Climbing Mount Kenya Chogoria out
Chogoria 5 days
This itinerary is for the ascent of Pt Lenana, the third
peak of Mt Kenya, at an altitude of 4985 metres. This is not
a technical climb, but a hike. Anyone with a reasonable
level of fitness should be more than capable of completing
the trek provided they approach it in a sensible manner. The
ascent is via the Chogoria Route, on the little used east
side of the mountain.
Pick up from hotel at about 0800. It's then about 3 1/2
hours from Nairobi to where we collect the porters and
guides (as required). Into the Mt. Kenya forest for the 22
km drive to the Park Gate at 2,850m. Dependent on road
conditions, these 22 km have been known to take all
afternoon to do and in really wet conditions it is possible
that the top four or five km may be impassable. Night,
dependent on clients wishes, at the Meru Mt. Kenya Banda's
or at roadhead a further 7 km from the Park Gate.
After breakfast and sorting of porter loads we set off up
the mountain at a nice and easy pace . A slightly longer
walk via Lake Ellis gives scenic views of Mugi, Ithunguni
and the Giants Billiards Table, whilst if we follow the
river near roadhead, upstream for about 3 km, the foreground
scenery and flora is particularly beautiful. Lunch by the
stream banks then it's time to cut up the left hand hillside
to our camp at about 3,600m, well away from any of the more
From our campsite, we continue to move up through the
moorland zone. As this area of the mountain is still off the
beaten track, there are no paths to follow, and on each trip
we vary the area we walk across. After about an hour,
traverse left and join a ridge (slight path to follow) and
join the normal Chogoria route to Minto's Hut after about 4
hour walking. Lunch at a small stream crossing then 45 min
on to a camp near Minto's Hut and next to one of the tarns.
Very short afternoon walk over to superb views across to
"The Temple" and down to Lake Michaelson.
After pre dawn breakfast leave Mintos Hut for the summit
passing near the Simba Tarn and Harris Tan to Point Lenana
which is approximately 4 - 5 hours. After the sunrise at
6.30 and nice views of Kilimanjaro and the Coast line
descend back to Mintos for full breakfast and thereafter
descend to Meru Mount Kenya Lodge(Bandas) having our lunch
at the Roadhead. Dinner and overnight at the Bandas.
After breakfast walk for 15km downhill through the denses
rain and bamboo forests to connect the 4WD jeep to Chogoria
Town. Then after lunch at chogoria drive back to Nairobi for
your next destination.