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5 Days Backpacking tour itinerary for Mount Kenya & Nanyuki: Rise Up The Second Highest Mountain In Africa

Mount Kenya, Nanyuki

Trekking
Trekking Tour
Camping
Camping Tour
Backpacking
Backpacking Tour

Hike along the most beautiful and rewarding route with spectacular landscapes and exotic flora and fauna. Camp along this trek and get ample time to acclimatise and local exploring around your campsites. Get to see a spectacular sunrise along with a view of Mount Kilimanjaro.

DAY 01

CHOGORIA TOWN - CHOGORIA PARK GATE (2950m)

  • Start the tour after meeting the Mount Kenya trekking guide who will brief you about the trip.

  • Board the vehicle and drive through the rainforest for an hour. 

  • Start trekking from the bamboo forest to the Chogoria park campsite. 

 Hiking time: 2 hours. 

Overnight stay at the camp/lodge. 

Altitude gain from Nairobi: 1,150m.

DAY 02

CHOGORIA PARK GATE - LAKE ELLIS (3400 m)

  • After having breakfast, leave the camp hiking through the lush vegetation and forest passing Old Urumandi Hut proceeding to Nithi waterfalls.

  •  Afterwards, continue hiking passing the road heading to the campsite for lunch to Lake Ellis (approximate 5 - 6 hours of hiking).

  • In the afternoon, explore the lake near the campsite.

Overnight stay at the camp. 
Altitude gain: 450m.

DAY 03

LAKE ELLIS - MINTOS CAMP (4300 m)

  • After having breakfast, leave the camp trekking along a single trail through alpine and moorland vegetation. The trek between the two camps has no water fetching zone, so ensure that you have approx 3 litres of water to keep you going. The lunch will be packed for you (approximate 6 - 7 hours of hiking).

  • In the afternoon, explore the temple near the camp and view the gorgeous valleys.

Overnight stay at the camp.
Altitude gain: 900m.

DAY 04

MINTOS - LENANA PEAK (SUMMIT) - old MOSES (3300m)

  • Wake up at around 02:00 hrs and have a simple breakfast. 

  • Gear up and start hiking in the dark on a relatively flat trail to a steep and rocky scree surface reaching the Summit (4985m) in 3 hours. While at this point you will enjoy a spectacular African sunrise with 360° views. On a clear day, Mount Kilimanjaro is visible at a far distance.

  • Take some photos and start descending down to Shiptons Camp for a full breakfast and some rest.

  • Afterwards, continue trekking down along the Mackinders valley crossing Likki and Ontulili valleys to Old Moses Camp for a well-earned sleep. The approximate distance from Shiptons to Old Moses Camp takes about 6 hours.

Altitude gain: 685m, 

Altitude drop: 1,685m

DAY 05

OLD moses - SIRIMON PARK GATE - NANYUKI TOWN/ NAIROBI

  • After having breakfast, leave the camp trekking down along a paved road passing through bamboo and tropical forests with chances of spotting wildlife reaching the gate in about 2 hours.

  • Check out of the park and board your transport to Nanyuki/Nairobi Hotel for a shower and overnight stay.

  • 480 USD Per Adult
  • Transport to and from the mountain gates

  • Good mountain tents with sleeping mats.

  • Paying of the park and camping fees

  • 5 days Mount Kenya hiking guiding fees

  • Transport from Nairobi and back

  • Hiring of mountain climbing gears like sleeping bags, hiking boots, etc.

  • Meals whilst on the mountain

  • Porters to carry your backpacks

  • Tips

  • Anything else not listed in inclusions.

  • Note: you carry your own backpack without the help of the porters and do your own cooking. The guide will provide himself with food too.

  • Mount Kenya transverse Chogoria Route


Mount Kenya, Nanyuki

Trekking
Trekking Tour
Camping
Camping Tour
Backpacking
Backpacking Tour
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Contributed By

Mwangi Sammy

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