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MKCK 601: 6 Days Chogoria Route Down Naro Moru route
Distance: 75 km | Difficulty: Demanding  | Start/Finish: Nairobi

6-day hiking Chogoria and Naro Moru Route

This 6-day Chogoria - Naro Moru route trekking expedition is by far the most scenic and interesting route to reach the trekking peak at Lenana Point (Pt Lenana). The first night is at the Meru Mount Kenya Lodge (Mt Kenya Bandas) grounds with camping. There is an option to stay at the Meru Mount Kenya Lodge or Bandas at an additional cost.
 
Chogoria route trekking starts from the Eastern side of the mountain. It takes in tropical forests, bamboo forest, and the moorland. The Mount Kenya hiking route offers accommodation in camping for all the nights. Descent is via Naro Moru route to overnight at Met Station. Also, descending is possible via Sirimon route / Shipton's Camp with an overnight at Old Moses Camp. Breakfast would be at Shipton camp 4200m before onward hike down through Mackinders Valley.
 
Some of the scenic spots that makes this route to be the most interesting include Nithi Falls, Lake Ellis, Nithi River, Gorges Valley, Lake Michaelson, giant billiard table and the hall tarns.
 
 
Mount Kenya hike program and pricing:
Day 1:  Nairobi/Chogoria Town
Pick up from your Nairobi Hotel at 8am and drive north to Chogoria town (on the eastern side of the mountain) for lunch. Afternoon is spent on leisure walk in the town to acclimatize. Dinner and overnight at Chogoria Town at Lizlo Hotel, 2000m, L,D.

Day 2: Chogoria/Mount Meru Bandas - 4hrs, 16km walk, 950m ascent
After breakfast, take a 4x4WD vehicle to the bamboo forest clearance, 16km from where the hiking starts on Chogoria route. You will walk for 16km through the forest along the dirt and sometimes very muddy road. The trekking / hiking lasts for 4hrs to reach Mount Meru Bandas at 2950m for lunch. Afternoon leisure walking around the camp to discover the nearby scenic areas. Dinner and overnight camping at Meru Mount Kenya Bandas (Mt Kenya bandas), B,L,D.

Day 3: Mount Meru Bandas - Road Head Camp, 3hrs, 9km, 350m ascent
After breakfast, hiking follows the track through giant heather and forest up to Chogoria road head. From where the path drops to cross a stream then follows the broad ridge to the east of the gorges valley. You will  reach Road Head Camp taking approximately 3-4hrs. Dinner and overnight camping at Road Head Camp at 3300m. It is also possible to go via Lake Ellis, B,L,D.

Day 4: Road Head/Mintos Hut - 4 hrs, 12km
After breakfast follow the track through giant heather and forest up to Chogoria road head. From where the path drops to cross a stream then follows the broad ridge to the east of the gorges valley. You will  reach Mintos Hut, 4200m. Dinner and overnight at Mintos Camp, B,L,D.
 
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Day 5: Mintos/Point Lenana (Pt. Lenana)/Met Station - 11-12 hrs, 29km, 785m ascent/1985m descent

Leave shortly after midnight at 2am towards the main peaks of Batian, Nelion and Point Lenana. Divide after an hour, above a flat green area at the head of the valley known as temple fields. Arriving at Point Lenana (the only trekking peak) at 6:30am. After taking photographs and celebration at the summit, descend from the trekking peak via Naro Moru route. Alternatively, it is also possible to hike down via Sirimon Route an
d shipton's camp - shipton camp 4200m to spend the night at Old Moses Camp). Hike down to Mackinders for breakfast. Continue with your trekking down to Camp at Met Station at 3000m for dinner and overnight rest, B,L,D

Day 6: Met Station/Naro Moru Gate/Nairobi - 3hrs, 9km, 400m descent

After breakfast, descend by hiking for approximately 3hrs through the rainforest which is 9km to Naro Moru Gate at 2,600m. From the gate, you will connect with your transport to Naro Moru Town for lunch. Take an onward transfer back to Nairobi, arriving at approximately 3pm, B,L

Tour cost: US$ 980 per person

Included in the price:
• Guarantee price/guarantee trek on confirmation
• Transfer to and from the base of the mountain
• Full board accommodation whilst on the trek in camping
• Meal plan as detailed: B=Breakfast, L=Lunch and D=Dinner
• Accommodations in camping as per the itinerary
• 1 night full board hotel accommodation at Chogoria Transit Hotel
• All park entrance fees to include government taxes
• Service of an English speaking professional guide, porters and skilled cook
• Start and finish Nairobi
• Treated water on the trek.
• On completion, successful Mount Kenya Climbing Expeditions certificate

Excluded:
• Cost of staying in the
Meru Mount Kenya Lodge or (Mt Kenya Bandas)
• Tips, laundry, sleeping bags and drinks
• Accommodation before/after the trek
• climbing gears
• International flights
• Visas to Kenya
• Items of personal nature
• Any other extras not detailed in the above itinerary

 

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Mt.Kenya peaks - Facing Mt. Kenya

Mount Kenya is Africa’s second highest mountain at 5,199m (17,058 feet) and the highest of all Kenya Mountains. Mount Kenya is roughly circular, about 60km across at the 200mm contour, where the steep font hills rise out of the gentler slopes of the centered highlands. At the centre of the massif, the main peaks rise sharply from around 4,500m to the main summit of Batian 5,199m, Nelion 5,188m and point Lenana (Pt Lenana) 4,985m. Other major summits on the mountain include Point Piggott 4,957m, Point Dutton 4,885 and Point John 4,883m. Of the three main peaks (Batian, Lenana and Nelion), only point Lenana can be reached by trekkers and the other two being only for technical climbers.

Climbing Mount Kilimanjaro in Tanzania

Africa's highest mountain, Mount Kilimanjaro stands on featureless part of the East African plateau, on the Tanzanian side of the Kenya border near Moshi, side by side with the smaller Mount Meru. These mountains are extinct volcanoes, with Kilimanjaro actually being the agglomeration of three distinct volcanoes, Kibo (5896m/ 19,340 ft), Mwenzi (5,149 / 16,896 ft) and Shira (3,962m / 13,000 ft). whose violent creation is geologically associated with the creation of the Great Rift Valley, 100km to the West.

Mount Meru hiking in Tanzania

Mount Meru is Mount Kilimanjaro's little sister, standing at 4,566m compared to 5,895m, but is still an impressive freestanding volcano, which makes a superb four day climb to the top. It last erupted in 1910 therefore can be classified as an active volcano. The first Mount Meru ascent was made by Dr. Fritz Jaeger, 1904. The town of Arusha lies at the base of Mount Meru Trekking, loads of trek companies do this trek. Wild animals are frequently found on this mountain therefore an armed ranger usually accompanies the trekkers.

 

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