This rarely trodden route starts from the northwestern part of Mt Kenya. The climate and vegetation is savannah type and as you hike you will invariably see herds of zebra, eland and gazelles on the lower part of the mountain.
Day 1: NAIROBI-TIMAU – MARANIA CAMP (3700M)
From Nairobi, drive for 3 hours to Nanyuki where we meet up with our crews for onward transfer to Timau. From the end of the forest line (3000m), we hike for 2-3 hours to Marania Camp (3700m). Overnight in tents.
Day 2: MARANIA CAMP-MAJOR'S CAMP (4000M)
Early start for a 7 hour trek across gently rolling topography and Savanna type vegetation to Major's Camp (4000m) for overnight in tents. Picnic lunch en-route.
Day 3: MAJOR'S CAMP-SHIPTON'S CAMP (4200M)
Today’s trek is mostly through the moors that are habitat for the giant lobelias, giant groundsels and tussock grasses. Today’s is a 5 hour hike and we spend the night at Shiptons Camp where we may, for the first time, meet other trekkers.
Day 4: SHIPTON'S CAMP-AMERICAN CAMP (4400M)
Have breakfast and depart at 0800 Hrs for an acclimatisation hike on the summit circuit path via Hausberg col (4700m), Two Tarn (4500m) and down to American camp (4400m) for overnight. It is a trail that offers excellent views of all the major peaks from all angles.
Day 5: AMERICAN CAMP-LENANA-MINTOS CAMPSITE (4300M)
Start predawn summit attempt at 0300 hrs, hiking for three hours up to Pt. Lenana (4,985m), the hikers summit, arriving there in time to watch the African sunrise. From Pt. Lenana you have good views of Pt. Nelion (5188m), Pt. Batian (5199m) and other surrounding peaks, and on a clear day the summit of Mt. Kilimanjaro can be seen protruding from the sky over 340km to the south. From the summit descend to Mintos/Hall tarn campsite (4,300m) for breakfast then relax for the rest of the day. Dinner and overnight at Mintos campsite
Day 6: MINTOS CAMPSITE-CHOGORIA GATE/MERU MOUNT KENYA LODGE (3000M)
After breakfast, begin a 5-6 hour descent to Chogoria Park gate (3,000m). The descent is gentle and it offers ample time to enjoy the gorgeous landmarks on the lower gorges valley including Vivienne falls, Nithi falls, mushroom rocks and an array of interesting mountain plants. Camp overnight.
Day 7: CHOGORIA GATE-NAIROBI
After breakfast gradually descend through the Chogoria Forest to meet up with our oncoming vehicle for the return journey to Nairobi arriving by 1700hrs.