Climb Mount Kenya (4985m)
Eyes peeled for elephants, summit Kenya’s highest peak via the scenic Sirimon Route.
Jomo Kenyatta International Airport
Keen trekkers looking for a walking holiday that offers a unique experience and magnificent scenery. If you love to hike and can comfortably manage 5-7 hours of gentle hiking, this trip is for you.
This creative climb will take you via two of the most scenic routes Mount Kenya has to offer; ascending via the Sirimon Route and descending via the Chogoria route, gives you an incredibly diverse trek through rocky terrain, lush bamboo and highland forest with a fair chance of spotting some big game.
Day 1: Nairobi to Old Moses Camp
After pick-up in Nairobi at 08:00hrs, you’ll take a drive to Nanyuki town for a welcome lunch.
After lunch, you’ll continue across the equator to the Sirimon Park gate to begin your trek. Making your way through montane forest, bamboo and giant heather, you’ll arrive at your first hut in the high altitude moorland.
You’ll spend tonight at the Old Moses Camp (3300m); enjoy dinner and get to know the group ahead of a great adventure together.
3-4 hours trekking, 9km, 680m ascent
Day 2: Old Moses to Shipton Camp
After breakfast this morning, you’ll follow an uphill track, taking you to a river crossing at Ontulili River.
After making your way through moorland, you’ll cross the Liki North River before continuing uphill to the Mackinders Valley and its panoramic views up to Shipton Camp (4200m).
It is at this camp you will spend tonight; in a surreal setting, below towering peaks and glacier. Enjoy dinner around the camp-stove and get an early night ahead of a long trek tomorrow.
7 hours trekking, 14km, 900m ascent
Day 3: Summit Day
Rise early this morning for your pre-dawn attempt on the summit at 03:00. Your hike will start on frozen scree and continue on a rocky track requiring some minor scrambling.
You’ll hike for around three hours up to the highest trekking point of the mountain, Pt. Lenana (4985m). Your early start is made worthwhile as you arrive on the summit to witness the African sunrise and the vague sight of Mt Kili on the horizon adds to the exhilaration.
You’ll descend to Minto’s Hut for breakfast, before continuing to your overnight stop at Mt Kenya Bandas (2800m); a luxury night’s stay awaits you with log fires, hot showers and beds.
11-12 hours trekking, 29km, 785m ascent, 2085 descent
Day 4: Return to Nairobi.
After an early breakfast, you’ll descend on a broad track through bamboo and virgin rainforest to meet your transfer vehicle.
You’ll be transferred back to Nairobi, stopping off in Chogoria town on the way for some lunch.
You’ll arrive in Nairobi at around 17:00 for your forwarding journey home to share your experience with friends and family.
3 hours trekking
Note: This itinerary and the duration of the activities are subject to change due to group abilities and preferences, and weather conditions and forecasts.
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During the trip, you'll mountain camp in tents and sometimes stay in mountain huts at various points along the route. If you prefer to camp throughout the entire trip, just let your host know.
The mountain huts are often privately owned and offer basic dorm-style rooms shared with other hikers.
Mt. Kenya, an extinct volcano that last erupted between 2.8 to 3.2 million years ago, was gazetted a National Park in 1949 and a National Reserve in 2000 and is managed by Kenya Wildlife Service (KWS).
In the 2800 sq km of National Park and National Reserve, there are over 800 recorded plant species with 81 species being endemic to Mt. Kenya. There is also a wide variety of wildlife such as elephant, buffalo, eland, bushbuck, waterbuck, zebra, hyena, colobus monkey, white-throated guenon and common at higher altitudes, the ubiquitous Monte Kenia rock hyrax.
The elevation range is approximately 2200m to 5200m and includes several distinct vegetation zones: mixed broad-leaf forest, gallery forest, bamboo, giant heath and hagenia, moorland tussock grasses, giant senecio and lobelia and, at the uppermost elevation, rock and ice.
You will be met at Jomo Kenyatta Airport (NBO). Your transfer will meet all flights scheduled to land by 06:15 or earlier. Alternatively, you can arrange for your host to pick you up from your hotel in Nairobi. Your host will be in touch before the trip to finalise details.
You will be dropped off at Jomo Kenyatta Airport (NBO). You are free to book any flight that departs after 18:45. Alternatively, you can arrange to be taken back to your hotel in Nairobi. Your host will be in touch before the trip to finalise details.
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