This 8 day Mount Kenya climb using the Burguret – Chogoria Route is a seldom trail that crosses between the two most beautiful, natural and scenic routes, that have abundant wildlife and plant life. This trail that leads climbers to the summit of Mount Kenya offers an ecological and ambient atmosphere for nature lovers and a breathe of fresh air.  Accommodation is in in the form of camping but you can also opt to stay in mountain huts/cabins at Shiptons and Chogoria gare instead of using tents exclusively.

Many climbers prefer to climb Mount Kenya using the Sirimon Naro-Moru routes but the main advantage of choosing this Burguret – Chogoria route is that, since it is not commonly used by climbers, the trail has less traffic and is not crowded. It is hence perfect for those wishing to avoid crowds and are in search of adventure. The Burguret route was created during the colonial era and had been closed until it was declared open again in the early 90s. Burguret route is wild and challenging due to dense and overgrown plant life on the trail. Expect to camp in the wild as there are no mountain huts on this route leading to the summit.

Summiting Mount Kenya (Buruguret – Chogoria Route)

Trekking to the summit using this route normally begins in total darkness at around 0300 hrs to make it in time for the sunrise. The summit attempt trek takes at least 3 hours to reach Point Lenana, at 4,985m the highest point accessible to non-technical climbers. You need to wear headlamps/torches to assist you to climb up the steep scree terrain with rock outcrops.

The sense of discovery that grips you when climbing up Burguret route is noticeably evidently intense as you are more likely to spot buffalo and elephant in the bushes around the campsites.

Descending Mount Kenya (Buruguret – Chogoria Route)

The descent takes a different route than the Buruguret one, as you will descend the mountain using the dramatic Chogoria route, which might be long and very scenic with astonishing views of terrifying gorges, waterfalls and beautiful tarns on display.

How to get to Mount Kenya

To get to Mount Kenya, you have to fly into Kenya first through the International Airports that serve as Kenya’s entry points like the Jomo Kenyatta International Airport in Nairobi and the Mombasa Moi International Airport in Mombasa. Many air companies fly into Kenya from all over the world e.g Virgin Atlantic, British Airways and Kenya Airways fly regular direct flights to Nairobi. There are other airlines that offer competitive prices for air tickets that make a stop from Qatar Airways, Ethiopian and Emirates.

Nairobi Jomo Kenyatta airport is a ½ hr drive away from the capital city of Kenya, Nairobi with a distance of about 16km.

This 7 days Sirimon – Chogoria route for climbing Mount Kenya includes pick up and drop off in the vicinity of Nairobi City by minibus, private car or 4wd Landcruiser.

Best time to climb Mount Kenya – Burguret- Chogoria Route

The best time to climb Mount Kenya via the Burguret Chogoria route is during the dry months of January to February. Mount Kenya can be climbed all year round, any time of the month but of course, there are better months for climbing the mountain than others. There are least good times of the year than others depending on the weather on those particular months. The rainy seasons during the months of April and May are the long rain seasons and hence the least favourable time of the year to climb Mount Kenya. Summer months of July, August and September are also good for climbing the mountain via the Burguret Route. If you plan to climb Mount Kenya during the wet and rainy seasons, it would be wiser to carry along waterproof gear and garters.

Is the Burguret – Chogoria Route suitable for me?

The Burguret – Chogoria route is very scenic but affers challenging trail conditions therefore you need to be well prepared. During the rainy season it becomes very muddy and accommodation on this trail is in the form of camping mainly in the bush at night times. You need great levels of fitness to tackle Mount Kenya using this route just like any other route. The ascent and slope for this trail are steady, as far as you follow the proper acclimatization methods and drink plenty of water to avoid altitude sickness, you should be fine.

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Mountain Rock Lodge -1950m

Nairobi (1,650) – Mountain Rock lodge (2,000m) by car (200kms /3.5hrs).
PM. Acclimatisation nature hike.
Span, 12kms /3hrs.

Your day begins with an early breakfast before embarking on the drive towards the lush green Mount Kenya national park to the North of Nairobi. After lunch at the base camp of Mount Kenya, you will participate in easy walking tours around the environs of the mountain learning about the way of life of the Kikuyu tribe that inhabits the lands around Mount Kenya. These short walks can be an advantage in learning how tourism especially mountain climbing impacts the local community, economically as you take short tours around the cultivated lands, farms and local schools.

Meals and overnight at the hotel/lodge. (L,D)

Day 2

Mountain Rock Hotel (2000m)- Elephant Moat Camp (2300m)

After meeting at the gate, your 8 days Mount Kenya climb via the Burguret – Chogoria route begins shortly after a hearty breakfast at the lodge. It is at the gate where you will meet with your mountain crew that includes your guide and porters plus the cook/chef. A 4 hours trek ensues crossing through dense forests as the trail passes along the famous Mau Mau caves (2000m) and some waterfalls. The Mau Mau caves once provided shelter and acted as a hideout for former Kenyan freedom fighters during the colonial period. it is also a perfect spot to take a short lunch break and enjoy your lunch while you listen to stories about the Kenyan struggle during the colonial era. After having your lunch, the trek progresses further to Elephant Moat camp (2300m) which lies at the beginning of the tropical rainforest for dinner and overnight.

Day 3

Mountain Rock Hotel - Giant Bamboo Camp (2700m)

The third day of your trek starts with the usual breakfast then a trek through the montane forest that is characterized by gigantic cidar and podocarpus trees and then crossing a dense bamboo belt to the Giant Bamboo campsite (2700m.) for dinner and overnight. The forest and bamboo zones on mount Kenya are a natural habitat for plenty of bird species and wild animals, among them,  buffaloes, elephants, bushbucks and a plethora of bird species.

Day 4

Giant bamboo Camp -Highland Castle (3600m)

You set off after breakfast. Today’s trek continues though bamboo, rosewood and heather zones before it opens up to a moorland terrain characterized by tussock grasses, Senecios and Giant Lobelias as you close up on the Highland Castle campsite. The trek of the day takes a duration of about 3-4 hours and you will gain an ascent of 900m. Midway through the day on this Burguret -Chogoria trail you will have a lunch break whereby you will have lunch before continuing with your trek to the Highland Castle cliff and enjoy stunning views of the Castle like rock formation as well as its environs.

Day 5

Highland Castle - Shipton's Camp (4200m)

After early morning breakfast, you will trek to over 4400m in 3 hours to converge with the summit circuit trail. Following this in the clockwise direction the trail winds down the Hausberg Valley and rises to the Hausberg Col to Kami, where you take a bend and descend the Mackinder’s Valley to Shiptons hut (4200m) which takes approximately 2-3 hrs. This day is meant for acclimatization as it follows the “climb high, sleep low rule”. Picnic lunch is served midway through the day’s hike.

Day 6

Shipton's Camp - Point Lenana - Mintos CAMPSITE (4300m)

Summit Attempt – Mount Kenya, Burguret – Chogoria Route

Today is the summiting day, we wake up very early at around 3 am (0300 hrs) and begin the journey and final push to the summit of Mount Kenya. We follow the scree filled terrain that leads up to Point Lenana at an altitude of 4,985m otherwise known as the “hikers summit”Hike up the steep scree to Pt. Lenana (4,985m), ‘the hikers’ summit’. The reason for beginning the summit attempt early is to make it just in time for sunrise and also to avoid the mid-morning cloud cover. The summit trek takes a duration of roughly 3-4 hours and usually when the skies are clear you can catch a glimpse of the summit of Mt. Kilimanjaro, 340km to the south.

Descending Mount Kenya via the Burguret – Chogoria Route.

After some moments at the summit and taking of pictures at the peak, Point Lenana, we take a descent to Mintos/Hall tarn campsite for a hearty breakfast then relax for the rest of the day. if you still have the energy and interest, you can explore the Gorges valley from here and marvel at the amazing scenery that this area offers including the Gorges Valley, the Temple and L. Michaelson.

Day 7

Mintos Campsite -Meru Mount Kenya Lodge/Campsite (3000m)

We continue descending the mountain shortly after breakfast in the morning, a descent that takes a duration of about 5-6 hours to reach Meru Mount Kenya cabins located near the Chogoria Park gate (3,000m). The slope for descending is gradual and it offers enough time to enjoy the scenic surroundings along the trail. Among the attractions and places of interest as you go down the mountain, include the Vivienne, falls, Nithi falls, mushroom rocks and a variety of interesting montane plant species. A stay at Meru Mt. Kenya Lodge gives you the opportunity to have a proper bath/shower and time to relax and pat yourself on the back for taking on the challenge of climbing Mount Kenya.

Day 8

Meru Mount Kenya Lodge/Campsite -Nairobi

Day 8 marks the last day of this great 8 day Mount Kenya climb via the Burguret – Chogoria Route as we continue with the descent towards the Chogoria rain Forest after a hearty breakfast. This last segment of the descent trail offers a chance to explore the bamboo and lush montane forest belts On reaching the gate where the vehicle awaits for the return trip back to Nairobi, picnic lunch is served along the way before reaching Nairobi in the evening.

The cost for the whole 7 days Mount Kenya Sirimon – Chogoria route trek includes and excludes the following items

7 Days Mount Kenya Trek Price includes

All National Park fees

Camping & mountain Huts fees where applicable

Camping equipment EXCEPT sleeping bags, mattresses

English speaking guide(s)

Porters & Cook(s).

Meals while on the mountain (breakfast, lunch, dinner).

Transfers from and back to base hotel/lodge.

Pick up and drop off at either Nairobi airport, hotel or residence

Government taxes and local levies

Price Excludes

Tips & Gratuities

Meals/drinks not mentioned as included



Any increase in National Park fees or other fees/taxes charged by National Park and/or other government authorities.

Sleeping bag / mattress and other personal equipment (a limited selection of hire equipment is available – please pre-order).

How much does it cost to climb Mount Kenya?

Mount Kenya climbing costs depend on a few factors. These are the number of days you will spend on the mountain, the number of people in your group among other factors. Currently, the entrance fees into the Mount Kenya National Park are $150 per adult for a three-day itinerary, $220 per adult for four days or $300 per adult for 5 days. This includes the entrance fee plus camping fees. 

Can you climb Mount Kenya?

Yes, you can climb Mount Kenya with the help of guides and porters. There are designated routes to the summits of Mount Kenya and each route can be accessed by all types of people, from first-timers to experienced mountain climbers.

What animals live on Mount Kenya?

There are many wild animals roaming around Mount Kenya and the Mount Kenya national park. They include, elephants, bushbucks, buffaloes, duikers etc.

Can you see Mount Kenya from Nairobi?

At an altitude of about 17,057 feet and being the second-highest mountain in Africa, Mount Kenya can be seen from Nairobi, on a clear sky but from the top of a tall building in Nairobi which is about 85 miles away.

How hard is it to climb Mt Kenya?

By comparison, MtKenya is easier to climb than Kilimanjaro because it is lower and you get to spend much less time in the cold, thin-air zone.

How many days does it take to climb Mt Kenya?

It would take you between 4 to 8 days to climb Mount Kilimanjaro depending on the route that you choose and your mountain climbing expertise.

How high is Mount Kenya?

The Elevation of Mount Kilimanjaro is 5,199 m above sea level from the base of the mountain to the peak.

Does Mt Kenya have snow?
Due to the high altitudes, the peak of Mount Kenya that lies on the alpine zone is constantly covered with snow and ice. This is mainly because of the sub-zero temperatures at the top that can fall to as low as 14 degrees Fahrenheit (-10 degrees Celsius). 

How much higher is Mount Kilimanjaro than Mount Kenya?
Mount Kilimanjaro measuring 5,895 meters above sea level is about 695m higher than Mount Kenya, standing at 5,199 meters above sea.
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7 days Mount kenya Sirimon - Chogoria route