Mountain climbers always experience warm weather in the low attitudes and cool and sometimes very cold weather. This , thus calls for adequate preparation at all times an at any cost to avoid mountain sickness. Occasionally the mountains experience sudden rainfalls or even snowing even on the dry seasons. The terrain is also rough and rocky especially at the high attitudes. In high attitude and especially in moorlands you find the ground being soggy.
Depart from Nairobi or Nanyuki at 0800hrs, driving through agricultural country up to Chogoria town for lunch. After lunch, take your transport and drive up to the edge of the bamboo forest where we start our trekking through the dense bamboo forest for up to the Mt Kenya Bandas.
From here we have a very good view of the summit point (Lenana) to the horizons.Arrival time is early evening.
Dinner and overnight at the Mount Kenya Bandas.
The time may vary depending on the state of the road and if there is rainfall.
After breakfast and sorting of porter loads we set off up the mountain at a nice and easy pace slightly longer walk via Lake Ellis gives scenic views of Mugi, Ithanguni and the Giants Billiards Table
You get to the camp just in time for hot lunch and then an afternoon hike can be done to Mugi hill for acclimatization. The hike takes 1-2 hours. Fishing in the lake is another optional activity. Dinner and overnight in the camp.
This day will see us steadily increase altitude.
The trekking start immediately after breakfast. The walking is on the edge of a ridge up the mountain for about 3 hours to eventually join the tourist track on the normal Chogoria route at an altitude of about 4,100m. Breath-taking views over the Gorges Valley and back over towards Ithanguni and the Northern Moorlands.
Lunch is served at a small stream crossing, before continuing for a further hour to the Mintos Hut at 4200m and our night’s rest.
Afternoon is spent relaxing at camp or taking a short walk to the “Temple” which is worth the effort. From the campsite, you have a magnificent view of Lake Michealson below to the East.
Dinner is served early to give room for enough rest. This is to have energy for the next day summit session.
Wake up at 3.00am and after some hot tea and snacks, leave the camp towards the main peaks to summit point Lenana and divide after an hour, above a flat green area at the head of the valley known as temple fields, arriving at point Lenana at 6:30am. After taking photographs, descend to Mackinder’s camp for breakfast and continue down to Met Station at 3000m for dinner and overnight rest. Despite the long and tiring trekking of the day, the trekkers have beautiful views of the marvelous panorama.
The summit point Lenana, offers an unmatched vantage point to view the whole mountain below. The forest vegetation to the East as well the grasslands on the Leeward side of the mountain.
After breakfast, descend through the rainforest which is 9km to Naromoru Park Gate at 2,600m. The trek is relatively short and very rich in fauna. There is quick change in the vegetation type as you go down. From the Bambo to the rain forest and then to the Man made forest just as you exit the national park. From the park gate you will connect with your transport back to Nairobi, arriving at approximately 3pm.