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Mt. Kinangop Tribute — Mutarakwa Forest Trail Hike

Rising to an elevation of 3,906m (12,815ft) above sea level, Mt. Kinangop is tough and awe-inspiring at the same time. It is the second-highest peak of the Aberdares and delivers a challenging but immensely rewarding hike. This duality has earned it the moniker “Mother Kinangop”.
Hiking through the Mutarakwa Route immerses you into a scent-filled forest of cypress and pine trees. The trail becomes increasingly steep and wet as you approach the moorland toward the rocky summit. The entire hike to the peak and back takes 7-10 hours, covering approximately 28km.
Mother Kinangop respects nobody. We return to pay tribute to Kinangop, hoping to scale the treacherous summit. This is a tough hike; you will need to be reasonably fit to get to the peak.

Mt. Kinangop Hike Distance & Stats

Distance: 28km

Maximum Elevation: 3,906m

Maximum Elevation Gain: 1,263m

Duration: 7-10 hours

Difficulty: Tough; you will need to be reasonably fit to get to the peak.

Beginner-friendly: No

Child-friendly: No

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Mt. Kinangop Hike Itinerary

4:15 a.m Meet up at International House Parking, City Hall Way. Boarding opens.

4:30 a.m Departure

07:00 a.m Arrival at Njabini Forest Station for registration.

07:20 a.m Departure for North Kinangop Forest Station

09:00 a.m Hike Starts

02:30 p.m Mandatory turn-back and descent in order to avoid encounters with wild animals after dusk

EST 06:30 p.m Departure for Nairobi


Itinerary Notes:

  • Please be punctual; latecomers will be left behind and forfeit the entire amount paid up.
  • Pickups should be requested by 10 a.m on the eve of the event. Pickup stops will be no longer than 5 minutes. Only pickup is guaranteed; drivers use the best route based on traffic conditions on the return commute.
  • There will be no shopping stops during the commute. Please stock your supplies by the eve of the event.
  • Please adhere to the set turn-back time (where applicable). Punctual departure for Nairobi means everyone gets back to Nairobi in good time. 

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Citizens: 3,700/=

Self-drive: 2,200/=

Residents: 3,700/=***

Non-Residents: 9,380/=

***Ticket price may change if the park fees are reviewed in the next fiscal year.


How to book the Mt. Kinangop Hike

Pay at least 2,410/= to Mpesa buy goods till 989985 and clear the balance before boarding.


Booking Notes:

  • Reservation will be made on a first-pay-first-reserved basis.
  • Your ticket gives you 5% off purchases from Outdoorer Shop until the end of the quarter. Proof of booking confirmation may be required.

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From your ticket payment, Outdoorer guarantees:

  • 10:1 hiker to community guide ratio -- because getting lost is never funny.
  • Additional guidance and support from Outdoorer staff team (at least 4 per event). 
  • At least one skilled paramedic (up to 4 depending on the group size).
  • Other ticket-includes as detailed below.



- Transport from Nairobi and back

- Park fees & charges

- Armed ranger fees

- Guide services

- Paramedic services

- A liter of water (bring your reusable water bottle), glucose, and 4 fruits


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  • Engage in active cardio exercises such as aerobics, walking, running, cycling, and swimming among others the week prior to the event.
  • Set aside the day before the hike for resting -- take a break from exercises.
  • Increase your hydration by at least two days to the hike.
  • Purpose to get enough rest the night before the hike. 
  • Increase your carbohydrate intake two days before the hike. This helps boost your energy reserves. If on intermittent fasting or on a diet, take a break in the period one day before and after the hike.
  • Cut your toe nails, please, cut your toe nails!
  • Have a generous breakfast before stepping out of the house -- or at least 3 hours before the start of the event. This ensures that most of the food has been digested by the time you begin the hike, giving you the much-needed energy while ensuring your stomach is not too full for comfort.
  • Use the bathroom before leaving the house. This avoids unnecessary bathroom breaks on the commute and during the hike.
  • Set your mind up for conquering yourself. Hiking is 90% mindset, 10% physical preparation. Once you win the battle in your mind, everything else contributes less than 10%. You can do it!


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– Valid identification document
– Comfortable, well-treaded waterproof hiking boots or shoes. No sneakers or rubber shoes, please.
– Comfortable warm hiking clothes: quick-dry pants, quick-dry t-shirt, fleece jacket, and a baseball cap or sun hat. Jeans and cotton materials are highly not recommended.
– Snacks e.g lunchbar, crisps, nuts, fruits
– Enough water (at least 2L)
Rain poncho, rain jacket and rain pants

*** Note: Plastics are prohibited. Please carry your supplies and water in reusable containers.


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- Balaclava 
- Marvin hat or baseball cap
- Sunscreen
- Hiking pole




– Where cancellation is requested more than 48 hours before the event date, a 50% refund of the booking confirmation deposit will be issued. The excess paid above the booking confirmation deposit will be refunded in full.

– Where cancellation is requested 48 hours or less before the event date, no refund will be issued on the booking confirmation deposit. The excess paid above the booking confirmation deposit will be refunded in full.

– Latecomers and no-shows forfeit the entire amount paid up.


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Kenyan Citizen

Ksh 3,700 per Kenyan citizen

Available Tickets: 49
The Kenyan Citizen ticket is sold out. You can try another ticket or another date.

Ksh 9,380 per foreign national without a certificate of residency.

Available Tickets: 10
The Non-Resident ticket is sold out. You can try another ticket or another date.

Ksh 2,200 per Kenyan citizen or resident on private transport.

Available Tickets: Unlimited
The Self-Drive ticket is sold out. You can try another ticket or another date.
Kenyan Resident

Ksh 3,700 per Kenyan resident. Proof of residency may be required.

Available Tickets: 20
The Kenyan Resident ticket is sold out. You can try another ticket or another date.


23 Jul 2022


*End time is an estimate.
4:45 am - 9:00 pm


KES 3,700.00


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