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Mount Kenya: 5-Day Hike Via Chogoria Route

1. Mount Kenya: 5-Day Hike Via Chogoria Route

This 5-day adventure includes hotel pickup and drop off in Nairobi. Travel worry-free with the support of a professional guide, porters, and a skilled cook, as well as tent rentals, included in the price.  The journey starts with a 4-hour drive to Chogoria Park Gate and accommodation at the Kenya Wildlife Services campsite. Travel off the beaten path on day 2 with lunch by the Nithi River and plenty of time to explore the surrounding hillsides. On Day 4, hike up to Mintos Hut while enjoying magnificent views of Lake Ellis, the Gorges Valley, and Vivienne Waterfalls.   Day 4 starts with a pre-dawn breakfast before passing the Simba and Harris Tarns to arrive at Point Lenana at sunrise. The views from the summit are well worth the steep and gravelly climb. After taking in the views, descend to the Meru Mount Kenya Lodge.   On the 5th and final day, descend through dense rain and bamboo forests to Chogoria Town where the van will be waiting for the return transfer to Nairobi after lunch.

From Nairobi: Mount Kenya National Park Full-Day Hike

2. From Nairobi: Mount Kenya National Park Full-Day Hike

Mount Kenya is the biggest mountain in the country, and people often take 3 to 5 days to climb to the summit and back. However, this tour offers you the opportunity to see the beauty of the mountain and take part in a vigorous 6-hour hike, but also to be home to Nairobi for dinner. Your day starts with an early pickup from your hotel in Nairobi before heading off to Mount Kenya National Park, a designated UNESCO World Heritage Site, due in part to its importance as an area of great scenic beauty. You’ll arrive at the Naro Moru Gate to start your hike at 9:00 AM and head out. Hike through rainforests up the mountain with your knowledgeable guide who will tell you about the flora and fauna surrounding you. This Park is inhabited by, among others, elephants, black-and-white colobus, monkeys, and Cape buffalos. You'll also catch sight of some beautiful birds. At approximately noon, you’ll reach the Meteorological Station and start to head back down the mountain through the bamboo forest. At around 2:00 PM, you’ll arrive back at the Naro Moru gate and enjoy a well-deserved packed lunch. Finally, you'll take the 3-hour drive back to Nairobi. This hike, while strenuous, will certainly be worth it; Mount Kenya is a favorite for hikers due to its snow-capped peaks, breathtaking scenery, and the challenge it presents.

Mount Kenya: 5-Day Climbing Experience from Nairobi

3. Mount Kenya: 5-Day Climbing Experience from Nairobi

• Day 1: Nairobi, Sirimon, Judmaier Camp (Old Moses Camp), 3-4 hours, 5.6 miles, 2,820-foot ascent Get picked up at 7:30 AM from your accommodation in Nairobi. Drive around 4 hours to Nanyuki for lunch. Proceed 1 hour and 800 feet to Sirimon Gate. From the gate, follow the trail as it winds uphill through the forest which becomes uncultivated land after about 3 hours. After 3.5 hours, the route veers right to Judmaier Camp, where you'll have dinner and stay overnight at 10,826 feet. Lunch and dinner are included.  • Day 2: Judmier Camp, Shipton Camp, 6-7 hours, 10 miles, 2,950-foot ascent After breakfast, follow the track uphill, forking left at the junction. After 1 hour from Old Moses Camp, the trail crosses Ontulili River. Head right toward the Moorland and cross Liki North. Continue uphill to Mackinders Valley, from where you'll find panoramic views up the valley toward the main peaks. Dinner and overnight at Shipton Camp at 13,779 feet. Breakfast, lunch, and dinner are included.  • Day 3: Shipton Camp Spend the day acclimatizing. Walk to Kami Hut down to the Hauseberg Lakes, Hauseberg Tarn and Nanyuki Tarn. Trek back to Shipton for dinner and overnight. • Day 4: Shiptons, Point Lenana, Mount Meru Bandas (Chogoria Gate), 11-12 hours, 20 miles, 2,575-foot ascent Leave at 3:00 AM up a steep, stony quarry that cuts through a cliff clearing. Head toward lower Hall Tarns and arrive at Mount Kenya Point Lenana, 3.7 miles from Shipton Camp, at 6:30 AM. After the sunrise, descend 3.7 miles and about 2 hours down to Mintos Hut for breakfast. Head 4-5 hours further down to Mount Meru Bandas at 9,678 feet, for dinner and overnight on Mount Kenya. Breakfast, lunch, and dinner are included.  • Day 5: Chogoria Bandas, Chogoria, Nairobi Descend 2 hours and 9 miles to the forest clearance and catch a 4×4 transfer vehicle to Chogoria Village where you will find your driver waiting to transfer you back to Nairobi. Breakfast and lunch are included.

From Nairobi: Mount Kenya Overnight Safari

4. From Nairobi: Mount Kenya Overnight Safari

Day 1: Depart from Nairobi at 9 AM and set off for the Mount Kenya Nature Reserve. Admire the breathtaking scenery surrounding this designated World Heritage Site. See pristine wilderness with lakes, tarns, glaciers, dense forest, mineral springs and a selection of rare and endangered species of animals, high altitude adapted plains game and unique montane and alpine vegetation. Check in to your accommodation at the Serena Mountain Lodge located at 2,194 m on the slopes of Mount Kenya. Lunch will be served here and you may spend the afternoon as you please, relax at your lodge on the viewing deck and spot animals at the waterhole. The lodge is surrounded by a dense rainforest that comes alive at dusk with a myriad of sounds that make the African bush so special and exhilarating. Its wildlife viewing deck provides superb vantage points for game viewing. Your dinner and overnight accommodation will be here. Day 2: After breakfast, return to Nairobi and get dropped off at your Nairobi hotel or Airport.  Please note safaris return between 2 PM and 5 PM, therefore we recommend if you are departing Nairobi the same day you do not book a flight any earlier than 8 PM.

Mount Kenya: 4-Day Climbing Experience from Nairobi

5. Mount Kenya: 4-Day Climbing Experience from Nairobi

• Day 1: Nairobi - Met Station at 10,006 feet, 3-4 hours, 6.2 miles, 1,312-foot ascent After pickup in Nairobi, drive to the Naru Moru Park Gate for lunch. From the gate, trek up through the magnificent montane forest, bamboo, and giant heather zone before reaching the high altitude moorland and the first cabins at Met Station for dinner and overnight. This is a gentle trek that takes 3-4 hours, gaining an elevation of 1,968 feet. • Day 2: Met Station - Mackinders Camp at 14,107 feet, 5-6 hours, 6.8 miles, 3,937-foot ascent After a short walk to the end of the forest line, hike across a marshy vertical bog of the lower moorlands. Stop for a picnic lunch at the Picnic Rocks before continuing further to Mackinders Camp, gaining 4,265 feet in altitude in about 5 hours. Dinner and overnight at Mackinders camp.  • Day 3: Mackinders - Pt Lenana at 16,355 feet - Old Moses Camp, 11 hours, 2,247-foot ascent, 5,528-foot descent. Leave at 3:00 AM for a predawn summit attempt, trekking for 3-4 hours across bare rock and scree slopes characteristic of the alpine region. Reach Point Lenana, the hikers summit, arriving in time to catch the African sunrise. Later, descend to Shiptons Camp on the Sirimon Route for breakfast. After breakfast, begin a 5-hour descent via Mackinder's Valley to the Old Moses Camp. The descent is gentle and offers ample time to enjoy fascinating scenery, which includes the moorlands, before reaching the camp. Dinner and overnight at Old Moses Camp.  • Day 4: Old Moses at 10,826 feet - Nairobi, 3 hours After an early morning breakfast, descend for 3 hours through the rain forest to the Sirimon Park Gate to catch a vehicle for the return journey to Nairobi. Arrive back at your accommodation in the early evening.

Mount Kenya: 5-Day Guided Hike with Meals Included

6. Mount Kenya: 5-Day Guided Hike with Meals Included

This 5-Day guided climb of Mount Kenya includes 3 meals per day, accommodation and an experienced, certified guide. Route: Sirimon to Chogoria Day 1: Sirimon/Judmaier Camp (Old Moses Camp) 3-4 hrs, 9 km, 860 m ascent. Leave Nanyuki town and proceed to Sirimon Gate, at 2650 meters. From the gate follow the track as it winds uphill through the forest which becomes heath land after about 3 hours. The track veers right to Judmaier Camp, at 3300 meters. Day 2: Judmier Camp/Shipton Camp 6-7 hrs, 17 km, 900 m ascent. After breakfast, follow the track uphill, forking left at the junction. After a 1 hour hike from Old Moses Camp, the track crosses Ontulili River. Go right contouring through the Moorland and crossing Likii North. Continue uphill to Mackinders Valley, from where there are panoramic views up the valley towards the main peaks. Day 3: Shipton Camp Spend the day acclimatizing. Walk to Kami Hut down to Hauseberg Lakes (Hauseberg Tarn and Nanyuki Tarn). Walk back to Shipton for dinner and to spend the night. Day 4: Shiptons/Point Lenana/Mount Meru Bandas (Chogoria Gate) 11-12 hrs, 32 km, 785 m ascent. Leave at 3 AM to go to Lower Hall Tarns, arriving to point Lenana, 6 kilometers from Shipton Camp at 6:30 AM, taking about 3 hours. After the sunrise, descend 6 kilometers down to Mintos Hut, around 2 hours, for breakfast and 20 kilometers, for 4 to 5 hours until you reach Mount Meru Bandas, at 2,950 meters. Day 5: Chogoria Bandas/Chogoria/Nairobi Descend for 2 hours, walking 10 kilometers to the forest clearance to catch the transfer vehicle to Chogoria town.

Mount Kenya: 4-Day Hike - Sirimon to Chogoria Route

7. Mount Kenya: 4-Day Hike - Sirimon to Chogoria Route

Head to Mount Kenya, the highest mountain in Kenya and the second highest in Africa, on this 4-day hike via the Sirimon to Chogoria route. Enjoy a professional guide, accommodation, and meals prepared by a professional chef during your trip. Day 1: Sirimon Gate to Old Moses Camp (3-4 hours, 9 km) Start your trip with pickup in Nanyuki. Meet your expert tour guide and get driven to Sirimon Gate. From the gate, follow the track as it winds uphill through the forest which becomes heathland after about 3 hours. After another 30 minutes, the track veers right to Old Moses Camp (also called Judmier Camp). Day 2: Old Moses Camp to Shipton Camp (6-7 hours, 14 km) After 1 hour from Old Moses Camp, the track crosses Ontulili River. Then, contouring through the Moorland and crossing Likii North, continue uphill to Mackinders Valley. Enjoy panoramic views up the valley towards the main peaks. Day 3: Shipton Camp to Point Lenana to Old Moses Camp Leave at 3 AM toward lower Hall Tarns, arriving at point Lenana at 6:30 AM. Make it in time to catch the spectacular sunrise at the top. After sunrise, descend to Shipton Camp. After breakfast, travel through the moorland back to Old Moses Camp. Day 4: Old Moses Camp to Sirimon Gate (3-4 hours, 9 km) After breakfast, walk down through the rainforest for 3 to 4 hours then connect with your transport vehicle back to Nanyuki town.

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Very good hiking, amazing landscapes. Lucky with the weather. A bit long drive for a day, but definitely worth it.