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Mt Kinangop + Elephant Hill

March 18, 2023 @ 4:30 am - 9:00 pm

KSh3,250 – KSh3,700

Mt Kinangop is the 2nd highest peak in the Nyandarua Ranges and is known as the toughest hiking trail among the hiking community. On this hike, you will experience two significant summits in one day.  With this hike’s 10+ hour length and its challenging terrain, it’s no wonder that it’s often referred to as “the best trail in Africa.” If this sounds like an adventure you’re looking for—if it sounds like something fun and challenging—then sign up today!


  • Indigenous Forests
  • Moorland
  • Panoramic views
  • High altitude experience
  • Bamboo forest
  • Elephant Hill Summit
  • Mt Kinangop Summit
  • Mutarakwa forest

What’s Included

  • Professional, knowledgeable, friendly guide.
  • A commitment to make the tour as exciting, challenging, informative, and full as you’d like, and as is possible in a day
  • Transportation to the trailhead and back
  • Park entry fee for citizens and residents
  • Achievement badge
  • Lets Drift power bar

What’s Not Included

  • Meals
  • Park entry fee for non-residents ($56)


0430hrs: Depart Nairobi

0730hrs: Hike brief and stretching

1130hrs: Summit Elephant Hill

0230hrs: Summit Kinangop

1800hrs: Exit from Mutarakwa and depart for Nairobi

1000hrs: Arrival at Nairobi

About this activity

Difficulty: Demanding/Challenge

Hiking Distance: 28km

Maximum altitude: 3906m

Elevation gain: 1600m

Duration: 10 hours

Trail Head: Njabini Forest Gate

Trail end: Njabini Forest Gate


Must have done at least 3 hikes in the past two months, including 1 high altitude hike.

What to bring

  1. Waterproof hiking shoes
  2. Hiking Backpack
  3. Leg gaiters
  4. Hiking pants
  5. 3L water (bring a reusable water bottle or a hydration pack)
  6. T-shirt (long sleeve polyester or/and thermal T-shirt)
  7. Fleece Jacket and a shell jacket (or a poncho for the Shell)
  8. Gloves (warm and waterproof)
  9. Hiking buff or scarf
  10. Sunglasses, sunscreen, sun protection
  11. Hat; Marvin, fleece hat, a wide-brimmed hat, etc
  12. Polyester socks (+ an extra pair or two in your backpack)
  13. Trekking pole
  14. Snacks (sandwich, trail mix (nuts), fruit salad, energy drink, warm beverage, biscuits, etc.)
  15. Personal items (ID, pocket money, hand sanitizer, facemask, phone, camera, Lighter, Pocket Knife, First aid Kit)
  16. Headlamp
  17. Change of clothes and shoes in case you get wet or muddy.

Where Do We Meet?

For group travel, we will meet up at Bata shop Hilton (opposite Kencom). The guide will be at the meet-up point.

This trip is NOT self-drive-friendly.

Our Safety Pledge

Your safety is our top priority. Our experiences are led by professional hiking guides, and well-known local guides who are well versed with the trails they are guiding. All our guides carry a First-aid Kit and have an emergency contact. If you have any further questions about safety, please contact us for more information.

Know before you go

  • The guide’s contact is available at the bottom of this page. Feel free to get in touch with any queries regarding this hike.
  • Kindly note that we do not do pickups along the way.
  • The trail is NOT suitable for kids and beginner hikers.
  • Kindly observe the COVID-19 health safety regulations.
  • You will get an email confirmation of your booking once you purchase your ticket. 

Cancellation Policy

Hikers that wish to cancel more than 48 hours before the hike will be issued a 50% refund of the total hiking fees. Those that cancel 48 hours or less to the actual date will not be refunded. No shows will not be refunded either.


  1. Hiking Gear Guide
  2. Hiking Gear Vendors
  3. Trail Difficulty Guide
  4. Trail Gallery
  5. Strava Routes
  6. Guide Bios
  7. Participation Badges
  8. Whatsapp Text Helpline
  9. Drift Shop
  10. Book a Private Drift
  11. Rate Lets Drift on Google

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March 18, 2023
4:30 am - 9:00 pm
KSh3,250 – KSh3,700
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