Elephant Hill/Mount Kenya Chogoria/Olpejeta(7 Days)

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The Elephant Hill on the southern end of the Aberdares Ranges, about 90km north of Nairobi, is an ideal location for a day hike especially if you’re preparing for the more challenging Mt Kenya or Mt Kilimanjaro climbs.

Mount Kenya is Africa’s second highest mountain, after Mount Kilimanjaro in Tanzania. Erosion and time have reduced the peak from 6500m to 5199 on the highest point today. This extinct volcano, dating back 2.5 million years old, is located about 200 kilometers north of Nairobi, the capital of Kenya, in the Mount Kenya National Park.

Mount Kenya has three peaks on the summit area: batian, Nelion and point Lenana. On this trip we will climb up to Lenana (4985m), which offers magnificent views..

This wonderful and scenic hike takes you to discover the unique landscapes of this region in Kenya. The best time to climb Mount Kenya is during the dry months of January, February, late August, September and October.

The Ol Pejeta Conservancy is a 360 km² not-for-profit wildlife conservancy in Central Kenya’s Laikipia County. It is situated on the equator west of Nanyuki, between the foothills of the Aberdares and Mount Kenya.

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  • Guarantee price/guarantee trek on confirmation.
  • Transfer to and from the base of the mountain
  • Full board accommodation whilst on the trek.
  • Meal plan as detailed: B=Breakfast, L=Lunch and D=Dinner
  • Accommodations in camps/huts as per the itinerary
  • All park entrance fees to include government taxes
  • Services of a professional guide, porters and skilled cook
  • Treated water on the trek.
  • Olpejeta conservancy game drive
  • Accommodation after Olpejeta game drive
  • Elephant Hill day Hike
  • Start and finish Nairobi
  1. Training cost and purchase of mountain gear.
  2. Emergency evacuation cover USD. 24.00 from Amref insurances
  3. Meals outside the mountain
  4. Other Items not mentioned above
  5. Accommodation before after the trek
  6. gears
  7. Tips
  8. Items of personal nature
  9. Personal clothing and equipment (see equipment list)

Tour Amenities

Accepts Credit Cards
Outdoor Seating
Smoking Allowed

Tour Plan

Depart from Nairobi at 0530hrs, driving through kiambu county to Njabini Gate in Nyandarua County.Start our hike at around 8:30am reaching at the summit at around 12:30pm .After enjoying at the top of the hill and conquering the challenge, we will embark on our journey back to Nairobi expected time of arrival is 1930hrs local time.Meeting point Bata next to Hilton hotel @ 5:20 Am and leave @ 5:30 Am What to carry.
  • Casual slacks or cargo pants (No Sandals, Shorts nor Skirts)
  • Hiking shoes with good grip
  • Hat in case of hot sun
  • Warm Clothing in case of change of weather
  • Rain gears & always carry an extra Tshirt
Requirements 1. ID/Passport 2. Sun glasses 3. Sunscreen Lotion 4. Spirit of hiking 5. Extra water 2ltr -3ltrs 6. Packed Lunch/Snacks 7. Backpack to carry your personal items
Depart from Nairobi at 0600hrs, driving through agricultural country up to Chogoria town for lunch. After lunch, 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 a distance of 10 km to the Mt Kenya Bandas. 3hrs / 10km walk / 650m ascent
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, Ithanguni and the Giants Billiards Table, whilst if we follow the river near road head, upstream for about 3 km, the foreground scenery and flora is particularly beautiful. Lunch on the banks of a stream, 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.
Similar early start. Again well off the beaten track to follow 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. Breathtaking 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 area at 4200m and our night’s rest. Afternoon is spent relaxing at camp, though a 10 minute walk to the “Temple” is well worth the effort. This is a 150 meters vertical cliff that gets its name from the position visitors often adopt when peering over the edge – they look as if they are praying. An early night is recommended as you are attempting the summit next day.4 hrs / 12km / 600m ascent
Predawn attempt of the summit starts at 03:00 am. We hike for about three hours up to Point Lenana (4985m), the hiker’s summit, arriving there in time to watch the African sunrise. Descend to Shipton camp for breakfast. After breakfast, begin a 5 hour descent via Mackinder`s valley to the Old Moses camp (3,300m). The descent is gentle and it offers ample time to enjoy fascinating scenery which includes the moorlands before reaching the camp.11-12 hrs / 785 ascent – 1,685 descent / 24km
After early morning breakfast, descend for 3 hours to the Sirimon Park gate to catch a vehicle to hotel or Airbnb to freshen up and later drive to Olpejeta conservancy for Game Drive.After Game drive we will drive back to an hotel in Nanyuki.
After early morning breakfast, we will drive back to Nairobi. End of safari

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