Quarterly Mt Kenya Chogoria Route Climb

Quarterly Mt Kenya Chogoria Route Climb

Commune With Nature as you Traverse the Most Scenic Route to Point Lenana

Mt. Kenya is a must-go destination for every free-spirited lover of nature. The Quarterly Mt Kenya Climb via the Chogoria Route promises and over-delivers on the views, the magic, and the experience. We set out on a journey through the most scenic of all Mt. Kenya routes yet again as we dive into the magic of Mt. Kenya. Our ultimate goal is to conquer ourselves by getting to Point Lenana, the third-highest peak of Mt. Kenya, rising to an elevation of 4,985m ASL.

The 4-day-experience through the Mt Kenya Chogoria Route begins and ends at the Chogoria Gate. We will set out to experience the beautiful sceneries and features of Mt. Kenya, including Lake Ellis, Mugi Hill, Nithi Fall and Caves, Lake Michaelson, Gorges Valley, Vivienne Falls, and the glorious views at Point Lenana.

Itinerary – Quarterly Mt Kenya Climb

DAY 1: Nairobi – Chogoria Gate – Lake Ellis

We depart Nairobi for Chogoria Gate at 5:30 a.m. Upon arrival at Mt. Kenya Chogoria Gate, we will connect with the Outdoorer Mt. Kenya team, meet and greet, and have brunch before hitting the trail.
Trek to Lake Ellis (3,455m ASL)

Distance:- 8km

Elevation gain:- 600m

After registration at the gate, we begin our 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 late afternoon sun on Lake Ellis against the Hinde Valley’s beautiful backdrop.
We will pitch camp here by the lake. Feel free to wander around the lake as you take unlimited pictures. Later on, enjoy a quiet evening by the lake as you have dinner and recount your experiences so far.

Day 2:- Journey to Camp Mintos (4,200m ASL)

Distance:- 9km
Elevation gain:- 800m

After breakfast, we set out on our journey through the heather and moorland towards Camp Mintos on an initial relatively steep trail. Expect breathtaking views all along the way. We shall carry packed lunch to have at a picnic point along the trail.

After the lunch break, we continue our trek through a rocky, steep stretch. Altitude sickness symptoms may start appearing at this point; therefore, we will maintain a very moderate pace the rest of the way. If heights don’t scare you, you will have the opportunity to catch a beautiful glimpse of the entire Lake Michaelson from atop a cliff.

Soon enough, we reach our final destination, Camp Mintos. Here, you will give your feet a well-deserved break by letting them breathe. Feel free to slip on your sandals or walk on bare feet around the beautiful Mintos Tarn. Later on, we will have our dinner and retire early in readiness for attempting the summit push to Point Lenana early in the morning.

Day 3:- Conquering ourselves

– Mintos to Point Lenana – 4.5km
– Point Lenana to Road Head Camp – 12.5km
Max elevation gain:- 785m

We wake up at 1:00 a.m, have tea and snacks, and immediately begin our trek to Point Lenana (4,985m ASL) by 2:30 a.m. An early ascent guarantees us magical views of sunrise at dawn from the summit if we make it on time. Set yourself to take it all in as far as the eye can see: Simba Tarn, Harris Tarn, Square Tarn, Hanging Tarn, and the view across the divide.
With our mission accomplished, we will head back to Camp Mintos for breakfast. Later on, we shall set out to our next destination, Road Head camp, where we shall spend the last night. In good weather, we shall enjoy magical views of the Gorges Valley all along the way.

Day 4: Exit and Departure for Nairobi

Distance: 7km

After breakfast, we'll hold our thanksgiving and awards ceremony. We shall then descend 1km from the camp to the magical Nithi Fall, as we prepare our hearts and minds to bid the mountain farewell. Thereafter, we shall hit the road back to Chogoria Gate, where we shall have packed lunch and board our transfer vehicles back to Nairobi.
We hope to come out with our hearts fuller and our souls richer, having unlocked our mountains on the journey to Point Lenana.

What to Wear & Carry?

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Points to Consider

  • Pre-expedition altitude acclimatization increases your chances of getting to Point Lenana without experiencing severe altitude sickness. When you apply to join, we will prescribe some high-altitude preparatory hikes to elevations above 3,500m above sea level in the weeks preceding the expedition.
  • Do not travel to low altitude within the week preceding the expedition. Doing so greatly decreases your body’s ability to acclimatize with elevation gain and, consequently, increases the risk of altitude sickness.
  • Come with an open mind. The goal is to attempt the summit push. You shall never conquer the mountain; you can only conquer yourself.
  • On tipping, it is customary to tip porters and crew on mountaineering expeditions. You are not obliged, but we recommend carrying tips in cash–just in case you decide to tip. Tipping into the collective kitty is, traditionally, fairer than tipping specific members of the crew.



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Kenyan & EAC Citizens

KES 41,500

KES 37,000

Foreign Kenyan Residents

KES 41,500*

KES 37,000*

Non-Resident Foreigners

US$ 624.00


* This price may change in the future if a pending court injunction on the proposed increase in 2024 KWS conservation fees is lifted.

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Date & Time
Thursday, July 18, 2024
Start - 5:00 AM (Africa/Nairobi)
Sunday, July 21, 2024
End - 11:00 PM (Africa/Nairobi)

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