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8 Days/7 Nights Mount Kenya – Timau - Chogoria Route

On the ascent of the little-used Timau Route, on your way to 4,985 m trekking high summit Point Lenana, you will cross several vegetation zones and experience dense forest, moorland with giant lobelia and Senecias and valleys with beautiful mountain lakes. For the descent Chogoria Route is the most beautiful scenic route on Mt Kenya.

Day 1-Arrival

You leave Nairobi at 8.00am and drive to Mountain Rock Hotel in Nanyuki for lunch. The afternoon can be used for an optional visit to the Sweetwaters Game Reserve or to the cave-hideouts of the Mau Mau freedom fighters during Kenya's struggle for independence.

Day 2 – Ascent to Marania Campsite

After breakfast you drive northwestwards crossing the equator and on to the School of Adventure (70km), the base of Mt. Kenya trail at 2900m. Here you meet with your crew and after introductions you start the climb at 11.30am. The 5 hours hike takes you to Marania Campsite at 3300m in middle of the moorland, leaving behind a beautiful forest inhabited by a variety of wildlife.

Day 3-Ascent to Majors Camp

After breakfast you continue with your climb heading for Major's Camp (4000m). Your path will be surrounded by plenty of senecia and lobelia. Lunch will be at Allan's Point. The hike takes about 6 hours. Day 4-Ascent to Shiptons Hut Today`s trek passes the scenic Terere and Sendeo peaks. The 6-hour hike takes you up to 4600m reaching the alpine desert and down again to Shiptons Camp at 4200m. The night will be spent at the Shiptons Hut at the end of the Mackinders Valley with the 3 “Masai” Batian, Nelion and Lenana towering above you.

Day 5 – Ascent to Teleki Hut

Your climb continues taking you round the peaks of Nelion and Batian. Two screes up to 4600m will have to be passed. After lunch at Two Tarn Hut, you continue with your hike down to Mackinders Camp at 4200m in the Teleki Valley. The night will be spent at the Teleki Hut (Mackinders Camp).

Day 6-Ascent to Peak Lenana

After an early morning breakfast, the trek leads via a steep scree to Austrian Hut at 4790m. Here you will have a short break with some hot tea and biscuits before the final ascend to Point Lenana (4895m) via Lewis Glacier. After watching the sunrise you descend on the northern side via Simba Cole to Mintos Hut (4200m) for lunch and continue down on the Chogoria Route, passing on the ridge of the Gorge Valley that overlooks Lake Michaelson. After a short but steep descend you reach the floor of the scenic Gorge Valley. Overnight will be in tents at Lake Michaelson (3400m)

Day 7 – Descent to Meru Mt. Kenya Bandas

Today you descend to the Meru Mt. Kenya Bandas at 3000m. First you have a steep ascend followed by a gentle 3-4 hour downhill track. On your way you may encounter buffalos, klippspringer, zebra and sometimes elephant. At the bandas the crew will prepare a delicious barbecue dinner, while you enjoy the first hot shower after 6 days of Mt. Kenya adventures.

Day 8 - Departure

4 X 4 vehicles will take you to Chogoria. You will have lunch at the forest gate, bid the crew goodbye and meet your driver for the trip back to Nairobi or any other onward destination.

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