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The second-highest mountain in Africa, Mount Kenya, hides arguably the greatest climbing challenges and alpine character on the continent. The 17,057 feet tall mountain, thought to have once been a 22,000 feet tall volcano, offers extreme terrain diversity—from lush Afro-alpine forests and sky-blue lakes to out-of-this-world glacial valleys and snowy peaks. And the best way to experience the mountain’s exotic flora, fauna, and breathtaking vistas is by taking the Chogoria Route. This trekking route is quieter than the alternatives, making the climb an intimate experience between you and Africa’s endemic wilderness. The route takes you through colorful farmlands, tropical forests, majestic waterfalls and so, so much more. And once you conquer the steep gravelly climbs of Point Lenana, you’ll feel like you’re on top of the world!
Enjoy the unique views from the second highest mountain in Africa
Test your luck fly fishing in Mt. Kenya’s tranquil lakes
The “climb-high-sleep-low” is a major help with acclimatization
Head to Kenya for a hiking experience you’ll never forget. Ascend the monumental Mt. Kenya on the scenic Chogoria route — the trek is long and gradual, which is perfect for acclimatization. Experience some of the most beautiful and serene sites on the mountain, such as the stunning Lake Michaelson and Gorges Valley, and enjoy views of the African continent all the way to Tanzania’s Mt. Kilimanjaro! Travel with a seasoned local crew who will make sure you’re well-accommodated, well-rested, well-fed, and ready for the climbs to come!
After an early breakfast, meet your driver who will take you to the start of the route. The first day’s walk takes you up through the forest for about two hours. Check into the park at the Kenya Wildlife Service entrance and then walk another hour to the campsite. Enjoy the African landscapes, where the Afro-alpine forest ends and the moorland begins. Spend the afternoon exploring the area and acclimatizing to the altitude.
Elevation: 600ft / 170m
Distance: 6 miles / 10km
Duration: 5 hours
Enjoy some spectacular views of the rolling hills and the snow-capped peaks of Batian and Nelion. Take part in a short hike, after which you get to sit back and eat lunch with the magnificent views around Lake Ellis as the backdrop. “Climb high and sleep low” is the general rule of thumb for this tour, as it allows for better acclimatization. End the day with an evening walk to the nearby Mugi Hill. If you’re up to it, you can even try spot-fishing in the lake.
Elevation: 3,100ft / 950m
Distance: 5 miles / 8km
Duration: 4 hours
Enjoy a beautiful walk taking you up along the ridge overlooking the Gorges valley to take in the views of Lake Michaelson. Have your lunch admiring the spectacular views of the lake, and continue on a mild traverse and descent to the Lake Michaelson campsite. Spend the afternoon resting or exploring around the lake — it’s up to you.
Elevation: 2,600ft / 800m
Distance: 5 miles / 8km
Duration: 7 hours
The hike starts late, so you get to spend the morning relaxing. Day 4’s plan is a short and steep hike to Simba Col. The hike is challenging, so find your pace and don’t forget to enjoy the scenery as you walk out of the Gorges Valley. The Simba Col camp is nestled in a bowl on the shoulder of Point Lenana, so it’s a great camp for an approach to the summit.
Elevation: 1,100ft / 360m
Distance: 2 miles / 3km
Duration: 2 hours
Depart for the summit early. Enjoy the expansive views of the mountainside, valleys, and all the way to Kilimanjaro, while sipping on a nice, warm drink.
After the climb, descend down the southern side of the mountain along the Sirimon route and have brunch in the Mackinder Valley. All that’s left is a short walk down to the Old Moses, and you’ll be back in the Nanyuki area in time for a late lunch.
Elevation: -5,282ft / -1600m
Distance: 11 miles / 17km
Duration: 2 hours
Just come back from a great 5 days climbing Mt Kenya with my two sons and African Ascents.
The Chogoria route was great for acclimatization and views. We summited on the afternoon of the fourth day to take advantage of the clear weather. Returning by the Serimon route.
The overnight sites were all good with Lake Michealson at a high point.
Camps were well organized with good tents and sleeping bags (essential with the cold nights).
Jacob was an excellent guide and the food rustled up by the cook was remarkable with porridge and cooked breakfasts, and varied evening meals including curries, stews, and pasta dishes. All wolfed down. I would certainly recommend African Ascents
Went to Mt. Kenya with African Ascents in July 2021 on a custom trip for 12 days (Pt. Lenana, round-the-peak hike, and technical ascents of Batian & Nelion). Highly recommend using them. We found them to be cost-competitive with other outfitters and enjoyed our experience end-to-end. The owner, Julian, was collaborative on our trip planning, customizing it to exactly what we wanted to do. Our trail guide, Jacob, was very knowledgeable and clearly loves sharing his love of the outdoors with others. Our chef, Jonathan, made five-star meals every day. In all the restaurants we went to in Kenya, we didn’t have as good food as we had on Mt. Kenya. The whole crew at African Ascents clearly prioritizes leave no trace ethics and does a good job with stewardship of the land.
Julian Wright organized and led a bespoke trip up Mt Kenya to Lenana peak. Excellent guide. Very experienced. Super safe and professional. Great logistics and a good kit. Definitely would recommend.
57hours is committed to providing safe outdoor adventure experiences. We require all guides using our platform to have a COVID-19 safety plan and to make the details of that plan accessible to travelers. In most cases, group sizes will be reduced, guides will avoid overcrowded locations, and other safety measures will be met depending on the location and activity.
We also expect clients to respect local regulations and take measures to protect themselves, guides, and the communities they’re traveling to. For more information on COVID-19 measures in the Chogoria Route, Kenya, please refer to the U.K. Government’s travel advice for Kenya or the U.S. Embassy’s COVID-19 information site for Kenya.
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What you get on this adventure:
What’s not included:
The best thing about hiking the Chogoria route of Mt. Kenya is that it requires no technical climbing skills. This intermediate hike will see a little more change in elevation and hikes will start to increase in length, hiking anywhere between four to eight miles. This trek requires a well established fitness base but it is certainly one of the more adventurous and rewarding treks on the mountain. Keep in mind, the weather can change quickly and you’ll also be packing a daypack filled with water and other things you’ll need throughout the day.
For camping, you need to bring:
Dress comfortably and for the weather in clothes you can move in. We suggest bringing clothing appropriate for the season. Layers are best and don’t wear jeans. Keep in mind that despite Mount Kenya being on the equator in Africa, it can get very cold. In the early morning hours the temperature can get to about -4 degrees Celsius and as high as 18 degrees Celsius during the day.
A porter can carry max 18kg/39.6Lbs, including food, accommodation, wages, etc. There will be multiple porters depending on the amount of baggage and in case your baggage weighs more, you can hire another porter for an additional fee.
Group sizes and prices:
Hiking in Mt. Kenya can be arranged for larger groups. Contact us to make arrangements.
Min. age requirements:
If your group has hikers under the age of 18, contact us prior to booking to make arrangements.
Registration for an adventure with your guide requires a 50% non-refundable deposit. The balance of program fees will generally be due 90 days prior to the starting date of the program. It is your responsibility to adhere to the fee payment schedule. Late payment will result in cancellation of program reservations and forfeiture of all fees paid.
If your guide has to make an alteration to the time of departure or return to the your home exceeding 12 hours between the date of your booking and the date of departure to, you can decide no to proceed with the booking. In that case, you can:
If your guide increases the basic price of the trip by 10% or more and you do not wish to continue with the trip, you may cancel your booking and get a full refund in respect of the basic cost of the trip but your guide will not be responsible for other incurred costs.
Should you cancel for any other reason the following charges will apply:
If your guide is forced to cancel your trip, you will be given the opportunity either to:
If the reason for the cancellation less than 8 weeks before the advertised departure date is a lack of bookings, a compensation of $30 per properly booked person will be paid.
To get to the Chogoria Route, most people fly into Jomo Kenyatta International Airport in Nairobi. From there, you can rent a car and go for a 3-hour drive to Nanyuki. Local flight options are also available. Your guide also offers transfer services from Nairobi to Nanyuki, priced at 100$.
There are no direct flights from the US or Canada to East Africa. The fastest routes to Nairobi are usually two nonstop legs viaLondon or another European city such as Amsterdam, Frankfurt or Paris.
Once you and your guide agree on the details of your itinerary, your guide will suggest the best place to meet, whether that’s at the guide shop in Nanyuki Town or a predetermined location. The guide will choose the appropriate terrain dependent on conditions and the ability of the group.