Mount Kenya climbing 6 Days Chogoria route, down Sirimon route
Mount Kenya climbing 6 days Chogoria route is 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. Accommodation on this trek is 3 nights in mountain huts and 2 nights camping. Nonetheless, if you prefer to camp you can do so all night on the mountain.
Day 1. Transfer Nairobi – Chogoria – Mt Kenya Bandas (2,900m) 3hrs, 10km walk, 950m ascent
Day 2. Mt Kenya Bandas – Lake Ellis Campsite ( 3,600m) 3hrs, 9km, 700m ascent
Day 3. Lake Ellis- Minto’s Camp. ( 4,200m) 4 hrs, 12km, 600m ascent
Day 4. Minto’s – Austrian hut 4,700m(top hut) 4 hrs, 7km, 500m ascent
Day 5. Austrian camp – Pt Lenana – Old Moses. 6 hrs, 20km, 285m ascent – 1,400m descent
Day 6. Old Moses camp – Nairobi. 2 hrs, 9km, 680m descent
Mount Kenya climbing 6 Days Chogoria route
Climbing adventure suitable for – well-acclimatized energetic mountain hikers.
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Day 1: Nairobi-Chogoria-Mount Kenya Bandas
Nairobi – Chogoria – 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: Mount Meru Bandas - Lake Ellis Campsite
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
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.
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.
Day 4: Mintos - Austrian Hut
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 Hut - Pt Lenana - Old Moses Camp
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: Met Station/Naromoru/Nairobi
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.
• Guaranteed price/guaranteed trek on confirmation
• Transfer to and from the base of the mountain
• Accommodations in Camps/Huts whilst on Trek as per the itinerary
• All park entrance fees to include government taxes
• Services of an English speaking professional guide, porters, and skilled cook
• Flying Doctors emergency medical evacuation/rescue insurance cover
• Treated water on the trek
• Government Taxes, and local levies
• Starts, and finishes Nairobi
• Laundry, sleeping bags, beverages/drinks
• International flights, visa fees
• Personal clothing and climbing gears
• Personal Travel Insurance
• Laundry, drinks, and tipping
• Extra activities offered at lodges or en route
• Any items of personal nature.
• Tips and gratuities for guides and porter
• Any other extras not detailed in the above itinerary