The Chogoria route is our recommended and arguably the most magnificent ascent route to the summit area. It is the driest route up the mountain and the walk beside the Gorges Valley is truly spectacular.
The descent by the Sirimon route takes one through some beautiful forest tracks and completes the traverse of the mountain.
- Traverse the mountain from East to North via the Chogoria and Sirimon routes.
- Climb Point Lenana, the highest trekking peak on Mount Kenya.
- Ascend via the quieter and most dramatic Chogoria route
Tour Description provided by Go To Mount Keny
Day 1: Nairobi - Mt Kenya Bandas (2,900m) 3hrs, 650m ascent. Depart from Nairobi at 0800hrs, driving through 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 10km to the Mt Kenya Bandas. Dinner and overnight at the Meru Mount Kenya Bandas
Mount Kenya Bandas - Lake Ellis Campsite ( 3,600m) 3-4hrs, 700m ascent. 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 the road head, upstream for about 3 km, the foreground scenery and flora is 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:Lake Ellis - Mintos camp( 4,200m). 5 hours, 600m ascent. 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. Breathtaking 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: Mintos camp - Point Lenana ( 4,985m)- Nairobi. 9- 10hrs, 785 ascent, 1,685 descent. Predawn attempt of the summit starts at 0300hrs and you hike for about three hours up to Point Lenana (4985m), the hiker's summit, arriving there in time to watch the African sunrise. Descend to Shipton camp for breakfast. After breakfast, begin a 5-hour descent via Mackinder`s valley to the Old Moses camp for lunch (3,300m). The descent is gentle and it offers ample time to enjoy fascinating scenery. After lunch transfer back to Nairobi arriving late afternoon.
Mount Kenya rates 2022- Prices are per person in US Dollars and based on group size.
The following items are included in the above prices:
- All transportation to/from the mountain (private)
- All Park fees.
- All food while on the Mountain.
- Accommodation in mountain huts/ camping where applicable.
- All guiding services
- Porter support for the climb.
Not included are:
- Personal clothing and equipment (see equipment list)
- Tips and gratuities for guides and porter (recommended to be 10 - 15% of climb costs)
- Beverages while not on the mountain