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7-Days Chogoria Point Lenana
OVERVIEW

The Chogoria route, which we consider the most beautiful climb to the summit area, is arguably the most famous among hikers due to its rich scenic views. It is the driest route up the mountain and the walk beside the Gorges Valley is truly spectacular. Once on the Sirimon Road, one passes beautiful forest tracks and completes the journey through the mountains.

FULL ITINERARY

Day 1

Nairobi to Mt Kenya Bandas, an altitude of about 2900m 

Leave Nairobi in the morning and drive to Chogoria where there will be a lunch stop.  After lunch, we take a short drive up to the Star point of the bamboo forest where the trekking commences through the thick bamboo forest for about 11 km to the Mt Kenya Bandas. 

Dinner and overnight stay at the Mount Kenya Bandas.

Day 2

Mt Kenya Bandas to Lake Ellis Campsite, an altitude of about 3900m

The ascent of the mountain begins after breakfast and making the day’s requirements arrangements. This is an easy trek marked by lovely sceneries and landscapes to the Lake Ellis Campsite for the night stay at about 3600m. There is a lunch break by a crossing stream and views of the moorland and a beautiful view of the Mugi, Inthanguni, and Giant Billards. 

Day 3

Lake Ellis – to Minto`s Camp, an altitude of about 4200m 

The 3rd-day adventure begins after breakfast, with the first goal being to connect to the normal tourist trail on the Chogoria route at about 4100m. This connection trek is about 3 hours up through a mountain ridge. There’s a lunch break at a small crossing stream amid beautiful panoramic views of the gorges and valleys of northern Moorland. After Lunch, there’s a short hike of about an hour to the Minto’s huts area, where a night break is taken. The altitude at this point is about 4200m. 

Day 4

Minto`s Camp to Austrian Hut, an altitude of about 4700m 

This is a day of ‘rock climbing’ as the trek ascends along the base of huge rock boulders. From the top, there is an extraordinary view of the mountain. It’s an elevation gain of about 500m from the Minto’s camp and it takes a couple of hours to reach the tooth col. From there it’s a traverse to the Austrian hut for dinner and overnight stay. 

Day 5

Austrian hut camp to Mackinder’s Camp through Point Lenana, about 5000m above sea level 

The summit attempt is always done before dawn, begins at about 5 am, and takes about 1 hour right on time to catch a beautiful sunrise from the top of the sky. Point Lenana, 4985m is the hikers' summit. After sunrise, a gradual descent begins heading to the Austrian hut camp for breakfast. This is followed by a slow lap of victory and celebration at Mackinder’s camp for an overnight stay.  

Day 6

Mackinder’s camp to Shipton’s camp, about 4200m above sea level 

After breakfast, a clockwise ascension of the 2 Nanyuki tarns is done. This is followed by a steady descent to Shipton’s camp.  There’s an overnight stay at the camp. 

Day 7

Shipton’s camp to Nairobi

A 5-hour descent trek from Shipton’s camp to Old Moses camp through the Mackinder’s valley begins after breakfast to catch transport for Nairobi. Lunch is served at the camp before departure for Nairobi.

Inclusions

  •   Two-way Transfer between Nairobi and Naro Moru Gate

  •   Park Fees

  •   All & accommodation Meals during the hiking period

  •   Tour Guide

  •   Porters support for the climb

Exclusions

  •   Hiking gear

  •   Tips for the guides & porters

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