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Mount Longonot Hiking

Mount Longonot Hiking

Mount Longonot: A Hiker’s Paradise

Nestled in the heart of Kenya’s Great Rift Valley lies a hidden gem waiting to be explored – Mount Longonot. This dormant stratovolcano, standing tall at 2,776 meters above sea level, offers a thrilling adventure for hikers and nature enthusiasts alike. With its breathtaking views, diverse flora and fauna, and challenging terrain, Mount Longonot promises an unforgettable experience for those willing to embark on its trails.

The Beauty of Mount Longonot

As you ascend Mount Longonot, you will be greeted by panoramic views of the surrounding landscapes, including the vast expanse of the Great Rift Valley and the shimmering waters of Lake Naivasha. The lush greenery and unique rock formations add to the allure of this natural wonder, making it a photographer’s paradise and a haven for wildlife enthusiasts.

Hiking Trails and Challenges

Mount Longonot offers several hiking trails of varying difficulty levels, catering to both beginners and experienced hikers. The most popular route is the 7.2-kilometer-long rim trail that takes you around the crater rim, offering stunning views along the way. The steep and rocky terrain presents a challenge for adventurers, but the sense of accomplishment upon reaching the summit is unparalleled.

Flora and Fauna

The diverse ecosystem of Mount Longonot is home to a variety of plant and animal species. As you make your way through the trails, you may encounter unique flora such as giant lobelias and wildflowers, as well as wildlife including buffaloes, giraffes, zebras, and more. Birdwatchers will also be delighted by the opportunity to spot a wide array of bird species soaring through the skies.

Mount Longonot Climbing Day Trip

Detailed Itinerary

The trip departs Nairobi at 7:30am and the journey takes approximately 1 hour 30 minutes. Your start the ascent at 2150m from the gate and like all good uphill hikes, it will lull you into a false sense of security with a slow gentle rise to the first hill.

This gives you a chance to get your lungs and limbs freed up for the second section which, in our opinion, is most awesome. At the end of each section there is a rest point for the preparation of the next part of your journey.

You start the hike from the main gate of the National Park, hiking vertically up the dormant volcano, rising over 630 meters to the rim of the crater at 2776 meters above sea level. The walk is very steep and craggy in parts and a trek encircling the rim and back to the gate is around nine kilometers.

This day trek is a good warm up to experience the conditions of a mountain trek and test your stamina for a longer trek, like Mount Kenya or Mount Kilimanjaro.

Despite setting off early to avoid the heat of the sun, by the time you reach the end of the second section you will have surely generated your own heat. This hike is not an easy hike but is achievable by people of reasonably good fitness. Once you have finished the second section, you are on the rim of the crater.

There is another respite of slightly less demanding terrain, before making the final climb on the fourth section. This again is a demanding section. As you heave yourself over the rim of the crater you are rewarded with the awesome sight of Naivasha and the Great Rift Valley and a feeling that it was all worthwhile.

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