5 Days / 4 Nights Mt Kenya Trekking Tour

Experience beautiful landscapes and spectacular mountain views on this 5-day Mt Kenya climb along the Chogoria Route. From gentle hikes to steep ascents, this route will lead you through fairy forests and moorlands, passing high waterfalls and gurgling streams. Make sure to look for elephants, buffaloes, and antelopes in the lower mountain region. You spend one night at beautiful Lake Ellis and have view of Lake Michaelson from Mintos Camp. Your return leads through the wide Mackinder’s Valley along the Sirimon Route. Our experienced crew will lead the way and ensure you not only get to the top, but safely back down again.

Chogoria Route Mt Kenya


Day 1

Start: Nairobi (1800m) – Kilometre Kumi (2000m)
Finish: Meru Bandas (3000m)
Altitude: ↑ 1200m
Walking time: 3-4h

Day 2

Start: Meru Bandas (3000m)
Finish: Lake Ellis (3455m)
Altitude: ↑ 450m
Walking time: 4-5h

Day 3

Start: Lake Ellis (3455m)
Finish: Mintos Camp (4200m)
Altitude: ↑ 745m
Walking time: 6-7h

Day 4

Start: Mintos Camp (4200m)
Finish: Point Lenana (4985m) – Shipton’s Camp (4200m) – Old Moses Camp (3300m)
Altitude: ↑ 785m ↓ 1685m
Walking time: 12-14h

Day 5

Start: Old Moses Camp (3300m)
Finish: Sirimon Park Gate (2660m) – Nairobi (1800m)
Altitude: ↓ 1500m
Walking time: 3h


Mt Kenya Trekking: Chogoria Route
Tourcode: KE05MTKCHO
From: Nairobi
To: Nairobi
Min number to guarantee tour: N/A
Max number of participants: private climb
Departure day: any day of your choice
Price: from 1,195 USD
Single Supplement: 150 USD


Day 1 | Nairobi (1800m) – Kilometre Kumi (2000m) – Meru Bandas (3000m)

Distance approx. 200km; driving time approx. 4 hours
Altitude ↑1000m; walking time approx. 3-4 hours

In the morning, your transfer driver meets you at your hotel in Nairobi and soon thereafter, you leave Kenya’s busy capital and its morning traffic behind you. You drive past tea and rice farms on your way towards Chogoria, arriving in the late morning. Your journey then continues, driving through a forest until you reach the meeting point “Kilometre Kumi” or “Kilometre Ten”. Here you will meet your guide and mountain crew and your adventure can begin. You walk along a well laid out path, through a dense bamboo forest. This first section of your trek serves to acclimatise you and allows your body to slowly become accustomed to the increase in altitude. After approximately three hours, you reach the Chogoria Park Gate. Time-permitting, you can still go explore the area with your guide on another short hike. In the evening, you enjoy your first dinner and your first night spent on the mountain at 3000m.
Lunch | Dinner


Day 2 | Meru Bandas (3000m) – Lake Ellis (3455m)

Altitude ↑450m; walking time approx. 4-5 hours

Have a hearty breakfast in the early morning hours, before starting today’s hike. Your destination today is Lake Ellis, and your journey takes you across marshlands, past the clear waters of mountain streams and through indigenous forests. As your trek continues, a sprawling landscape will open up before you. Keep your eyes out for any of the buffalos, antelopes, and elephants which inhabit this region on your way. A detour to the beautifully located Nithi Waterfall is certainly recommendable today. In the afternoon, you will reach your camp at Lake Ellis. If you still want to stretch your legs some more, you can take a walk along the lake’s shore. Here you could witness the weather change back and forth, sometimes even by the minute. From eery low hanging clouds of fog to brilliant bright sunshine and back again, in only a matter of minutes. Enjoy the tranquillity of your surroundings and your second night in the solitude of Mt Kenya.
Breakfast | Lunch | Dinner


Day 3 | Lake Ellis (3455m) – Mintos Camp (4200m)

Altitude ↑745m; walking time approx. 6-7 hours

Today, you have a long journey ahead of you, as you hike approximately 12km from Lake Ellis to the Mintos Camp. After breakfast, you can once more enjoy the views of the lake as you cross a deep gorge and followed by a steep ascent walk along a mountain ridge. Lunch will be in the form of a picnic along the way, and you can enjoy your lunchbox whilst gazing over Lake Michaelson below. In the afternoon, you reach the Mintos Camp, your base camp for the summit approach tomorrow. Here you can further explore the area on another short hike if you like. But be sure to go to sleep early, because your summit approach to Point Lenana will begin deep into night.
Breakfast | Lunch | Dinner


Day 4 | Mintos Camp (4200m) – Point Lenana (4985m) – Shipton’s Camp (4200m) – Old Moses Camp (3300m)

Altitude ↑785m, ↓1685m; walking time approx. 12-14 hours

After some hours of sleep, your guide will wake you between 1am and 2am in the morning with tea and biscuits. You have a long and exciting day ahead of you, so drink up. Depending on your fitness level and pace, you begin the steep summit ascent between 2am and 3am together with your guide. Surrounded by the various peaks of the Mt Kenya mountain range, you hike throughout the cold night, before finally arriving at Point Lenana just in time to witness the sunrise. The arduous ascent will be worth it, as you take a moment to enjoy the spectacular views of the Mt Kenya mountain range, while the sun slowly rises and throws its golden glow over the Batian summit. Thereafter you begin your descent along a steep path leading you down to Shipton’s Camp. You should arrive at the camp around 11am and will be greeted with a welcome and fortifying breakfast. After a short time to relax, you continue your hike and pass through the Mackinder’s Valley. This expansive valley stretches over seven kilometres and is picturesquely located. Dissected by clear mountain streams and decorated with various types of Dendrosenecios, Lobelias, Proteas, and other flowers, you can revel in the beauty provided by the mountain’s kaleidoscopic scenery. You then leave the valley and after a short and steep ascent you reach a moor landscape. Through the Liki North region, you continue and after crossing the Ontulli River, you reach the Old Moses Camp. Here you will spend your last night on the mountain.
Breakfast | Lunch | Dinner


Day 5 | Old Moses Camp (3300m) – Sirimon Park Gate (2660m) – Nairobi (1800m)

Altitude ↓1500m; walking time approx. 3 hours

With lasting impressions of your summit ascension still fresh in your memory, you start your last relaxed hike. The moor landscape changes to one of dense bamboo forest as you walk along a comfortable path and your transfer driver awaits you at the Sirimon Park Gate. With a bit of luck you might see zebras along the way. The eventful past few days you experienced on Mt Kenya herewith come to an end as you make your way back to Kenya’s bustling capital city Nairobi, arriving in the afternoon. You can stop for lunch along the way (optional).



  • Mt Kenya trekking according to the itinerary
  • Professional, English-speaking Guide
  • Mountain crew (cook & porters)
  • 4 nights‘ stay in mountain tents
  • Camping equipment
  • Meals according to the itinerary
  • Boiled drinking water
  • All national park fees
  • All mentioned transfers
  • Flying Doctors insurance (AMREF) during the trek


  • Flights (international and domestic)
  • Meals not indicated in the itinerary
  • Alcoholic and soft drinks
  • Sleeping bag
  • Optional activities & personal expenses
  • Tips
  • Visa fees
  • Travel insurance