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Loita Hills

Walking Routes

Loita Hills Circuit A fine "horseshoe". Easy walking over open grassy ridges with good views; a few short forest and bush sections. From the Lost Aloe Cliff camp (2240m), described in the access section above, gain a ridge one km to the south-west with a 200m ascent. Now go west-north-west for 3km with 100m of ascents. Then descend one km north-east to manyatta in a slight valley. Ascend 2km north-east to the Subugo summit (2679m), from where a ridge descends gently south-east for 4km. Steeply south-west back down to start in one km. Total time, 3-4h. No good water along the way.

Kanunka River Circuit. This route combines a forest walk with open grassy ridge walking. Cross grassy slopes east-south-east to gain a path running east-north-east to a col (2260m) in the forested line of hills due east of the start point, 45 min. Immediately beyond, ignore the main path going north-east and go down a path south-east to reach the Kanunka river in 30min (2060m), good water. Now east, up through forests (no clear paths) to a grassy ridge, 40min (2240m). Then south-south-east to waterhole, 15 min; turn north and follow good Masai cattle paths north for 3.5km, pass a waterhole on the left (45min) and 200m further on fork left onto a path which is followed down to the Kanunka, then back to the 2260m col (1h30 from second waterhole) and hence the start point. Allow 5h for the circuit.

Nguruman Escarpment The main section of this walk follows the Entosapia River and its associated riverine forests. A beautiful and spectacular area.

From the mission follow the Lenkutoto river for 2.5km (30min), to a track crossing the river (1460m); follow this south. After 3.5km (45min) the path deteriorates and contours along the base of the hills to the west on a general bearing south; the Lenkutoto with its riverine forests swings away east to drop down into the Rift Valley. In 2.5km (30 min) the path drops slightly to cross a dry river/gorge system (1460m). A short climb leads to a ridge with an isolated hillock, below and to the south-west of this hill; on the flat ridge crest, there is a major manyatta (1510m), one km, 20min. From the mission, 9.5km, say 2h15.

Paths now lead west through the valley/gorge cutting through the line of hills. In the gorge the path is just south of the stream bed (water unreliable). At the head of the gorge, where it widens (1600m), take a shallow side valley south and after 600m go up gently south-west to gain a flat, high ridge top, beyond the hill line (1660m), 4km, 1h15. The Entosapia valley can now be seen below to the west and south. Open slopes and good paths lead south and down, past small manyattas to a bushy, dry river crossing in the main valley system (1580m), 2.25km, 30min. Continue south, cross a ridge and drop gently down to a beautiful riverine forest (1570m). This is in a side valley joining the Entosapia from from west. Clear streams and good campsites, 1.75km, 30min. From the major manyatta, say 2h45.

Walk 500m south up and out of this side valley. 2km east-south-east over gentle slopes leads to the main Entosapia river valley (1500m), 1h.

From now on there are frequent good campsites (the best are on tributaries). Good animal trails lead most of the way down the Entosapia. Finding the best route can be difficult and a day should be allowed for this section which leads in a further 8km to edge of the Nguruman Escarpment where the river plunges into the Rift Valley. Onekm before the scarp, the valley is steep-sided and the river is best reached by following the south-west bank to a vehicle track, the north end of which now leads to the river by a short steep path. Fine pools and smaller waterfalls. Small campsite, 1300m. A short walk downstream leads to a point overlooking the great waterfall and the Rift Valley.

 

Regain the track and follow it south, crossing a stream after 1.5km. In another km the Orkerli river is crossed, possible campsite. After another 2km the track swings east and descends the escarpment steeply. At the bottom of the scarp the land is cultivated; ignore the good track which leads south (to the Oloibortoto) and continue for about one km along a grassy track east to an excellent dirt road and Kalema village (760m), 2h30 from Entosapia.




5 Days Loita Trekking

Mountain Cuisine: The menus for all climbs are specially prepared to provide a balanced diet of fresh fruit, vegetables, plenty of protein and carbohydrates. We have tried to choose food items that are easiest to digest at high altitude. Our cooks undergo extensive training and we have ongoing workshops to review menus. The cooks are particularly vigilant in  their hygiene practices as contracting stomach bugs is common for visitors to the developing world.

Dinners are typically a main course with vegetable and salad. Chicken and fish are served at some of the days during the climb, with pastas and rice dishes being served in the middle of the climb while up high. Lunches are often on the trail and usually consist of cold cuts and  vegetables laid out on a table so you can make your own sandwich. Fresh  hot vegetable soups are served at every meal, and packet soup is  available on request between meals as is coffee and tea. Breakfast is  your choice: granola, toast, fruit, eggs, and sometimes pancakes or French toast. While hiking some people have a favorite snack that they like; it is a good idea to bring this from home.

Fit to trek. The Machame Route is a strenuous, but not technical, climb and no mountain-climbing experience is necessary. But there's no avoiding the steep ascents and high altitudes that make robust physical fitness (and a minimum age of 16 years) a prerequisite for this trip. You'll want to consult your physician before undertaking this unforgettable adventure. Alternative independent itineraries. These include the more remote anddemanding Rongai, Shira, Umbwe and Western Breach routes - ask for details.
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