CHOGORIA - NAROMORU TREK COSTS & ROUTE ITINERARY FOR MOUNT KENYA
For a distinct mountain climbing experience in Africa, Mount Kenya is a delightful alternative to Mount Kilimanjaro. Rearing 5199 meters above the Kenyan plains of the Great Rift Valley, it is 696 meters shorter than its rival, but offers a more beautiful and isolated experience with only 15,000 visitors a year, compared to Kilimanjaro’s 50,000 and over. The main peaks, Batian (5199 meters) and Nelion (5188 meters), can only be scaled by skilled mountaineers, but healthy, fit trekkers can safely access the lesser of the tri-peak, Lenana Point, at 4985 meters. Trekking on Mount Kenya with AfricanMecca offers multiple wonders, from rapidly changing flora and fauna in different zones to brooding lava towers and glaciers reflected in still, rock-bound tarns. Nowhere else on earth can you climb through tropical forest, home to elephants, hyenas, antelopes and monkeys, to find yourself alone in bizarre prehistoric alpine desert, only to be startled by a helicopter ferrying affluent highlands fishermen on their discerning vacation in Africa to cast for trout in an icy mountain tarn.
CHOGORIA - NAROMORU ROUTE SUMMARY FOR YOUR MOUNT KENYA CLIMB WITH AFRICANMECCA
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ARRIVAL DAY 1 - OVERNIGHT AT MOUNT KENYA BASE CAMP – ALTITUDE: 2195 METERS
Your Kenya mountain trip begins in Nairobi after your arrival pickup from Jomo Kenyatta International Airport or from your overnight hotel in Nairobi. Note: If your arriving in the afternoon or in the evening, you will need to overnight in Nairobi and then proceed the next day to the base camp at 2195 meters. A morning start from Nairobi takes you on an amazing journey to Mount Kenya National Park. Celebrating Kenya’s iconic landmark, Mount Kenya offers a distinct highlands wilderness in central Kenya to the discerning AfricanMecca guest. Whether you are traveling alone, with a special someone, with a group or your family, the park is fascinating, majestic and glorious. The 276 square miles (715 sq. km) park is part of a larger ecology that covers a total of 854 square miles (2124 sq. km). Within the frontiers is a stunning variety of ecosystems that begin at the lower foothills and extend to the peak at 5199 meters. At the base are semi-arid plains that gradually transition to mountain forests, moorlands and glacier fields. Mount Kenya is internationally recognized as an exceptional example of an equatorial mountain. With an enduring crown of ice, the area has eleven remaining glaciers, the largest of which is the vanishing Lewis Glacier between Teleki Valley and Point Lenana. Beyond the global environmental value of Mount Kenya, the extinct volcano is the national icon of Kenya, as well as a UNESCO World Heritage Site, a supremely protected escape for forest and lowlands wildlife and a much-desired feat for climbers and trekkers. Flora diversity is unimaginable and sure to be a noteworthy aspect of your forest tour at Mount Kenya National Park.
In the afternoon, you will experience a forest walk to acclimatize yourself in the highlands of Kenya. White and black colobus monkeys are found in the ravines, and Sykes’ monkeys can be viewed along the tracks. Earthen mounds of dirt in the Hinde Valley mark the homes of endemic Ruppell’s root rats, and subtle lines in the earth in the mossy glades show the underground routes that are used by mountain mole shrews. Your guide may also point out large mounds in the glades that are the result of giant mole rats. Common large herbivores include zebras on the Sirimon inclines, and buffalo and elephants are seen at times on the trails. Also at this elevations are duikers, elands and other antelopes, as well as smaller denizens, such as rock hyraxes. These fauna are joined by more common species, including defassa waterbucks, bushbucks and many more. After your forest walk, you will return back to the base camp to freshen-up and overnight relaxation.
DAY 2 - OVERNIGHT AT CHOGORIA BANDAS – ALTITUDE: 3000 METERSThe Chogoria Route on the east of the monolithic volcanic plug is one of the most spectacular scenic route to trek on Mt. Kenya. Early morning start preparing your gear before meeting up with your guide and porters. AfricanMecca Safaris suggests you take waterproofs as afternoon freezing rain is not uncommon. After breakfast, a vehicle drive at 0700 hours takes you to Chogoria’s shanty-town village through rich red farmlands, then along a muddy track through tropical forest and thick stands of bamboo to Chogoria Bandas, wooden huts with bunk beds, clean linen, hot showers and cooking facilities. You are advised to walk with your guide for 6 kilometers to benefit from acclimatization as you may start feeling the effects of altitude at this height. Evening temperatures drop to 41 F (5 C), so a hot water bottle is best suited for night use.
DAY 3 - OVERNIGHT AT LAKE ELLIS CAMPSITE – ALTITUDE: 3400 METERS
Some wildlife is in evidence as you climb for 3-4 hours through lush forest to arrive for lunch at the crystal waters of Lake Ellis, popular with trout fishermen. A 250-meter acclimatization hike up Mugi Hill offers beautiful views of the glacier fed tarn. It is best to enjoy a slow pace and allow your body to adjust. Iridescent tacazze sunbirds with thin, curved beaks flash their gold and green necks, balancing themselves on cabbage groundsel with bobs of their long violet and blue tails. This is just one of the few avian-safari experiences around Lake Ellis. By sunset, your waiters-cum-porters and cook are finalizing your dinner with an overnight at the banks of Lake Ellis.
DAY 4 - OVERNIGHT AT MINTOS CAMP - LAKE MICHAELSON VISIT – ALTITUDE: 4300 METERS
Set off in the early morning up a steep moorland trail, bordered with rounded tussocks of festuca grass, descending to Lake Michaelson, incredibly picturesque in the crisp, clear air, which is complemented with views of the Vivienne Falls and Gorges Valley. Soaring above the camp site, impressive columns and caves of The Temple make a breathtaking background. You will spend about 4-5 hours walking on this day in an outlandish world. At some seasons, giant groundsels carry enormous spikes of thick, golden daisy flowers and weird furry lobelia look like sentinel wookies in an unearthly landscape.
DAY 5 - SUMMIT TO LENANA PEAK (4985 METERS) WITH OVERNIGHT AT MET STATION - ALTITUDE: 3000 METERSStart the day around 0200 hours with a hot cuppa and biscuits before tackling the last 4-hour obstacle climbing Mount Kenya to Lenana Peak in time for sunrise by 0630 hours. Slithering over the icy scree as dawn lights the cloud beneath your feet and illuminates Batian and Nelion Peaks. You may see Kilimanjaro, a sky island floating in the mist over 200 miles (325 kilometers) in the far distance. Sunlight throws your shadow over the mountain as you descend for 2 hours back to Mackinders Campsite (4200 meters) for a well-deserved triumph breakfast, then 4 hours down to Met Station (3000 meters) for the overnight.
DAY 6 - MET STATION TO NARO MORU PARK GATE (2600 METERS). OVERNIGHT IN BASE CAMP
A further trek of 3-4 hours through the tropical forest to the pickup point at Naro Moru Park Gate (2600 meters), then a return drive to the heart of Mount Kenya National Park for the overnight at your base camp (2195 meters)
DAY 7 - DEPARTURE DAY - AIRPORT TRANSFER OR CONTINUE ON AN OPTIONAL TREK OF KILIMANJARO OR EVEN A WILDLIFE SAFARI WITH AFRICANMECCAWake up at your own time but in time for breakfast, check out and transfer to Nairobi airport for your flight back home, continue onto climbing Kilimanjaro or for those trekkers who are on a Kenya wildlife safari with AfricanMecca, you will be picked up by your safari guide and continue on with your travels in Kenya or the others parts of Africa.
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COST OF CLIMBING MOUNT KENYA WITH AFRICANMECCA - PRIVATE GUIDED TREK
We recommend you plan and book your privately guided and custom Mount Kenya climb for at least 8 to 10 months prior to your arrival. Mountain huts and campsites are almost fully booked in the peak, dry season due to limited rooming capacity on the mountain and high demand. Please contact us to customize your Kenya climb and request prices based on your personal preferences, acclimatization requirement and fitness needs.
Mount Kenya Price Guide
Chogoria - NaroMoru PremierPrivate Climb & Guide Experience
- Private trek and climb guiding services. All our guides are native experts in mountain climbing, African wildlife, and the African culture, many of who speak other European languages.
- Kenya team’s with decades of experience of operating treks and tours in Kenya.
- Accommodation as indicated - sharing room in mountain huts and tents.
- Full board meals (lunch, dinner & breakfast) when staying the night during the climb.
- Extra acclimatization day.
- First aid kit equipment.
- Arrival and departure meet, greet and transfer services as in the itinerary.
- All park and reserve entry fees, airstrip transfers, VAT, government levies, service charges and hotel taxes for the services booked.
- Africa, America and Europe office and cellular emergency contact details.
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EAST AFRICA SAFARI TRIP IDEA FOR MOUNT KENYA IN CENTRAL KENYA
When visiting Mount Kenya National Park, we recommend combining your safari with a visit to Samburu. Masai Mara, Nakuru and Naivasha Great Rift Valley Lakes. You may optionally extend out to other wilderness areas of Amboseli or Tsavo ending with a beach vacation and Swahili cultural tour in the exotic spice island of Zanzibar or Lamu, or even Mombasa.READ MORE
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GUIDE ON MOUNT KENYA PARK
Celebrating Kenya's iconic landmark, Mount Kenya National Park offers a distinct highlands tour to the discerning AfricanMecca guest, from forest walks, peak climbs to lodge game viewing and more.
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SAFARI & TOUR IN MOUNT KENYA
The extraordinary beauty of Mount Kenya inspires you to venture into the wilderness. While safari game drives are not allowed due to its fragile ecology, you do enjoy nature walks in the foothills.
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BEST TIME TO VISIT MOUNT KENYA
The weather at Mount Kenya National Park consistently offers guests a unique African highlands safari experience at any time of year. This park experiences two dry seasons and two rainy seasons.
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WHERE TO STAY IN MOUNT KENYA
Fairmont Mount Kenya Safari Club is located outside the park borders near Nanyuki while Serena Mountain Lodge is sought by guests who want to stay inside the park amidst the forest wilderness.
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