7 Days Mount Kenya Climbing Burguret Route

7 Days Burguret route. Book 7 days Mount Kenya Climbing Via Burguret route/trail to Lenana peak at 4985m & descends through Chogoria route. Climbing Mount Kenya via Burguret-Chogoria route in 7 days takes you to Lenana Peak at 4985m from Burguret, and down through Chogoria. The route was pioneered during colonial days and then abandoned for many years but was re-opened in the early ’90s.

The major goal for climbing Mount Kenya, by all technical climbers is to reach point Leanna at 4985m, before sunrise, so that they can enjoy the awe-inspiring moments when the sun is rising over the impressive African plains.

Mount Kenya climbing via the Burguret is undoubtedly for the physically strong trekkers, those who prefer a more private/independent hike, away from the crowd. This path is characterized by no huts, rough underfoot, frequently used by elephants than humans, muddy during wet season, and dense stands of giant bamboo and montane forests, though its wilderness track, that chances are high for trekkers to encounter numerous vegetation types and animal species like the elephants and buffaloes (mostly around the camps).

Whereas descending via the Chogoria route provide the most scenic views and a complete a trek of the mountain.

In a nutshell, you will enjoy rewarding views of the magnificent Mt Kenya snowy peaks, and down to waterfalls, tarns and lava flows in the Gorges Valley itself.

Detailed Itinerary for the 7 Days | Burguret route

Day 1: Arrival in Nairobi

Welcome to Nairobi, Aloyo Safaris expert driver guide will take you around the city to enjoy a range of activities such as visiting the sheldrick wildlife trust to watch the orphaned elephants being fed, the giraffe manor, the Masai market,  and the Carnivore Restaurant to enjoy range of familiar and exotic meats, roasted over an open flame barbecue pit, like ostrich or crocodile? Here’s your chance to do so (at a world-renowned restaurant.

Return to the Lodge for an overnight

Day 2: Giant Bamboo Camp

Elevation: (2,600 m/ 8530 ft) to (3,600m / 11811 ft).

Habitat: Montane Forest

In the morning, set off from Nairobi after breakfast, You will be driven passed the vast agricultural farmlands and landscapes to the magnificent Mount Kenya slopes. Enroute you cross the Equator line, reaching Nanyuki town in time for lunch. Then  later on meet the cooking team, porters, and the guide, with whom you will climb Mt. Kenya. Commence trekking instantly after briefing from the gate to Githiuru forest, arriving at the gate for registration, after then you will ascend up through dense stands of towering bamboo inhabited by numerous wildlife. Reach Giant Bamboo Camp overlooking the panoramic views that Mount Kenya has to offer.

Day 3: Giant Bamboo Camp – Highlands Castle (3700m)

Elevation: (2,600m / 8530ft) to(3,700m /12139ft)

Habitat: Moorland zones.

At 0800 hrs you will walk through luxuriant bamboo yields, rosewood and heather zone to  moorland of tussock grasses, Senecio and Lobelias. This trek will test your endurance, patience & ability. Enroute, enjoy picnic lunch. Adventurous climbers can hike  to the top of Highland Castle cliff and enjoy spectacular views of the Castle like rock formation and splendid views of the surrounding area. Dine and sleep close to the sheer lava cliffs of the “Highland Castle”.

Day 4:Highland Castle-Shipton’s Camp

Elevation: 900m Ascent – 365m descent

Habitat: Moorland

Distance: 10 km/6 miles

Rise up early to a delicious breakfast, Trek to the edge of the high peaks then take a clockwise direction  of the summit loop trail, which offers eye catching views of the jagged volcanic peaks and shimmering glaciers. Turquoise tarns enclosed in the valleys, eagles and buzzards soar overhead – here you will be on the equator! Enroute you will have picnic lunch. Then walk down the Mackinder’s Valley to Shiptons hut and sleeping low is excellent for acclimatization.

Day 5:  Climbing Lenana Peak!

Pre-dawn attempt of the Lenana Peak starts at 0300hrs. The early start helps to get you to the top of Mount Kenya in  perfect time for African sunrise. Climb for about 3-4 hours through the frozen scree and proceed on a rocky path with some very minor scrambling, and finally arrive at Lenana Peak-(4985m), where you will be able to Mt. Kilimanjaro is visible from the horizon, on a clear day.

Descend for 3 hours from point  Lenana to have breakfast by Hall Tarns in the beautiful gorges Valley, then another 3 hours to Shipton’s camp.

Descending From Point Lenana

Day 6: Descend to Meru Bandas

Trek down to Minto’s hut for full breakfast in the morning, take arrest and slope further to Mt Kenya bandas along the gorges valley where you will enjoy impressive  views of The Temple, Lake Michaelson, Mushroom rocks and Giant billiards table. You can enjoy log fires, hot showers and overnight at the Bandas! Dinner and Overnight here

Day 7: Trek to Chogoria Gate. Transfer to Nairobi

This morning after breakfast, descend for 4 hours through beautiful Chogoria  Forest to the chogoria gate and to the road – the final leg of our Mt. Kenya ascent journey. Then return to Nairobi.