5 Day Mount Kenya Trek visiting Nairobi . Sirimon . Old Moses . Shiptons . Lenana. Met Station . Nairobi 5 days/4 nights
Information on Mount Kenya: It is a UNESCO world listed site. In comparison, what Mt. Kilimanjaro offers in altitude, Mt. Kenya surpasses in beauty. It is the second highest mountain in Africa, standing @ 5199 m above sea level at point Batian. It is an ancient dormant volcano and last erupted some 3.5 million years ago.
It is one of the most scenic volcanic mountains in the world. It can be described as roughly circular, about 60 kms. across at 200mm contour. It’s main peaks rise sharply from around 4,500 m. It has rare afro alpine moorland. Lower slopes host dense tropical rainforest and a bamboo forest.
The wildlife at Mount Kenya National Park include: elephant, tree hyrax, white tailed mongoose, suni, fronted duicker, mole rat, bush buck, water buck, buffaloes, eland, lion, leopard, bushbuck, giant forest hog, the endangered bongo and rhino & over one hundred and thirty species of birds.
Activities here include: Game viewing, camping, Mountain climbing, plant naming, bird watching, hiking and cave exploration.
What to bring: Binoculars, camera, hat , sun screen, sunglasses, comfortable walking shoes, guide books, trekking poles, sleeping bags, umbrella, sandals, socks, gaiters.
Trekking tip: Ensure you regulate your pace, take it easy and always keep hydrated.
Other attractions: Volcanic cliffs, gorges, tarns, picturesque valleys, out cropped ridges and cols formed by cooling lava and subsequent glacial erosion.
- Arrival and departure transfers in Nairobi
- Use of a comfortable safari converted vehicle for the transfers.
- The transfers Nairobi /Mount Kenya/Nairobi.
- Full board during the Mount Kenya hike ( includes breakfast, lunch & dinner).
- Porters during the hike
- Services of a knowledgeable & experienced Mount Kenya Guide.
- Services of a well trained & experienced safari cook.
- Services of a courteous and experienced driver/guide.
- Mount Kenya mountaineering fees
- Bottled water during the hike.
- Rescue to a Private Hospital ( if need be)
- Hiking equipment.
- Items not mentioned as included.
- Sleeping bags.
Morning pick up from Nairobi City or the Airport for the drive to the Mount Kenya National Park. We should be at the Sirimon Park Gate by 11 am. Commence the trek, which takes you 3 to 4 hours and cover some 9 kms. This route is drier, scenic and good for beginners. As you trek today you are also taking an acclimatization hike via tropical rain forest. Overnight at the Old Moses Camp. (3,200 m). Full board
With your packed lunches hike past steep slopes towards the Shipton’s Camp. You will pass through Likii and Mackinder’s Valley. You will view giant groundsels along this route and breathtaking scenery. The hike this day takes between 6 to 8 hours and it is 17 km. Check in at Shipton’s Camp. From here you can easily view the 3 highest peaks of Batian, Nelion & Lenana. Temperatures here can reach minus 10 degrees celcius. Overnight at the Shipton’s Camp ( 4,200 metres). Full board
Spend this day for acclimatization. You can take some trekking. Overnight at Shipton's Camp. Full board
At 2 Am; wake up and take tea and some biscuits. Start the attempt on Point Lenana (4985 m); which is the highlight of our trip. Take African sunrise photos. Descend slowly to the Mackinder’s Camp (4,300 m) for breakfast. Have some rest and then continue to the Met Station (3050 m) arriving for dinner and overnight. Full board
Breakfast. Depart. Walk through the Bamboo Forest and onto the Park’s Naromoru Gate. Here, you link up with your transport for Nairobi and are dropped off at the Airport or Nairobi Hotel. Breakfast