Lake Ellis & Nithi Fall Excursion
A Moderate Walk on Mount Kenya Chogoria Route
We set out on a journey to get a sneak peek of the most scenic of all Mt. Kenya routes and taste the magic of Mount Kenya. Join us for a gentle hike to magnificent Lake Ellis and the breathtaking Nithi Fall on Mount Kenya Chogoria route.
We begin our hike at the Chogoria gate and trek through the beautiful Hargenia forest, past a fisheries station. As we approach Road Head camp, we will take a detour on the right toward Lake Ellis. Prepare to be enchanted by the glittering blue-green reflections of the afternoon sun on Lake Ellis against the Hinde Valley’s beautiful backdrop. Feel free to bring your best dress and take killer shots by the lakeside!
If you are up for some more magic, take a slightly more intense challenge and walk with us up a gentle slope and down to the beautiful-beautiful Nithi Fall. This adds some 4 km to your hike, but the reward is well worth the hassle.
Lake Ellis Hike Distance And Stats
- Lake Ellis only: 15km
- Lake Ellis & Nithi Fall: 19km
Maximum Elevation: 3,455m
Maximum Elevation Gain: 505m
Duration: 6-8 hours
Child-friendly: Yes, 7 years and above
Lake Ellis Hike Itinerary
4:45 a.m Meet up at International House Parking, City Hall Way. Boarding opens.
5:00 a.m Departure for Mount Kenya Chogoria Gate
10:00 Arrival at Chogoria Gate.
10:30 a.m Hike Starts
02:00 p.m Mandatory turn-back
5:00 p.m Departure for Nairobi
- Kenyan Citizens - 4,100/=
- Foreigner with Kenyan Residency - 4,100/=
- Non-Resident Foreigner - 12,000/=
- Citizen Self-drive - 2,800/=
Mpesa Till 989985
How to Prepare for the Hike
- Engage in active cardio exercises such as aerobics, walking, running, cycling, and swimming among others the week prior to the event.
- Set aside the day before the hike for resting--take a break from exercises.
- Increase your hydration at least two days to the hike.
- Purpose to get enough rest the night before the hike.
- If on intermittent fasting or on a diet, take a break in the period one day before and after the hike. This way, you will build up your energy reserves for the arduous task ahead.
- Cut your toe nails!
- Have a generous breakfast at least 3 hours before the start of the hike. This ensures that most of the food has been digested by the time you begin the hike, giving you the much-needed energy while ensuring your stomach is not too full for comfort.
- Use the bathroom before leaving the house to reduce the need for bathroom breaks on the commute.
- Set your mind up for conquering yourself. Hiking is more about your mindset than physical preparation. Once you win the battle in your mind, everything else contributes less than 10%. You can do it!