Mount Kipipiri Hike
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Mount Kipipiri Hike

Mount Kipipiri: The Prodigal Son Of The Aberdares

We kick off a new season for our intermediate and advanced hikers in the Mount Kenya Crash Program and the Roadmap to Kilimanjaro with the Mount Kipipiri Hike. Flanked off the main Nyandarua Range, the Mount Kipipiri hike is as exciting as most other Aberdare hikes. Ordinarily this is a one-way trail that starts at the Geta Forest Station near Getabush, up to the Mt. Kipipiri summit (3,363m ASL), and then down a steep 4.5km stretch.

The hike starts on a well-paved dirt road before detouring into the woods. The terrain deceptively feels fairly flat most of the way—it is anything but! The 13km walk to the Mt. Kipipiri summit is exhausting, only softened by the beautiful flora, bountiful forest scents and soothing birdsongs. Coming down the mountain is equally challenging, forcing your knees to go into overdrive.

Because of impassable roads near Geta Forest Station, the standard starting point, we have rerouted our Mount Kipipiri hike on May 11, 2024 to start and end across the forest at Mihato, the standard finishing point. Effectively, our hike takes an up-peak-down path instead of a traverse as initially planned.

Kipipiri Traverse Distance & Stats

Distance: 17.5km

Maximum Elevation: 3,363m ASL

Maximum Elevation Gain: 902m

Duration: 6-8 hours

Difficulty: Hard

Beginner-friendly: No

Child-friendly: Fit hikers 12yo and above

Because of the changes to the event on May 11, 2024, the stats are as follows:

Distance:- 9km

Maximum elevation:- 3,363m ASL

Maximum Elevation Gain:- ~500m

Trail grading:- Gentle incline with a steep approach towards the peak

Duration:- 4-6 hours

Kipipiri Traverse Itinerary

4:15 a.m Meet up at International House Parking, City Hall Way. Boarding opens.

4:30 a.m Departure for Geta Forest Station.

08:00 Arrival at Geta Forest Station

08:30 a.m Hike Starts

EST 05:00 p.m Departure for Nairobi



By Bus


Kenyan Citizens

KES 4,300

KES 2,600

Foreign Kenyan Residents

KES 4,600

KES 2,900

Non-Resident Foreigners

US$ 40.00


Mpesa Till 989985

What to Wear

What to Carry

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!
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Date & Time
Saturday, May 11, 2024
4:30 AM 10:00 PM (Africa/Nairobi)

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