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Mt. Longonot Hike — Crater Circuit

⚠️⚠️⚠️ Although government regulations now allow the sitting of PSVs to capacity, we shall be maintaining 50% vehicle occupancy until the end of 2021. We understand the weight of responsibility placed upon us to ensure you get to enjoy the great outdoors safely.

Come challenge yourself at Mt. Longonot. Why? You do not need a reason to stay fit. Located approximately 60 kilometers from the capital city of Nairobi, Mt. Longonot hike is a popular escape for outdoorers seeking fun and adventure. At the very basic level, hiking to its rim provides a fitness challenge, with the reward of a spectacular view across the Rift Valley.

The entire Mt. Longonot hike takes 4-6 hours. The 3.1-kilometer trail up the mountain from the gate to the rim of the crater takes 45 minutes to 2 hours, depending on one’s competence. Once you reach the rim, you have the choice to descend or hike all the way around the crater. This adds some 7.2 km to the hike. A trek around the rim typically takes 2-3 hours. Mt Longonot hike presents a good challenge for everyone, kids, beginners, and advanced hikers alike.

Mt. Longonot Hike Distance & Stats

Distance: 13.5km

Maximum Elevation: 2780m

Maximum Elevation Gain: 996m

Duration: 4-6 hours

Difficulty: Moderate to hard

Beginner-friendly: Yes

Child-friendly: Yes, 7 years and above

Mt. Longonot Hike Itinerary

5:15 a.m Meet up at International House Parking, City Hall Way. Boarding opens.

5:30 a.m Departure for Mt. Longonot National Park.

08:00 a.m Arrival at Mt. Longonot National Park.

08:30 a.m Hike Starts

01:30 p.m Mandatory turn-back and descent

EST 04:30 p.m Departure for Nairobi


Itinerary Notes:

  • Please be punctual; latecomers will be left behind and forfeit the entire amount paid up.
  • Limuru Road pickups should make arrangements with the team lead by 8 p.m on the eve of the event. Pickup stops will be no longer than 5 minutes.
  • There will be no shopping stops in the morning. Please stock your supplies by the eve of the event.
  • Please adhere to the set turn-back time. Punctual departure for Nairobi means everyone gets back to Nairobi before curfew. 


Adult residents: 2,750/=

Kids (7-14 years): 2,550/=

Self-drive: 1,600/=

Non-Residents: 5,800/=

How to Book the Mt. Longonot Hike

Pay at least 1,800/= to Mpesa buy goods till 989985 and clear the balance before boarding.


Booking Notes:

  • Maximum number of tickets: 50
  • Reservation will be made on a first-pay-first-reserved basis.
  • Your ticket gives you 5% off purchases from Outdoorer Shop.

Claim Your Discount

  • Group booking (2 or more tickets) gives you 5% off the ticket cost.
  • Early bird booking gives you 5% off the ticket cost if you pay in full more than 14 days before the event date.



- 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




  • 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 sneakers, hiking boots, or other appropriate shoes.
– Comfortable hiking clothes. Jeans highly not recommended.
– Snacks e.g lunchbar, crisps, nuts, dates, raisins, or fruits.
– Enough water (at least 2L)
Raincoat or rain jacket and pants.

*** Note: KWS and KFS parks no longer allow plastics in. Please carry your supplies in reusable containers.

Click here for a quick gear guide



- 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.



Help us protect you and others from infection. Please observe the following safety guidelines:
- Wear a mask at all times, especially while onboard a vehicle.
- Observe social distancing at all times.
- Observe proper personal hygiene when coughing or sneezing.
Below are some safety precautions we are adopting:
- Limiting sitting capacity in our vehicles:
* a 28-seater sits 15 people
* a 40-seater sits 22 people
- Requirement of a mask at all times while onboard a vehicle.
- Provision of sanitizers during boarding and onboard.

Book Event

Adult Resident Early bird ticket available: only valid if full payment is received more than 14 days in advance.

Ksh 2,750 per Kenyan citizen or resident.

Available Tickets: 59
The Adult Resident ticket is sold out. You can try another ticket or another date.
Non-Resident Early bird ticket available: only valid if full payment is received more than 14 days in advance.

Ksh 5,800 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 1,600 per Kenyan citizen or resident on private transport.

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

Ksh 2,550 per Kenyan citizen or resident child aged 7-14 years. Adult rate applies to teenagers aged 15 years and above.

Available Tickets: 10
The Resident Child ticket is sold out. You can try another ticket or another date.
Group Offers

5% off per Kenyan citizen or resident in a group of 2 or more participants

Available Tickets: 60
The Group Offers ticket is sold out. You can try another ticket or another date.


16 Oct 2021


*End time is an estimate.
5:30 am - 6:30 pm


KES 2,750.00


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