Mt. Kenya

Mt. Kenya

Mt. Kenya

Mt. Kenya

Mt. Kenya

Mt. Kenya

Burguret – Chogoria Traverse – 8 Days

Fitness level:
Able to hike 10 km / 6.2 miles at a time
Level of difficulty:
Level 3 of 6 - medium
Trek begins: Gathiuru
Trek ends: Chogoria Park Gate
Maximum Altitude:
4.985 m / 16.354 ft
min. 1 people
max. 12 people
Start & end of tour:
Nairobi Airport or Hotel
  • Physical condition required:
  • Power required:
  • Experience given:
  • Charisma of the environment:

Tour description

Gentle hike down a broad ridge enjoying magnificent views back up the valley to the snowy peaks, and down to waterfalls, tarns and lava flows in the Gorges Valley itself. Overnight in the Meru Mt. Kenya cabins – log fires, hot showers, beds – and if the supply vehicles have made it up through the forest, Tusker beers! Wildlife viewing possible in the evening with elephants and buffalo often grazing outside our cabins and a large number of forest and moorland birds.


Pickup at Kenyatta Airport – Nairobi Hotel

  • Elevation: 1.700 m / 5.577 ft
  • Distance: 16.1 km / 10 miles
  • Drive Time: 1 hour
  • Habitat: Town / Municipality / County

You will be picked up at the airport, then driven to Nairobi to check-in at one of the best hotels in Nairobi Town.
After lunch, be ready to sort out and organize your hiking gear for optimal efficiency. Dinner and breakfast the following morning at the hotel.


Nairobi – Gathiuru forest station – Giant Bamboo Camp

  • Elevation: 1.700 m / 5.577 ft – 2.200 m / 7.217 ft – 2.600 m / 8.530 ft
  • Distance: 210 km / 130 miles (drive from Nairobi), 10 km / 6.2 miles hiking
  • Trekking Time: 4 hours
  • Habitat: Tropical Rainforest

Drive from Nairobi to Nanyuki for lunch. After lunch, drive to the Gathiuru Forest Station and a 4-hour climb through dense areas of towering bamboo to a Giant Bamboo Camp at 2,600 m / 8.530 ft. Elephants and buffalos are common here.


Giant Bamboo – Highlands Castle

  • Elevation: 2.600 m / 8.530 ft – 3.700 m / 12.139 ft
  • Distance:  14.5 km / 9 miles
  • Trekking Time: 5 – 6 hours
  • Habitat: Alpine Forest

The luxuriant bamboo yields to enormous evergreens and a cedar forest before we
climb to the Hagenia Rosewood at the edge of the moorland. This marks our lunch
spot before heading up through the extraordinary giant lobelia and groundsels. We spend the night close to the sheer lava cliffs of the “Highland Castle” at 3.700 m / 12.139 ft. Today’s hike takes 5-6 hrs with an ascent of 1.100 m / 3.609 ft. Then we will follow the
river near the road, upstream for about 3 km / 1.8 miles, the scenery and flora here
is particularly beautiful. We will eat lunch on the banks of a stream, then it’s time to head up the left- hand hillside to our camp at about 3.600 m / 11.811 ft, well away from any of the more touristy areas.


Highlands Castle – Shipton Camp

  • Elevation: 3.700 m / 12.139 ft – 4.200 m / 13.779 ft
  • Distance: 14 km / 8.7 miles
  • Trekking Time: 5 – 6 hours
  • Habitat: Alpine Desert

Spectacular scenery can be enjoyed as the jagged volcanic peaks and shimmering glaciers tower above our trek around the summit circuit. Turquoise mountain lakes nestled in the valleys, eagles and buzzards soar overhead – it’s difficult to believe we’re on the equator! We might, for the first time, meet other hikers here as we hike for 5-6 hours, then overnight at Shipton Camp at 4.200 m / 13.779 ft.


Shipton Camp – Pt Lenana – Hall Tarns

  • Elevation: 4.200 m / 13.779 ft – 4.985 m / 16.354 ft – 4.300 m / 14.108 ft
  • Distance:  9.5 km / 5.9 miles
  • Trekking Time: 5 – 6 hours
  • Habitat: Alpine Desert

An early morning start for the summit attempt includes hiking steep screes and a bare rocky trail to reach the hiker’s summit, Pt. Lenana, at 4.985 m in time for the sunrise. It’s an exhilarating 3 hour-hike. Kilimanjaro is usually visible 340 km to the south. Then we descend 2-3 hours to Hall Tarns (4.300 m / 14.108 ft), where we have a hearty breakfast and spend the day here to rest and to relax. Our campsite is perched close (but not too close) to the top of a sheer 300 m / 984 ft cliff overlooking the Gorges Valley.


Hall Tarns – Mt Kenya Camp site

  • Elevation: 4.300 m / 14.108 ft – 2.900 m / 9.514 ft
  • Distance:  15 km / 9.3 miles
  • Trekking Time: 3 hours
  • Habitat: Alpine Forest

Gently hike down a broad ridge enjoying magnificent views from the valley to snowy peaks, to waterfalls, mountain lakes and lava flows in the Gorges Valley itself. Sleep overnight in the Meru Mt. Kenya cabins – log fires, hot showers, beds – and if the supply vehicles have made it up through the forest: Tusker beers (from Kenya Breweries!) Wildlife viewing is possible in the evening with elephants and buffalo often grazing outside our cabins and a large number of forest and moorland birds.


Mt Kenya Camp site – Nairobi

  • Elevation: 2.900 m / 9.514 ft – 1.700 m / 5.577 ft
  • Distance:  Hike for 5 km / 3.1 miles, then picked up by car and drive back to Nairobi 220 km / 136 miles
  • Trekking Time: 3 hours
  • Habitat: Tropical Rainforest

Walk three hours down through the bamboo forest to meet our vehicles for the return
journey to Nairobi, arriving in the late afternoon.


Exiting Nairobi hotel to Kenyatta Airport or for further safari

  • Elevation: 1.700 m / 5.577 ft
  • Drive Distance: 16.1 km / 10 miles
  • Dirve Time: 1 hour
  • Habitat: Town / Municipality / County

After Break First Check and make sure as you leave the hotel that everything is in good condition and intact. Get ready to be driven back to the Airport or embark on other safari, in Kenya with an unforgettable safari experience with us.

Important Details

Gear list

Check list below to reduce chances of inconveniences.


  • 65-75 litre rucksack (for a porter to carry your main gear) with cover
  • 35-45 litre day sack (for you to carry each day)
  • Dry bags of different sizes for clothes, sleeping bag, etc.


  • Waterproof jacket and trousers
  • Waterproof gaiters
  • Umbrella (optional)


  • Warm jacket – could be fleece or down jacket, potentially ski jacket. Make sure you can put the waterproof shell jacket over the top.
  • 2 or 3 fleece tops or hiking shirts/sweatshirts
  • 2 or 3 base layers or T-shirts
  • Pair of trekking trousers and shorts
  • Leggings, thermal bottoms or running tights
  • Several sets of underwear – avoid cotton. Sports bras and cycling shorts are good.


  • Warm hat and a buff or scarf
  • Sun hat
  • Warm gloves or mittens, and thin liner gloves are also useful


  • Several pairs of good quality trekking socks
  • Waterproof trekking boots
  • Trainers or flip flops/sandals


  • 3-4 season sleeping bag (comfort -5°C or lower)
  • Sleeping bag liner cotton/fleece/silk (optional)
  • Stuff sack for sleeping bag
  • Thick foam mat or self-inflating mat (like a Therm-A-Rest)


  • Sunglasses
  • Trekking poles
  • Some favourite snack bars
  • Headlamp
  • Power bank for charging phones, etc.
  • Wash kit – no showers on the mountain but you can have a bucket wash
  • Papers – passport, money, insurance
  • 2 water bottles
  • Flask for hot drinks – useful on summit night
  • Earplugs
  • Wet wipes, tissues
  • Anti-bacterial hand gel

First AID suggestions

  • Paracetamol – temperature, colds
  • Painkiller – headaches, very good for altitude related symptoms
  • Antiseptic wipes and a few bandages and tape, antiseptic cream
  • Blister bandages
  • Oral rehydration sachets
  • Sunblock and lipbalm
  • Knee/Ankle support
  • Personal Medications eg anti-malaria tablets, inhalers, antihistamine
Meeting point
We’ll pick you up at the Jomo Kenyatta International Airport. It will depend if you spend the night at the hotel in Nairobi or in Nanyuki where trekking begins the following day. NOTE: depending on your arrival time at the Jomo Kenyatta International Airport, you will either be driven to Nanyuki or spend the night at a hotel in Nairobi.
  • January through mid-March
  • Mid-June through October
  • December
  • look at our Tour Calender
8 days including 2 days at hotel
On all of our tours, all of our meals are freshly prepared on the mountain by our talented chef, so when we arrive to camp after a long day of hiking, we have a delicious hot meal waiting for us.
Please note: we can accommodate any dietary needs, so please let us know what your meal requirements are and we will be sure to have our chef whip you up something yummy!
About your guide
All of our guides have extensive experience and training, certification, and knowledge of the area and all of the routes. You’ll be in great hands from top to bottom and by the end of the trip, you’ll be sad to say goodbye! Depending on the number of hikers, there will be generally 1 guide for every 2 people and 3 porters per person.

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Send us your desired travel dates and we will contact you as soon as possible. We will then send you more information and exact arrival and departure times for this route.

Burguret - Chogoria - 8 Days


Full organization of Mohakin Travel from/to Nairobi Airport

Airport pick-up and drop-off

All transfers, excursions and sightseeing according to the program

Full board during the trekking tour / climbing tour / safari

Boiled water, black tea, coffee and powdered milk for the ascents

Transportation to and from the hotel and trailhead

Accommodation in mountain tents (2-man tent, 4-season tent, mess tent, kitchen tent, chairs and tables)

Sleeping mat

Support team (certified guides, porters, and cooks)

All park and camp fees for the tour

Guides, cook and porters and their payment

experienced english speaking kenyan guide

Preparatory talk on the phone (WhatsApp)

Not included

Airfare to and from Kenya, Tanzania or Uganda


Tips for the support team

Sleeping bags and other personal gear

Rental gear

Lunch and dinner at the hotel

Single-occupancy fee in hotel

Drinks and snacks

You must have your own Personal insurance - also in the case of emergency, we can organize for the airlifting

Burguret – Chogoria Traverse – 8 Days

Terms and Conditions

Reservations: A deposit of 35% is required at the time of booking and the balance at least before the tour begins or full payment/part payment before treks or safaris arranged on short notice. Special payment arrangements can be made directly with the office.

Cancellation: Any monies paid will be refunded less 35% of the cost and any cost levied by hotels or any additional food expenses. Rates: Includes all expenses in respect of vehicles or drives as per itinerary/general information. Also includes meals on safari and entrance fees to National parks/game reserves.

Transportation: Cars, minibuses, 4WD’s, coaches or trucks will be provided according to the route and number of clients. The right is reserved to employ the services of sub-contractors as appropriate. English-speaking drivers/guides are provided.

Accommodation: When possible, rooms with a private shower are provided. Single rooms are available at an additional cost but cannot be guaranteed. Hotels/lodges are named as an indication of category and rooms may be reserved at similar hotels and lodges. Accommodation is specific to client’s request of budget class, middle class or luxury class, depending on availability.

Alteration to Tours/Treks: We reserve the right to alter arrangement or cancel the operation of scheduled trek/safari should the circumstance necessitate. We also reserve the right to decline or accept or retain any person as a member of any tour at any time, in which case an equitable amount will be refunded. Prices are based on tariffs and other costs prevailing at the time of printing and are subject to change without notice, but a full explanation will be given.

Liability: We do not accepts responsibility for personal injury, accident, loss while clients are on treks/safari. We advise all clients to take out additional insurance cover. Mohakin Travel acts only as agents when employing the use of sub contractors and acts as only agents of the passenger/client in all matters relating to Hotel/Lodge Accommodation, tours, transport, etc. and shall not be liable for injury, delay, loss or damage in any manner. The company’s liability to passengers carried in its own vehicle is governed by the laws of the country in which the tour takes place and no other country. All claims are subject to jurisdiction of the courts of the country in which the action a rise. The company reserves the rights to employ sub-contractors for all parts and services.

NOTE: All expeditions involve an element of personal risk and times can be hazardous nature, Expedition members must accept this risk. We are not liable for any loss, damage, Injury, expense, delay or inconvenience caused to your baggage as a result, whether directly or indirectly, or any matter or whatever nature which is outside our control. All participants are advised to take out an insurance policy to cover personal accidents and medical expenses. We can arrange this at low cost. The guide reserves the right to withdraw participants from treks, safari due to inclement weather, irresponsible behaviors, poor health or any other sound reason the guide gives.

Quality Guarantee

Mohakin Travel clients can expect the following guarantees to ensure proper service:

  • Your guide will introduce himself and your driver, and cover the laid out tour/safari itinerary in advance.
  • We will double-check that all gear and supplies are prepared for your custom tour/safari.
  • During the tour/safari, we will ensure that your needs are met and you are well cared for.
  • We will address any issues that arise out of our control, to give our clients the smoothest and most enjoyable adventure possible.
  • We will ensure the drivers/sub-contractors are on time and presentable.
  • We will give information about surrounding areas and points of interest.
  • Each day, we will set time aside to let our clients know what is happening for that day.
  • At the end of your tour/safari, we will ask for your feedback to ensure the quality of our service.

Health and Safety

Mountains in the world can sometimes be dangerous and hazardous – especially in high altitude.
It is therefore important to:

1. Be well equipped.
2. Let your expedition leader know your health history.
3. Have a good communication system.
4. Have a good basic first aid kit and know how to use it.
5. Be able to identify mountain illnesses.


At high altitudes the amount of oxygen decreases dramatically. This can result in medical urgency that must be a concern to every hiker.

AMS (Acute Mountain Sickness)
Signs include: Headache, nausea, fatigue, malaise, loss of appetite and difficulty in sleeping.
Slow down, stay in camps, drink water and rest while the body adjusts to the altitude. If symptoms persist after 48 hours, descend.

HAPE (High Altitude Pulmonary Aedema)
Symptoms include: Shortened breath during exercise progressing to shortened breath while resting, a dry cough deteriorating to a frothy sputum, audible gurgling (rales) from the chest area, increased heart and breathing rate.
Descend immediately and seek medical attention. Descending is the treatment. It can progress quickly to a point where the patient cannot walk. It doesn’t improve with rest at the same altitude.

HACE (High Altitude Cerebral Aedema)
Symptoms include:- AMS that progress to severe headaches, loss of coordination, slurred speech, irrational behaviour, coma and death.
Descend immediately, Hace can quickly progress to lethal stage.

Prevention of AMS, HAPE and HACE

Allow 2 nights at 10.000ft or at higher altitude at around 14,000ft. Before proceeding higher, increase fluid intake to 4-6 liters per day. Avoid extreme physical exertion and eat a light diet rich in carbohydrates. Take symptoms seriously. Rest and acclimatize if AMS is suspected. Report to ranger’s rescue station and descend immediately if HAPE or HACE is suspected.

However, it is important to drink plenty of water slowly to allow your body to get used to the altitude.

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