for days and nights,
under frosty clouds and glacial twilight,
across valleys and peaks,
for blood and gore,
for glory and more,
tread fearless, tread merciless,
for you are immortal…
The Siromon-Chogoria Route (West to East).
– Be very fit before climbing.
– Drink lots of water through out.
– Carry energy bars, chocolates, dextro.
– Carry sandals / slippers for resting your feet in the evening.
– Carry paracetamols for end of day body ache.
– Carry more than 1.5L water, there are plenty of streams to refill after Old Moses.
– Carry excess weight! Pack the right and light things.
– Dispose garbage on your way.
April 04: Heaven part II, east side.
After leaving the snow highs we start our descent through Gorges valley towards Mintos, and this is known as the Chogoria Route.
From Shipton to Mintos took 3h 30m should be about 9KM, I reckon. From Mintos to Mt. Kenya Lodge is 18KM, took 7h! We reached Mt. Kenya Lodge at 9.00 pm. When night fell, the torches were out and made lots of noise to scare wild animals as we walked through the lower forests.
Today was the most exhausting walk of my life, not the hardest, hiked for 10h 30m covering about 27KM! What took two and a half days to ascent, was descent in one day.
Into the mesmerizing valley. Long walking.
So beautiful, Lake Elly.
April 04: Breakfast with the gods.
The Gikuyu believe their gods live on top of Mt. Kenya. There’s a story of an old native men who climbs bare foot to the peak, to offer his prayers to them as mentioned by our guide.
For the first time in two days we had sunshine, was really happy and upbeat. After waking up at 8.00 am and leaving Shipton at 10.40 am, we reached 4500M, 14800F at 12.30 pm. After which the ascent was over, and we would start our descent through Gorges valley, Chogoria route.
Left Lenana (4985M), Right Nellion (5188M) and Batian (5199M) from Shipton.
Off we go climbing.
Snow at 4500M finally. Our guide Major, a legend here.
Yummy, ate a whole scoop of snow.
Cool. Can you see another lake?
April 03: Heaven part I, west side.
Ater a tiring prior day, woke up at 6.00 am and were off at 8.40 am. It was drizzling out, windy and some icy temperatures.
It’s only when you step out of the hut that you realize how stunning the surroundings is, and was not visible last night. A different landscape, from the mountain forest now to moorland.
Took 9h to reach summit camp Shipton (4200M, 13800F) from Old Moses, arrived at 5.40 pm. Walked a distance of 14KM and gained an altitude of 900M! The ascent was a killer, and it rained heavily for like 3h. Dinner and over night at summit camp.
The walk was through the stream rich Mackinder valley.
Starting off from Old Moses, climb, climb, climb and cold, colder, coldest!
Can you see the hikers?
The rolling clouds finally caught us.
Oh God, why did I sign up for this.
After the having lunch, we descent slightly into the valley where the trek flattened and could see it over a very long distance as the rain still pounded. The path was a bog and nightmare, all wet and marshes. Wherever you step your foot goes through ankle deep in mud and cold water, It made walking so tough, and laborious! The whole day was one of the most unpleasant days of my life though the scenery all along was awe grapping. 🙂
April 02: Starting from Siromon gate (2650M, 10400F) we walked to base camp Old Moses (3300M, 13000F). To have an idea of how far Mt. Kenya peaks are from the gate take at a look at my earlier post.
Took 3h 11m to reach Old Moses from Siromon gate, arrived at 8.38 pm! Walked a distance of 9KM and gained an altitude of 650M. The ascent was gradual, a few moderate hills, and a very cold walk. Dinner and over night at base camp, slept at 12.30 am!
The walk was through mountain forest, bamboo and rosewood. When night fell had to use torches, it was a cloudless sky and you could see the cosmic dust of stars arching across shinning brilliantly. Totally awesome.