Walk in Wild Places | Mt Kenya, Kenya

Mt Kenya, Kenya

Africa's 2nd highest peak via the charming Sirimon - Chogoria route

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Mount Kenya is Africa’s second highest mountain at 5,199m (17,058 feet). The twin summits of Batian (5,199m) and Nelion (5,188m) are both technical climbs. The ‘summit’ for trekkers is the non-technical peak, Point Lenana (4,985m), which offers superb views across the plains, and from where, on a clear day, Kilimanjaro can be seen. Our 10 day tour can be tailored for both climbing and non-climbing parties.

We offer two types of trips to Mt Kenya. One aimed at trekkers only and the other catering for climbers (the latter would also be suitable for trekkers who may be accompanying a climbing party, as alternative activities will be offered on the climbing days).

Our preferred trekking route starts from Sirimon Gate, includes a visit to Point Lenana (4985m) and finishes at Chogoria Gate.

Sirimon - Chogoria (9 days) Itinerary

Everything about climbing Mt Kenya is great! The scenery, the variety of plants and trees, the animals, and the cheerful people that support you on this trip: your guides, cook, and porters. There’s every chance that on your walk you may come across various species of monkeys and antelope, as well as larger animals like elephant and buffalo. You may even come across a  hyena or leopard or perhaps a lion on the lower slopes. I was surprised at the frequency with which I saw spoor of elephant, hyena, and various antelope species, as well as sightings of birds and flowers that were both familiar and new.

Day 1 – Arrive Nairobi

Arrive in Nairobi from various destinations. Meet up informally (optional) with fellow trekkers and climbers in the evening for dinner.

Day 2 – Travel to Nanyuki; with stops at Equator

If you are travelling with our transfer service, we will pick you up in Nairobi and drive you to Nanyuki, stopping for the ‘obligatory’ visit to the equator, just before we get to Nanyuki. The afternoon can be spent visiting the very active market, or relaxing.

Day 3 – Sirimon Gate to Old Moses Camp

After a leisurely breakfast and a briefing, followed by an equipment check, we travel to Sirimon Gate (2,600m), where we obtain all the necessary permits and pay our park and camping fees. We take our time trekking to Old Moses Camp (3,340m), through mountain rainforest with large Yellowwoods (Podocarpus latifolius), Camphor trees, ferns, and orchids. This area is where we are most likely to see monkeys, antelope, and birds. We may also catch sight of elephant, buffalo, zebra, and warthog. As we gain height we enter the bamboo region, with bamboo trees that can reach upwards of 10 metres. Our overnight stop is at Old Moses camp, where we’ll pitch our tents close to the lodges. (Walking time: 2-2.5hrs)

Day 4 – Old Moses to Shipton’s Camp

Following breakfast and a team checkup to ensure that everyone is okay (doctoring hotspots and blisters, etc), we start on the uphill track, through heather-covered terrain, until we cross the Ontulili River. Here the heather gives way to moorland, covered in giant groundsels and lobelias – a major attraction for scarlet-tufted sunbirds looking for nectar (also look out for alpine chats, starlings, and wagtails). We cross the Liki River before continuing uphill to Mackinders Valley from where there are panoramic views up the valley towards the main peaks. In the skies above we may spot lammergeier, verreaux eagle and augur buzzards. Dinner and overnight at Shipton Camp (4,236m), with Batian, Sendeyo and Terere towering above. (Walking time: 7-8hrs)

Day 5 – Summit circuit to Mackinder’s Camp

Start on a two-day Summit circuit. Travelling clockwise we cross Hausberg Col (4,591m) and several other high passes on our way to Mackinder’s Camp (4,250m) on the south-western side of the main peaks. (Walking time: 5-6hrs)

Day 6 – Point Lenana, descent to Halls Tarn Camp

Start early, with a trek to Austrian (Top) Hut (4,800m) and then onwards for the final part of the ascent to the top of Pt Lenana (4,985m). After we’ve taken our photos and enjoyed the views across the plains, we start the descent towards Chogoria Gate. A circuitous route will offer spectacular views across Gorges Valley and Lake Michaelson before making camp at Mintos (Halls Tarn Camp).

Day 7 – Descent to Meru Mt Kenya Bandas

A 4-6 hr walk through an ever-changing landscape, will take us down to the rainforest area and onwards to Meru Mt Kenya Lodge (better known as the Bandas, 2,950m). Hot showers await… but you may have to wait for just a tad longer while the water in the wood-fired water heater (donkey) is heated. Round off the day with a chat around a glowing fireplace (and a few cold drinks). (Walking time: 6hrs)

Day 8 – transfer to Chogoria with 4×4; mini-bus to Nairobi

After a leisurely breakfast, we board our 4×4 transport to Chogoria village, where we can stop for tea before changing to more comfortable transport back to Nairobi. Our trip ends with a celebratory dinner at the famous Carnivore restaurant where you can sample and eat a variety of meat ranging from beef to camel and ostrich. (Vegetarians will be catered for, or at the discretion of the party, an alternative venue will be visited.)

Day 9 – Start Safari - or explore Nairobi and transfer to airport

We will offer a couple of trips during the day (as required). Options may include a trip to Maasai market, Karen Blixen Museum, etc. We’ll make sure that you get to the airport on time, of if you are spending more time in the region, we will help to link you up with your further plans (e.g., Safaris, Beach Holiday in Zanzibar or Mombassa). (Note: we are able to help you organise and book these events.)

From Platberg to Kilimanjaro - via Mount Stanley, Mount Kenya, and Mont-aux-Sources

Harry describes his journey to the top of Kilimanjaro. Experiences he had, like drinking tea with a marijuana farmer. Problems with trekking organisers, like running out of food. Some observations will make you smile; others touch you emotionally. Part travel story. Part guidebook. Information for trekkers and an easy read for armchair travellers.

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Key facts

Location

Mount Kenya National Park, Kenya

Height

5,199 m / 17,058 ft

Duration

9 days ...

Tours start and end in Nairobi and last for 9 days (8 nights)
Price

Starts from US$ 2550

Group size

12 people (max) ...

(Note! This may vary for private trips where groups of 30 or more can be accommodated.)
Currency

Kenyan Shilling ...

Kes 1,000 = USD 9.41 (June 2020)
Visas

On arrival - required for most ...

Personal equipment

Purchases for personal use (including snacks and drinks), and any meals not taken with the group.

Everything else, from the moment you land, to the moment you check in to return home, is included.

Price includes all accommodation, meals (except lunches and/or dinners not taken with the group), full support of English-speaking Tour Leader, Local trekking/climbing guide, plus assistant guides, cook and porters on trek, bottled/purified water on trek, all ground transfers, permits and hut fees, rescue insurance, tips to porters (so that you don't have to worry if you are giving too much or too little; you may of course tip individuals extra for special service).

Yes! Every person joining this trip is insured against cancellation, high-altitude rescue, medical emergencies, repatriation and loss of personal equipment!


Professional advice

I'll help you plan your trip, give you advice on equipment, and get you ready to give you the best possible chance to reach the summit

Professional team

I only work with guides that I have personally climbed with; who understand local conditions, are certified first aiders, and can be relied on.

Professional support

You'll be accompanied by an experienced European leader who knows the people and the conditions, and who can help you solve problems if they arise.