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Mt. Kenya Chogoria Expedition - Bucketlist Adventures
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Mt. Kenya Chogoria Expedition

Available Dates: 6th- 9th August, 17th- 20th October, 12th-15th December

CROSSING MT. KENYA OFF YOUR BUCKET LIST

Chogoria to Sirimon is the most scenic transverse of the Mt Kenya routes. For the visitor hoping to see more and not just hike, this is the perfect combination with multiple high altitude lakes, forest vegetation, and waterfalls to behold. Accommodation is available in camping arrangements 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 Nairobi at 0600hrs 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 thereafter, hike 9km of scenic landscape to reach Lake Ellis, a tranquil area for camping and Dinner. Dinner and overnight in tents on 2 sharing(Communicate to our team for a single tent option).

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 that 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 the 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. Dinner and overnight at Austrian Hut.

Day 4: Austrian Hut (4790m)– Lenana Peak(4,895m) – Old Moses – Nairobi

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 to arrive later in the afternoon. After a short ceremony to bid farewell to the team, depart to Nairobi to arrive late in the evening.

PHYSICAL FITNESS

Due to the nature of the exercise, you need to prepare your body well. It is recommended you do daily cardio-based exercises before the hike.  Pre hikes are organized every weekend and private on weekdays and it would be great to attend them. Contact the Bucketlist team for the calendar on this. We have prep hikes lined up every weekend for your support.

FOOD & SNACKS

Meals will be provided, as well as basic snacks like cookies, biscuits and fruits. You should also bring your own energy snacks for the duration of the hike. Based on your preference, you can consider nuts, candy, energy bars, soda/beverage, Energy Sachets, Apples and fruits. Main meals are prepared and served at camp. They include common starch, vegetables, soup and meat. Any special dietary requirements such as diabetic, vegetarian, lactose intolerant, non-beef must be communicated in advance.

CLIMBING GEAR

No. Item Quantity
1 Backpack/rucksack for porters 1 Pc
2 Day pack Bag properly padded 1 Pc
3 Sleeping bag (-0 to -20 degrees) 1 Bag
4 Waterproof Hiking Boots 1 Pair
5 Marvin/Balaclava /Warm Hat 1 Pc
6 Sunglasses 1 Pc
7 Slim hot water flask 1 Pc
8 T-Shirts – Polyester quick dry. 4 Pcs
9 Warm Jacket 1 Pc
10 Long Rain coat or Poncho 1 Pc
11 Walking pants 2 Pcs
12 Summit Ski Trouser 1 Pc
13 Waterproof windbreaker pants / Rain Trousers 1 Pc
14 Heavy woolen socks 4 Pcs
15 Gloves (Warm Ski gloves) 1 Pc
16 Light woolen gloves -1 1 Pc
17 Fleece 1 Pcs
18 Thermal underwear (Top & Bottom) 1-2 Pairs
19 Camelbak Hydration pack /Water bottles 2-3 litres total
20 Bathroom Kit (Recommended Wet Wipes, SunScreen, Toothpaste, Toothbrush etc)
21 Headlamp with Extra Batteries 1 Pcs
22 Personal First aid items/medicine if any
24 Wide Brimmed sun hat/Baseball cap 1 Pc
25 Snacks to last all days (Personal Discretion)
27 Passport/National ID/Alien ID
28 Personal First Aid items
29 Gaiters
30 Emergency evacuation cover
31 Crew Tips Money(Recommended) USD 30 -100

All the above items can be sourced with the help of our team. Do contact the Expeditions team. For hiring and purchase contact us.

Expedition Charges

The expedition rates are as follows:-

East African Citizens & Kenyan Resident: KES 35,000

Non Residents: KES 55,000

Package Includes

  • All meals on the Mountain.
  • Accommodation in tents up the mountain.
  • Statutory park fees.
  • Guides and staff entry fees.
  • Experienced Guides.
  • Group porters for meals, supplies.
  • Experienced Mountain chef and catering team.
  • Porter to carry your personal rucksack.
  • Transfers from Nairobi to the Mountain and back.

Package Excludes

  • Austrian Hut Fees if you want to upgrade KES 2,000 each.
  • Tips for guides and porters (Recommended tip values – $30-$100)
  • Personal Climbing Gear as per the above list.
  • Water and Drinks (Though clean spring water is available for refills you may consider these)
  • En-route meals on the first and last day.

Booking & Payment Terms

A minimum of KES 5,000 secures your slot on the trip.  For bank payments contact our team. For MPESA: Use Paybill Number 695596 and input your name as the Account Number.

For any Queries contact our Expeditions Director on 0725157834 or email [email protected]

2 Comments

  • Winnie Mbesa

    This is great. I would love to join October trip. Or which is the best month to climb Mt. Kenya? October or August

    • 2:19 pm - 13th July 2020

    • Reply
    • munyaka

      Hi Winnie. Glad that you would like to join. The two months are ok. November is what to avoid because of the rains.

      • 7:40 am - 14th July 2020

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