Crossing of Mount Kenya

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Petr Liška
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Crossing of Mount Kenya
Inserted: 18.09.2014
Author: Petr Liška ©

The crossing of the highest mountain in the country – Mount Kenya is certainly the most interesting and famous trek in Kenya. There is a wide range of possible ways in the local national park that can be used for the walk. One of the best combinations is Chogoria – Sirimon including the ascent to Point Lenana (4,985 m asl), which is the highest „tourist“ point on this mountain range. On this trek you will enjoy a walk across several vegetation bands from the mountain tropical forest up to the remnants of glaciers in the surroundings of the highest peaks of this volcanic massif.

Day 1

Transfer below Mount Kenya

You will probably set out for Mount Kenya from the capital of Kenya – Nairobi. After the mornings tour around this African city set off for approximately five-hour ride to Chogoria. There is no problem to find accommodation, guide or order transport closer to the mountain.

Day 2

In an off-road vehicle to the starting point of the trek

If you want to save some time, long walk in the farmland along the muddy trail in the mountain forest, set out from Chogoria in a hired car. The destination of this stage is the camp Mount Kenya Bandas situated on very picturesque place at the beginning of mountain savannah.

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Day 3

Along Chogoria route to Mintos hut

The third day will test your susceptibility to higher altitudes, if you set out without any acclimatization. The destination of this stage is a miniature Mintos hut located near beautiful lake Hall Tarn.

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Day 4

Ascent to Point Lenana and descent along Sirimon route

The fourth day is the best and most beautiful. You can expect the ascent at the sunrise at the tourist top of Point Lenana. After you enjoy some time at the top, you'll descend through the Sirimon valley to the camp Shipton and possibly even further descend to Old Moses hut.

  • TIP: If you have an additional free day, it is certainly worth to bypass the tops in the mountain massif.
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Day 5

End of the trek in Nanyuki

Last day of the trek awaits you relatively short descent first through savannah, then through bushy surroundings to the gate of the National Park Sirimon Gate (2 650 m asl), so about 700 vertical meters down. From there you can get in an off road vehicle /along far better path than from Chogoria to Mount Kenya Bandas/ first through the forest and then through farmland to the main road and on to the town of Nanyuki. From there already run frequent buses to the surrounding towns.

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