Mt. Kenya is a must-go destination for every free-spirited lover of nature, and the Mt Kenya Easter Climb 2021 via the Chogoria Route
promises and over-delivers on the views, the magic, and the experience. This Easter Weekend, 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.
through the Mt Kenya Easter Climb 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, Giants Billiard Table, Nithi Falls and Caves, Lake Michaelson, Gorges Valley, Vivienne Falls and the glorious views at Point Lenana.
Itinerary – Mt Kenya Easter Climb
DAY 1: Nairobi – Chogoria Gate – Lake Ellis
5:30 a.m:- Departure for Chogoria Town
8:30 a.m:- Arrival at Chogoria Town. Here, we will connect with the crew, have light breakfast and board a transfer vehicle to Chogoria Forest Gate (approximately 22km through the forest).
10:00 a.m Trek to Lake Ellis (3,400m ASL)
Distance:- 7.5 – 9km Max elevation gain:- 600m
After registration at the gate, we begin our trek on a muddy trail through the beautiful Hargenia forest, past a fisheries station to get to the moorland. Our excursion first takes us to the Mugi Hill summit (3,550m ASL), from where we will enjoy scenic views of the peaks, and the beautiful Giants Billiard Table. We will then descend for Road End camp, where we will stop for some snacks before heading to the magical Nithi Falls and Caves.
Later on, we will head back toward Road End camp and take a detour toward Lake Ellis. Prepare to be enchanted by the glittering blue-green reflections of the late-afternoon-sun on Lake Ellis against the beautiful backdrop of the Hindu Valley.
We will pitch camp here and enjoy delicious lunch by the lake. Later on, feel free to wander around the lake as you take unlimited pictures. You may as well try your luck fishing by the shores if you bring your fishing equipment with you. Later on, enjoy a quiet evening by the bonfire as you have dinner and recount your experiences so far.
Day 2:- Journey to Camp Mintos (4,200m)
Distance:- 9km Max elevation gain:- 800m
After breakfast, we set out on our journey through the heather and moorland to Camp Mintos on a relatively steep trail. Expect breathtaking views all along the way. After 3 hours — give or take 30 minutes — we stop over for lunch near Lake Michaelson (3,800m ASL).
After a one-hour 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.
Two more hours, and 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 conquering ourselves at the summit early in the morning.
Day 3:- Conquering ourselves
Max elevation gain:- 785m
We wake up at 2 a.m, have breakfast immediately, and begin our 4km 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.
After getting to the third highest peak of Mt. Kenya and documenting the moments in pictures, we begin our descent to Lake Michaelson, where we will camp for the night. Prepare to be blown away by the gradual reveal of the beautiful gem hidden within the Gorges Valley.
Est 12:30 p.m Arrival at Lake Michaelson. Have late lunch and pitch camp for the night.
The lake and the surroundings are yours for the taking. Feel free to roam around the lake and take as many photos as you can.
Save your camera’s juice though — you will need it for the stunning sunrise by the shores. If you have a tripod stand, bring it with you. The time lapse video will be quite rewarding.
Day 4: Exit and Departure for Nairobi
7:00 a.m Breakfast by the shore.
8:00 a.m Bid Lake Michaelson farewell. Enjoy magical views of the Gorges Valley all along the way back to Road Head Camp.
12:30 p.m Light lunch at Road Head Camp before proceeding to Chogoria Gate.
2:30 p.m Exit Chogoria Gate
3:30 p.m Arrival at Chogoria Town. Here, we will connect with our transfers to Nairobi.
Kenyan residents: KSH 33,999
Non-residents: KSH 70,000 (or equivalent in other currency)
- Mandatory Prep hike to Oldoinyo Lesatima on March 27, 2020
- Full-board accommodation in 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.
- Sleeping bag.
- Porters Bag.
- Accommodation before or after the expedition.
- Personal effects, including clothes, shoes, and daypacks.
- Emergency evacuation services.
- Anything else not mentioned in the “Price Includes” list
How To Book the Mt Kenya Easter Climb Package
Book with 17,000/= to Mpesa buy goods till 5064783 at least 10 days before the event date and clear the balance on or before the event date. Please let us know if you wish to pay to a bank account.
Cancellations & Refunds
- Cancellation requested more than 5 days before the event date: 50% refund.
- Cancellation requested within 5 days or less: no refund.
- No-shows forfeit the entire deposit.
- Deposit is non-transferable to a future event.
- Deposit is transferable to a different person at the same event.