Mount Kenya Chogoria-Chogoria Route(5 Days)

Mount  enya Chogoria to Chogoria Route is the most scenic transverse of the Mt Kenya routes. For the visitor hoping to see more and not just hike, this is the perfect combination with multiple high altitude lakes, forest vegetation, and waterfalls to behold. Accommodation is available in camping arrangements while on the trip with mountain huts available at the last hut.(Bandas)

Day 1:  Nairobi/Chogoria/Mount Meru Bandas/Lake Ellis (3600mts) – 4 hour Drive, 3hrs walk, 9km walk, 700m ascent

Pick up from Nairobi at 0600hrs and drive north to Chogoria town .Drive on to the park gate and onwards to Chogoria Bandas for the start of the hike. Enjoy picnic lunch at Chogoria Bandas and thereafter, hike 9km of scenic landscape to reach Lake Ellis, a tranquil area for camping and Dinner. Dinner and overnight in tents on 2 sharing(Communicate to our team for a single tent option).

Day 2: Lake Ellis to Lake Michaelson (4200m) – 6 hours walking 

After breakfast, you will follow the trail as it leads up through glades of montane forest climbing away from Lake Ellis on its west side, across moorland to a ridge that eventually joins the main Chogoria trail. Enjoy picnic lunch with hot soup on the beautiful moorland valley. Beautiful views of Vivienne Falls and the Gorges Valley on the descent to the picturesque campsite next to Lake Michaelson. Dinner and overnight at Lake Michaelson one of the most beautiful high altitude lakes in the whole country.

Day 3: Lake Michaelson /Mintos Hut(4300mts) – Austrian Hut (4,790m)   500m ascent

After breakfast embark on the walk up from the lake Michaelson crater to round the cliffs and come out at Mintos Hut. Once you get to Minto’s hut visit the adjacent Hall Tarns. A short 5-minute walk to the side of these Tarns is a sheer cliff drop called The Temple, with a stunning view of Lake Michaelson directly below. Proceed on wards to circumnavigate the peaks around the mountain to end up at Austrian Hut. 4790m above sea level. This hut is at a vantage point with the peaks so close by and hosts the highest toilet in Africa. The walk to the summit from here will be a short and almost guaranteed approach. Dinner and overnight at Austrian Hut.

Day 4: Austrian Hut (4790m)– Lenana Peak(4,895m) – Bandas Lodge – Nairobi

Start early at 0430hrs and walk up the rope lined steep path to the summit. The scree is loose here and caution is advised. It is beautiful to see the crack of dawn and the sun rise from the Eastern side of Chogoria route.The last section to the summit goes via A Via Ferrata – the highest in the world. A via Ferrata is a protected and usually safe climbing route where ropes have been used to make it easy for new climbers. Upon arriving at the summit take photos and enjoy briefly before starting back down. After enjoying the summit, descend  via the Chogoria route to enjoy breakfast at Minton’s Camp. Embark on a slow walk down to Bandas Lodge to arrive later in the evening.

Day 5(Bandas Lodge – Nairobi)

After a short ceremony to bid farewell to the team, depart to Nairobi to arrive in the evening.

PHYSICAL FITNESS

Due to the nature of the exercise, you need to prepare your body well. It is recommended you do daily cardio based exercises before the hike.  Pre hikes are organized every two weeks and it would be great to attend them. Contact the Africa Outdoors team for the calendar on this. The following Prep hikes are lined up for you. If you are unable to attend these, please contact the team for alternatives.

 

RATES PER PERSON 1-2 3-5 6-20
KENYANS 480$ 420$ 360$
RESIDENTS 560$ 520$ 480$
NON RESIDENTS 880$ 720$ 680$

Gear Checklist

One of the important prerequisites of a successful summit attempt is being properly equipped. Ensure that you are well equipped – print the Checklist below and mark it off, it will be an essential part of your preparation for the climb. Please remember to limit the weight of your duffel bag and its content, to be carried by the porters on the climb, to 15 kg (32 lbs.) or less. Your sleeping bag will count towards the 15 kg, however the sleeping mat, tents etc will not count towards to the 15 kg limit. Extra luggage, including clean clothes to wear after your climb, can be left at the hotel. Please feel free to contact us should you have any further questions regarding the checklist. We also provide a complete and quality rental service on all the equipment required on the mountain, as a sensible alternative to purchasing.

Make sure you have everything you need to help you successfully summit the Roof of Africa.

Travel Documents

  • Valid passport and visa
  • Airline ticket
  • International health card with immunizations
  • Travel insurance
  • Medical insurance
  • US$ cash / Travelers Checks / Credit Card

Essential Items

  • Duffel bag – large enough for all climbing gear and clothing. To be carried by the porters. An extra bag to be left at the hotel with extra gear
  • Small luggage lock – to lock zippers
  • Day backpack – between 20 – 35 litres. Large enough to carry your water, camera, raincoat, lunch pack, snacks & warm clothing
  • Sleeping bag
  • Ski-pole / walking stick
  • Water bottle / containers
  • Mount Kilimanjaro/Mount Kenya map (Can be bought at Park gate)

High Altitude Gear

  • Waterproof, breathable & windproof jacket (outer wear like Ventex or Gore-Tex)
  • Waterproof, breathable & windproof pants (outer wear)
  • Polar fleece (middle layer)
  • Thermal underwear (under layers)
  • Mittens or warm gloves
  • Glove liners (if necessary)
  • One pair thermal socks
  • Balaclava
  • Gaiters
  • Thermal water flask

Hiking Gear

  • Shorts
  • Hiking pants
  • Regular underwear
  • T-shirts
  • Raincoat or Poncho

Footwear

  • Water resistant semi-stiff hiking boots – mid weight boots work great
  • Shoes for overnight camps – i.e. sneakers, running shoes, etc.
  • Socks – several pairs for the climb
  • Liner socks – to keep your feet dry and limit the risk of blisters

Equipment

  • Sun hat or similar (with a brim)
  • Collapsible ski stick (optional but highly recommended)
  • Water bottles – two or three (total capacity at least 4 litres)
  • Head lamp, good strong one with spare batteries and an extra light bulb
  • Water purification tablets
  • Sunglasses, good quality dark lenses for the climb, with a securing strap
  • Flashlight (torch) with spare batteries

Personal Items

  • Toilet kit (soap, tooth brush, toilet articles, wet wipes, etc.)
  • Towel
  • Sun screen and lip protection, SPF 30+
  • Ziploc bags, to protect camera, binoculars, etc. from dust
  • Toilet paper
  • Money belt for passport and valuables

Medical and First Aid Supplies

  • Headache tablets
  • Altitude sickness-Diamox (if not allergic to sulpha)
  • Diarrhoea – Imodium
  • Nausea – Valoid
  • Malaria – Prophylaxis
  • Water purification tablets
  • Painkillers
  • Muscular sprains
  • Abrasions blisters and cuts – Plaster, bandages
  • Antiseptic cream – Betadine
  • Flu and colds
  • Eye drops
  • Insect repellent

Optional Items

  • Camera, extra lenses, memory cards and spare batteries
  • Binoculars
  • Powdered sports drinks for the climb (ex. Game or Isotonic drinks)
  • Pocket knife
  • Notebook & pencil
  • Plastic bags to keep clothing dry (masking tape)
  • Energy snacks and sweets
  • Video camera, tapes / memory cards, battery packs and tri-pod

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Booking Cancellation Policy

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