Burguret - Chogoria Traverse
Go To Mount Kenya - 6 days
Regular days with
- 15 - 20 km per day
- 500 - 1000m ascent per day
- T3 Trails
> The real challenge
> This trek is most used by elephants
> For the real wilderness lovers
Going up this route is a challenge: rough underfoot, an overgrown track more used by elephants than humans, muddy when wet, no huts and with dense stands of giant bamboo and montane forest -why would you want to take it? Well it’s for real wilderness aficionados.
The route was pioneered during colonial days and then abandoned for many years until it was re-opened in the early 90’s. It provides a unique and completely natural mountain trekking experience. Up to point lenana then descend on the chogoria route provides the most spectacular views and completes a traverse of Mount Kenya.
Gentle hike down a broad ridge enjoying magnificent views back up the valley to the Mt Kenya snowy peaks, and down to waterfalls, tarns and lava flows in the Gorges Valley itself. Overnight in the Meru Mt. Kenya cabins – log fires, hot showers, beds – and if the supply vehicles have made it up through the forest, Tusker beers! Wildlife viewing possible in evening with elephant and buffalo often grazing outside our cabins and a large numbers of forest and moorland birds.
Minimum persons per booking: 2
What’s the plan?
Day 1: Nairobi – Giant Bamboo camp
Transfer from Nairobi to Nanyuki for lunch. After lunch drive to Gathiuru forest station and a 4 hour ascent through dense stands of towering bamboo to a Giant Bamboo Camp at 2600m. Elephant and buffalo are common here.
Day 2: Giant Bamboo – Highlands Castle
The luxuriant bamboo yields to enormous podocarpus and pencil cedar forest before we climb to the hagenia rosewood zone at the edge of the moorlands. This marks our lunch spot before heading up through the extraordinary giant lobelia and groundsels. We spend the night close to the sheer lava cliffs of the “Highland Castle” at 3,700. Today’s hike takes 5-6 hrs with an ascent of 1,100m
Day 3: Highlands Castle – Shipton Camp
Spectacular scenery as the jagged volcanic peaks and shimmering glaciers tower above our trek around the summit circuit. Turquoise tarns nestle in the valleys, eagles and buzzards soar overhead – it’s difficult to believe we’re on the equator! We might, for the first time, meet other trekkers here as we hike for 5-6 hours to overnight at Shipton Camp at 4,200m.
Day 4: Shipton camp – Pt Lenana – Hall Tarns
Predawn start for the summit attempt. Up steep screes and a bare rocky track to reach the summit. It’s an exhilarating 3 hours from here to reach the hiker’s summit, Pt Lenana at 4,985m in time for the sunrise – Kilimanjaro is usually visible 340kms to the south then 2-3 hours descent to Hall Tarns (4,300m), where we have a hefty breakfast and spend the day here to rest and to relax. Our campsite is perched close (but not too close) to the top of a sheer 300m cliff overlooking the Gorges Valley.
Day 5: Hall Tarns – Mt Kenya Bandas
Gentle hike down a broad ridge enjoying magnificent views back up the valley to the snowy peaks, and down to waterfalls, tarns and lava flows in the Gorges Valley itself. Overnight in the Meru Mt. Kenya cabins – log fires, hot showers, beds – and if the supply vehicles have made it up through the forest, Tusker beers! Wildlife viewing possible in evening with elephant and buffalo often grazing outside our cabins and a large numbers of forest and moorland birds.
Day 6: Mt Kenya Bandas – Nairobi
Three hours walk down through the bamboo forest to meet our vehicles for the return journey to Nairobi, arriving in the late afternoon.
√ Transportation to and from Mount Kenya
The transport from Nairobi to the gate of Mount Kenya is taken care off. This also applies to the way back.
√ Four Season Mountain tents
You’re staying in our strong and well maintained four season mountain tents. Every time you arrive at your camp the tent has already been set up.
√ Double Layered Sleeping Mats
Double layered mats provided by your trekking company will put you to sleep in no time.
√ Hot meals daily while on the mountain
Breakfast, lunch and dinner are prepared during the trek. Your trekking company is bringing their own cook. Don’t be surprised when you see an exclusive three course dinner on your plate.
√ Treated and filtered water
During the trek you won’t have a shortage on drinking water.
√ Park fee, camping fee, VAT and other taxes
The park entry fees, the crater fee, camping fee and value added tax are included in the price.
√ Fair salary, food, insurance and accommodation for guide and porter(s)
The total amount covers not only your own basics, but also those of your guide and porter. No unpleasant surprises.
√ Your own team of porters and guides
Trekking on Mount Kenya is hard, both for yourself and your support staff. You will have a team who will support you in climbing Mount Kenya. This team usually consists of a guide, porters and a cook. This way you don't have to carry your full gear yourself. The guide speaks English and usually the rest of the team speaks English as well
× Visa for Kenya
Visas are required for all visitors, and cost about $50. For most nationalities it is possible to get a visa online or upon arrival when you arrive at the airport in Nairobi. Check with your local Kenyan embassy or consulate to see what the requirements are.
× Flights to and from Nairobi
The total amount is also exclusive of flights to and from Nairobi. To get an idea of which airlines are visiting Jomo Kenyatta Internatiol Airport, it is best to have a look at their website.
× Personal expenses
All personal expenses such as drinks at the bar, washing and other similar expenses are for your own account.
× Travel Insurance Including Repatriation
Your international travel insurance is your own responsibility. It is important that your travel insurance also covers adventures at a high altitude. Discuss your itinerary with the insurance company before you travel to Tanzania.
Tips for guides and porters are exclusive. You decide what you want to tip, but be generous. A recommended fee is between 10 - 15% of the climbing costs.
× Accommodation before and after the trek
Whether you stay in Nairobi or anywhere else, before and after the trek you have to take care of your own accommodation and meals.
Four Season Mountain tents
You will be staying in durable tents that are equipped for all weather situations. A few porters will always trek ahead of you to make sure that your tent is ready when you arrive. There will also be tables and chairs. Accommodation comes with freshly prepared meals.
Safety is of the utmost importance to us. That is why this is an area in which we simply do not compromise when it comes to keeping the cost of our trekkings low. Our guides have been selected on the basis of their technical competence, proven safety performance, impeccable judgment, friendly attitude and ability to provide useful and expert instructions. They are also very professional and well trained in first aid and personal protection equipment. First aid kits are available on all treks. In addition, the routes are ideally designed to give you enough time to acclimatize.
While the intention is to stick to the described route, a certain degree of flexibility is built in. In some cases it may be necessary to change the route here and there. The mountains are full of surprises, and the weather on Mount Kenya is unpredictable. The guides continuously carry out risk assessments throughout the expedition. It is therefore best to plan a number of extra days in Kenya to cover for possible unforeseen circumstances. Read all about altitude sickness here.
Packing ListTrekking in Mount Kenya requires decent gear. Especially the basics like an 80-90l backpack and quality trekking socks.
- Waterproof Jacket, breathable with hood
- Insulated Jacket, synthetic or down
- Soft Jacket, fleece or soft-shell
- 2 Long Sleeve Shirts, light-weight, moisture-wicking fabric
- Short Sleeve Shirt, light-weight, moisture-wicking fabric
- Waterproof Pants, breathable (side-zipper recommended)
- 2 Hiking Pants (convertible to shorts recommended)
- Fleece Pants
- Shorts (optional)
- Long Underwear (moisture-wicking fabric recommended)
- 3 Underwear, briefs (moisture-wicking fabric recommended)
- 2 Sport Bra (women)
- Brimmed Hat, for sun protection
- Knit Hat, for warmth
- Balaclava, for face coverage (optional)
- Bandana (optional)
- Gloves, warm (waterproof recommended)
- Glove Liners, thin, synthetic, worn under gloves for added warmth (optional)
- Hiking Boots, warm, waterproof, broken-in, with spare laces
- Gym Shoes, to wear at camp (optional)
- 3 Socks, thick, wool or synthetic
- 3 Sock Liners, tight, thin, synthetic, worn under socks to prevent blisters (optional)
- Gaiters, waterproof (optional)
- Sunglasses or Goggles
- Backpack Cover, waterproof (optional)
- Poncho, during rainy season (optional)
- Water Bottle (Nalgene, 32 oz. recommended
- Water Bladder, Camelback type (recommended)
- Towel, lightweight, quick-dry (optional)
- Stuff Sacks or Plastic Bags, various sizes, to keep gear dry and separate
- Sleeping Bag, warm, four seasons
- Sleeping Bag Liner, for added warmth (optional)
- Trekking Poles (recommended)
- Head lamp, with extra batteries
- Duffel bag, (waterproof recommended) for porters to carry your equipment.
- Daypack, for you to carry your personal gear
- Toiletries (Option)
- Lip Balm
- Insect Repellent, containing DEET
- First Aid Kit
- Hand Sanitizer
- Toilet Paper (To be provided)
- Wet Wipes (recommended)
- Snacks, light-weight, high calorie, high energy (optional)
- Pencil and Notebook, miniature, for trip log (optional)
- Camera, with extra batteries (optional)
In the mountains the weather is often difficult to predict. The same goes for climbing Mount Kenya. Although you are trekking at the equator, it can get quite cold at an altitude of 4000m (13.123ft). Temperatures ranging from -10 to -20'C have been measured at Point Lenana. Although these are excesses, it is advisable to be prepared for all types of weather. Kenya has two rainy seasons, the long rains and the short rains. The long rains last from mid-March to mid-June and the short rains are in September and October. Mount Kenya is good all year round, but during the long rains you have to be prepared for heavy rainfall and muddy trails. But even in rainy season, there's a good chance that you will put on more sunscreen regularly.
Trekking on Mount Kenya is hard, both for yourself and your support staff. You will have a team who will support you in climbing Mount Kenya. This team usually consists of a guide, porters and a cook. This way you don't have to carry your full gear yourself. The guide speaks English and usually the rest of the team speaks English as well.
It is impossible to climb the Mount Kenya solo. . Both the guide, the assistant guide, the porter and the cook expect a tip. For the whole trek, this sums up to an amount ranging from 10 until 15% of the total climbing costs.
Visa for Kenya
Visas are required for all visitors, and cost about $50. For most nationalities it is possible to get a visa upon arrival when you arrive at the airport in Nairobi. Check with your local Kenyan embassy or consulate to see what the requirements are.
Tanzania is an area where yellow fever occurs and therefore we recommend you to be vaccinated. We also recommend that you have all other vaccinations such as Tetanus, Diphtheria, Polio and Hepatitis A & B up to date. Malaria is present in Kenya but there are no mosquitoes at high altitude. Always consult your health professional 90 days ahead of departure.
If you are looking for inspiration, you can find plenty of information in our article about climbing Mount Kenya.
Go To Mount KenyaOur company is established in Kenya and is one of the leading personal guiding companies in the country. We are set up to provide a very personal service. You will be dealing directly with the people who benefit directly from your visit. You won't get closer than that.
Excellent Staff & Team Leaders
We pride ourselves on having excellent staff and team leaders, who have worked with us for many years - that`s why Go To Mount Kenya is so popular!
Attention to You and Your Safety
Each assignment is a project in its own right - your team, our team and the mountain. The size of our team is directly related to the number on your team. That way we ensure the correct level of attention to you and your safety.
We hope you will contact friends who have traveled with us before. Indeed most of our business comes from referrals so we know the value in you having a fantastic time.
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You wish you didn’t have to, but there is no other way: You find yourself having to cancel your plans. In this case, you lose your deposit, but since you haven’t paid the large sum yet, you at least save that. Please do let us know if you cannot make it. A no-show can be a small disaster for your trekking provider, who did its best to block your dates. View our complete cancellation policy here.
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