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.

Looking for a technical ascent? If you're looking for a technical climb on Mount Kenya then click here.



5 days




Nairobi, Narobi


Easy Moderate Challenge Hard


  • 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.


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



Lunch, Dinner


Mountain Huts


Drive: 3.5 hours. Hike: 10km


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.

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What's 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


  • 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


  • Sun hat + Sunglasses
  • Beanie for the nights
  • Neck warmer


  • 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.


  • Mid-weight hiking boots
  • 3 x hiking socks
  • 1 x warm thermal socks
  • Trainers for camp


  • 4-season sleeping bags
  • Sleeping mat

Other Essentials

  • Hiking poles
  • Snacks
  • Water bottle / hydration bladder
  • Water treatment tablets
  • Camera
  • Sun cream


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


We loved it!

Rated 5 out of 5
February 28, 2022

I went with my family to visit Everest basecamp. I cannot thank Himalaya Leisure enough for this! Truly something you have to experience for yourself!

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Breathtaking Experience!

Rated 5 out of 5
February 28, 2022

Every person on the planet has to experience this for themselves, It’s honestly one of the most breath taking experiences you will ever have. I honestly trekked many places but this was among my top 20 treks. I highly recommend them! You can also check out my blog at:

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Ryan Anderson

Pretty good

Rated 4 out of 5
February 28, 2022

I loved it, really cool experience

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John Damond

Best Adventure Yet

Rated 5 out of 5
April 7, 2020

Thanks Mountain IQ and Altezza for arranging our climb. It is by far the best adventure holiday I have ever experienced, the toughest too! Our guides and the entire support were truly amazing – I don’t think I would have made it without their support and encouragement! Thanks again!

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Rob Arnold

Tip top trekking experience

Rated 5 out of 5
March 29, 2020

Visiting the Annapurna Sanctuary has been one of the highlights of my life. I was very nervous joining this trek as I was a solo female and had never trekked at altitude. The team at Mountain IQ were fantastic at answering all my questions and putting my concerns to rest. Once in Nepal, Upendra and the Himalayan Leisure team were just amazing. Our guide, Dorchi, was an absolute hoot and very caring. The whole experience from beginning to end was awesome. Thanks again!

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Olga Ikin

Simply magnificent!

Rated 5 out of 5
March 29, 2020

We joined this trek with short notice. Upendra was very responsive and accommodating to our needs. The tour from pick up to drop off was professional and fun. Would highly recommend joining this tour!

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Burnham Arlidge

An once in a lifetime experience!

Rated 5 out of 5
March 25, 2020

This was by far the most amazing adventure we’ve ever had. We can’t thank the team at Himalayan Leisure and at Mountain IQ enough for arranging such an incredible trek for myself and my girlfriend. From the very get go, the support from Mountain IQ and Upendra was top notch. All our questions were answered quickly and in detail. Once we arrived in Kathmandu we were warmly welcomed. The pre-trek briefing was excellent and we immediately liked our guide Dawa, and felt confident putting our safety in his hands. The trek itself is truly amazing – the views throughout were spectacular. The high pass was a big challenge but the whole group managed it without too much strain. We can’t wait to return to Nepal to complete the EBC trek via Gokyo and will definitely be going with HL again!

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Felix O'Brien

Epic experience with Dawa and his team

Rated 5 out of 5
March 19, 2020

Just a quick note to say thank you to Himalayan Leisure for an amazing trekking experience to EBC. We felt well looked after throughout and really enjoyed the company of our guide Dawa. I highly recommend booking this adventure!

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Rob Kendrick

A superb trekking experience

Rated 5 out of 5
March 17, 2020

We had an absolutely amazing experience with Himalayan Leisure on this trek in the Langtang region. The Langtang is a lot quieter than the popular trails to Everest. If you are looking to get off the beaten path then I highly recommend this trek and HL!

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Nick Swanson

Superb Tour!

Rated 5 out of 5
February 26, 2020

This tour company is excellent. From the time they met us at Cusco airport, their interaction with us was first class. They were able to accommodate the tour changes we requested. Our guide, Percy, was excellent, very knowledgeable and took the time to explain and answer questions. I highly recommend Inkayni. I would advise anyone who wants to see Cusco and Choquequirao to select this tour company.

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This tour is operated by Go To Mount Kenya, 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.

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