7 Days Mount Kenya Chogoria Traverse

AM. Nairobi (1,650) – Mountain Rock lodge (2,000m) by car (200kms /3.5hrs). 
PM. Acclimatisation nature hike. 
Span, 12kms /3hrs.

Details: Depart after breakfast and journey north past divergent agricultural lands and landscapes to the slopes of Mount Kenya. After lunch at the base lodge you take part in some easy walks around this predominantly Kikuyu area, exploring local farms and villages and perhaps local schools. We can gain a privileged insight into the lives of the people who live on the slopes of Mt Kenya and know that our visit is contributing towards their local economy. Meals and overnight at the lodge. (L,D) 

Day 2: GIANT BAMBOO CAMP – 2,600m
AM.Base lodge – Gathiuru Forest by car (15kms / 1h). 
P.M Trek, Gathiuru Forest – Giant Bamboo camp (2,600m - 3,600m). 
Span, 10kms / 4h. 
Ascent: +740m. Habitat: Montane Forest / Bamboo / Hagenia zones. 

Details: After breakfast we get a full briefing, equipment check and meet the crew - each one gets a personal porter and there are extra porters for camping equipment and food. Shortly afterwards is the drive to Gathiuru forest station via the renowned Mau Mau caves then a 4 hour ascent through dense stands of towering bamboo to our own Giant Bamboo camp at 2600m. Elephant and buffalo are common here. (B,L,D)

Day 3: HIGHLAND CASTLE – 3,700m. 
Trek, Giant Bamboo camp - Highland Castle (2,600m - 3,700m). 
Span, approx.10kms / 5-6h). 
Ascent: +1,100m. 
Habitat: Montane Forest / Bamboo / Hagenia / Moorland zones.

Details: 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 3,700m. Todays hike takes 5-6 hours with an ascent of 1,100m. (B,L,D)

Day 4: SHIPTON’S CAMP – 4,236m. 
Trek, Highland Castle via Hausberg col – Shipton’s Camp (3,700m - 4,600m - 4,236m). 
Span, approx.10kms / 5-6h. 
Ascent: +900m. toHausberg col. then descend -365m to Shipton’s camp. 
Habitat: Moorland / Alpine desert.

Details: 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. We might, for the first time, meet other trekkers here as we hike for 5-6 hours to overnight at Shipton’s Hut at 4,236m. (B,L,D)

DAY 5: NITHI CAMP - 3,300m
(Summit attempt) Shipton’s camp – Pt. Lenana – Nithi Camp (4236m - 4,985m - 3,300m). 
Span - approx. To Pt. Lenana (3kms / 4h). To Nithi Camp (14 kms / 6h) 
Ascent: 749m to the summit / Descent: -1,685m to Nithi Camp. 
Habitat: Scree / rocky summit / Moorland

5 Details: After the the wilderness experience comes the highlight of the Mount Kenya trek: the stiff, but exhilarating, scramble by starlight up to Point Lenana, the "trekkers’ summit", in time to see the African dawn from a vantage point of nearly 5,000m. We leave at 4am and climb the 800m to the peak in 3-4 hours. A further 3 hours down to a late breakfast by Hall Tarns in the magnificent Gorges Valley. Then in the afternoon another 3 hours down past spectacular chasms, waterfalls and weirdly eroded lava flows to camp by the track-head in the giant heather zone. (B,L,D)

DAY 6: MERU BANDAS – 3300m
Trek, Nithi Camp - MeruBandas (3,300m - 3,000m). 
Span, approx. 7Kms / 2-3h. 
Descent: -300m. 
Habitats: Moorland / Giant heather/ Hagenia zones

Details: Short descent through the forest zone to the mountain cabins and afternoon relaxing. Log fires, hot showers, beers, and beds for overnight. Wildlife viewing in evening - often from your cabin window as the elephant and buffalo graze outside! (B,L,D)

DAY 7: NAIROBI - 1650m. 
AM. Hike, Meru Banda’s – Pick up point (3,000m - 2600m). 
Span, approx.10kms / 2h. 
Descent: -400m. 
Habitats: Bamboo / Montane Forest zones. 
P.M. Pick up point – Nairobi by car.(230kms / 4-5hrs).

Details: Descent on a broad track for about 10 kms through bamboo and virgin rain forest to meet vehicles for the return to Nairobi - usually arriving mid to late afternoon. (B,L)

BLD indicates those meals included. i.e. B-breakfast, L-lunch, D-dinner


Rates include

  • Transportation in a custom safari minibus with pop-up roof ideal for game viewing and sightseeing.
  • Services of a professional English/French speaking driver/guide
  • Full board accommodation in the lodge/tented camp as mentioned
  • Bottled water for use during the safari
  • Park entrance fees

Rates exclude

  • International flights
  • Cultural visits
  • Expenses of personal nature such as visas, travel/baggage insurance, laundry, beverages, tips etc.


01 Jan-31st march & Jul-31-Oct               High Season

01 April-31st May                                     Low Season

01 June-30th June & Nov – Dec                 Mid-Season