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At 5,199 m, Mt Kenya is Africa’s second highest peak. It is an ancient extinct volcano, during whose period of activity 3.1 – 2.6 million years ago it is thought to have risen to 6,500 m. There are twelve remnant glaciers on the mountain, all receding rapidly, and four secondary peaks that sit at the head of the U-shaped glacial valleys.
The area inscribed includes the upper slopes of the mountain, and two salients which make up the National Park and surrounding Forest Reserve.
With its rugged glacier-clad summits and forested middle slopes, Mount Kenya has one of the most impressive landscapes in Africa. The evolution and ecology of its afro-alpine flora also provide an outstanding example of ecological processes

5 Days Mt. Kenya Climbing – Chogoria Route
The Chogoria Route is the most popular and straightforward route. The starting point here is the village of Naro Moro for climbing Mount Kenya. This route is quite spectacular and a very enjoyable trail.
The Chogoria Route is the most popular and straightforward route. The starting point here is the village of Naro Moro for climbing Mount Kenya. This route is quite spectacular and a very enjoyable trail.

Day 1:
Pick up from hotel at about 0800. It’s then about 3 1/2 hours from Nairobi to where we collect the porters and guides (as required). Into the Mt. Kenya forest for the 22 km drive to the Park Gate at 2,850m. Dependent on road conditions, these 22 km have been known to take all afternoon to do and in really wet conditions it is possible that the top four or five km may be impassable. Night, dependent on clients wishes, at the Meru Mt. Kenya Banda’s or at roadhead a further 7 km from the Park Gate.

Day 2:
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, Ithunguni and the Giants BilliardsTable, whilst if we follow the river near Roadhead, upstream for about 3 km, the foreground scenery and flora is particularly beautiful. Lunch by the stream banks 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:
From our campsite, we continue to move up through the moorland zone. As this area of the mountain is still off the beaten track, there are no paths to follow, and on each trip we vary the area we walk across. After about an hour, traverse left and join a ridge (slight path to follow) and join the normal Chogoria route to Minto’s Hut after about 4 hour walking. Lunch at a small stream crossing then 45 min on to a camp near Minto’s Hut and next to one of the tarns. Very short afternoon walk over to superb views across to “The Temple” and down to Lake Michaelson.

Day 4:
After pre dawn breakfast leave Mintos Hut for the summit passing near the Simba Tarn and Harris Tan to Point Lenana which is approximately 4 – 5 hours. After the sunrise at 6.30 and nice views of Kilimanjaro and the Coast line descend back to Mintos for full breakfast and thereafter descend to Meru Mount Kenya Lodge(Bandas) having our lunch at the Roadhead. Dinner and overnight at the Bandas.

Day 5:
After breakfast walk for 15km downhill through the dense rain and bamboo forests to connect the 4WD vehicle to Chogoria Town. Then after lunch at chogoria drive back to Nairobi for your next destination.

Price inclusive of:

  • Return transfer Nairobi -Nanyuki/Chogoria-Nairobi
  • 3 meals per day while trekking
  • 4 days Mt. Kenya trek
  • 5 nights accommodation while trekking
  • 2 transfer from Nanyuki/Chogoria- park gate- return
  • All government park fees
  • 4×4 transport on chogoria route
  • English Speaking Mountain Guides and Porters
  • Accommodation at Nanyuki Simbas lodge D/B/B
  • Mt Kenya T-shirt and Certificate
  • Two Man tent.


DAY 1: Nairobi / Mt. Kenya
Depart Nairobi in the morning arriving Naromoru in time for lunch. After lunch you proceed to a hotel for dinner and overnight.

DAY 2: Met Station
After breakfast, we will proceed to Naromoru Park Gate and start hiking to Met Station (3300m). The hiking takes about 3 hrs. Dinner and overnight.

DAY 3: Mackinders Camp
Depart Met Station after breakfast, we will proceed to Teleki Valley arriving Mackinders Camp (4300m) early evening. Picnic lunch en-route. Dinner and overnight.

DAY 4: Austrian Camp
Depart at 10:00 am after breakfast ascending along a steep screw to Austrian Hut (4700m). Covering this distance takes about 3 hrs. Dinner and overnight.

DAY 5: Point Lenana / Chogoria
Departing at 5:30 am, we will proceed through Lewis Glacier to Point Lenana(4985m) arriving approx. 6:30 am in the morning. After the sunrise, descend down to Mintos Hut for full breakfast. Later descend along the famous Gorges Valley to Chogoria campsite. Dinner and overnight.

DAY 6: Chogoria / Nairobi
After breakfast, we will set on morning journey to chogoria (32km).4WD vehicles are provided but during the bad weather, climbers have to walk some distance as vehicles may not reach the bandas. From Chogoria transport is provided back to Nairobi, arriving late afternoon.

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