Adventures / Summit Fever

Climb Mount Kenya (4985m)

Trek your way up Africa's second highest mountain via the scenic Sirimon route

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Adventures / Summit Fever

Climb Mount Kenya (4985m)

Trek your way up Africa's second highest mountain via the scenic Sirimon route

DURATION

8 nights

LOCATION

Kenya

ANNUAL LEAVE

6 days off work

SEASON

Dec-Mar, Jul-Oct

GROUP SIZE

Up to 14 people

MEETING POINT

Nairobi International Airport

ACCOMMODATION

Glamping · Lodge · Campsite · Cabin

DIFFICULTY

Challenging

All you need is a reasonable level of fitness and a determined mindset

Summit at Point Lenana and be rewarded with the sunrise of a lifetime and views across the plains of Kenya

Traverse four ecosystems, from bamboo forests and alpine floral meadows to barren rock and lunar landscapes

Eyes peeled for elephant, buffalo, zebra, monkeys and higher up, the ubiquitous Mount Kenya rock hyrax

This trip is brand new

We’re still waiting to collect any reviews from other travellers on this trip. However, all our hosts go through an extensive vetting process to ensure that your adventure is awesome.

Included

Guides

Local, certified guide and support team

Accommodation

4 nights camping, 2 nights glamping, 1 in a cabin and 1 in a lodge

Meals

Munch on tasty food throughout

Transfers

To and from the airport and everything in-between

Porterage

A porter will carry your overnight luggage on the trek

Permits

All permits, taxes and licenses

Equipment

All your camping gear

Not Included

Flights to and from the meeting point

Travel insurance

Tips for your guides

Some equipment

Personal expenses

The Area

map

Logistics

Starts

Jomo Kenyatta International Airport, Nairobi

Anytime on Day 1

Ends

Jomo Kenyatta International Airport, Nairobi

Anytime on Day 9

Transfers

Your adventure begins at Jomo Kenyatta International Airport (NBO) where your guide will be waiting for you in the arrivals area. Alternatively, if you’re already in Kenya, your host can arrange a pick-up from any point upon request (not included). On the final day, your host will transfer you from Nairobi back to Jomo Kenyatta International Airport (NBO), for any flight departing that day.

Travel options

There are frequent flights to Nairobi (NBO) from major airports across the UK, Europe and US.

Day 1

Glamping · Twin tent

Breakfast

Lunch

Dinner

Day 2

Lodge · Twin share

Breakfast

Lunch

Dinner

Day 3 – Day 6

Campsite · Twin tent

Breakfast

Lunch

Dinner

Day 7

Cabin · Twin share

Breakfast

Lunch

Dinner

Day 8

Glamping · Twin tent

Breakfast

Lunch

Dinner

Day 9

Departure day

Breakfast

Lunch

Dinner

What is the food like?

Throughout your trip, a team of experienced chefs will cook and serve you nutritious meals. Breakfast will usually be a combination of fruit, cereal, porridge, eggs, bread, French toast, pancakes, sausage, bacon, tea, coffee and hot chocolate. Lunch will be a mix of vegetables, fruit, boiled eggs, meat cutlets, various sandwiches (egg/cheese/tomato/tuna/meat/peanut butter), macaroni and meat sauce and bread. Dinner, meanwhile, will usually consist of soup, bread, salads, rice, pasta, potatoes, roast or fried chicken, beef or fish, curry, mixed vegetables, lentils, fruit salad and fruit with custard.

Vegetarians, vegans and other dietary requirements and allergies can be catered for - please just request on your passenger info form.

What is the accommodation like?

Nairobi

You'll spend your first and last nights in a twin-share safari tent at the Wildebeest Camp, an oasis in Nairobi. Conveniently positioned in beautiful Langata, you can enjoy the peaceful tropical gardens, which are home to hundreds of varieties of plants and birds, while still being close to shops, markets and restaurants.

Large, spacious and luxurious, these deluxe tents are a unique 'under-canvas' experience and a nice change to a regular hotel room. They are equipped with all the expected modern conveniences, including ensuite bathroom with solar-hot showers, basin and flush toilets – as well as 240v electricity.

Nanyuki

You’ll spend a night in a twin-share room at the Aberdare Cottage and Lodge, Nanyuki. The property is located in the heart of the woodland savannah on the slopes of Mt Kenya. These cozy cottages promise comfort & serenity and the rooms have full ensuite with toilet, shower and bath and toiletries. The property also features a restaurant, outdoor swimming pool and provides a shared lounge and garden for relaxing and wildlife watching. After a good night sleep wake up to the wonderful sounds of singing birds and a breathtaking sunrise from the slopes of Mt. Kenya.

On the mountain

During the trek, you will camp at a number of sites along the Sirimon route in a twin-share tent.

Meru Bandas

You’ll stay in a twin-share room at the Meru Bandas cabins, operated by Kenya Wildlife Service. Each cabin (banda) provides beds with clean sheets, blankets and towels. Hot water showers and a roaring fire are easily organised. A great variety of wildlife can be seen in the vicinity of the bandas, especially buffalo, elephants, bucks, antelopes and monkeys.

Upgrades

For solo travellers wanting their own space, there is the option to upgrade to a private room and tent throughout if you would like to do so. This is subject to availability and on some nights single rooms are limited so please request when you book if you would like to arrange this. See Optional Extras for prices.

Day 1

Karibu to Kenya

Your host will meet you at Nairobi Airport and transfer you to your accommodation. The rest of the day and evening are free to explore the city, depending on your arrival time. Retire for an early night so you're ready for tomorrow’s adventure.

Day 2

Slopes of Mount Kenya

Driving

4hrs

Wildlife Watching

1hr

After breakfast, you'll settle into the van for a road trip bound for the slopes of Mount Kenya - the starting point for your trekking adventure. Once settled into the lodge, stretch your legs with a walk exploring the local farms and villages of the Kikuyu. After a delicious dinner wander through the forest with a local natural history expert and learn about the medicinal plants, birds and animals found in this area before calling it a night.

Day 3

Old Moses Camp

Hiking

3-4hrs · 9km · 900m up

After a briefing and equipment check, you'll take a short drive past the equator to the Sirimon Park Gate in Mount Kenya National Park, where your trek will begin. For your ascent of Mt Kenya, you'll take the Sirimon route, one of the longest, gentlest and most spectacular on the mountain. You'll pass through zones of dense forest, keeping an eye out for baboons and bushbuck. You'll hike through bamboo, giant heather zones and out onto high open moorland before reaching your campsite, where you'll settle in for the night.

Day 4

Shiptons Camp

Hiking

6-7hrs · 17kms · 900m up · 110m down

Fuel up on an early breakfast before setting off across the alpine heath and moorland and traversing around a couple of streams and ridges before dropping into the MacKinder Valley. You'll have a hot lunch under a cave-like outcrop before continuing up the valley towards the main peaks. There is a short steeper section as you pass Shipton's Cave and then another as you arrive at Shipton's Camp, your base for the next two nights.

Day 5

Acclimatisation day

Hiking

3-4hrs · 500m up · 500m down

Spend the day acclimatising as you explore the summit circuit trail up to the Hausberg (4,600m) and enjoy panoramic views of peaks Batian (5,199m) and Nelion (5,188m) and then descend back to your overnight camp at Shiptons. Have an early dinner, get yourself ready for the summit push in the morning and get some sleep. Nearly there!

Day 6

Summit day (4,985m)

Hiking

11-12hrs · 20km · 785m up · 1685m down

Set off in the very early hours and begin the most physically and mentally challenging part of the trek, with the sole mission of getting to the summit point of Lenana Peak (4,985m) and possibly your greatest trekking accomplishment. After a rest, descend to the Mintos hut campsite for a well-earned breakfast before continuing your descent down the mountain to the final campsite where you'll have dinner and a good night’s rest.

Day 7

Final descent

Hiking

2hrs · 9km · 350m down

Wildlife Watching

2hrs

After a good night's sleep, continue your descent through the forest zone to the Meru Bandas cabins, run by Kenya Wildlife Service and where you can enjoy a hot shower and cold beer to celebrate your amazing accomplishment. Spend the afternoon wildlife watching, keeping your eyes peeled for large herds of elephants and buffalo wandering around the area. Continue the celebration over dinner with the rest of your team and receive your summit certificate, you've earned it.

Day 8

Journey back to Nairobi

Driving

6-7hrs · 220km

After breakfast, you'll start your journey by 4WD to the small town of Chogoria. Once here it's time to switch vehicles and say goodbye to the bumpy dirt roads for the final push back to Nairobi, the last stop on your Mount Kenya adventure. Celebrate your achievement in town over a few well-deserved local beers.

Day 9

Goodbye Kenya

Enjoy a relaxed breakfast to mark the end of a remarkable trip and then head back to the airport or continue your adventure in Kenya.

15% Off Outdoor Gear

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What's included?

  • All camping equipment
  • Dining tents with a solar light
  • All cooking equipment

What do I need to bring?

BAGS
Soft duffel bag or rucksack (porters to carry your equipment)
Daypack (25+ litres)

CLOTHES
Waterproof jacket
Lightweight down jacket
Waterproof trousers
Breathable wicking layers
Thermals (top and bottom, merino ideal)
Fleece or warm mid-layer
Lightweight trousers/shorts/skirts
T-shirts
Underwear & socks
Sunglasses
Sunhat
Winter hat
Gloves
Something to sleep in
Waterproof hiking boots (worn-in)

OTHER
Sleeping bag - warm, four season rated
Sleeping bag liner, for added warmth (optional)
Universal travel plug adapter
Power bank or solar charger
Passports (and visas)
Travel Insurance documents
Earplugs
Insect repellant
Suncream
Personal first-aid kit (inc. blister treatment)
Quick-dry towel
Alcohol hand-gel
Headtorch or torch
Reusable water bottle (x1 litre)
Biodegradable wet-wipes
Energy bars and snacks
Water purification tablets/treatment system
Trekking poles (highly recommended)

Pre/Post-trip accommodation in Nairobi (Single, Twin/Double)

Payable Before Departure

Pre/Post-trip accommodation in Nairobi (Single, Twin/Double)

Per Night

Optional Private Room Upgrade

Payable Before Departure

Optional Private Room Upgrade

Per Person

We've crunched the numbers to work out the total carbon footprint of this trip, and plant enough trees to suck 2x as much back out the atmosphere.

What's the number?
It works out on average at 197kg of CO2 emissions per person, including all local transport, accommodation, food, activities, guides, staff and office operations.

The only thing it doesn’t include right now is flights and travel to the destination. We do make an overall estimate across all our customers separately, but as we don’t book flights, have customers from all corners of the world, and no way of reliably knowing their travel plans, we simply can’t include an individual number in the figure on display here. We’ve got a goal for 2022 to fix that, so that when you book, there is a way to measure and mitigate the carbon emitted by your flight too.

But what does the number mean?
Yep, hard to picture eh? To give you an idea:

  • Driving 1000miles/1609km would be approx. 281kg of CO2 in an average car (or 140.5kg per person if there was 2 of you in it).
  • A return economy class flight London - New York would be approx. 1,619kg (1.66 tonnes) per person.
  • 10 trees in a temperate forest are estimated to remove approx. 250kg of CO2 from the air in a period of 5-10 years.

What are we doing about it?
Our trips are relatively low-carbon by design, and we're working with all our hosts to develop long term carbon reduction plans. For every person booked with us since 2016 we’re planting enough trees to suck at least 2x more carbon out the atmosphere than is emitted by their trips. All native trees, as part of amazing projects that are re-foresting degraded land, tackling the biodiversity crisis and supporting local communities at the same time. We go further than that too, also funding re-wilding projects worldwide to help protect important keystone species from extinction. See the reforestation and re-wilding schemes we support. See our carbon action plan.

Want to know more?
Amazingly, no international travel company has ever publicly published their carbon measurements before, as far as we know. We believe that must change, quickly. So we’re openly sharing the method we used in the hope that other companies will be able to more easily follow suit and build on what we've done so far. You'll find it all here.

Mount Kenya isn’t a technical climb and anyone with reasonable fitness should be capable of summiting it as long as they are prepared and determined. The main challenge is the high altitude, therefore a slow pace is recommended when ascending.

Sure can! Over 50% of our travellers travel solo, it’s a great way to meet like-minded people.

Guides have been extensively trained on the routes, terrain and conditions you'll be crossing. With over 10 years experience, they have also been to the summit more than 100 times. Additionally, all of the guides are certified First Aid Responders and CPR trained.

It's possible to climb Mt. Kenya all year round, however, the months outside of the rainy seasons are more desirable. The best climbing months are from December to March and July to October. The best weather is usually at the beginning of the year from January to March, which are also typically the warmest and driest months.

The mountain has three main summits - Batian (5199m), Nelion (5188m), and Point Lenana (4985m). Point Lenana is known as the 'trekkers summit' as is the only peak that is accessible without previous mountaineering experience. Both Bastian and Nelion summits involve multi-pitch trad rock climbing and are highly technical summits.

Thanks to Kenya’s proximity to the equator, the region doesn’t typically experience the extremes of winter and summer weather you might expect and instead has dry and wet seasons. The local weather conditions on Mt. Kenya can be somewhat unpredictable (to say the least) and rainfall varies from 2100mm per year in the rainforest belt to less than 120mm per year in the summit zone. Temperatures vary considerably with height and with time of day. On the plains surrounding Mount Kenya the average day temperature is about 25°C. At 3000m frosts can be encountered at night while day temperatures range from 5 to 15°C. Night time temperatures on the summit are well below freezing. The south-facing side of Mount Kenya receives more sunshine in the December to March period.

Yes, your host has long been campaigning for more responsible policies towards the employment of local people, including porters, and sharing the benefits of tourism more fairly with local communities. Your host ensures porters receive fair pay and ethical treatment.

Tips are not included in the trip cost, however, we would suggest the following per guest;

Guide: $15-20 per day Cook: $10 per day Porters: $10 per day

These are entirely at your discretion but the norm in Kenyan culture means there is an expectation to tip for good service.

When you trek in the mountains, there's always the risk of getting altitude sickness, regardless of how old, young, fit or unfit you are. We would expect most trekkers to feel some mild symptoms of altitude sickness (headache, sleeplessness, heavy breathing) when over 3500m. Our guides are trained to identify the symptoms of altitude sickness so if any more serious symptoms are noted, there is a strict procedure regarding extra care or a rapid descent if needed.

All of our trips have been designed with altitude best practice in mind so acclimatisation days have been built in and our experienced guides follow advice to ‘walk high and sleep low’.

There is a limit to the weight that the porters can carry and your kitbag must be no heavier than 20kg. You will also have a rucksack to hold your basic kit for the day. If you wish to bring more than 20kg it is best to arrange another bag and an extra porter charge will apply.

You can securely leave any excess luggage at your host's base before setting off on the trek.

We recommend checking out the country specific information here and also talking to a travel nurse.

For current advice about travelling in Kenya, have a read of the UK Foreign Office pages here.

No plastic bottles are allowed on Mount Kenya. Your guides will supply you with purified drinking water, either by boiling, filtration, or use of purification tablets. You should drink 4 to 6 litres of fluids per day.

Our recommended travel insurance provider is Campbell Irvine.

Travel insurance is compulsory on all of our adventures. Your insurance should include adequate protection for overseas medical treatment, evacuation/repatriation, your baggage and equipment and the specific activities involved on your adventure.

Your insurance policy should also include specific Covid-19 cover, including cancellation and curtailment cover if you, your travel companion or a close relative are diagnosed with Covid-19.

We fully endorse Campbell Irvine as their insurance offers all of the above, so get in touch with them or call on 020 7938 1734 to get your insurance sorted. We suggest that you book travel insurance as soon as you book your adventure, just to cover you for any last minute life changes. We know you’re an active lot and injuries do happen!

We automatically convert prices from the local currency that a host receives to your chosen currency. We update our exchange rates on a daily basis so this does mean that prices displayed on the site are subject to currency fluctuations, which is why you may see them change over time.

If you wish to change the currency you pay in, head to the bottom of the page.

All of our group adventures are specially designed for adults to enjoy (18+) as we want these adventures to bring together outdoorsy people who are truly like-minded. Children can be accommodated on some private departures.

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