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Quarterly Mt Kenya Chogoria Route Climb

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.

Note: This expedition is part of a scheduled Beginner to Mt. Kenya Program series. To participate outside the program, we prescribe a minimum number of preparatory hikes. See pre-qualification requirements.


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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 and awards ceremony. (Bring your best dress and pray for good weather!)
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 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.

Quarterly Mt. Kenya Chogoria Route Climb Charges

East African Citizens & Kenyan residents: KSH 37,000
Non-residents: KSH 84,200

Price Includes

  • Full-board accommodation in a standard two-man tent and a standard camping mat at Mt. Kenya — two people sharing a tent.
  • Three meals a day while at the mountain;
  • Park fees;
  • Services of a professional team including guides, cooks, and porters; and
  • Transfers to and from Nairobi.


A private tent may be requested at an extra cost. However, we strongly discourage using a private tent for safety reasons. AMS symptoms commonly develop at night, therefore it is safer to have someone monitoring you.



  • Sleeping bag.
  • Porters Bag.
  • Accommodation before or after the expedition.
  • Personal effects, including clothes, shoes, and daypacks.
  • Mandatory AMREF evacuation cover. If you do not have it, get your cover with AMREF for Ksh 1,600/= (one-month cover) or Ksh 2,500/= (annual cover).
  • Anything else not mentioned in the “Price Includes” list

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Other costs you might incur

  • Hiking gear: thrifted hiking gear – Ksh 30,000-45,000; brand new hiking gear – Ksh 80,000-120,000/=
  • Mandatory evacuation cover: Ksh 1,600/= for a one-month cover; Ksh 2,500/= for an annual cover

How To Book the Quarterly Mt Kenya Chogoria Route Climb

Book with 22,000/= to Mpesa buy goods till 989985 at least 10 days before the event date and clear the balance no more than 48 hours before the event date. Please let us know if you wish to pay to a bank account.


Pre-Qualification Requirements

This event is part of a scheduled Beginner to Mt. Kenya Program series. As such, we may only accept participants who:


Note: Due to the high demand for this expedition, a two-month advance booking is ideal.


Cancellations & Refunds

– Where cancellation is requested more than 5 days before the event date, a 50% refund on the booking confirmation deposit will be issued. Any excess above the booking confirmation deposit will be refunded in full.

– Where cancellation is requested 5 days or less before the event date, the booking confirmation deposit will be forfeited. Any excess above the booking confirmation deposit will be refunded in full.
– Where cancellation is requested 48 hours or less before the event start date, no refund will be issued. 

– No refunds will be issued where participation is denied due to non-compliance with the rules and regulations, safety guidelines, and/or the failure to comply with the minimum gear requirements.

– No-shows forfeit the entire amount paid up. 

– The booking confirmation deposit is non-transferable to a future event.

– The booking confirmation deposit is transferable to a different person at the same event.

Book Event

E.A Citizen

Ksh 37,000 per East African citizen. See Pre-Qualification Requirements.

Available Tickets: 7
The E.A Citizen ticket is sold out. You can try another ticket or another date.

Ksh 84,200 per foreign national without a certificate of residency. See Pre-Qualification Requirements.

Available Tickets: 3
The Non-Resident ticket is sold out. You can try another ticket or another date.
Kenyan Resident

Ksh 37,000 per Kenyan Resident. See Pre-Qualification Requirements.

Available Tickets: 5
The Kenyan Resident ticket is sold out. You can try another ticket or another date.


15 - 18 Dec 2022


*End time is an estimate.
5:00 am - 8:30 pm


KES 37,000.00


Mt. Kenya Chogoria Route
Chogoria, Tharaka Nithi County


Outdoorer Excursions
+254 727 001 289
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