Hike 074: Mount Kenya – One Day Lenana Peak Summit (Chogoria)

  • Date: Feb 2021.
  • Location: Mount Kenya – Chogoria Route.
  • Objective: To hike from Chogoria Gate to Lenana Peak and back within 24 hours.
  • Difficulty: Very Hard.
  • Outcome: Successful!
  • Start time: 5:41 am.
  • Summit: 2:09 pm.
  • Finish: 8:17 pm.
  • Total distance: 37.3 km.
  • Total time: 14 hr 36 min.
  • Moving time: 11 hr 25 min.
  • Calories burned: 4,040.
  • Min. Elevation: 2,950 m.
  • Lenana Peak Elevation: 4,985 m.
  • Elevation Gain: 2,146 m.

We were a team of six. 4 hikers and 2 guides.

It was a steady hike throughout while eating a lot of sweet snacks to maintain high energy. We took short breaks between 5 and 20 minutes. The 20 minute break was before the summit push.

Distance Time Taken Cumulative Distance Cumulative Time
Chogoria Gate to Road Head. 6 km 1hr 34min 6 km 1 hr 34 min
Road Head to Vivienne Falls View Point. 4 km 1hr 48min 10 km 3 hr 22 min
Vivienne Falls View Point to Mintos Camp. 4.3 km 2 hr 14.3 km 5 hr 22 min
Mintos Camp to Lenana Peak. 4.6 km 3hr 6min 18.9 km 8 hr 28 min
Lenana Peak to Chogoria Gate. 18.4 km 6hr 8min 37.3 km 14hr 36min

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It’s a very tough challenge to attempt but also very possible. Good weather and your body adapting well to high altitude is key.

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