Hiking through chogoria route is one of the fascinating hike you can ever experience,it has very beautiful sceneries that you can ever see in any climb, the forest is dense populated with the ability to see most of the animals in it, other than that you can be able to learn more about the history and ages of some trees,chogoria route has a being best selling itself, with its very beautiful sceneries to see, when you reach the altitude of 2900m its where you start to see the very impotant advantages of hiking through chogoria route,it has very impressive lakes, peaks, and flowers, bird watching is olso a factor to count in,we can not forget one of the deepest gorges valley down ward is lake michaelson, from far point lenana is olso seen.it is surrounded by many other peaks. the trails is undefined there fore making it a good route to ascend therefore easy to get good acclimatization
The elevation of the present days snow-line (firm-line on the glaciers) at Mt Kenya is difficult to estimate
due to seasonal and annual fluctuations, and due to the strong effect of topography. The greater insolation and the best climbing time on east and south facing slopes during the January-March
ablation season, when the western slopes are protected by the afternoon cloudiness, and the sun is in the southern hemisphere. Snow-fields survive longest on the north-facing slopes between Point Lenana and Nelion
, on the north side of the go-between the Gorges and Hobley valleys, and on the north side of the ridge linking Shipton Peak and Point Lenana Similarly, even towards the end of the ablation season, when large areas of the Lewis, Tyndall and Darwin Glaciers are free of snow, the north-facing glacier are either still completely snow covered or nearly so. The small amount of retreat of the Northey and Krapf Glaciers since the deposition of the stage VI moraines compared to the other glaciers, is due to their occurrence in steep sided circuit
Nairobi- Mt Kenya Banda’s (2,900m) 3hrs, 10km walk, 650m ascent. Depart from Nairobi at 0800hrs, driving through agricultural country up to Chogoria town for lunch. After lunch, we take 4×4 and drive up to the edge of the bamboo forest where we start our trekking through the dense bamboo forest for a distance of 10 km to the Mt Kenya Bandas. Dinner and overnight at the Meru Mount Kenya Banda’s.
Mt Kenya Banda’s – Lake Ellis Campsite ( 3,600m) 3hrs, 9km, 700m ascent.
After breakfast and sorting of porter loads we set off up the mountain at a nice and easy pace . A slightly longer walk via Lake Ellis gives scenic views of Mugi, Ithanguni and the Giants Billiards Table, whilst if we follow the river near road head, upstream for about 3 km, the foreground scenery and flora is particularly beautiful. Lunch on the banks of a stream, then it’s time to cut up the left hand hillside to our camp at about 3,600m, well away from any of the more “touristy” areas.
Lake Ellis – Minto`s Camp. ( 4,200m) 4 hrs, 12km, 600m ascent.Similar early start. Again well off the beaten track to follow a ridge up the mountain for about 3 hours to eventually join the tourist track on the normal Chogoria route at an altitude of about 4,100m. Breath taking views over the Gorges Valley and back over towards Ithanguni and the Northern Moorlands. Lunch is served at a small stream crossing, before continuing for a further hour to the Mintos Hut area at 4200m and our night’s rest. Afternoon is spent relaxing at camp, though a 10 minute walk to the “Temple” is well worth the effort. This is a 150 meters vertical cliff that gets its name from the position visitors often adopt when peering over the edge – they look as if they are praying.An early night is recommended as you are attempting the summit next day.
Minto`s – Pt Lenana ( 4,985m)- Old Moses camp. 11-12 hrs, 785 ascent, 1,685 descent, 24km,
predawn wake up at around 2:30.for the summit point lenana,which is 4985m above sea level.this hike is done in 3 hours after get ready for the sunrise at 6:30 am.beutiful views are seen all around including mt kilimanjaro on the south when the day is clear.later after the photo session descend down to shiptons camp 4200m, for breakfast After breakfast, begin a 5 hour descent via Mackinder`s valley to the Old Moses camp (3,300m). The descent is gentle and it offers ample time to enjoy fascinating scenery which includes the moorlands before reaching the camp.Dinner and overnight at Old Moses camp.
Old Moses camp – Nairobi- 2 hrs.
After breakfast, walk down through the rainforest for 2 hours to connect with your transport vehicle back to Nairobi.
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