Mt Longonot 1 Day Hiking Trip – Nairobi Day Hike

Nairobi Hiking Day Trip: Mt Longonot One (1) Day Hiking trip is a one day hike tour to the mountain. The 1 day Nairobi hike trip is very popular to see the crater at the top. Mt Longonot is a dormant volcanic mountain standing at 2780m above sea level at the highest point on the crater rim. The crater mountain is located some 68km from the Nairobi capital city within very easy access to people looking for a hiking day trip.

mount-longonot-hiking-trip1 Day Mt Longonot Hiking Trip from Nairobi

Mt Longonot is a very popular destination for people looking for an active getaway on a weekend to climb this steep mountain. The Longonot hiking tour starts at 7:00am from Nairobi and gets to the park at 8:30am for the start of the climb. You will be picked from your hotel early and drive north west towards the Great Rift Valley. You will start the descent into the rift valley floor on the eastern escarpment and get to Mt Longonot.

Mt Longonot Day Hike Trail and Route

The Mt Longonot Day hike starts at the gate and you can ask for a paid mountain guide especially if you intend to go round the crater rim which is a very narrow track around the crater. The hike starts with a slight slope up through a dry land forest zone which gives way to shorter vegetation and dusty volcanic soil. The ridges are sharp and in some places very steep especially the last ascent to the crater rim.

mt longonot climbThe park has provided some wooden benches at rest stops where you can relax for a few minutes before continuing the ascent. Beware of buffalos on the way up. You are adviced to make noises as you ascend to make sure any animals move away from your path.

Lunch at the Longonot Crater Rim on A Hike

You will carry your picnic lunch and have a lunch break in one of the rest stops at the rim of the crater as you look down into the ever green crater floor below. You can opt to go round the crater rim which takes longer at about 5-6 hours from ascent to descent to the gate. The distance from gate to the top of Longonot crater rim is 3.1km and distance around the crater is 7.2 km.

You can combine your hike up Mt Longonot with a visit to Lake Naivasha for boating trip in the lake to see the hippos at close range and the many birds including the diving fish eagle.

 

Mt Longonot 1 Day Hiking trip Itinerary

7:00am: Depart Nairobi for Mt Longonot mountain climb with a stopover at the rift valley eastern escarpment

7:45am: Stop over at the Great Rift Valley View Point

8:30am: Arrival and start of the Mt Longonot day hike trip

12:30am: Lunch at the crater rim

2:30pm: Descend to the gate and exit

3:00pm: Drive to Lake Naivasha for a boat ride

4:00pm: Depart Lake Naivasha for Nairobi and end of trip

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