: Mintos Hut – Point Lenana – Old Moses Hut –hiking 13.5km, 6hrs 30mins
You will wake up just slightly after midnight and take biscuits, coffee, tea etc. You will start your final journey at 2 am hiking towards the main mountain peaks. After an hour of walking divide above a flat green area at the head of the valley commonly known as ‘Temple Fields’, you arrive at Point Lenana by approximately 6:30 am to catch the sunrise over Kenya. There will be a photographic opportunity followed by a 2hrs descend to Shipton Camp at 4200m taking 2hrs. Here, you will be served a well-deserved breakfast. Another 4hrs through the Mackinders Valley will see you arrive Old Moses Camp, located at 3300m for the night, B, L, D
Day five: Old Moses Camp (Judmier Camp) – Sirimon Gate – Nairobi, hike 9km, 2-3hrs
Today, you hike down for 2-3hrs through the rainforest to reach Sirimon Gate, 2650m. Here, you now connect with your transport vehicle to Nanyuki Town for lunch and continue back to Nairobi with an arrival estimated to be approximately 3 pm. You can conveniently combine this climbing Mt Kenya hike with a Kenya safari, B
Climb Mount Kenya Chogoria Route package price: US$ 910 per person
Climb Mount Kenya Chogoria Route price includes:
• Guarantee hike departure upon confirmation
• Transfer from Nairobi to the mountain and return
• All meals during hiking (Meals as described: B: Breakfast, L: Lunch and D: Dinner)
• All mountain accommodation in tents and one night in a hut as shown in the trekking schedule
• All Mount Kenya National Park entry permits/fees and all local government taxes
• Experienced mountain guide, cook, and porters
• Boiled and treated drinking water during the hike
• Upon completion, Mount Kenya Climbing Expeditions successful climb Certificate
• All services start in Nairobi and end in Nairobi
Climb Mount Kenya Chogoria Route excludes:
• Laundry service
• Hiking gear to include sleeping bags
• Accommodation before the start and after the hike
• International flights
• Visas to Kenya
• Any other items of personal nature and extras not mentioned in the included