Lake Ellis & Nithi Falls Day Hike

9 August, 2021

Lake Ellis & Nithi Falls Day Hike

Available Dates: Group joining; 11th September 2021
Private Package: Any day of your choice
Grading: Moderate

Trip Summary

Lake Ellis is located on the eastern slopes of Mt Kenya and is the largest lake of Mt Kenya’s great lakes after Lake Alice and Lake Michaelson. The lake was named after Thomas Evelyn Scott-Ellis who accompanied Eric Dutton on his first visit to the lake in 1927.
We begin the day with an early morning pick up from Nairobi at 0500hrs and drive north to Chogoria town and onwards to Chogoria Park Gate. The hike starts at the Gate after a short stretch.
The trail gets you right into the forest and takes you through the dense forest covered with both indigenous and man-made trees and to the scenic Nithi Falls. The forest is a habit for both wildlife and a wide range of bird species. The hike then proceeds on wet moorlands and after covering a trek close to 7km, the trail leads to a scenic landscape of the breathtaking Lake Ellis.
The hike guarantees a clear view of the peaks on a good day. Enjoy the stunning views of the lake and the surrounding area before descending back via the same route.
We will then embark on a return journey back to Nairobi, to arrive in the evening.

What To Carry

  1. Comfortable hiking shoes with a good grip. Long pants/trousers & long-sleeved hiking t-shirt/light jacket recommended
  2. Spare Sports Trainers to complement boots, Sandals, or light shoes for traveling back
  3. Plenty of drinking water at least 3 litres
  4. Sunhat, Sunscreen, Sunglasses
  5. Cameras
  6. Any personal medication / Personal first aid items
  7. Day Pack /Small Bag to carry your personal items
  8. Enough Snacks, fruits, sandwiches, energy bars to last the hike.
  9. Proper Rain Gear, in case it rains. i.e. Rain Coat/Poncho/Rain Trousers if available.
  10. Mornings can be cold so have a warm Jacket.
  11. An identification card or passport: Must
  12. Tip for guides, rangers, and crew


Full Package with Transport – Kes. 4,280
Self Drive – Kes. 2,750

Package Includes:

  • Citizen Park Entrance Fees/parking fees
  • Round Trip Transport for non-self drives
  • Hiking Charges
  • Guiding Fees
  • Security

Package Excludes:

  • Resident/Non-Residents Park Entry Fees
  • Tips for Guides
  • Evacuation expenses.

Payment and Booking

Make payments via MPESA Paybill 695596 Account (Your Name-Hike Title)
Confirmations and queries must be confirmed with 0729 995 059 | [email protected]

Booking Terms & Conditions

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Protocols on Covid -19

  1. Our Transport is compliant with government regulations on occupancy per vehicle.
  2. Our buses and vans are thoroughly cleaned and sanitized before the Trip.
  3. The nature of this activity enables social distance with ease.
  4. There are no gatherings at the start or end except for a social distanced stretch.
Day Hiking
Guided Tour
At a glance

The hike takes you to the beautiful Lake Ellis on the slopes of Mt. Kenya. Lake Ellis is one of the Glacial Lakes of mount Kenya and is found in the eastern part of Kenya. The hike starts at the Chogoria Gate and takes you through the dense forest covered with both indigenous and man-made trees to Lake Ellis. The hike guarantees a clear view of the peaks on a good day and fresh crisp air.

  • Mt.Kenya National Park
  • Kes. 4,280
  • Kes. 2,750
Kiarago Valentine,

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