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5 Days Mount Kenya Chogoria/naromoru Trekking Tour

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Tour Preview The Chogoria route is our recommended and arguably the most magnificent ascent route to the summit area. It is the driest route up the mountain and the walk beside the Gorges Valley is truly . .
Country: Kenya
City: Nanyuki
Duration: 5 Day(s) - 4 Night(s)
Tour Category: Mountain Climbing Adventures
Departure Date: Thu 01 Jan '99
Package Itinerary

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The Chogoria route is our recommended and arguably the most magnificent ascent route to the summit area. It is the driest route up the mountain and the walk beside the Gorges Valley is truly spectacular.

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

Accommodation on this hike is 2 nights in mountain huts/ Bandas and 2 nights camping. Nonetheless, if you prefer to camp you can do so all night on the mountain

Detailed Itinerary

Day 1: Nairobi - Mt Kenya Bandas (2,900m).

Depart from Nairobi early 0700hrs and be driven towards Mt. Kenya region which is rich in agricultural products up to Chogoria town for lunch. After lunch, we take a 4x4 and drive up to the edge of the bamboo forest where we start our trekking through the dense bamboo forest for a distance of 10 km up to the Mt Kenya Bandas. Dinner and overnight at the camp.

Day 2: Mt Kenya Bandas - Lake Ellis Campsite (3,600m).

After breakfast and sorting of porter loads we set off up the mountain at a nice and easy pace A slightly longer walk via Lake Ellis gives scenic views of Mugi, Ithanguni, and the Giants Billiards Table, whilst if we follow the river near road head, upstream for about 3 km, the foreground scenery and flora is particularly beautiful.
Lunch on the banks of a stream, then it's time to cut up the left-hand hillside to our camp at about 3,600m, well away from any of the more "touristy" areas.

Day 3: Lake Ellis - Minto`s Camp (4,200m).

Depart early and start well off the beaten track to follow a ridge up the mountain for about 3 hours to eventually join the tourist track on the normal Chogoria route at an altitude of about 4,100m. Breathtaking views over the Gorges Valley and back over towards Ithanguni and the Northern Moorlands.
Lunch is served at a small stream crossing, before continuing for a further hour to the Mintos Hut area at 4200m where we will have our night's rest.

The afternoon is spent relaxing at camp, though a 10-minute walk to the "Temple" is well worth the effort. This is a 150 meters vertical cliff that gets its name from the position visitors often adopt when peering over the edge - they look as if they are praying.

Day 4: Minto`s – Pt. Lenana– Met. Station.

Pre-dawn start at 0300hrs from the Mintos camp and attempt the 3rd highest peak – Pt. Lenana, 4,985m to be on the top of the summit by sunrise for a good view of the main peaks and mountain environs. On a clear day, you can be able to see the Uhuru peak of Mt. Kilimanjaro- a few minutes for celebration and photos. Then descend down on the Westside of the mountain through the Austrian hut, proceed down to Mackinder hut for breakfast and rest. Afternoon hike for 05 hours through the moorland to Met. Station camp for dinner and overnight.

Day 5: Met.Station – Naromoru Park gate- Nairobi.

After breakfast begins a 3 hours nice walk through the forest to Naromoru park gate where you find a vehicle waiting to transfer back to Nairobi or your next destination. END.

The Tour Includes:

Transfer from Nairobi to Mount Kenya

Transport to Park Gates

Transport from Park Gates to Nairobi or your hotel

Mount Kenya National Park Conservation fees (entry fee)

Mount Kenya National Park compulsory rescue fees

Mount Kenya National Park hut accommodation fees

Mount Kenya National Park trained certified English-speaking guides

Mount Kenya National Park trained certified English-speaking porters

One Porter per person for personal Mountain luggage (maximum 15 kgs)

Mount Kenya National Park trained certified cook/Chef, utensils, cutlery, crockery, etc

All meals while on the mountain Kenya climbing expedition.

Boiled water; tea and coffee with meals

1 basic first Aid kit per group

The Tour Excludes:

Pre & post climb accommodation in Naromoru if required

Any Domestic or International flights

Specialized climbing equipment such as Oxygen cylinders (available at cost)

Travel insurance, Visa, and passport fees

Increases in park fees where applicable

Personal mountain equipment such as sleeping bags, walking poles, mattresses, duffel bags, etc (available at cost)

Metal water bottles, water bladders (please note no soft plastics are permitted on the Mountain)

Tips/gratuities for guide(s), porters & cook

Beverages such as Soda and Alcoholic drinks

Additional unscheduled transfer from park gates to Nairobi or hotel.

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