Mount Kenya is Africa’s second highest mountain, and is unarguably the more enjoyable mountain to climb, with stunning views, glacial features, and varied flora. There are several alternative routes on the mountain, each joining at the trekkers peak at Point Lenana (4985m). The Sirimon – Chogoria route may not be the fastest way up and down the mountain but it undoubtedly offers up the mountain’s best features.
Chogoria is the most favored descend route with dramatic gorges, waterfalls and mountain tarns. Whilst the highlight of this trek is summiting Point Lenana in time for sunrise, both the ascent and descent offer rewarding trekking and scenery.
- Accommodation whilst on safari (no need of tents, just your sleeping bags)
- All transfers as mentioned above
- Services of a professional guide
- Meals as per itinerary (B=breakfast, L=lunch, D=dinner)
- Climbing gear – sleeping bags, shoes etc
- Food and drinks, unless specified
- Tips to porters and safari guides.
Day 1: Nairobi / MeruMt.KenyaBandas (2950m)
Depart from Nairobi at 8am and drive to chogoria passing through the rice farms and arrive there in time for lunch. Later ‘drive father for 32km to chogoria bands or camp. Evening we will have nature walk around the bandas through the water points where buffalos’ antelopes and other animals come to drink water. dinner and overnight at the camp / bandas
Day 2: Meru Mount Kenya Bandas / Lake Ellis 3400m
Chogoriabandas to Lake Ellis (altitude: 3400m) After breakfast, we will follow the track as it leads up through glades of montaine forest, with plenty of wildlife around, to our camp on the shores of Lake Ellis. We will arrive at our camp after about three hours walk in time for lunch. After a short rest period in the late afternoon we will hike to the top of nearby Mugi hill (250m) before returning to camp at dusk.
Day 3: Lake Ellis / Lake Michaelson (3775m)
Lake Ellis to Lake Michaelson (altitude: 3975m) Early Morning we set off, climbing away from Lake Ellis on its west side, across moorland up to a ridge which eventually joins the main Chogoria trail. We have views of Vivienne Falls and the Gorges Valley as we descend to the most picturesque campsite in the range, at Lake Michaelson. Above the camp are the impressive cliffs of the ‘Temple’. Exotic-looking bird species, including the Tacazze sunbird, can be seen close to the camp amongst the bizarre giant plants – principally cabbage groundsel and lobelia. This day is about 4-5 hours walking. We arrive at the most impressive campsite on the mountain with the Nithi gorge plunging down nearly 400m into lakeMichaelson. (Fishing of rainbow trout fish is also possible in lakeMichaelson).
Day 4: Lake Michaelson / Chogoria gate / Nairobi
Depart after breakfast and descend for 4hrs back to bandas where you connect your transfer to Nairobi arriving there in the evening.