Mount Kenya Chogoria Route

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Our guide John Mukurima has been guiding trips on the mount Kenya since 1997. He has a full mountain team at the base. Our tours here have been successful because of our approach to acclimatization which means that the ascent is never rushed. We go at your speed. Point Lenana is just 5000 meters high, hence we always allow for at least 4days minimum for trekking the peak of Point Lenana using a variety of routes.

We have been guiding trips on Mount Kenya since 1996 and have full time mountain staff at the base. Our expeditions here have been successful because of a proper approach to acclimatisation which means that the ascent is not rushed. Point Lenana is just under 5000 metres high, so we always allow four days minimum for the trekking peak of Point Lenana on a variety of routes.

Porters to carry food and luggage
Park fees & camping fees for clients, guide, porters and cooks
Accommodation on bandas
All meals 4meals per day breakfast, lunch, 1st evening tea, appetizers

Mount Kenya Chogoria Route 6 days


Day 1: Nairobi- Mt Kenya Bandas (2,900m) 3hrs, 10km walk, 950m ascent

Depart from Nairobi at 0800hrs, driving through agricultural country up to Chogoria town for lunch. After lunch, we take 4×4 and drive up to the edge of the bamboo forest where we start our trekking through the dense bamboo forest for distance of 10 km up to the Mt Kenya Bandas.

Dinner and overnight at the Mount Kenya Bandas


Day 2: Mt Kenya Bandas – Lake Ellis Campsite ( 3,600m) 3hrs, 9km, 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 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- Minto`s Camp. ( 4,200m) 4 hrs, 12km, 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. 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.

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.


Day 4: Minto`s – Austrian hut 4,700m(top hut) 4 hrs, 7km, 500m ascent

Today we begin our trek ascending up along the foot of huge rock walls.

From the top we`ll have an excellent view of Mt. Kenya. After ascending for a couple of hours you reach Tooth Col. From here you traverse until you reach the Austrian Hut for dinner and overnight.


Day 5: Austrian camp – Pt Lenana – Old Moses. 6 hrs, 20km, 285m ascent – 1,400m descent

Leave at 5.00am for predawn attempt, climbing for 1 hour across bare rock and scree slopes characteristic of the alpine region up to Pt Lenana – the hiker`s summit, arriving in time to catch the African sunrise.

Descend to Shipton’s camp  for breakfast and a short rest. After breakfast we begin a 5 hour descent via Mackinder`s valley to the Old Moses camp (3,300m). 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 the Old Moses camp.


Day 6 : Old Moses camp – Nairobi. 2 hrs, 9km, 680m descent

After early morning breakfast, descend for 3 hours up to the Sirimon Park gate to catch a vehicle for transfer  to Nairobi arriving late afternoon.

Mount Kenya Chogoria Route 5 days

Mount Kenya Climbing 5 days Ascend from Sirimon descend at Chogoria in Meru


Day 1: (Old Moses Camp)

we leave Nairobi to mt Kenya national park gate, taking about 3 hrs drive.

We have lunch at picnic site at 1pm depending on arrival, (inside the park) as we relax.

Trekking begins after lunch to old Moses taking APPROX 3, 1/2HRS hours depending on your pace.

Dinner and overnight at Old Moses Hut (3300m).


Day 2: (Shiptons Camp)

We have morning breakfast, at 7am then hike up to mackiinders Valley through Moorland.

Lunch will be served along the trek. Approx trekking time: 7 hours. Depending on your pace


Day 3: (Shiptons Camp)/Acclimatization Day

We spend the day doing leisure treks around the picks in preparation for the summit

Dinner and rest at shiptons camp


Day 4: (Shiptons Camp)

Early morning wake up call at 3 30am we attempt point Lenana (4985M) at dawn to catch early sunrise. The trek is approx 4 hours. We descend down to mintos camp for breakfast, approx time 3hrs, then further down to road head Camp lunch is severed in between the trek approx time 41/2 hrs. Then down further to bandas camp approx time 2 1/2hrs. Dinner and rest at bandas camp


Day 5: Nairobi

Breakfast at 7am, WE TREK down 15km through the forest for pick up by village land rover then drive further to chogoria town further 15km for transfer back to Nairobi.


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