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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- DAY 1
- day 2
- day 3
- Day 4
- DAY 5
NAIROBI TO MT. KENYA BANDAS
Drive: 3.5 hours. Hike: 10km
Nairobi (1,795m) to Mt. Kenya Bandas (2,900m)
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.
MT. KENYA BANDAS TO LAKE ELLIS
Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Hike 10 km (4 hours)
Mt. Kenya Bandas (2,900m) to Lake Ellis (3,600m)
After breakfast we set off up the mountain at a nice and easy pace. A slightly longer walk via Lake Ellis gives scenic mountain views of Mugi, Ithanguni and the Giants Billiards Table. We will stop for lunch on the banks of a stream, before continuing up the hillside to our camp at about 3,600m.
LAKE ELLIS TO MINTOS CAMP
Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Hike 10 km (4 hours)
Lake Ellis (3,600m) to Mintos Camp (4,200m)
After an early wake-up call and hearty breakfast we begin hiking on an off-the-beaten path up the mountain for about 3 hours until we join the tourist track on the normal Chogoria route. The air will feel a little thinner now as we are at an altitude of about 4,100m. From this vantage point you will get breath-taking views over the Gorges Valley and back over towards Ithanguni and the Northern Moorlands. Lunch is served at a small stream crossing, before continuing for a further hour to the Mintos Hut area at 4,200m, where we will sleep for the night.
Please note: we will spend the afternoon relaxing at the camp, though a 10 minute walk to the "Temple" is well worth the effort. This is a 150m vertical cliff that gets its name from the position visitors often adopt when peering over the edge - they look as if they are praying.
An early night is recommended as we will be attempting the summit next day.
MINTOS CAMP TO POINT LENANA (SUMMIT) TO OLD MOSES CAMP
Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner
Hike 24 km (11-12 hours)
Mintos Camp (4,200m) to Point Lenana (4,985m) to Old Moses Camp (3,300m)
Our pre-dawn attempt of the summit starts at 3:00am, where we hike for about three hours up to Point Lenana (4985m), the hiker's summit. We should arrive in time to watch the African sunrise. After spending some time at the summit we will descend to Shipton camp for breakfast. After breakfast, we will begin 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 stunning moorlands before reaching the camp. Dinner and overnight at Old Moses camp.
OLD MOSES CAMP TO NAIROBI
Hike 9 km (2 hours), Drive: 3.5 hours.
Old Moses Camp (3,300m) to Nairobi (1,795m)
After an early morning breakfast we will descend for 3 hours to the Sirimon Park gate. From here we will be collected by vehicle and transferred back to Nairobi, arriving by 17:00.
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.
When is the best time to complete 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.
When should I arrive in Nairobi prior to this adventure?
We recommend arriving at least 1 day before this adventure. Our local tour operator will collect you at your hotel in Nairobi early on the morning of the hike.
How fit do I need to be?
You will need to be in good health and relatively fit for this hike. You will be hiking on average 10km per day at high altitude. We recommend doing 6-8 weeks aerobic gym / hiking training before embarking on this adventure.
Do I need a visa for Kenya?
Most country nationals need a visa to enter Kenya. These can be arranged before travel via Kenya's eVisa system. Check eligibility and exempt countries here.
What immunisations should I get?
We recommend reviewing the UK NHS fit-for-travel website for Kenya: https://www.fitfortravel.nhs.uk/destinations/africa/kenya
Are vegetarian, vegan and other special dietary needs available?
Of course! And without any additional cost! When you make your reservation, please inform us of any dietary needs or requirements, including allergies!
Vegetarian foods will not include any meats, chicken, or fish. But we will assume that eggs and cheese or other lactose products are OK.
Most of our main meals are buffet-style, leaving you the option to avoid anything undesirable to you.
If there are any food items that you can not stomach, perhaps onions, tomatoes, mushrooms, etc., upon your request, we will ask our chef to leave them out or separate this item.
We can also cater for lactose-intolerant or gluten-intolerant diets.
We can not accept individuals with severe allergic or life-threatening reactions.
How big are the groups?
Group size is limited to 8 people.
Can I do the trek privately?
Yes, if you would like a private trek just contact us and we can arrange this. There may be a single supplement charge.
Is there a minimum age requirement?
Yes, the minimum age to join this adventure is 18. Children over the age of 16 can join this adventure but will need to be accompanied by a parent / legal guardian.
How much should I tip the crew?
Tipping is discretionary. But as a rough guideline you should budget 15% of your trek cost. Tips should be given to the guide at the end of the trek and can be given in US$ or Kenyan Shillings. Your guide will distribute tips fairly to porters and the cook.
What are your cancellation terms?
Should you need to cancel the following terms apply.
- Less than 4 weeks from departure: No refund
- Between 4-8 weeks from departure: 100% refund less full deposit
- More than 8 weeks before departure: 100% refund less 3% refund transaction fee.
Cancellation fees are set our in our Terms and Conditions. You may be able to reclaim refund charges if your reason for cancellation is covered by your travel insurance policy.
- 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
- Hiking poles
- Water bottle / hydration bladder
- Water treatment tablets
- Sun cream
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.
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Tip top trekking experience
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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!
An once in a lifetime experience!
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!
Epic experience with Dawa and his team
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A superb trekking experience
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LOCAL TOUR OPERATOR
GO TO MOUNT KENYA
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.