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Mt. Kenya 7 Days Chogoria Traverse

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This Safari to Mt. Kenya gives the visitor the opportunity to experience all the contrasting scenery of Mt. Kenya. This safari is a beautiful blend of all our itineraries, taking advantage of the best aspects of the three main approach routes to the peak area: Chogoria, Sirimon and Naromoru.

Day Destination Activities Accommodations Meals
1 Mt Kenya Bandas (2,900m) Transfer from Nairobi to Chogoria park gate to start mount Kenya climbing Mt Kenya Bandas L, D
2 Lake Ellis Campsite (3,600m) Trek from Mt. Kenya Bandas to Lake Ellis Campsite Lake Ellis Campsite BB,L, D
3 Minto`s Camp (4,200m) Climb from Lake Ellis Campsite to Minto`s Camp Minto`s Camp BB,L, D
4 Minto`s Camp (4,200m) Acclimatization day Minto`s Camp
5 Shiptons camp (4,300m) Climb to Point Lenana at 4985m. Then descend to Shiptons Camp Shiptons Camp
6 Met. Station (3,080m) Climb from Shiptons Camp to Teleki Valley descending to Met. Station Met Station BB,L, D
7 Nairobi Trek from Met Station to Naromoru park gate. Then transfer to Nairobi


Abbreviations: BB – Breakfast, L – Lunch, D – Dinner, LB: Lunch Box

Detailed Itinerary

Day 1: Nairobi- Meru Bandas (2,900m)

Pick up transfer from Nairobi to chogoria- Mt Kenya Bandas (2,900m)
Depart Nairobi at 0800hrs and be driven to the eastern of the mountain through Embu, Enjoying the good view of the mountain in various view point and agriculture field with the area up to Chogoria town arriving for lunch. After lunch, we take 4×4 and drive up to the edge of the bamboo forest where we start our trekking through the dense bamboo forest for distance of 10 km up to the Mt Kenya Bandas. Dinner and overnight in high altitude tents.

Day 2. Mt Kenya Bandas – Lake Ellis Campsite (3,600m)

After breakfast and sorting of porter loads we set off up the mountain at a nice and easy pace A slightly longer walk via Lake Ellis gives scenic views of Mugi, Ithanguni and the Giants Billiards Table, whilst if we follow the river near road head, upstream for about 3 km, the foreground scenery and flora is particularly beautiful.

Lunch on the banks of a stream, then it’s time to cut up the left hand hillside to our camp at about 3,600m, well away from any of the more “touristy” areas. Overnight in tents.

Day 3: Lake Ellis- Minto`s Camp. (4,200m)

Similar early start.  Again well off the beaten track to follow a ridge up the mountain for about 3 hours to eventually join the tourist track on the normal Chogoria route at an altitude of about 4,100m.  Breathe taking views over the Gorges Valley and back over towards Ithanguni and the Northern Moorlands.

Lunch is served at a small stream crossing, before continuing for a further hour to the Mintos Hut area at 4200m and our night’s rest.

Afternoon is spent relaxing at camp, though a 10 minute walk to the “Temple” is well worth the effort.  This is a 150 meters vertical cliff that gets its name from the position visitors often adopt when peering over the edge – they look as if they are praying. Overnight in tents.

Day 4: Minto`s camp – Acclimatization day.

After breakfast visit the gorges valley, down to the Vivian falls and Lake Michelson. Return to the camp in the afternoon for lunch and overnight in tents at the Mintos camp. Overnight in tents.

Day 5: Minto`s – Pt. Lenana –Shiptons camp (4,300 m).

Pre-dawn start from the Mintos camp and attempt the 3rd highest peak – Pt. Lenana, 4,985m to be on the top of the summit by sunrise for good view of the main peaks and mountain environs. Then descend down through the Northface to Simba col down to Shiptons camp for breakfast and rest. Overnight in tents.

Day 6: Shipton – Teleki Valley- Met. Station.

After breakfast hike over the Mackinders valley down to Hausberg tarn, Two tarn down to Mackinders camp for lunch. The Mackinders is set on eastside of the mountain with clear view of the three main peaks Batian, Nelion and Lenana. The hike makes a complete circuit of the main peaks and views, sceneries from all main routes.

Afternoon proceed down through the moorland down to forest to Met. Station arriving at the camp late afternoon. Overnight at Met. Station in mountain hut, 3,100m.

Day 7: Met. Station – Nairobi.

After early morning breakfast, descend for 3 hours through the forest to Naromoru park gate for a pickup transfer to Naromoru then to your next destination.

The Tour Includes

  • Transfer from Nairobi to Mount Kenya
  • Transport to Park Gates
  • Transport from Park Gates to Nairobi or your hotel
  • Mount Kenya National Park Conservation fees (entry fee)
  • Mount Kenya National Park compulsory rescue fees
  • Mount Kenya National Park hut accommodation fees
  • Mount Kenya National Park trained certified English speaking guides
  • Mount Kenya National Park trained certified English speaking porters
  • One Porter per person for personal Mountain luggage (maximum 15 kgs)
  • Mount Kenya National Park trained certified cook/Chef, utensils, cutlery, crockery etc
  • All meals while on the mountain Kenya climbing expedition.
  • Boiled water; tea and coffee with meals
  • 1 basic first Aid kit per group

The Tour Excludes

  • Pre & post climb accommodation in Naromoru if required
  • Any Domestic of International lights
  • Specialized climbing equipments such as Oxygen cylinders (available at cost)
  • Travel insurance, Visa and passport fees
  • Increases in park fees where applicable
  • Personal mountain  equipments such as sleeping bags, walking poles, mattresses, duffel bags etc (available at cost)
  • Metal water bottles, water bladders (please note no soft plastics are permitted on the Mountain)
  • Tips/gratuities for guide(s), porters & cook
  • Beverages such as Soda and Alcoholic drinks
  • Additional unscheduled transfer form park gates to Nairobi or hotel.

Tour Cost

Group Size Per Person rate
01 person US$ 1,655
02 – 03 people US$ 1,520
04 – 05 people US$ 1,440
06 – 07 people US$ 1,360
09 and above US$ 1,170

Payment Policy

Booking fee: 30% within 7 days after confirmation of the booking
Balance and full payments to be paid 25 days prior to safari starting date.
Booking confirmed within 25 days to the tour starting date should be paid in full.

Ashford Tours is not liable for the progress of any booking incase of non-compliance of the above payment conditions. We recommend that you secure your booking with a deposit of 30% of the tour fees within 7 days of confirmation. The balance of payment is due 25 days prior to the tour starting date. Upon receipt of full payment, Ashford Tours will issue all relevant travel documents.

Cancellation Policy

If you cancel a confirmed booking, a cancellation fee will apply. A cancellation is only possible if communicated in written form. If you cancel a trip:
• At any time but over 45 days after your booking has been confirmed Ashford Tours and Travel retains 5% non-refundable deposit as administration costs on all services booked with us. We advise you to sign cancellation insurance at the time of booking which will cover cancellation fees.

  • Any monies paid will be refunded less the cost of cancellation fees levied by hotels or food expenses and administrative costs as indicated here below;
No of days to travel date Percentage forfeited of tour price
Over 45 days 5% Administration cost
25 – 45 days to arrival date 30% of tour price
24-15 days 50% of the tour price
7-14 days 70% of the tour price
Less than 6 days and no show No refunds. We retain 100% of the tour fee

• If you leave a tour for any reason after it has commenced we are not obliged to make any refunds for unused services.

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