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Now your plans to summit the 'Namesake of a Nation - Mt. Kenya' are all ready. In the previous article we touched on the crucial info you need to know for the Actual Climb. How do you get to the Batian Peak? Two routes are normally
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Mt Kenya 'Namesake of a Nation': Chogoria Route


Published 23rd February 2013
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Now your plans to summit the 'Namesake of a Nation - Mt. Kenya' are all ready. In the previous article we touched on the crucial info you need to know for the Actual Climb. How do you get to the Batian Peak? Two routes are normally used in Mt. Kenya climbs. These are:

 

  • Chogoria Route (Scenic Mount Kenya Climb )
  • Sirimon Route (Time Saver Mount Kenya Climb )

 

Chogoria route is the most scenic and truly intriguing of the Mount Kenya routes on the mountain. The trail traverses the spectacular Hall Tarns , past the mesmerizing sheer cliffs and into the beautiful Gorges Valley which leads to the amazing Lake Michaelson.

 

Lake Michaelson


Lake Michaelson from the Summit of Mt Kenya

 

The climb on this route is comfortable and friendly. The scenery is similarly amazing as you climb up through one route and descend via a different route.

 

Batian Peak

The summit of the mountain - Batian Peak (5,199 metres (17,057ft)).

 

Your itinerary looks like this:

 

Day 1:
Leave Nairobi at 0730hrs via central Kenya viewing agricultural farms to arrive Nanyuki in the afternoon for a brief stop over at the equator. Lunch at a hotel in Nanyuki town before driving further to the Sirimon Park gate. Accompanied by your guide, cook and porters, walk in 3-4 hours through the rain forest to Old Moses camp (3300 m).

 

Day 2: OLD MOSES CAMP - SHIPTON'S CAMP
After breakfast you hike through the moorland. You see high altitude flowers, animals and birds. The hike is through Liki and Mackinders valleys, where you catch a good view of Tereri and Sendeo peaks. You reach Shipton's camp (4200 m) after a 6-7 hour hike.

 

The camp is situated on top of the Sirimon Route. Running cold water and a communal area are available for your comfort. From Shipton's camp you can see the north faces of Nelion and Batian peaks. At Shipton's (4200m) , the peaks of Mt. Kenya are vivid as the camp is just below these peaks. This spot is the most preferable camp just before climbing to Point Lenana.

 

Shipton's Camp

At Shipton's Camp you get to rest and re-freshen before resuming your climb.

 

Day 3: AUSTRIAN HUT

 

You ascend in about 4 hours through Simba Col to reach Australian Hut (4790 m). The hut is located on the slopes of Point Lenana near the Lewis Glacier. 30 climbers will be accommodated in the hut with another adjacent hut for porters. Take early rest to prepare for ascent to point Lenana.

 

Day 4: POINT LENANA

 

After early morning tea, attempt the summit of Point Lenana (4985 m). Lenana is the third highest peak of Mt. Kenya after Batian (5199m) and Nelion (5188M). The peak is easily accessible through rocky paths and at times snow. This makes it the most climbed peak in Kenya.

 

At this vantage point you will enjoy breathtaking views of Nellion and Batian peaks, panorama glimpse of the vast Mount Kenya National Park and the magical glacial lakes. You will have breakfast at Mintos hut. You then descend through the beautiful and scenic Chogoria trail. You descend up to Meru Mt. Kenya Bandas.

 

Meru Mount Kenya Bandas

Another scenic restic point is Meru Mount Kenya Bandas.

 

Day 5: CHOGORIA - NAIROBI

 

After breakfast, descend in 6 - 8 hours through tropical rain forest to Chogoria Town. Chogoria Town is an attractive town 140 miles from Nairobi. The town is a popular route for climbers en-route and from the world famous Mt. Kenya. Climbing gear and porters are readily available here.

 

Joywood Hotel Marina and Transit Motel provide the requisite comfort with the later offering rooms with exhilarating landscapes of the cultivated surroundings and of course the mountain in the background. You transfer back to Nairobi, arriving late afternoon.

 

Chogoria Town Landscape

The landscape of Chogoria Town, a very scenic town on the east side of Mt. Kenya.

 

Now that you are familiar with Chogoria Route, check the next feature on SIRIMON ROUTE

 


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