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Mount Kenya Summit Hike

Summit Africa's 2nd highest mountain

Reach Africa's second highest summit on this incredible 5-day hike of Mount Kenya.

The trek follows the spectacular Gorges Valley via the Chogoria trail, the most magnificent ascent route to the summit. The descent uses the Sirimon route which takes trekkers through beautiful forest tracks and completes the traverse of the mountain.

Accommodation on this hike includes 2 nights in mountain huts and 2 nights camping.

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Summary

DURATION

5 days

LOCATION

Kenya

START & ENDS

Nairobi, Narobi

DIFFICULTY

Easy Moderate Challenge Hard

Highlights

  • Combines two of the most scenic routes on Mount Kenya - ascent via the Chogoria route and descent via the Sirimon route.
  • Get stunning views of Mount Kenya through the Gorges Valley.
  • Experience the unique and varied Mount Kenya landscape, including rain-forest, moorland and the iconic Giant Lobelia fields!
  • Excellent acclimatisation profile for high summit success rates.

Itinerary

  • DAY 1
  • day 2
  • day 3
  • Day 4
  • DAY 5

NAIROBI TO MT. KENYA  BANDAS

FOOD

Lunch, Dinner

ACCOMMODATION

Mountain Huts

ACTIVITY

Drive: 3.5 hours. Hike: 10km

ELEVATION

Nairobi (1,795m) to Mt. Kenya Bandas (2,900m)

mount kenya day 1

Collection from your hotel in Nairobi at 8:00am. We will drive through agricultural country up to Chogoria town for lunch. After lunch we'll take a 4x4 and drive up to the edge of the forest where we start the trek though dense bamboo to the camp at Mt Kenya Bandas (2,900m). We overnight here.

Dates & Prices

Below are our open group dates for this adventure. The best time to climb Mount Kenya is during the dry seasons: January to March and July to September.


It's best to avoid the two rainy seasons from April until mid-June and from mid-October to early December.


If the dates below don't suit, please get in touch as we can open a new group on any day as long as you have at least 2 people in your party.


What's Included

Included

  • Transfer from Nairobi to the mountain and back
  • All National Park fees
  • Full support crew, including an experienced English-speaking guide, cook and porters
  • Accommodation in mountain huts / camping tents
  • 3 delicious and nutritious meals a day while on the mountain

Not Included

  • Personal trekking gear i.e. sleeping bag, warm hiking clothing etc.
  • Accommodation in Nairobi
  • Crew tips

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Packing List

Clothing
  • 2 x hiking shirt + 1 x long-sleeve hiking shirt
  • Base layer
  • Mid-weight fleece jacket
  • Hard shell rain jacket
  • Insulating down or synthetic jacket / gilet
  • Light gloves and warm insulating gloves
Headwear
  • Sun hat + Sunglasses
  • Beanie for the nights
  • Neck warmer
Footwear
  • Mid-weight hiking boots
  • 3 x hiking socks
  • 1 x warm thermal socks
  • Trainers for camp
Bags
  • 20-25L daypack
  • 50-60L Backpack (carried by porters, needs to be no heavier than 22 lbs)
  • Plastic bags to protect sleeping bag and other gear from rain
  • Optional: 90L duffel to carry all gear to and from Kenya. This bag can be left at your hotel in Nairobi for collection after the trek.
Sleeping
  • 4-season sleeping bags
  • Sleeping mat
Other Essentials
  • Hiking poles
  • Snacks
  • Water bottle / hydration bladder
  • Water treatment tablets
  • Camera
  • Sun cream

Travel Insurance

We highly recommend getting travel insurance for your trip. We recommend World Nomads as they provide comprehensive cover for adventurous activities and are very affordable. Get a quote below.

Accommodation

Accommodation options in Nairobi are wide and varied. Here are a few hotels we recommend. For more options check Agoda.com.

LOCAL TOUR OPERATOR

GO TO MOUNT KENYA

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Go To Mount Kenya are one of the best local trek operations on Mt. Kenya. The company is run by professional mountain guide, Evans Mwangi, who was born in a small village on the slopes of Mt. Kenya and has been climbing the mountain since 1989. Evans and his team offer a very personalised and professional service. With Go To Mount Kenya you're in for a safe, fun and super memorable adventure.

BOOKING TERMS

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Reviews

Mount Kenya Summiteers

5.0 rating
September 9, 2019

Just a quick note to say thank you to Evans and the team who helped us reach the summit of Mount Kenya last week. What an amazing experience, so much fun and lots of laughs. An excellent trip!

Anna Basmakova

Outstanding adventure up Mount Kenya!

5.0 rating
August 18, 2019

My wife and I booked the 5 day Chogoria – Sirimon trek. The service and especially the quick and clear response from the Mountain IQ team was excellent and very professional. Once in Kenya we always had a very safe and secure experience, with the highlight being summiting Point Lenana at sunrise. The Chogoria – Sirimon route was an excellent choice. The landscape and flora was beautiful! We very much appreciated the whole organization, starting with the transport from Nairobi and ending with the pickup at the Sirimon gate. Our guide John and his excellent team made the trip an amazing experience which we will never forget. The friendliness and the service during the hike including the wide variety of excellent meals was outstanding.
A special tip for other hikers: be prepared for quiet cold nights once you get above 3,000m.
We would definitely recommend booking this trip to trek Mount Kenya!

Simon Bradshaw

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