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Mt. Kenya: Naro Moru Chogoria Traverse
Prices From: $1,378 per person
This is the great west to east trek. The Naromoru ascent trail is the shortest and oldest route used by the early explorers on Mt Kenya. From the lower slopes covered by lush montane and bamboo forests, the trail traverses a steep marshy area that occupies part of the lower moorlands popularly known as the “vertical bog”. From the upper moorlands we enjoy stunning views of the majestic peaks as we approach the afro-alpine region. The western Naromoru is wetter than the eastern Chogoria side. The Gorges Valley, Vivienne falls and mushroom rocks are among the stunning features of the Chogoria trail.
Day 1 - Nairobi - Naromoru
Transfer from Nairobi to Naromoru on the western slopes of Mt Kenya. After lunch enjoy a 3-4 hour acclimatization walk to the Maumau caves. Spend the evening at Mount Kenya Leisure Lodge.
Overnight: Mount Kenya Leisure Lodge (Lunch, Dinner included)
Day 2 - Naromoru - Met Station
Today you will transfer to Naromoru Park gate. Start a gentle 3 hour hike on a wide path that meanders through luxuriant cedar and bamboo forests up to the Met Station Huts (3,049m). Enjoy dinner and overnight at the Met Station Huts (3000m).
Overnight: Met Sation Huts (Breakast, Lunch, Dinner Included)
Day 3 - Met Station - Mackinders Camp
Enjoy a short easier walk to the end of the forest line. Then a challenging hike across the marshy vertical bog of the lower moorlands. Picnic lunch at the Picnic Rocks before continuing further to Mackinders camp (4,300m) for overnight. Total walking time 5-6 hours.
Overnight: Mackinders Camp (Breakast, Lunch, Dinner Included)
Day 4 - Mackinders Camp - Shiptons Camp
Today you will skirt the high peaks as we hike on the summit circuit path. We’ll for the first time enjoy a close-up of suspended glaciers, tarns, and the majestic peaks including Diamond Couloir, Point John, Nelion and Batian peaks. After a challenging 5-6 hours trek we reach Shiptons Camp (4,200m) for dinner and overnight.
Overnight: Shiptons Camp (Breakast, Lunch, Dinner Included)
Day 5 - Shiptons Camp - Summit - Chogoria Bandas
This morning you will start a predawn summit attempt at 03:00AM, hiking for three hours up to Pt. Lenana (4,985m), the hikers’ summit, arriving there in time to see the African sunrise. From Pt. Lenana you have good views of Pt. Nelion (5188m), Pt. Batian (5199m) and other surrounding peaks, and on a clear day the summit of Mt. Kilimanjaro can be seen protruding into the sky over 340km to the south. From the summit descend to Mintos/Hall Tarn campsite (4,300m) for breakfast then a further 5-6 hour descent to the Chogoria Park gate (3,000m). The descent is gentle and it offers ample time to enjoy the gorgeous landmarks on the lower gorges valley including Vivienne falls, Nithi falls, mushroom rocks and an array of interesting mountain plants. Today you have a chance to clean up and relax at the Meru Mt. Kenya huts.
Overnight: Meru Mt. Kenya Huts (Breakast, Lunch, Dinner Included)
Day 6 - Chogoria Bandas - Nairobi Departure
After breakfast gradually descend through the Chogoria Forest to meet up with our vehicle for transfer to Nairobi.
Mount Kenya Leisure Lodge
Mount Kenya Leisure Lodge resembles a big family home. Indeed it's this homey atmosphere that attracts holidaymakers to this exquisite facility. Its proximity to Mount Kenya’s Naromoru and Sirimon ascent routes makes it a suitable base for climbing Mt Kenya. There are also exciting camping facilities and picnic sites. Adventure nature trails, cultural and historical excursions, birding and game drive to the surrounding national parks and reserves are among some of the fun activities that make your stay here extra special.
Region: Africa - Eastern and Southern
- Accommodation in mountain huts or tents when camping
- All food - breakfasts, lunches (packed if necessary) and evening meals prepared by our own cook
- The services of an English-speaking professional mountain guide during the trek, as well as the services of well-paid porters and a skilled cook
- All National Park entrance and camp site fees
- Transport from Nairobi to Mt Kenya and back
- Full support before, during & after your trip
- International & domestic flights
- Airport transfers
- Accommodation before and after the trek in Nairobi
- Taxes and fees
- Travel insurance (recommended)
- Entrance visas when applicable
- Personal hiking equipment-sleeping bags, boots etc.
- Expenditure on all drinks
- Other services not mentioned
- Tips and gratuities to guides, drivers, porters
- Expenses of a purely personal nature