Mt Kenya (4,985m)

Kenya

Hike to the summit of Mt Kenya (4,985m) with the beautiful Chogoria route. Airport transfers, food and accommodation are all included - you just need to turn up!

Itinerary

Day 1: Meet the team and begin the hike

You will be met by your guides in Nairobi at 9am and driven to the remote town of Sagana. Here you'll have some refreshments and receive a briefing from your guides, before continuing to Chogoria and the start of your hike.

You'll enter the Mt. Kenya forest at an altitude of 1,600m, and make your way through dense forest to an altitude of around 2,950m. In the evening, you can relax around the campfire with your evening meal. The local food is amazing!

title 6b922d08-d868-4d51-a3f3-ade40fa5ba58title 3c9d831b-a458-48b6-93cb-2d20f9127c98

Enjoy breakfast, before packing your bags and setting off on the days hike. Today you are hiking to the remote Lake Ellis at an altitude of 3.400m. You'll leave the woodland behind as the terrain slowly changes into moorland and grass. The remainder of the afternoon is spent relaxing in camp before dinner and another early night.

title 57c035a7-4618-4611-ac2c-ac94904fe5e6title 188bd0fa-00c1-4451-9d9f-a48699b1d85d

Today you'll walk around Ellis lake and then into the spectacular Gorges Valley. Here you can enjoy a freshly prepared lunch, before continuing for a few more hours in the afternoon to your campsite. From here there is an optional 10-minute walk to the 'temple' - a fantastic viewing point over the valley.

Then it's all about having an early night, before summit day!

title 1bd0743b-304c-48ec-8179-c769395bcdcetitle 761fe314-9919-4343-935d-3b7411a26e3ftitle 836a7bfe-4fb6-4470-ae22-a016222cdbc8

Summit day has arrived! You are woken at 2.30 am with a hot drink and a light snack before starting the hike. You'll be hiking with head torches at the start, aiming to summit for sunrise.

After enjoying the incredible summit views, you descend the mountain down the Sirimon route to Shipton's hut. After a short rest and a bite to eat, you'll make the final hike of the day, down the mountain to Judmier.

title 1e3e321e-f605-443a-8bce-1923d5c3d2b9title eb5abe8d-28b0-49e0-9ad5-0f2197bfe317title baee188a-d41f-435b-8b41-5b2fce336f59

After a relaxed start and a good breakfast, you'll leave camp and walk the final 10km downhill to the park gate. Here you say goodbye to your fantastic team of porters and guides, and then you'll be driven back to Nairobi.

title dfc3c65c-b5de-4ed9-b220-976948039772

Book Now

August 2021
Wed
4 Aug
9:00AM
Sun
8 Aug
6:00PM
$750

Based on$750 USD

Book

6 spaces

Wed
18 Aug
9:00AM
Sun
22 Aug
6:00PM
$750

Based on$750 USD

Book

8 spaces

Wed
1 Sep
9:00AM
Sun
5 Sep
6:00PM
$750

Based on$750 USD

Book

5 spaces

Wed
15 Sep
9:00AM
Sun
19 Sep
6:00PM
$750

Based on$750 USD

Book

8 spaces

Fri
8 Oct
9:00AM
Tue
12 Oct
6:00PM
$750

Based on$750 USD

Book

5 spaces

Thu
21 Oct
9:00AM
Mon
25 Oct
6:00PM
$750

($99 deposit)

Based on$750 USD

Book

5 spaces

Fri
3 Dec
9:00AM
Tue
7 Dec
6:00PM
$750

($99 deposit)

Based on$750 USD

Book

5 spaces

Tue
21 Dec
9:00AM
Sat
25 Dec
6:00PM
$750

($99 deposit)

Based on$750 USD

Book

5 spaces

Wed
29 Dec
9:00AM
Sun
2 Jan
6:00PM
$750

($99 deposit)

Based on$750 USD

Book

Just 3 spaces
remaining

Wed
26 Jan
9:00AM
Sun
30 Jan
7:00PM
$750

($99 deposit)

Based on$750 USD

Book

10 spaces

Wed
2 Feb
9:00AM
Sun
6 Feb
5:00PM
$750

($99 deposit)

Based on$750 USD

Book

7 spaces

Wed
16 Feb
9:00AM
Sun
20 Feb
5:00PM
$750

($99 deposit)

Based on$750 USD

Book

8 spaces

Wed
23 Feb
9:00AM
Sun
27 Feb
5:00PM
$750

($99 deposit)

Based on$750 USD

Book

6 spaces

Fri
4 Mar
9:00AM
Tue
8 Mar
5:00PM
$750

($99 deposit)

Based on$750 USD

Book

7 spaces

Fri
18 Mar
9:00AM
Tue
22 Mar
5:00PM
$750

($99 deposit)

Based on$750 USD

Book

8 spaces

Fri
27 May
9:00AM
Tue
31 May
5:00PM
$812.5

($99 deposit)

Based on$812.5 USD

Book

9 spaces

Sat
4 Jun
9:00AM
Wed
8 Jun
5:00PM
$812.5

($99 deposit)

Based on$812.5 USD

Book

10 spaces

Fri
10 Jun
9:00AM
Tue
14 Jun
5:00PM
$812.5

($99 deposit)

Based on$812.5 USD

Book

9 spaces

Thu
16 Jun
9:00AM
Mon
20 Jun
5:00PM
$812.5

($99 deposit)

Based on$812.5 USD

Book

10 spaces

Wed
22 Jun
9:00AM
Sun
26 Jun
5:00PM
$812.5

($99 deposit)

Based on$812.5 USD

Book

7 spaces

Mon
4 Jul
9:00AM
Fri
8 Jul
5:00PM
$812.5

($99 deposit)

Based on$812.5 USD

Book

8 spaces

Tue
12 Jul
9:00AM
Sat
16 Jul
5:00PM
$812.5

($99 deposit)

Based on$812.5 USD

Book

12 spaces

Wed
20 Jul
9:00AM
Sat
23 Jul
5:00PM
$812.5

($99 deposit)

Based on$812.5 USD

Book

7 spaces

Thu
28 Jul
9:00AM
Mon
1 Aug
9:00AM
$812.5

($99 deposit)

Based on$812.5 USD

Book

9 spaces

Sat
6 Aug
9:00AM
Wed
10 Aug
5:00PM
$812.5

($99 deposit)

Based on$812.5 USD

Book

7 spaces

Sat
13 Aug
9:00AM
Wed
17 Aug
5:00PM
$812.5

($99 deposit)

Based on$812.5 USD

Book

8 spaces

Thu
25 Aug
9:00AM
Mon
29 Aug
5:00PM
$812.5

($99 deposit)

Based on$812.5 USD

Book

10 spaces

Thu
8 Sep
9:00AM
Mon
12 Sep
5:00PM
$812.5

($99 deposit)

Based on$812.5 USD

Book

9 spaces

Wed
21 Sep
9:00AM
Sat
24 Sep
5:00PM
$812.5

($99 deposit)

Based on$812.5 USD

Book

9 spaces

Thu
1 Dec
9:00AM
Mon
5 Dec
5:00PM
$812.5

($99 deposit)

Based on$812.5 USD

Book

8 spaces

Wed
7 Dec
9:00AM
Sun
11 Dec
5:00PM
$812.5

($99 deposit)

Based on$812.5 USD

Book

5 spaces

Tue
13 Dec
9:00AM
Sat
17 Dec
5:00PM
$812.5

($99 deposit)

Based on$812.5 USD

Book

6 spaces

Thu
22 Dec
9:00AM
Mon
26 Dec
5:00PM
$812.5

($99 deposit)

Based on$812.5 USD

Book

7 spaces

Thu
29 Dec
9:00AM
Mon
2 Jan
5:00PM
$812.5

($99 deposit)

Based on$812.5 USD

Book

10 spaces

FAQs

Included:

  • Guides 
  • Porters
  • Airport transfers
  • Local transfers
  • All food & drink
  • All accommodation - camping
  • National park fees

Excluded

  • International flights
  • Travel insurance
  • Visas
  • Tips for guides

The maximum group size is 12 people. 

Start: You can be collected at 9.15 am at Safari Park Hotel in Nairobi, or 9 am from Nairobi Airport (NBO) on day 1 of your itinerary. 

Please note that if you are late for the pick-up, you will need to take a private car for around 4 hours to Mount Kenya National Park (this can be arranged for you in advance - please contact us if required).

End: You'll be dropped back off at Nairobi Airport (NBO), or a hotel of your choice in Nairobi, at 6 pm on day 5 of the itinerary. Alternatively, you can choose to start a 2-day safari on the last day of your Mt Kenya itinerary. You'll go straight from the bottom of the mountain to your safari, rather than returning back to Nairobi. 

Absolutely! We get lots of solo travelers - it's a great way to meet like-minded people. 

Previous hiking and mountain experience is not required. A good level of fitness and the ability to hike 5 days in a row is required. If you lead a relatively active lifestyle, then we would recommend maintaining this. 

The fitter you are, the more you will enjoy the hike - we recommend that you start training 2-3 months before the hike, with activities such as jogging, cycling, swimming etc. If you can, we also highly recommend going for a few practice day hikes with a 5kg rucksack on.

You can see the latest NHS advice at https://www.fitfortravel.nhs.uk/destinations/africa/kenya 

The minimum age for this trek is 18, or 16 with a parent/guardian. 

You may encounter some larger animals such as elephants and buffalo, and your guides will brief you when you arrive on how to stay safe around them.

You may also choose to do a 2-day safari immediately after your Mt Kenya trek. 

Mt. Kenya can be hiked all year round, as it is very close to the equator, so it doesn't matter that much when you choose to hike the mountain. The drier seasons however are January - March and June - October, so we recommend picking these months if they work well for you.

Expect temperatures of 25-30 C (77-86 F) at the bottom, and as cold as -20 C (-5 F) on the summit.

You will be camping for the entire trip, sharing a 3-person tent (with just 2 people in each). The campsites are in remote areas on the mountain, and therefore have limited facilities. You can expect various types of toilets on your trip, including drop toilets (seated) and tented toilets. Warm water is available at the camps. 

  •  A 4-season sleeping bag with a -15C comfort rating (not the extreme rating). This can be rented if not owned.
  • Sleeping mat: Therma-rest or equivalent.
  • Wool hat
  • Waterproof gloves
  • Fleece gloves 
  • Sun hat
  • Sunglasses: essential when at altitude
  • 3x T-shirts: No cotton.
  • Long sleeve baselayer top
  • Fleece or soft-shell jacket
  • Waterproof jacket and trousers
  • Down or Synthetic jacket
  • Underwear
  • Hiking shorts: one pair of quick-drying shorts
  • Long underwear or tights
  • Hiking trousers
  • 3 pairs of thin socks
  • 2 pairs of thick socks
  • Hiking boots
  • Gaiters (optional)
  • Trainers or sandals
  • Toiletries (Wet wipes, deodorant, toothbrush, multi-purpose soap etc.)
  • Sunscreen and lip balm
  • Earplugs
  • Personal first aid
  • Towel
  • Water bottles (At least 2L)
  • Water purification tablets
  • Walking poles (optional)
  • Day Pack (30 - 35L)
  • Large Backpack (50 - 65L): this will be carried by the porters, and have everything you don't need during the day
  • Dry bags
  • Tech: Camera, phone, chargers etc.
  • Snacks
  • Personal medicine if required (please inform your guide in case of emergency) 

Day 1: 3-4hrs, 14km

Day 2: 5-6hrs, 8km

Day 3: 7-8hrs, 9km

Day 4: 14hrs, 23km

Day 5: 2-3hrs, 9km

Day 1: Start - 1900m, End - 2950m

Day 2: Start - 2950m, End - 3400m

Day 3: Start - 3400m, End - 4200m

Day 4: Start - 4200m, Summit - 4200m, End - 3300m

Day 5: Start - 3300m, End - 2000m

Provided by Savage Wilderness

Skyhook Adventure is an Authorised Agent of Savage Wilderness. Please familiarise yourself with the Savage Wilderness Terms & Conditions and Skyhook Adventure's Terms & Conditions.