Mount Elgon Climb From Kenya/Trek Mt Elgon Chorlim Gate

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Mount Elgon Climb From Kenya/Trek Mt Elgon Chorlim Gate

Safari at a Glance

Safari Highlight

Mount Elgon Climb From Kenya/Trek Mt Elgon Chorlim Gate

Mt. Elgon is an awe-inspiring East African landmark. With a volcanic base that spans 80km in diameter. Stands as the largest and oldest solitary mountain in the East Africa region, rising over 3,000m tall! Strategically, lies on Uganda and Kenya's borders. It is on the north of Kisumu and west of Kitale. Mount Elgon is a gem that should be on your climbing bucket list. There is more to Mount Elgon. It is the second-highest mountain in Kenya, from Mount Kenya. Additionally,  it is the fourth highest in Africa. Mount Kilimanjaro takes the lead with 5,895 m. Subsequently,  Mount Kenya, 5,199 m, follows in second place. Mount Ruwenzori in Uganda, 5,109 m, takes the third position. While Mount Elgon takes the fourth place, straddles 4,321 m. The mountain has five peaks: Wagagai Peak, 4,321 meters (14,177 ft)) in Uganda. Sudek peak (4,302  meters (14,114 ft)) on the Kenya/Uganda border. Koitoboss Peak, 4,222 meters (13,852 ft)), is a flat-topped basalt column in Kenya. Mubiyi 4,211 meters (13,816 ft)) in Uganda, and Masaba (4,161 meters (13,652 ft))  which is in Uganda.  

There are several routes to the Summit of Mount Elgon, but the most popular is the Chorlim Gate route. We will take the Chorlim Gate Route to Koitoboss Peak on this climbing expedition. The Chorlim Gate route begins at the Chorlim Gate ranger station and follows a well-marked trail to the summit. The hike to the summit takes two to four days, depending on your fitness level.     


What to bring to Mt. Elgon Trek 


  • Waterproof rucksack with a day pack.
  • Sleeping bag (covering at least three seasons). 
  • Roll mats and insulation pads. 
  • Comfortable hiking boots, light walking trainers, and thongs (flip-flops). 
  • Gaiters (useful when encountering snow), Wooden walking stick/ski pole, Sunglasses.  
  • Sun hat, balaclava or woolen hat, Warm scarf, gloves, mittens, and thermal underwear. 
  • Sweaters/jumpers, anorak/raincoats, water and windproof pants, jackets, t-shirt, and several pairs of socks. 
  • Long-sleeved shirt with collar, small towel, toiletries, and toilet paper. 
  • Sunscreen and lip salve. 

Where You Will Visit

This safari explores the following regions in Kenya

  • Bungoma
  • Kitale

Where You Will Stay

We have handpicked the following accommodation for you in Kenya

Westside Hotel


Day 1

Nairobi - Kitale, 250 m, Altitude Gain, 387 Km

A journey from Nairobi to Kitale awaits! An exciting and rewarding adventure, this 7-hour drive will take you past the picturesque terrain of the magical Kenya countryside. Suppose you will be using Public Transport; the stopover will be at Eldoret but with a bathroom break in Nakuru city. If on private transport, you will have a lunch stopover at Nakuru Town for an early lunch break. You'll travel three hours until reaching Eldoret before your final hour stretch into Kitale Town. Check-in at Westside Hotel. Westside Hotel is a tranquil stay with a swimming pool at your disposal. Spend at the hotel relaxing after such an eventful day with Travel. Dinner and overnight in Westside Hotel.
Day 2

Kitale Town - Chorlim Gate - Mutamaiyu Campsite, 250 M, Altitude Gain, 31 Km

Begin the day with breakfast at 0700hrs served in the hotel restaurant. Check-out at 0900hrs and accompany the guide and crew. En route to Chorlim Gate, it takes 45 minutes - 1 hour of travel time before reaching the gate. Formalities such as checking-in and park entrance fees will take place. Afterward, take a thrilling two-hour walk through an enchanting forest teeming with unique native trees and vibrant bird populations! to Endebess Bluff. Lunch will be served here. Later on, Embark on a two hours adventure trek to Mutamaiyu campsite at 2800 M ASL, our home for the night. Dinner and overnight at Mutamaiyu Campsite.
Day 3

Mutamaiyu camp 2800m ASL - Road End 3450m ASL 650 M Altitude Gain 18 Km

Wake up early in the morning and prepare for a delicious breakfast from 0730hrs! Then, it's off on an amazing adventure with your picnic lunch. Enjoy scenic nature walks as melodious tweets from intriguing birds along the way spice up the journey. It will take about 4-5 hours of trekking through Mutamaiyu camp to Road End. On arrival, evening tea will be served. Dinner and finally ending around a cozy bonfire under beautiful night skies. The following day promises even more excitement while attempting the summit from this special spot.
Day 4

Road End Camp (3500m Asl- 4222m)-Koitoboss (4221m ASL) and Mutamaiyu Camp (2800m ASL) 24 Kilometers, 722 M Altitude Gain.

Rise and shine. It's time to take on the Summit push-up to Koitoboss Peak! Early morning coffee, tea, or chocolate served with some biscuits at 0345hrs before trekking up the peak. The climb from Road End to Koitoboss Peak is about 4km. The trek up the summit normally takes about 3hrs. The ascent up Koitoboss is almost similar to the Barranco wall in Mount Kilimanjaro. The Barranco Wall is part of the Lemosho, Machame, and Umbwe routes. Tackling the challenging Koitoboss Peak requires an age-old mountaineering approach. Take small steps and a consistent pace! In good weather and if you are lucky, you can witness a spectacular sunrise at the break of dawn. Trekkers on a mission to conquer the Ugandan Peak can set their sights beyond the horizon and continue trekking toward its iconic heights! After a session of capturing the memories, we start the descent back to Road Head for Breakfast. After breakfast, a trek toward Mutamaiyu will be our home for the night. Dinner and overnight at Mutamaiyu Campsite.
Day 5

Mutamaiyu Camp - Kitale - Nairobi 418 Kilometers

Early breakfast at 0500hrs, then embarks on a 2 hours journey to Chorlim gate. Suppose you missed exploring the visit to Kitum and, Making’eny caves on the first day. It's possible to do it on this last day. Kitum cave is one of the biggest Caves in Africa. After this short excursion, wrap up your adventure trek with an early lunch at Chorlim Gate. After lunch, connect with transport to Kitale Town and eventually to Nairobi.It will take 6-7 hours from Kitale by car back home.

Tour package includes:

  • Transport to and fro
  • Meals (Full Board)
  • Park Entry fee
  • Guide fee
  • Paramedic Services

Tour package excludes:

  • Items of personal nature
  • Insurance
  • anything not mentioned in the inclusions

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