Although the Sirimon or Naro Moru Routes may be used for ascent of Mount Kenya this is our recommended ascent route and it is arguably the most magnificent route to the
summit area. It is possible to ascend Point Lenana in a three day trip from Nairobi, this is, however, only for the well-acclimatised. It is best to devote a few extra days to the ascent. These days can be spent exploring:
the Parklands based in the relative comfort of the Meru Bandas (small clean huts with beds providing bed-linen, hot water showers, an open fire and
an unreliable electricity supply).
OR the roadhead area with its nearby Nithi waterfall and gorge.
OR Lakes Ellis and Alice.
OR the Hall Tarn area.
The route is often combined with an ascent of Point Lenana or the Round the Peaks Walk. The descent may be made by the Chogoria Route or if looking for variety by the Sirimon or Naro Moru Routes, both are attractive but boggy underfoot.
Those with more time available and a spirit for adventure should consider
approaching by the mountain by the Ithanguni and then Chogoria Route and
descend by the Chogoria.
Point Lenana may be tackled from any of the high camps or from Top Hut. If
it is tackled from Hall Tarns a pre-dawn start is recommended in order to
enjoy the best views and dramatic sunrise. Ski sticks are useful when ascending
the scree to the summit.
Accommodation on the mountain is in roomy, two man double skin tents. You
will require a sleeping bag and mat. Warm water for washing is provided at
all campsites, a cook will prepare all meals, these always include
fresh vegetables and fruits.
This is a tough walking trip but within the limits of a fit individual
used to walking in mountain areas.
- Transfer from airport to the Fairview Hotel (B&B).
- Drive to Chogoria Village (3hrs), visit the market and have lunch in
a restaurant before driving in a 4WD vehicle up the rough forest track to
the Meru Bandas. Short game-viewing walk in the Parklands in the afternoon.
- Gentle walk to the Nithi Gates, explore the Nithi Falls and Gorge after lunch.
- Walk up the ridge overlooking Gorges Valley to Hall Tarns. Magnificent views
of Vivienne Falls and Lake Michaelson.
- Cross Simba Col to reach Kami Tarn below the glaciated North Face of Batian.
- Continue past Hausberg and other tarns to reach American Camp, the
highest meadow in the Teleki Valley.
- An early start to gain Point Lenana shortly after dawn. Descend to Top Hut
for lunch then complete the Round the Peak Walk and descend to Hall Tarns.
- Descend to the Parklands and drive back to the Fairview Hotel in Nairobi.
- Depart after breakfast. Transfer to airport.
The programme is available all the year round as a private trip and also as a 7 day scheduled trek.
Inclusive of: park fees, porters, guides, cook, camping equipment, transpot airport to
airport, hotel on a bed and breakfast basis.
Exclude: extra drinks and tips. Other meals at hotel.
See also: Responsible Travel Programme, hotel details, safari extensions, coast extensions, weather.
Chogoria Route Photo Gallery
Meru Bandas, Mugi Hill behind
Hall Tarns at Sunrise
Driving through the Parklands
NorthFace of Batian and Nelion