8 Days Mount Kenya Circumnavigation and The Tarns 

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    DETAILED ITINERARY 

               Day 1 Nairobi

Pick up from airport to Nairobi Hotel.
               Day 2 Nairobi- Chogoria (2800m)
After breakfast we depart Nairobi from the  hotel and head to Chogoria town arriving in time for lunch at the Transit hotel. The journey takes 3 to 3.5 hours. Afternoon will be spent walking around the town for acclimatization. Dinner and overnight at the Transit Hotel.

               Day 3. Chogoria – Meru Mount Kenya Lodge (Bandas) (3300m)

After breakfast we take 4×4 and drive up to the edge of the bamboo forest where we start our trekking through the dense bamboo forest for distance of 10 km up to the Bandas for lunch. Afternoon will be spent walking around the lodge with a view of beautiful sceneries. Dinner and overnight at the Bandas.(accommodation at Bandas is of single beds.hot shower and bon fire self catering bandas)

               Day 4. Mount Kenya lodge via lake Ellis (3500m)

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” areas.

               Day 5. Lake Elliis to Lake Michealson. (4000m)

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 (slight path 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.

               Day 6: Mintos to  Austrian hut (4670m)

Today we begin our trek ascending up along the foot of huge rock walls. From the top we will have an excellent view of Mt. Kenya. After ascending for a couple of hours we reach Tooth Col. From here we traverse until we reach the Austrian Hut.

               Day 7 Austrian Hut to summit (4985m)

Up early (about 05:00Hrs route to the Austrian Hut and a further 45 minutes on wards to Pt Lenana. for sunrise and descend to shipton camp for breakfast before descending further to Old Moses Camp for dinner and overnight.

               Day 8. Nairobi.

Walk Leisurely to Park Gate and connect with the transfer vehicle to Nanyuki. After lunch drive to Nairobi and arrive late in the evening.

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