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.
Safety for climbing Mount Kenya
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