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5 Days Chogoria Route

5 Day Chogoria Route. The climb is the highly recommended and arguably the most magnificent ascent route to trek Mount Kenya to the summit area.

It is the driest route up the mountain and the walk beside the Gorges Valley truly is spectacular.

The descent by the Sirimon route takes one through some beautiful forest tracks and completes the traverse of the mountain.

This tour is offered by Simba Paka Safaris.

Departure Jomo Kenyatta International Airport
Includes
  • Return transfers from Nairobi to Mt Kenya (private)
  • All Park fees.
  • All food while on the Mountain.
  • Accommodation in mountain huts/ camping where applicable.
  • All guiding services
  • Porter support for the climb.
Excludes
  • Personal clothing and equipment Tips and gratuities for guides and porter (recommended to be 10 - 15% of climb costs)
  • Beverages while not on the mountain

Itinerary

Safari Day 1: Nairobi- Nanyuki- Old Moses (9km – 3 to 4 hours)

An early morning Pick up from your respective place at 07:30 hrs., then we proceed to Nanyuki Town which takes like 3-4 hours. On arrival we have a stopover in Nanyuki shopping mall Nakumatt as well as a cup of Kenyan tea as we finalize with the purchase of food. There after we proceed to the Sirimon Gate, this normally takes not more than 1 hour, on arrival at the gate we will have hot lunch at the gate as we formalize the entry process and payments of the fees as required by the Kenya Wildlife Service Park Authority. After the process the walking start from the gate to the camp, this normally takes 2-3 hours to get to Old Moses which is about 3300m. Dinner and overnight in the camp
Accommodation: Old Moses Bandas
Meals & drinks: Lunch & dinner (Breakfast not included)
Drinking water (Other drinks not included)

Safari Day 2: Old Moses – Shipton Camp (13.5 Km – 7 To 8 Hours)

Wake up call at 0630 hrs and you will be served with the breakfast as well as hot coffee and tea depending with your preference, after the breakfast prepare yourself and re-arrange the bag as we ascend the Sirimon Track to Likii North Valley, in this beautiful little valley below the subsidiary peaks of Teleki and Sendeyo, two ancient parasitic vents of the main peaks. {3990 m}. Climb out of the North Valley and into the Mackinders Valley one of the broadest valleys on the Mountain, with many giant groundsels with good views of the main peaks and a brief stopover for picnic lunch along the valley on top of the cliff. After lunch we will have like 3 hours to ascend to Shipton Camp just below the main peak of Batian and Nelion this normally takes 7-8 hrs to get to the Shipton Camp. On arrival you will find your cup of hot coffee or tea is ready as our crews always goes ahead to make sure the services are provided always on time. After refreshments you can either have a short walk for acclimatizing or then descend to the Camp as you wait for the dinner to be served. Dinner and overnight in Shipton Camp 4200 m. The weather at this camp sometimes may go below 10 degrees depending with the climate.
Accommodation: Shipton Camp
Meals & drinks: Breakfast, Lunch & dinner
Drinking water (Other drinks not included)

Safari Day 3: Shipton Camp – Austrian Hut

Wake up call at 0730 am have your breakfast and then pack, leave at 0900 am and ascend uphill to Simba col which is about 4610 m, then proceed on a gradual trail along samba tarn to join the trail that joins to Mintos Hut from Austrian Hut. Proceed on to the Austrian Camp on time for lunch having done half circuit of the summit clockwise. The hike takes 3-4 hours. The lest of the afternoon spent in the camp relaxing as we await hitting the summit the following morning. Dinner and overnight in Austrian Hut
Accommodation: Austrian Hut
Meals & drinks: Breakfast, Lunch & dinner
Drinking water (Other drinks not included)

Safari Day Austrian Hut – Lenana – Chogoria Bandas (3000m)

Wake up call at 04:30 am, have a cup of Coffee or tea biscuits will also be served but keep it right to avoid constipation due to slow digestion, then we start the Alpine ascent to the highest peak Pt. Lenana {4985 m} m (17,058 ft) starts at 05:00 hrs, taking 1 hr to reach Pt. Lenana 4985 m (the hikers summit) in time to watch the sunrise.This is the most challenging bit of the Mount Kenya Trekking and will require a strong mind and the will as well as the spirit of Adventure to reach to the summit but its not challenging like Hiking Kili at Stella Point. On a clear day you can see the snowcapped summit of Mt. Kilimanjaro in the South of Mt. Elgon to the west and the Indian Ocean to the East. We normally get to the summit around 0600 – 0630 hrs before the sun rise, take the photos as many as you can. After your photography and viewing opportunity, surrounded by glaciers and ice rock caves, descend leisurely to Mintos hut, 2 hrs, for hot breakfast. There after descend further down for about 2-3 hours to Road head for picnic lunch. At this point your body will be gaining strength as you are now going down from high altitude to normal and your mind will be calm though might be tired for the long day walk. In the next 2 hours you arrive in Chogoria Bandas where the memories of Mt. Kenya become real, you will be received by our crews who always walks ahead and you will have hot African Tea or Coffee while dinner and overnight will be served as early as 1900 hrs.
Accommodation: Chogoria Bandas
Meals & drinks: Breakfast, Lunch & dinner
Drinking water (Other drinks not included)

Safari Day 5: Mt Kenya Bandas – Chogoria Gate- Nairobi

The day will be calm and the breakfast will be served at around 0700 am, after a leisurely breakfast, you walk about 10 km down through the forest to meet our driver who will drive you down the rest of the track and on to Chogoria town where we normally part ways with the other crews and we head back to Nairobi and have hot lunch on the way back to Nairobi arriving late afternoon with a drop off to your respective residential places of residence.
Accommodation: End of Tour
Meals & drinks: Breakfast &Lunch
Drinking water (Other drinks not included)

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