Hike 118: The Cha Muhimu Traverse

  • Date: Feb 2022.
  • Location: Aberdare Range, Kenya.
  • Challenge: The Cha Muhimu Traverse.
  • Description: The Cha Muhimu Traverse is a 90KM Aberdare Range traverse from the North to South. It requires one to summit Mount Satima, Table Mountain, Rurimeria Hill, Mount Kinangop and Elephant Hill. All in one trip.
  • Difficulty: Very Hard.
  • Duration: 3 Days/2 Nights Camping.
  • Starting Point: Twin Rocks.
  • Finish: Njabini Gate.
  • Total Distance: 91.3 km.
  • Total Elevation Gain: 3,226 m.
  • Total Elevation Loss: 4,017 m.
  • Total Calories Burned: 13,152.

DAY 1: Twin Rocks – Mount Satima – Table Mountain – Rurimeria Hill.

  • Distance: 21.7 km.
  • Time: 8 hr 50 min.
  • Elevation Gain: 1,232 m.
  • Elevation Loss: 759 m.

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DAY 2: Rurimeria Hill – Mutubio Gate.

  • Distance: 39.4 km.
  • Time: 12 hr 25 min.
  • Elevation Gain: 621 m.
  • Elevation Loss: 1,240 m.

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DAY 3: Mutubio Gate – Mount Kinangop – Elephant Hill – Njabini Gate. (Finish)

  • Distance: 30.2 km.
  • Time: 14 hr 3 min.
  • Elevation Gain: 1,373 m.
  • Elevation Loss: 2,018 m.

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Tough challenge! It took me months to plan this hike and also doing some recce hikes to map out a route.

After successfully completing the traverse, I felt like it needed a name. So I named it, “The Cha Muhimu Traverse“.

One of my proudest achievements. 🙂

We were a team of 12 (3 hikers, 1 ranger, 1 local guide, 1 chef, 1 driver & 5 porters).

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