Chogoria to Sirimon is the most scenic transverse on Mt Kenya route. For the visitor hoping to see more not just hike, this is the perfect combination with multiple high altitude lakes, forest vegetation and waterfalls to behold. Accommodation is available in camping arrangement while on the trip with mountain huts available at the last hut.
Day 1: Nairobi/Chogoria/Mount Meru Bandas/Lake Ellis (3600mts) – 4 hour Drive, 3hrs walk, 9km walk, 700m ascent
Pick up from your Nairobi Hotel at 8am and drive north to Chogoria town .Drive on to the park gate and onwards to Chogoria Bandas for the start of the hike. Enjoy picnic lunch at Chogoria Bandas and afterwards walk for 9km of scenic landscape to reach Lake Ellis, a tranquil area for camping and Dinner. Dinner and overnight in tents on 2 sharing.
Day 2: Lake Ellis to Lake Michaelson (4200m) – 6 hours walking
After breakfast, you will follow the trail as it leads up through glades of montane forest climbing away from Lake Ellis on its west side, across moorland to a ridge which eventually joins the main Chogoria trail. Enjoy picnic lunch with hot soup on the beautiful moorland valley. Beautiful views of Vivienne Falls and the Gorges Valley on descent to the picturesque campsite next to Lake Michaelson. Dinner and overnight at Lake Michaelson one of the most beautiful high altitude lakes in the whole country.
Day 3: Lake Michaelson /Mintos Hut(4300mts) – Austrian Hut (4,790m) 500m ascent
After breakfast embark on the walk up from the lake Michaelson crater to round the cliffs and come out at Mintos Hut . Once you get to Minto’s hut visit the adjacent Hall Tarns. A short 5 minute walk to the side of these Tarns is a sheer cliff drop called The Temple, with a stunning view of Lake Michaelson directly below. Proceed onwards to circumnavigate the peaks around the mountain to end up at Austrian Hut. 4790m above sea level. This hut is at a vantage point with the peaks so close by and hosts the highest toilet in Africa. The walk to the summit from here will be a short and almost guaranteed approach.
Day 4: Austrian Hut (4790m)– Lenana Peak(4,895m) – Old Moses
Start early at 0430hrs and walk up the rope lined steep path to the summit. The scree is loose here and caution is advised. It is beautiful to see the crack of dawn and the sun rise from the Eastern side of Chogoria route.The last section to the summit goes via A Via Ferrata – the highest in the world. A via Ferrata is a protected and usually safe climbing route where ropes have been used to make it easy for new climbers. Upon arriving at the summit take photos and enjoy briefly before starting back down. After enjoying the summit, descend west via the Sirimon route to enjoy breakfast at Shipton’s Camp. Embark on a slow walk down to Old Moses camp for dinner and Overnight in the hut.
Day 5: Old Moses – Gate – Nairobi
After breakfast descend the Last stretch through the tropical rain forest to find transport at the Sirimon gate. After a short ceremony to bid farewell to the team, depart to Nairobi to arrive late in the afternoon.
EXPEDITION CHARGES & PAYMENTS
Citizen KES 39,650
Residents KES 43,650
Non- Citizen USD 670
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