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Mt. Kenya Off-Trail

8 DAYS TIMAU-CHOGORIA ROUTE (OFF TRAIL):

Day 1:
Leave Nairobi at 8.00 am and drive to Mountain Rock
Hotel in Nanyuki for lunch. The afternoon can be used
for an optional visit to the cave hideouts of the Mau
Mau freedom fighters during Kenya's struggle for
independence or just relax in the hotel.

Day 2:
After a breakfast you continue northwestwards crossing
the equator and on to the School of Adventure (70 km),
the base of your Mt. Kenya trail at 2900m. Here you
meet with guides/ porters and start your climb at
11.30 am. The 5 hours
hike take you to MARANIA
campsite at (3300m) in middle of the moorland leaving
behind a beautiful forest inhabited by a variety of
wildlife. Overnight will be in the camp.

Day 3:
After breakfast you continue with the climb heading
for Major's Camp (4000m ). Your path will be
surrounded by plenty of Senecia and Lobelia. Lunch
will be at Allan's point. The hike takes about 6
hours. Your night will be spent in a fly camp.

Day 4:
After breakfast, you proceed with your trek, passing
the scenic Terere and Sendeo peaks. The 6 hours hike
takes you up to 4600m reaching the alpine dessert and
down again to Shipton's Camp at 4200m. Overnight will
be at the Shipton 's Hut where the Mackinders Valley
starts.

Day 5:
Your climb continues taking you round the peaks of
Nellion and Batian, via Hausberg and Nanyuki to Tarn
Hut. Two screeds up to 4600m will have to be passed.
Lunch will be at the
Tarn Hut after which the hike
continues down to Mackinder's Camp at 4200m in the
Teleki Valley. Overnight will be at the mackiders
camp.


Day 6:
After an early morning breakfast at 4.00 am, the trek
leads via a steep screed to the Austrian Hut at 4790m.
Here there will be a short break before the final
ascend to point Lenana (4895m) via Lewis Glacier. You
will descend on the northern side via Simba Cole to
the Mintos Hut (4200m) for lunch and continue down on
the Chogoria route, passing on the ridge of the Gorge
valley that overlooks Lake Michaelson. Overnight will
be in tents at shows of lake michaelson or mintos
camp(3400)m

Day 7:
Today you descend to the Meru Mt. Kenya Bandas at
3000m on your 4-5hours hike you may encounter
buffalos, klippspringer,zebra and sometimes elephants.
At the bandas the crew prepares a delicious barbeque
dinner while you enjoy the first hot shower after
your
mt.Kenya adventures overnight will be at the
bandas/camp

Day 8:

Walk 10km and here the 4 X 4 vehicles will be waiting
to take you to Chogoria. During the rainy season you
may have to walk a little more distance as the vehicle
may not be able to reach the destination. At chogoria
town you will have lunch,bid the crew good bye and
meet your driver for the transfer to Nairobi or your
other onward destination'END!!!


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