mount kenya Chongoria Trek
Mt Kenya a broad volcanic cone with a diameter of around 120 km is not only the highest mountain in Kenya but is also the second highest in Africa after Kilimanjaro.
It was formed by volcanic eruption during the Great Rift Valley. The peaks of Batian (5199m) and Nelion (5188m) are the remains of a huge volcanic plug that has slowly eroded to create the distinctive silhouette. The peaks on Mt. Kenya are permanently iced with snow and glaciers.
Ludwig Krapf, a Swiss missionary was the first European to lay eyes on Mount Kenya in 1849. In 1899, Halford Mac Kinder and two Alpine guides made the first successful ascent of the mountain and named the two highest peaks after Maasai leaders.
Mt Kenya attracts trekkers from all over the world as it is also an International Biosphere Reserve. Enjoy the hike!
There are three main routes up to the peaks area and these include the Sirmon, Chogoria and Naro Moru routes.
Detailed Trip Itinerary: 7 DAY MT. KENYA TREK: CHOGORIA – SIRIMON ROUTE
Day 1: Jomo Kenyatta International Airport – Nairobi
Arrive Jomo Kenyatta International Airport. Meet and greet with a representative of Trek East Africa before transferring to Nairobi. Dinner and overnight stay.
DAY 2: Nairobi – Chogoria (3000m)
Depart Nairobi at 08.00 am for Chogoria. The drive will take you through Kenya’s agricultural country. Join a dirt road that will take you through Chogoria forest till you reach Chogoria gate. Subject to weather conditions the journey usually takes between 5 – 10 hours drive. Dinner and over night stay at Meru Mount Kenya Lodge
Day 3: Chogoria – Mintos Camp (4300m)
Start early as this days trek will take you on a wide track through the forest. Look out for impala, buffalo and some elephants that may be spotted enroute.
Lunch enroute then continue the walk through heather and cross Nithi River prior to reaching the moorlands. This will enable you enjoy good views of the picturesque lakes, gorges and the high peaks. Total walking time is approximately 7 – 8 hours. Dinner and overnight stay at Mintos Camp.
Day 4: Mintos Camp – Lenana (4985) – Shipton’s Camp (4200m)
Attempt of the summit hike starts at 0300am, and usually takes 3-4 hours to reach point Lenana (4985m) – the hikers’ summit. Descend back to Shipton‚s camp for breakfast. Rest of the day at leisure (taking it easy). Dinner and Overnight stay at Shipton’s Hut
Day 5: Shipton’s Camp (4200m) – Sirimon Park Gate (2600m)
After breakfast then begin the 5 – 6 hours descent till you reach Sirimon Gate at 2600m. Check in at Mountain Rock Lodge (1950m) for a hot shower and comfortable bed. Dinner and overnight stay.
Day 6: Mountain Rock Lodge – Nairobi
Drive to Nairobi. Have the rest of the day at leisure (taking it easy). Dinner and overnight stay.
Day 7: Nairobi – Jomo Kenyatta International Airport
Transfer to Jomo Kenyatta International Airport from where you will catch up with your out/ home bound flight (Alternatively, you could take on a safari which is optional).
Note: Mount Kenya can be trekked all year round but for a more comfortable climb it is best to avoid the rainy seasons. The best times for reasonable weather are January – February and August – October. Weather patterns on Mt Kenya are unpredictable, and some times during the ‘dry’ seasons it does rain. Bation and Nelion, which are the highest peaks on Mt. Kenya, can only be reached by fully equipped mountaineers with technical skills. Most trekkers’ goal is to reach point Lenana (4985m), the third highest peak on the mountain where superb views of the surrounding countryside are visible.
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