Face Route. Technical Climbing on Mt.
Kenya via the Chogoria approach
(A Typical itinerary)
Pick up from hotel at about 0800. It's
then about 3 1/2 hours from Nairobi
to where we collect the porters and
guides (as required). Into the Mt. Kenya
forest for the 22 km drive to the Park
Gate at 2,850m. Dependent on road conditions,
these 22 km have been known to take
all afternoon to do and in really wet
conditions it is possible that the top
four or five km may be impassable. Night,
dependent on clients wishes, at the
Meru Mt. Kenya Banda's or at roadhead
a further 7 km from the Park Gate.
After breakfast and sorting of porter
loads we set off up the mountain at
a nice and easy pace . A slightly longer
walk via Lake Ellis gives scenic views
of Mugi, Ithunguni and the Giants BilliardsTable,
whilst if we follow the river near roadhead,
upstream for about 3 km, the foreground
scenery and flora is particularly beautiful.
Lunch by the stream banks then it's
time to cut up the left hand hillside
to our camp at about 3,600m, well away
from any of the more "touristy"
From our campsite, we continue to move
up through the moorland zone. As this
area of the mountain is still off the
beaten track, there are no paths to
follow, and on each trip we vary the
area we walk across. After about an
hour, traverse left and join a ridge
to follow) and join the normal Chogoria
route to Minto's Hut after about 4 hour
walking. Lunch at a small stream crossing
then 45 min on to a camp near Minto's
Hut and next to one of the tarns. Very
short afternoon walk over to superb
views across to "The Temple"
and down to Lake Michaelson.
An early morning departure for the 2½
hour walk to Austrian Hut. Starts gently
up the valley for about 2 km. It's then
hard left and steeple up for about 45
min (on scree slopes) to Upper Simba
Tarn. Another short scree slope leads
to the to ridge, right of "The
Tooth" before dropping down the
other side for about 50m and then contouring
across to the Austrian Hut. Leave the
hut before noon and cross the Lewis
Glacier to the large boulder and scree
slope leading to the start of the climb.
Arrive Howell Hut on the summit of Nelion
Up early again, then (weather permitting),
across Batian and back to Nelion before
heading off down the climb to arrive
at Austrian Hut by 1300, Minto's by
1500, and roadhead before 1800. Night
at roadhead / Meru Mt. Kenya Bandas.
Return to Nairobi at and be dropped
at your hotel.
· Transport from Nairobi, to
as high as possible on the mountain
and return to Nairobi.
· Quality fresh food but with
some prepared (client to advise any
particular likes / dislikes or dietary
· Porters for all food and tentage,
plus up to 15 kgs. of the clients personal
· All tents, sleeping mats, eating
and cooking utensils etc.
· Services Techinical guide
· Park entrance and camping fees.
All gear and equipment, i.e. Helmet
and harness, 2 x 9mm ropes, we use double
rope system , Slings, karabinas and
other protection devices.
· First and last night accomodation
· Tips to porters / guides.
· Foot wear and sleeping bag
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