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Hiking Mount Kenya Through Chogoria Route – Nairobi to Lenana Peak

Tourist walking up a rocky trail during a Mount Kenya hike. The Chogoria trail leads to Lenana peak.

Climbing Mount Kenya through Chogoria route comes highly recommended due the breathtaking views like valleys the temple, harns, rivers, and water falls accommodation on this route are mainly camps. The descent down the Sirimon route is easy with a view of different vegetation and wildlife. There are huts for accommodation on this route though camping is allowed if one desires.

Chogoria Sirimon Route 5-day Climbing Mount Kenya Itinerary


Day 1: Nairobi- Mount Kenya Bandas (2,900m) 3hrs, 10km.

A drive from Nairobi to Chogoria town for lunch after which we take a 4*4 vehicle to drive up where we start our Mount Kenya hike via the bamboo forest. The vehicle helps in cutting most of the lower ground. We walk for 3 hours to the Meru Mt Kenya Bandas for dinner and an overnight gaining a 680m ascent.

Day 2: Mount Kenya Bandas – Lake Ellis Campsite (3,600m) 3hrs, 9km, 700m Ascent.

The journey up the mountain begins after breakfast. We have an optional of using the route via Lake Ellis though we walk a little longer, the sight of the Mugi hill, Ithanguni and they are worth every extra mile. We can also choose to climb Mount Kenya by following the path near the river, all is not lost there is plenty of vegetation and wildlife to enjoy. We then pause our Mount Kenya hike for lunch and rest then continue left of the hill where we have dinner and pitch tent for the night.

Day 3: Lake Ellis Mount Kenya – Minto’s Camp. (4,200m) 12km, 600m Ascent.

After breakfast we continue our journey up the highest mountain in Kenya re-joining the normal Chogoria route. It is about a 4-hour hike to our next camp. The Gorges Valley offers the best views of the peaks and when you turn behind the Mugi hills and the Giants Billiards Table are amazing. Close by the Minto’s camp is the temple with a spectacular view of Lake Michaelson beneath it. Dinner and a good night rest after a full day of climbing Mount Kenya.

Day 4: Minto’s – Point Lenana (4,985m) – Old Moses Camp. 785 ascent, 1,685 Descent, 24km,

This is a busy day. We start hiking Mount Kenya at 3 am in order to enjoy sunrise at the peak of point Lenana. After that rewarding Mount Kenya hiking experience, we descend to the Shimpton’s camp for breakfast and continue further to old Moses where we spend the night. The Mount Kenya descent via Sirimon route is gradual and exciting as you enjoy the Flora and Fauna through the Mackinder’s valley. We spend 11-12 hours walking down the highest mountain in Kenya.

Day 5: Old Moses Camp – Nairobi- 2 hrs.

We have a much-needed rest and breakfast in the morning. Then we descend to the foot of Mount Kenya at Sirimon Park gate for about 2-3 hours to catch a vehicle for a drive back to Nairobi. We arrive late afternoon.

The package includes;

Private transportation to/from the mountain
All Park fees.
Meals while on the Mount Kenya.
Accommodation on the mountain huts/ camps
All guiding and porter services

The Package Excludes;

Personal clothing and equipment
Tips and gratuities for guides and porters
Beverages while not on the mountain

Chogoria Sirimon Route 5 Days Climbing Mount Kenya Charges Upon Request