The Chogoria route is our recommended African Climbing Tour and arguably the most magnificent ascent route to the summit area of Mount Kenya. It is the driest route up the mountain and the walk beside the is truly spectacular.
The descent by the Sirimon route takes one through some beautiful forest tracks and completes the traverse of the mountain.
Accommodation on this hike is 1 night in mountain huts and 3 nights camping. Nonetheless, if you prefer to camp you can do so all night on the mountain
Day 1: Trek to Mt. Kenya Bandas
Depart from Nairobi at 0800hrs, driving through the agricultural country up to Chogoria town for lunch. After lunch, we drive up to the edge of the bamboo forest where we start our trekking through the dense bamboo forest for a distance of 10 km to the Mt Kenya Bandas. Dinner and overnight at the Meru Mount Kenya Bandas.
Day 2: After scenic views at Mugi & Giant Billiards Table and Lake Ellis
After breakfast and sorting of porter loads, we set off up the mountain at a nice and easy pace. A slightly longer walk via Lake Ellis gives scenic views of Mugi, Ithanguni, and the Giants Billiards Table, whilst if we follow the river near road head, upstream for about 3 km, the foreground scenery and flora are particularly beautiful. Lunch on the banks of a stream, then it's time to cut up the left-hand hillside to our camp at about 3,600m, well away from any of the more "touristy" areas
Day 3: Trek to Mintos Camp
Similar early start. Again well off the beaten track to follow a ridge up the mountain for about 3 hours to eventually join the tourist track on the normal Chogoria route at an altitude of about 4,100m. Breath-taking views over the Gorges Valley and back over towards Ithanguni and the Northern Moorlands. Lunch is served at a small stream crossing, before continuing for a further hour to the Mintos Hut area at 4200m and our night's rest. The afternoon is spent relaxing at camp, though a 10-minute walk to the "Temple" is well worth the effort. This is a 150 meters vertical cliff that gets its name from the position visitors often adopt when peering over the edge - they look as if they are praying. An early night is recommended as you are attempting the summit the next day.
Day 4: Point Lenana 4985m
Predawn attempt of the summit starts at 0300hrs and you hike for about three hours up to Point Lenana (4,985m), the hiker's summit, arriving there in time to watch the African sunrise. Descend to Shipton camp for breakfast. After breakfast, begin a 3-hour descent via Mackinder`s Valley to the Liki North camp (3,900m). The descent is gentle and it offers ample time to enjoy fascinating scenery which includes the moorlands before reaching the camp.
Dinner and overnight at Liki North camp
Day 5: Heading back to Nairobi
After early morning breakfast, descend for 2-3 hours to Old Moses camp to catch a vehicle for transfer to Nairobi arriving late afternoon.
What is included in the tour
Transport from Nairobi to the mountain and back
All Park fees.
Accommodation in mountain huts/camping where required.
Food ( 3 meals per day while on the mountain).
Guide, Cook, and Porters
What is NOT included in the tour
Personal trekking gear ie Sleeping bags, warm clothing, etc