Mount Kenya Chogoria Route is the one of the most beautiful access points to Point Lenana. There are 3 principal summit routes (and 4 lesser used routes), namely Sirimon, Chogoria and Naro Moru. These can either stand alone, or together as variations with other routes. The most scenic and interesting of the three main routes on Mt Kenya is Chogoria route. It starts at Meru Bandas at the base of arguably one of the beautiful Lake Michaelson. As it is a slower ascent it offers more prospects for acclimatisation and also time to enjoy te magnificent scenery. Another route is Sirimon, which has the most gradual ascent and also ascends on the driest side of the mountain, meaning less chance of rain. It starts in a yellowwood forest, into a shrubland, a forest of scenecios up to Lenana.

When combined over 5 or 6 days, it forms Sirimon Chogoria route.


Day-1: Nairobi - Chogoria Town - Mount Meru Bandas

Day-2: Mount Meru Bandas - Road Head - Lake Ellis

Day-3: Lake Ellis Camp - Mintos Hut

Day-4: Mintos Hut - Point Lenana - Old Moses Hut

Day-5: Old Moses Camp (Judmier Camp) - Sirimon Gate - Nairobi

Fast Facts

It is 5895m or 19,341 ft above sea level.
Mt Kenya comprises three peaks, two of which are technical climbs and one which is a trekking peak. The two major technical rock and ice climbing peaks are called Nelion and Batian. The third peak is known as Point Lenana and is a trekking peak, easily achieved via hiking or walking. Our Mt Kenya treks all go to Lenana, so our tours are to the trekking peak where no technical expertise is required.
The shortest number of days required for is 4, but by the time you have added on arrival and departure days it is 6. As it is a steeper approach it is best done in 5 to increase your chances of success.
The route covers roughly 53km
June to October. Mount Kenya is relatively equatorial which means minimal variation between seasons. However, there are two rainy seasons, the first is from March to May (short rains) and November to December (longer rains) which can make the forest track muddy and of course, snow and/or rain higher up.
Depending on the variation you take you will most likely be in a mix of huts and tents
Our grade: Trek Grade: 2c (FP) along Chogoria Route. The main section up to Mintos Tarn is quite steep


Your route to summit is lit by the full moon

The majority of a trekking or climbing on Mt Kenya takes place during daylight hours. It is only for the summit attempt you climb at night, starting out just before midnight. A summit attempt done during a full moon means that the entire route will be well lit and you will hardly need to run on your headlamp

Pre and post summit nights around camp

If you are aiming to summit during a full moon it means that your nights pre and post summit around camp will be lit by a near perfect full moon, giving you amazing moonlit scenes from camp

Incredible universal energy

The Full Moon is supposed to be a powerful time where the universal energy is highest and the best time to renew positive energy. In some religions a full moon is invocative of the higher energies and creates a channel of contact between soul and spirit.

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If the night is overcast, you wont benefit from the full moon

Think about it, just because there is a full moon does not mean the skies will be perfectly clear and cloudless. If you happen to catch an overcast night, then you will not benefit much the from full moon, nor the light it creates, and you will still need the assistance of your headlamp.

Busier routes

If you are planning to summit during a full moon for all the positive reasons above, who is to say others wont as well, meaning that your entire route to summit will be crowded with many others seeking to benefit from the full moon too

For a list of Full moon dates, click here

Yes you do. We (Nomadic Adventures) do not allow anyone to climb with us unless they have adequate travel insurance. Adequate, means you must be covered for

1) trekking or hiking - this may sound strange, but many insurance list that as an exclusion.

2) altitude up to 5,000 meters. Most travel insurance providers do not include this under their standard option and often limit it to 3500m or less.

3) Sprains strains and physiotherapy - yes, many insurers exclude this, though ironically, this is what you will most likely require cover for.

4) personal accident - this is the horrible part of insurance. Yes, you must be covered in the case of death. We are often told by clients - "if anything happens to me, just leave me there." Bodies have to be brought home or laid to rest overseas, and this can run into thousands of dollars, creating a huge burden on family members.

We will assist in helping you provide good cover. If you need cover or simply a quote, follow the details herewith:. Once you have done your initial quote, you must upgrade your cover to include altitudes up to 5000m. Towards the bottom of the page you will see a section called, Options: Upgrade your cover. Click the link called 'View Adventure Sports Benefits'. A blue pop up screen will open. Look for the level of cover required for 'trekking to 5,000 meters' or 'hiking to 6,000 meters'. Depending on your country it is usually a level 1 or 2. Note: we are not insurance experts and it's your responsibility
to ensure you have correct and adequate cover. If you live in South Africa, we have other cover options

A link to Mount Kenya wikipedia

Kenya National Parks

Acute mountain sickness: MedlinePlus Medical Encyclopedia

Detailed Itinerary

Day-1: Nairobi - Chogoria Town - Meru Bandas

The day starts with collected from your hotel in Nairobi. We then drive north to Chogoria Town for an early lunch. You will then take a 4x4WD land rover into the rain forest to a clearance. Your hike starts from here for 16km.

The forest can be dry and dusty, or muddy in rainy season. The hike will last 4hrs reaching the Meru Bandas on 2950m where dinner and first night will be.

Day-2: Bandas - Road Head - Lake Ellis, 5hrs, 13km, 700m ascent

Wake up to breakfast. Follow the path through giant heather and forest up to Chogoria road head, from where you detour with a descent from the route crossing a stream (stemming from Lake Ellis) on to Nithi Falls then a short ascent to get to Road Head Camp at an altitude of 3300m walking approximately 3-4hrs.

You nw continue hiking from Road Head Camp for 1hr, following the track in the forest and giant heather to arrive at Lake Ellis, through Mugi Hills between the Gorges Valley, up through the Nithi River. You will then reach Lake Ellis Camp for the night, 3650m

Day-3: Lake Ellis Camp - Mintos Hut - hike of 12km in 4-5 hrs

An early start with hiking through the track following a ridge for approximately 3 hours. At an altitude of 4100m we will join up with the main Chogoria trail where we get get spectacular views over the scenic Gorges Valley, Northern Moorlands and towards Ithanguni.

In the afternoon, it is well worth a short walk to see the 'Temple' which a 150 meters vertical cliff overlooking Lake Michaelson. We could also hike to Lake Michaelson, which is around 2 - 2.5 hours return.

Day-4: Mintos Hut - Point Lenana - Old Moses Hut

At about 02h00, we will begin our trek toward to Point Lenana at 4985m, aiming to reach there around 06h30 for a sunrise summit. You will start your final journey at 2 am hiking towards the main mountain peaks. We will then head on a 2hrs descent to Shipton Camp at 4200m. Enjoy a well-deserved breakfast. Another 4hrs through Mackinders Valley to arrive Old Moses Camp, located at 3300m for the night

Day five: Old Moses Camp (Judmier Camp) - Sirimon Gate - Nairobi

Today, you hike down for 2-3hrs through the rainforest to reach Sirimon Gate, 2650m. You then connect with your transport vehicle to Nanyuki Town for lunch and continue back to Nairobi with an arrival estimated to be approximately 3 pm.

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What's Included

Price includes

Return Mt Kenya airport transfers
Three meals a day on trek except for last day of trek
All park entry fees
All porter, guide and cook fees
Mt Kenya permit
Camping/Hut fees for Chogoria
Tents if required
Sleeping mattresses for camping

Price Excludes

Mandatory travel and medical insurance
Tips, baggage and porterage
Bottled water
Meals other than those indicated
Visa's and vaccinations
International flights
Costs for giving up the expedition (no refunds applicable)

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Overview of Trekking Routes
3 days trekking
Shortest way to Lenana summit
Rapid ascent
Starts at Naro Moru Park gate (2400m)
Overnight in Tents/Huts
Steep vertical bog section
Summit via Mackinder's and Austrian Camp
Naro Moru Route
From 4 days trekking
Most beautiful route
Longer approach route
Starts at Chogoria Park Gate (2950m)
Overnight in Tents/Huts
Steep craggy peaks and views
Summit via Austria Hut (4790m)
5-6 days trekking
Very scenic route
Slower ascent
Starts at Sirimon Park Gate (2600m)
Tents or Huts
Steep graggy views and lakes on descent
Summit via Shiptons camp (4200m)
Sirimon Chogoria 5 days
Sirimon Chogoria 6 days
4 days trekking
Scenic easier route
Northern side so drier
Starts from Sirimon Park Gate (2600m)
Sleep in Tents/Huts
Long open valleys
Summit via Shipton's camp (4200m)
Sirimon Route
4 days trekking
Ascent via Sirimon and descend Naro Moru
Starts at Sirimon Park Gate (2600m)
Sleep in Tents or Huts
Steep vertical bog on descent
Summit via Shiptons camp (4200m)
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