Chogoria hiking route of Mount Kenya : Mount Kenya National Park is one of the most visited places in Kenya especially by mountain climbers and hike lovers. The park was established in 1949 to protect Mount Kenya, surrounding environment, which forms a habitat for wild animals, as well as acting as  Kenya’s water catchment area. The mountain has a height of 5,199 m, Mount Kenya is the second tallest mountain in Africa after Mount kilimanjaro in Tanzania. The mountain peak is now the intersection of Embu, Meru, Tharaka Nithi,Kirinyaga and Nyeri counties. It is 16.5 kilometres from Equator and about 150 kilometres from Nairobi, the scenery surrounding this designated World Heritage Site is breath-taking one of the highest peaks in Africa and wonderful wildlife. It has pristine wilderness with lakes, tarns, glaciers, dense forest, mineral springs and a selection of rare and endangered species of animals, high altitude adapted plains game and unique montane and alpine vegetation. It was initially a forest reserve, before being announced as a national park. Today the national park is encircled by the forest. The national park has an area of 715 square kilometres most of which is above the 3,000-metre contour line. The forest reserve has an area of 705 square kilometres  Combined.

What to expect when climbing Mount Kenya

The Government of Kenya had four reasons for creating a national park on and around Mount Kenya. These were the importance of tourism for the local and national economies, to preserve an area of great scenic beauty, to conserve the biodiversity within the park, and to preserve the water-catchment for the surrounding area. It is one of the mountain’s in kenya that anyone can  climb even biggies with a bit of preparation climbing to point Lenana is possible, however for one to climb to point Batian and Nelion one has some mountain climbing experience. The cost of climbing and exploring Mount kenya depends on the accommodation, Camping rather than using huts is cheaper especially when using the Western ascend.

The mountain was formed through a volcanic activity a bout 3 million years ago .The mountain is an example of Stratovolcano mountain. The mountain highest peak is Batian 5199 metres Nelion.

It is recorded that the first European to see Mount Kenya is the German Missionary Johann Ludwig krapf in 1849. Mount kenya is considered by the communities living around it to be a sacred place and they used to climb and pray or just pray while facing it. On 13th September 1899 ,Mackinder, Ollier and Brocherel were the first to ascend Mount Kenya.

Chogoria route

Chogoria route starts at the Eastern side of mount Kenya.  It is one of the recommended routes to summit the second tallest mountain in Africa. It is the driest route up the mountain and the walk besides the Gorges valley is spectacular. This journey takes 7 days with plenty of time to acclimatise and ascend the mountain in safety.

Accommodation in this hike is four nights in mountain huts and two days in camping.

Chogoria hiking route of Mount Kenya
Chogoria hiking route of Mount Kenya

 Day 1:Nairobi – Mount Kenya Bandas.

Take your 4×4 vehicle drive all the way to the town of Chogoria which is about 186 kilometres from Nairobi. Drive up to the edge of the dense bamboo forest ,where we start the trekking for about 10 kilometres until we arrive at Mount Kenya Bandas. Have dinner and spend the night at Mount kenya Bandas.

Day2 :Mount Kenya Bandas -Lake Ellis Campsite (3600m) 3hrs 9km 700m ascent.

After taking breakfast ,sorting out the luggage to carry, set off up the mountain with a comfortable pace. A walk via lake Elvis gives a scenic views of Mugi,Ithanguni and the Giant Billiard table . If you follow the river near the road head the flora and fauna is particularly beautiful. Lunch on the bank of a stream.

Day 3: Lake Ellis- Minto`s Camp. ( 4,200m) 4 hrs, 12km, 600m ascent

From here follow the ridge up the mountain for about 3 hrs to join the normal tourist route at an altitude of 4100 M. In this route ,you got breath-taking views of Gorges valley and back over towards IIthanguni and the Northern Moorland. Lunch is served at the stream before continuing for further one hour to the Minto’s hut where you’ll spend the night at an altitude of 4200 metres. After a good afternoon rest ,there is a 10 minute walk to the “Temple “ which is worth visiting.  It is a 150 metres vertical cliff ,it gets its name from the position visitors use when peering as they look like they are praying , Chogoria hiking route of Mount Kenya

Day 4: Minto`s – Austrian hut (top hut) 4 hrs, 7km, 500m ascent.

This is an ascend trek through a huge bare rock wall When you arrive at the too, one can have an excellent view of Mount Kenya.

After ascending for some few hours you arrive at Tooth col. Proceed further until you reach Austrian Hut for Dinner and spent the night.

Day 5: Austrian camp – Pt Lenana(4,985m) – Mackinders camp. 5 hrs, 285m ascent, 685 descent.

This journey starts at around 5:00am climbing for one hour across bare rock and scree slopes.  This alpine region  of the mountain is difficult for it is also slippery nature of the scree moving up to point Lenana, arriving in time to view the wonderful sunrise. Then descend to Austrian Hut for breakfast and to Mackinder camp for Dinner and spend the night.

Day 6: Mackinders camp -Shipton`s Camp. 4 hrs, Ascent 300m, descent 400m

Take breakfast at the camp then go clockwise climbing up to Two Tarns and Nanyuki Tarns, and then pass between Oblong and Hausberg Tarns before descending to Shipton’s camp on the Northern side of the peak, at about 4200 meters for dinner and overnight.

 Day 7: Shipton camp – Nairobi. 5 hrs, 14km, 900m descent

The day begins after breakfast, then 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 for lunch. After lunch transfer back to Nairobi arriving late afternoon.

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