Climb Mt. Kenya


8 Day Camping Climb

Highlights: Stand on the top of Kenya and the second tallest free standing mountain in the world. Prices start at $2390.

As you climb Mount Kenya, you get a feeling of how massive this volcanic mountain once was. It is believed by geologists that Mount Kenya might have once been higher than Everest. After fierce volcanic activity, several milennia past, the mountain has lost much of its height and at 4985 meters now ranks as Africa’s second highest peak.
Though not as high as neighboring Mount Kilimanjaro, Mount Kenya is far more difficult to summit. The rocky trails are often steep, but climbers are rewarded with amazing views and an enormous feeling of accomplishment.

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2017

Season

(Single/Double Available)

Value Package

(Start on Request)

High Season Double

(July – December)

$2390 pp

(2 people min)

High Season Single

(July – December)

$3670 pp

(Single Room)

Middle Season Double

(January – June)

$2390 pp

(2 people min)

Middle Season Single

(January – June)

$3670 pp

(Single Room)

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Day
Destination
Value Package
Meal Plan**
01 Safari Park
02 Naro Moru Naro Moru River Lodge FB
03 Camp 1 Judmaier Camp FB
04 Camp 2 Likii Camp FB
05 Camp 3  Shipton’s Camp FB
06 Camp 4  Mackinder’s Camp FB
07 Naro Moru Naro Moru River Lodge FB
08 Nairobi Depart Safari Park B

**Meals are included if indicated by the following codes:

HB = Half Board – Breakfast and Dinner
FB = Full Board
FI = Fully inclusive – all meals and house beverages (generally excludes champagnes, premium spirits, liqueurs and tobacco)

B = Breakfast
L = Lunch
D = Dinner

Mount Kenya is the second highest peak in Africa and stands somewhat unjustly in the shadow of it’s taller neighbor Kilimanjaro, which lies some 320km away in the south and is visible on a clear day. Kili may see much more traffic – due to the possibility of summitting via several non-technical trekking routes and due to the sometimes dubious honor of being one of the Seven Summits – but Mount Kenya offers a wealth of excellent and diverse climbing possibilities on rock, snow and ice. Mt. Kenya is an ancient volcanic mountain much older than Mt. Kilimanjaro. It’s believed to have once reached well above 600m. What is left today is volcanic plug which erosion has fashioned into the complex jagged outline of the central peaks.

Sirmion Trek is the least used of the three main routes, but features the most gradual ascent profile and best acclimatisation options and above all the most interesting since it’s on the drier side on the mountain. The route passes through impressive Yellow-wood forests in the lower reaches and features abundant wildlife and beautiful alpine scenery higher up.

Day 01

Transfer from Jomo Kenyatta International Airport to the Safari Park Hotel.

Day 02

Early pick from the hotel and transfer to Naro Moru River lodge, arrive at the lodge in time for lunch. Afternoon at leisure. Overnight at Naro Moru River lodge in a superior room. (BLD)

Day 03

Morning spent sorting and organizing personal equipment for the mountain trek. Lunch at the Lodge before you transfer to the Sirimon Park Gate and then to the road-head at 3,300m. An easy trek in the afternoon to help acclimatization. Overnight Judmaier Camp (3300m) in the high altitude mountain tents. (BLD)

Day 04

Ascend the Sirimon Track to Likii North Valley and camp overnight in this beautiful little valley below the subsidiary peaks of Teleki and Sendeyo, two ancient parasitic vents of the main peaks. (3990m) Overnight Likii Camp. (BLD)

Day 05

Climb out of the North Valley and into the Mackinders Valley, one of the broadest valleys on the mountain, with many giant groundsels. Camp at the head of the Mackinder’s Valley, just below the main peaks of Batian and Nelion (4,300m). Overnight Shiptons Camp. (BLD)

Day 06

Alpine ascent to the highest peak, Pt. Lenana (4985m). En route up the north face little used by tourists. Four hours of stiff walking to the summit. Then descend to Teleki Valley on the opposite side of the main peaks, to Mackinder’s Camp for a good night rest (4150m.). Overnight at Mackinder’s camp. (BLD)

Day 07

Descend to the Met Station (road head) on the Naro Moru Track and back to the Lodge. Overnight at Naro Moru River lodge in a superior room. (BLD)

Day 08

After breakfast transfer to Nairobi aiming to arrive into Kenya’s bustling capital by mid day. Once in the city, you will be dropped off at the Safari Park Hotel for your day room. Early evening airport transfer for your ongoing travel arrangements. or the airport for your ongoing travel arrangements. (B)

Inclusive meals: B = Breakfast, L = Lunch, D = Dinner

US Climbers: It is highly recommended to add an extra night on the front end of the expedition as travel to East Africa is anywhere between 24 and 32 hours. Excursions can be added on the front end if so desired.