Traverse Mount Kenya from East to West via the Chogoria and Sirimon routes
Climb Point Lenana, the highest trekking peak on Mt Kenya
Ascend via the quieter and most dramatic Chogoria route
Tour description provided by World Expeditions
Mt Kenya is regarded as the most visually stunning of the ice-capped African peaks and is home to a great diversity of wildlife, including leopard, elephant and buffalo. It is an exhilarating and diverse trek, with only a tenth of the number of trekkers compared to Kilimanjaro. The Chogoria Route offers the best combination of alpine scenery and acclimatisation and takes us through the spectacular Gorges Valley and Lake Mackenzie before traversing the Point Lenana summit (4985m).
6 breakfasts, 6 lunches and 5 dinners
Return transfers from nairobi to mt kenya
All park entrance fees mt kenya valued at us$155
1 night in 3 star hotel
1 night at bunk house near mt kenya
All group camping and catering equipment on mt kenya (sleeping bags and mats are not provided)
Services of porters and experienced guide
Day 1 Arrival and overnight in Nairobi
On arrival in Nairobi, please make your way to the group hotel. The rest of the day is at leisure in Kenya's capital city.
Day 2 Mt Kenya National Park
This morning we head to Chogoria Village. In the afternoon you will ascend the steep and rutted track to the Bandas (cottages) in woodland near the Chogoria gate (3,017m) of the Mt Kenya National Park. We will stay here for the night. Our gear will be transported by Land Rovers while we acclimatise with our first walk at altitude.
Day 3 Ascend Mt Kenya via Lake Ellis (3500m) (approx. 6 hours)
The flora and fauna surrounding the Bandas is prolific, with the possibility of seeing game in the surrounding forest (Elephant, Buffalo, Antelope, Colobus Monkey, Augur Buzzard & Verreaux's Eagle). As we walk, the forest gradually drops away and we enter a high moorland zone. Lake Ellis (3500m), where we camp tonight, is a peaceful spot with good views of the main peaks and we arrive in time for lunch. In the afternoon we ascend nearby Mugi Hill (3600m) to help with acclimatisation before returning to camp.
Day 4 Trek Ellis to Lake Michaelson (4000m) (approx. 6-7 hours)
The initial trek away from the lake ascends gentle moorland to attain a ridge that eventually joins the main Chogoria route at its best viewpoint. After enjoying views of Vivienne Falls and the Gorges Valley we descend to the little visited Lake Michaelson (3,830m) and possibly the most beautiful campsite on the walk. Overhead tower the cliffs of the Temple while Tacazze Sunbirds flit amongst the giant Groundsel and Lobelia and Hyraxes hop around in the rocks.
Day 5 Trek to Simba Tarn (4560m) (approx. 3-4 hours)
The trek now enters the Alpine Zone, following the river through a beautiful canyon - after quite a boggy start to the walk the walking surface soon becomes scree. You will climb several steep slopes to the Tooth (4,700m), from where it then contours to Simba Tarn at 4,560m, which you should reach in time for a late lunch. We also enjoy an afternoon acclimatisation walk to a ridge above the campsite.
Day 6 Point Lenana (4985m), descend via Shipton's Camp to Old Moses Camp
After a hot drink you will leave at 3:30 am for the steep ascent (2 - 2.5 hrs) of Point Lenana (4,985m) in time for sunrise. Although the climb is straightforward, the final section is hard work at this altitude. From the summit it is often possible to see Mt Kilimanjaro 320km away as well as the nearby climbing peaks of Mt Kenya; Nelion and Batian which should be bathed in golden sunlight at this time of the morning. We descend back to Simba Tarn for a well-earned cooked breakfast, and continue our descent via the Mackinder Valley to Shipton's Camp before joining the Sirimon Route to Old Moses Camp. The walk today is long and exhausting and will challenge even the fittest of walkers. However the thrill of standing on the roof of Kenya, will be sure to make the effort worthwhile.
Day 7 Descend Sirimon Valley to base and transfer to Nairobi
After breakfast we head through the Sirimon Valley and down through the lush forest belt to the Park Gate where our transport will be waiting to take us back to Nairobi at around 10:00am. We drive on to Nairobi where the trip concludes on arrival at the hotel from where we started. We farewell our Kenyan crew here. (Note: arrival at the hotel in Nairobi is around 16:00hrs. We recommend an overnight stay in Nairobi before commencing onward travel. If you need to depart today, please do not book onward flights departing before 20:00hrs)