6 Days Mount Kenya Trekking

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KENYA

6 DAYS MOUNT KENYA TREKKING

Itinerary

After breakfast drive from hotel in Nairobi to Chogoria for approximate 4 hours, meet guides and porters in Chogoria at around midday. Whilst you will have lunch, the crew loads up the Land Rover. We have a 20 km drive up a rough and muddy track through the bamboo zone to our overnight destination on the boundary of the park. Is a good idea to walk the last 5 kms to acclimatize? We overnight at the Chogoria bandas (a small bunkhouse) set near the edge of the forest line.

After breakfast, we will follow the track as it leads up through glades of Montaigne forest, with plenty of wildlife around, to our camp on the shores of Lake Ellis. We will arrive at our camp after about three hours walk in time for lunch. After a short rest period in the late afternoon we will hike to the top of nearby Mugi hill (250m) before returning to camp.

Early Morning we set off, climbing away from Lake Ellis on its west side, across moorland up to a ridge which eventually joins the main Chogoria trail. We have views of Vivienne Falls and the Gorges Valley as we descend to the most picturesque campsite in the range, at Lake Michaelson. Down the camp are the impressive cliffs of the ‘Temple’. Exotic-looking bird species, including the Tacazze sunbird, can be seen close to the camp amongst the bizarre giant plants – principally cabbage groundsel and lobelia. This day is about 6-7 hours walking.

From the massif landscape of the gorges valley the day begin by ascending up along the foot of huge rock walls. From the top we`ll have an excellent view of Mt. Kenya. After ascending for a couple of hours you reach Tooth Col. From here you traverse until you reach the the shiptons camp for dinner and overnight. Walking time -4 hours

 

An early start (at around 230a.m.) for a cup of tea and a relatively easy 3-hour climb up to Point Lenana the trekking summit (4,985m). As dawn breaks over Africa, we are treated to a remarkable spectacle; the nearby peaks of Nelion and Batian glinting in the morning sun. In the far distance, if clear, is possible to see summit of Kilimanjaro 400kms away. After spending some time basking in the morning sunlight absorbing the panorama, we descend to Shiptons camp tarn for a celebratory cooked breakfast. Afterwards we descend down the pleasant Mackinders Valley in the shadow of the true summit of Batian; near the end of the days trek in the main trail to Old Moses Camp the descent takes about 4-5 hours.

Descending off the mountain is around 2-3 hours at the tree line in good podocarpus and cedar forest. We arrive at the park gate around l1100am. This is where we meet your awaiting vehicles to take you back to Nairobi or the next destination, at this point you will bid goodbye to our guides and porters.

 

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