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5-Day Hiking Mount Kenya Via Chogoria Route From Nairobi

Hiking Mount Kenya through Chogoria Route has long been considered the most picturesque, dramatic, and varying route, it’s the most beautiful of the access routes to Point Lenana and the best for acclimatization as the gradient is the easiest. You are more likely to be the only climbers on this side of the mountain ensuring a unique wilderness experience. Our guides are specialists on Mount Kenya, thoroughly knowledgeable in the flora, fauna and a foreign language.

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5 days


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  • What's included :
    • 4x Breakfast
    • 4x Dinner
    • 5x Lunch
    • Accommodation included: 4 nights
    • Park fees and permits
    • All meals
    • Guides
    • Tents
    • Transfers to Mt Kenya from Nairobi/return.
    • Entry/Admission - Mintos Hut
    • Entry/Admission - Mt Kenya Lodge
    What's excluded :
    • Alcoholic drinks (available to purchase)
    • Food and drinks, unless specified
    • Gratuities

  • Day 1: Nairobi to Chogoria Park Gate (2950 meters)

    Stop At: Chogoria, Chogoria, Eastern Province
    0700 Hours: Pick up from hotel after breakfast and drive to Chogoria Park Gate. The drive takes about 4 hours from Nairobi to Chogoria town where we meet our porters and guides.

    From here we drive to the Mt. Kenya forest to Chogoria Park Gate located 22 kilometers. This journey is 29 kilometers long and goes over a motor-able dirt road that passes through fertile farmlands before getting into a tropical forest, followed by a bamboo zone.

    We spend the first night at the Kenya Wildlife Service campsite at the Park Gate, or at Meru Mt. Kenya Lodge 7 kilometers from the Park Gate.

    Duration: 10 hours

    Meals included:
    • Lunch
    • Dinner
    Accommodation included: Kenya wildlife Service Camping Site

    Day 2: Chogoria Park Gate to Camp (3,600 meters)

    Stop At: Mount Kenya National Park, Mount Kenya National Park
    After breakfast and sorting of porter loads we set off up the mountain at a nice and easy pace. Camping next to the Nithi River at this place helps with acclimatization. Since it only takes 2 Hours to get here, that leaves you with plenty of time to explore the surroundings.

    One of the attractions here is the Nithi waterfalls, approximately 100 feet high, accessible by crossing the river and following the trail to the left for about 300 Meters.

    Other attractions are Lake Ellis at 3500 meters and about 3 kilometers to the right of the road head, and Mugi Hill next to the Lake. If you climb to the top of Mugi Hill, you’ll get a bird’s eye view of the neighboring flat-topped Giant’s Billiard table.

    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.

    Duration: 12 hours

    Meals included:
    • Breakfast
    • Lunch
    • Dinner
    Accommodation included: Campingsite

    Day 3: Campsite to Minto’s hut (4297 Meters)

    Stop At: Mintos Hut, Meru District, Kenya
    The third day is spent hiking for about 4 to 6 Hours to Mintos Hut. Along the way, you get magnificent views of Lake Ellis to the right, the Gorges Valley to the left, and the 1500 feet (457meters) Vivienne waterfalls.

    Vivienne waterfalls appear at position 117 on the list of the World’s tallest Waterfalls. Even more striking is the view of Lake Michaelson at the top of this waterfall, and the view of the peaks on a clear day.

    Once you get to Minto’s hut, you have the option of using the hut or camping on the shores of the adjacent Hall Tarns. A short 5 minute walk to the side of these Tarns is a sheer cliff drop called the Temple, with a stunning view of Lake Michaelson directly below.

    Duration: 12 hours

    Meals included:
    • Breakfast
    • Lunch
    • Dinner
    Accommodation included: Mintos Hut

    Day 4: Mintos Hut to Summit to Meru Mount Kenya Lodge (Bandas)

    Stop At: Mt Kenya Lodge, Meru District, Kenya
    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 to 5 hours.

    The forth day is when most people summit. The day starts at 0330 Hours with the aim of getting to Pt Lenana at Sunrise. The terrain is a bit wet in the first 2 kilometers, followed by a series of steep gravelly climbs.

    The first slope levels off at Simba Tarn, to be followed by another steep incline that meets the trail from Shiptons near Square Tarn. The trail then weaves its way above this Tarn till Point Lenana, taking 3 Hours or more from Mintos Hut.

    After the sunrise at 0630 Hours and nice views of Kilimanjaro and the Coastline, we descend back to Mintos for full breakfast and thereafter descend to Meru Mount Kenya Lodge (Bandas) having our lunch at the Road head. Dinner and overnight at the Bandas.

    Duration: 12 hours

    Meals included:
    • Breakfast
    • Lunch
    • Dinner
    Accommodation included: Meru Mount Kenya Lodge(Bandas)

    Day 5: Meru Mount Kenya Lodge (Bandas) to Nairobi

    Stop At: Nairobi, Nairobi
    After breakfast you’ll retrace your steps for 15 kilometers downhill through the dense rain and bamboo forests to connect the 4WD jeep to Chogoria Town. Then after lunch at chogoria drive back to Nairobi for your next destination
    Duration: 8 hours

    Meals included:
    • Breakfast
    • Lunch
    No accommodation included on this day.
  • Departure Point :
    Traveler pickup is offered
    Pick up available from airbnb and private apartmentsAirports
    • Jomo Kenyatta Intl Airport, Nairobi Kenya
    • Wilson Airport, Nairobi Kenya
    Departure Time :
    8:00 AM
    Return Detail :
    Hotel Pickup :
    • Confirmation will be received at time of booking
    • A current valid passport is required on the day of travel
    • Not recommended for pregnant travelers
    • Vegetarian option is available, please advise at time of booking if required
    • A current valid passport is required on the day of travel
    • Not wheelchair accessible
    • Not recommended for travelers with back problems
    • Travelers should have a moderate physical fitness level
    • This tour/activity will have a maximum of 15 travelers
    • Face masks required for travelers in public areas
    • Face masks required for guides in public areas
    • Hand sanitizer available to travelers and staff
    • Social distancing enforced throughout experience
    • Transportation vehicles regularly sanitized
  • You can present either a paper or an electronic voucher for this activity.
  • If you cancel at least 7 day(s) in advance of the scheduled departure, there is no cancellation fee.
    If you cancel between 3 and 6 day(s) in advance of the scheduled departure, there is a 50 percent cancellation fee.
    If you cancel within 2 day(s) of the scheduled departure, there is a 100 percent cancellation fee.



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Organised by Gracepatt Ecotours Kenya

Activity ID: V-21143P9

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