Mount Kenya Chogoria-Sirimon Route Lake Tour(4 days)
Mt Kenya is the ultimate hiking and climbing destination in Kenya. Of the three main hiking routes, Chogoria route is arguably the most scenic and spectacular ascent route to Mt Kenya. This two day adventure will take you through the most scenic attractions including the magnificent Lake Ellis, Nithi river, gorges valley, Nithi falls . For those who do not plan to summit the high peaks, this is your chance to tour and explore this magnificent spectacle
NB- Its challenging trek designed for less experienced hikers who would like to explore the beauty of Mt Kenya.
TRIP ITINERARY DAY 1- Nairobi- Lake Ellies
Pickup from Nairobi.
Heavy snacks prepared by the chef is served shortly after arrival.
Start a hike to Lake Ellies(Camp)After lunch we start our day the through Hargenia forest and tussock grass. We cross a stream before passing a fisheries station on the right but still under the beautiful Hargenia trees. After an hour moderate walk we exit the forest and into the moorland, the Road End camp is an hour or so. Along the trails, we enjoy views of Mugi Hill and the Giant Billiard Table. Visit River Nithi and Nithi falls enroute to lake Ellis.
Take a short walk to familiarize ourselves with the surroundings.
Return to campsite.
Supper is served.
Retire for sleep at own convenient time.
DAY 2 Lake Ellis-/Mintos/
Its a beautiful morning by the lake, be sure to wake up early to catch the sunrise, as the first light hits the undisturbed waters except for trouts in their wake to feed. After breakfast, we follow the track through heather and the golden moorland. After 30 minutes we get to one of the streams that drain into the Nithi falls, we can refill our water bottles here as we take our first water break. From here its an uphill task emerging from the valley and behind us bidding Lake Ellis goodbye. After 2-3 hrs up we get to the intersection of the traditional Chogoria route and our path. This will be our Lunch break point. As we enjoy our lunch we now also from this point have a glimpse of Lake Michaelson.
After lunch and some good rest, we start again following the main trail up Mintos Camp and then branch off to the left after 20 minutes. From this point it’s a gentle uphill to the Camp. From the camp if the mountain is not shy reveals the two main peaks Lenana and Batian. In the afternoon if our energies are still up we can take a walk to Mintos Tarn and also down to the Temple- beautiful rock formation 20 minutes down the camp. Later in the evening early dinner is served and we retire to our tents for a good rest and prepare for an early morning summit.
Start: Lake Ellis (3455m) Finish: Mintos Camp (4200m) Altitude: ↑ 745m Walking time: 6-7h
-Lunch & overnight at mintos
Day 3: Minto`s – Pt Lenana ( 4,985m)- Old Moses camp.
Predawn attempt of the summit starts at 03:00 am. We hike for about three hours up to Point Lenana (4985m), the hiker’s summit, arriving there in time to watch the African sunrise. Descend to Shipton camp for breakfast. After breakfast, begin a 5 hour descent via Mackinder`s valley to the Old Moses camp (3,300m). The descent is gentle and it offers ample time to enjoy fascinating scenery which includes the moorlands before reaching the camp.