SVAKC 008: 8 Days East – West Traverse (Chogoria – Burguret Route)
Leave Nairobi at 11.00 am and drive through small scale farmland to Embu, capital of the central province. Lunch will be taken on the way. Dinner and Overnight will be at Isaac Walton, a small hotel set amidst a beautiful gardens.
After breakfast you leave for Chogoria where special where special land rovers are waiting to take you to the Meru Mt. Kenya Bandas in (3000m). After a lunch break and introduction to the crew your 2hour hike to the roadhead at 3300m starts. Dinner and overnight will be at a well set fly camp next to a small river.
After breakfast a 12 km hike along a ridge with spectacular views of Lake Michaelson in the gorge valley below Takes you close to Mintos hut before you take a lunch break and descend to the gorge valley for a scenic camp night on the shores of lake Michaelson. Dinner and overnight will be at the fly camp.
Today’s hike is rather short and takes you up the escarpment to the Mintos Hut ( 4200 ) next to the Hall tarns. After the rather steep ascend you will take rest for for lunch here. In the afternoon the hike continues along the moorland towards Point Lenana. At the Simba tarn just on the base of Point Lenana camp will be set again. You enjoy your dinner while marveling the spectacular of Nelion and Batian, the main peaks of Mt.Kenya and Point Lenana the your challenge for tomorrow.
After an early morning breakfast at 5.00 am, the track will lead via a steep screed to the Simba cole and further on to point Lenana (4895m). You descend via Lewis glacier on the southern side and continue your hike to the two tarn hut. Lunch will be taken at the amercian camp. The camp will be set at the two tarnhut with magnificent views of Batian and Nelion towering above you.
Today, you descend on the western side of the mountain to the Machengeni camp a clearing at 3000m in the giant bamboo forest. A lunch break will be taken on the way at a scenic spot in the grassland with the Highland Castle above you and the Burguret river below you on the way. Dinner and overnight will be at the flycamp.
After breakfast you descend to the forest station where your vehicles will be waiting for you to take you to Mountain Rock Hotel for lunch. In the afternoon, proceed to Sweetwaters in the Laikipia plains for a shower and an evening game drive. Dinner and overnight will be at the Sweetwaters tented camp.
A game drive after breakfast offers a very unique opportunity of viewing the rare Chimpanzee and reveals the richness of game in the Laikipia plains. After a delicious lunch at the tented camp your Mt. Kenya adventure comes to an end and a 3 hours transfer through the fertile central province farmlands takes you to Nairobi.