Chogoria - Sirimon Route

5 days
T3 trails
Distance: 15 - 20 km per day
500 - 1000 m ascent per day

> Traverse the mountain from East to North via the Chogoria and Sirimon routes
> Climb Point Lenana, the highest trekking peak on Mount Keny
> Ascend via the quieter and most dramatic Chogoria route

Conquer Mount Kenya by trekking the impressive Chogoria Route!

Enjoy ancient bamboo and hardwood forests on the lower slopes and colossal rock formations in the Gorges Valley. The Chogoria Route is an enormously versatile route that delivers heaps of breathtaking moments.

Expect a lot of wildlife on route, especially on the stretch towards the trailhead. Lots of monkeys, buffalos and a single elephant. If you’re lucky, you’ll even see a leopard.

Once in the park it only gets better. Less wildlife, but endless views, waterfalls and enchanting valleys. The Gorges Valley is one that you won’t forget soon.

Itinerary

Day
1

Nairobi – Mt Kenya Bandas

Duration: 03:00 h
After pick up in Nairobi, we drive through agricultural country up to Chogoria town for lunch. After lunch, we take 4×4 and drive up to the edge of the bamboo forest where we start our trek through the dense bamboo forest for distance of 10 km up to the Mt Kenya Bandas (2900m).

Meru Mount Kenya Bandas

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Meru Mount Kenya Bandas
Day
2

Meru Mount Kenya Bandas - Lake Ellis Campsite

Duration: 03:00 h
Day 2 is a long hike with a steady climb to Mintos. Hikers who are not pressed for time can stay overnight at the Lake Ellis Campsite (3600m) halfway to Mintos, for the purpose of better acclimatization. You can also hike directly to Mintos/Halltarn and spend an extra day here to relax and explore the Gorges Valley. This too will benefit acclimatization.

Lake Ellis Campsite

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Lake Ellis Campsite
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3

Lake Ellis Campsite - Minto's Camp

Duration: 04:00 h
Today you commence early for a long trek on a wide track through the forest, with occasional sightings of elephant, bushbuck, buffalo and impala. Emerging from the forest, you walk through heather before crossing the Nithi River to reach the moorlands from where you can enjoy good views of the picturesque Gorges Valley, the Temple, lakes, mushroom rocks, billiards table and the high peaks.

Minto's Camp

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Minto's Camp
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Included

  • Transfers

    All necessary transfers (bus, taxi, private transport, etc.) as described in the itinerary are included.

  • Accommodation in tents

    During your trek, you will stay in tents. The crew will take care of setting up all camping equipment.

  • Meals

    This trek includes breakfast, lunch, and dinner.

  • Professional guide

    During your trek, you will at all times be accompanied by an English speaking guide.

  • Permits

    The cost of permits to enter the national park during your trek is included in the price.

  • Porters

    Porters will be there to assist with carrying all camping and other necessary equipment during your trek.

  • Water

    Enough drinking water will be provided during the trip.

Excluded

  • Traveling to and from

    This trip does not include costs for transportation (flights, bus travel, etc.) to your destination.

  • Sleeping bag

    You must bring your own sleeping bag with you. You can rent a sleeping bag from your trekking company.

  • Tipping

    Gratuities for the guide are not covered by the trek's price. The amount to tip is at your discretion, yet if you've received excellent service from your guide, considering a generous tip is appreciated.

  • Travel Insurance

    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 your trek.

  • Accommodation before and after the trek

    Before and after the trek you have to take care of your own accommodation.

  • Personal expenses

    Personal expenses such as souvenirs, drinks at the bar and other similar expenses are your own responsibility.

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