Mount Kenya Climbing: Timau – Chogoria Route

Timau route trail

Timau route is the main access route on the north side of the mountain. It is lies in a major rain shadow. Because of this there is a short belt of rain forest on this side of the mountain. However, the low rainfall received on this side of mountain makes it a generally a drier trail. It gives a more pleasant trek.

NB:

We always encourage expedition members to stay on trails where they exist. This protects the vegetation and prevents soil erosion.

When hiking where no trails exist, we spread the impact by avoiding to trek in a single file so that we don’t create new trails. When taking a rest, we encourage the members to choose areas that will not show as much sign that people have been there. We recommend areas such as bare rock and bare ground. Vegetation destruction is highly discouraged by our team.

Day 1: Nairobi – Timau River Lodge

Depart Nairobi in the morning and drive north, passing some rich agricultural kikuyu land to Nanyuki town. Stop at the Equator line and then proceed to Timau River Lodge for lunch. Afternoon spent cross checking the necessary trekking gear and a nature walk around the lodge. Dinner is served before getting the much deserved sleep in the lodge.
Day 2: Timau River Lodge – Marania camp (3700m) 4-6hrs
After breakfast, transfer to the Timau road head. Hike across the beautiful northern moorland of Mount Kenya, with its unique flora and possibly seeing some of the wildlife which wander up those northern slopes. We camp near the Western Marania River for dinner and overnight stay.

Day 3: Marania Camp – Majors Camp (4000). 6-8hrs
We continue our trek over rolling topography and moorland country to camp at the headwaters of the Kathita East drainage. Lunch will be served en-route. We get our dinner and overnight stay in the camp.

Day 4: Majors Camp – Upper Simba Tarn (4500m). 5-6hrs.
After breakfast, we hike through the moorland habited by tussock grass and giant lobellias. Lunch served en route. Arrive at the camp for a 4 o’clock tea. We take our early dinner and overnight in the camp.

Day 5: Simba Tarn – Pt. Lenana (4985m) – Meru Mt Kenya Lodge (2950m)
Summit the trekkers peak, at 4:30am for the African sunrise. Return back to the camp for breakfast. Descend all the way down to Meru Mt Kenya lodge for a much awaited hot shower. Lunch served en route. Stay in the lodge with dinner served by our chef.

Day 6: Meru Mt Kenya Lodge – Nairobi

After breakfast, we start the scenic descend on the dirty road to 10km mark where we meet our driver. We drive to Nairobi arriving by 1800hrs.