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EXPLORE MT. KENYA 5 DAYS HIKING

Created with Sketch. Naro Moru, Laikipia
3.9/5

Duration

5 Days 4 Nights

Tour Type

Daily Tour

Group Size

20 people

Languages

English, Kiswahili

Overview

Standing atop the equator in Kenya, Mt. Kenya is the second highest mountain in Africa standing at 5,199m/17,057ft high after Kilimanjaro. Enjoy the weird and wonderful flora and fauna of the mountain braced with amazing waterfalls, gorgeous valleys and lakes. The combination of snow-covered peaks, adrenaline-inducing trails, and a summit overlooking the Great Rift Valley makes Mt. Kenya the perfect destination for thrill seekers, hikers, and nature lovers.

HIGHLIGHTS

  • 5 Days Ascent
  • Awesome views

Itinerary

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DAY 1: Nairobi - Chogoria

You will be met by your guides in Nairobi and transferred to Chogoria at the edge of the bamboo forest (1,600m). Here you will have some refreshments and receive a briefing by your guides where we start our trekking through the dense bamboo forest for an acclimatization hike of about 10 km through the beautiful forest to the Mt Kenya Bandas at 2,950m. You will meet the porters and camp for the night and your evening meal served. Relax around a campfire before retiring to the sounds of the Mt. Kenya rainforest. 3hrs / 10km walk / 650m ascent

DAY 2: Chogoria to L. Ellis

Wake up to a breath taking view of the open landscapes showing off in the morning sunrise. Breakfast is served at 07.30, after which bags are packed and you leave the campsite on foot en-route to the secluded campsite at Lake Ellis at an altitude of 3,200m. You will walk through moorland and Tussock grass. The flora gets amazingly beautiful on this part of the walk, particularly when some of the other flowers are in bloom, such as the gladiolis, red hot pokers, and senecio. Relax for the remaining part of the day gazing or fishing at the lake before dinner and another early night.
3hrs / 9km / 700m ascent.

DAY 3: L. Ellis to Mintos

Wake up to a comparatively early start; you will walk around the lake, cross over a river and head over the valley, and into a ridge up the mountain for a great challenging part of the day’s hike bringing you to a staggering altitude of 4,100m. Enjoy breath taking views which abound over the Gorges Valley and back towards Ithanguni and the Northern Moorlands. Lunch is served at a little stream crossing, after which you will proceed for about an hour to the Mintos Cottage zone at 4200m and our night’s rest. The evening goes through unwinding at camp, even though a 10 minutes’ walk to the “Temple'' is well worth the exertion. This is a 150 meter vertical cliff that gets its title from the position guests regularly embrace when peering over the edge. An early night is prescribed as you prepare to summit the following day.
5 -6 hrs. / 12km / 600m ascent

DAY 4: Mintos to Pt. Lenana (Summit) – Judmier Camp

You are woken at 02.30am in the morning with a cup of tea, coffee or oats. We hike for about three hours up to Point Lenana (4,985m) , the hiker’s summit, through Simba col arriving there in time to watch the African sunrise. We descend the peak on the same route to Simba Col. Here we turn left and head on down a steep scree slope to Shipton's Camp arriving by 10am for breakfast. After breakfast, begin a 5-hour descent via Mackinder`s valley to Judamier camp (3,300m). The descent is gentle and it offers ample time to enjoy the fascinating scenery which includes the moorlands before reaching the camp. We will have an early dinner then go to bed.
11-12 hrs / 785 ascent – 1,685 descent / 24km

DAY 5: Old Moses - Sirimon Gate - Nairobi

After breakfast, pack up and start walking down the final 10 kms to Sirimon Gate. Here you will say your thanks and goodbyes to the porters after which you will board your transport to head back to Nairobi. We will have a mid-stop for lunch after a couple of hours.
Transport - Land cruiser

Included/Excluded

  • Services of a professional guide.
  • Return transport to Mt. Kenya Gate and back to Nairobi.
  • Porter services.
  • Mountain cook (s)
  • All meals during the trip.
  • Accommodations in camps/huts as per the itinerary.
  • All park entrance fees to include government taxes.
  • Clean treated water during the tour.
  • International flights
  • Visas to Kenya
  • Hotel accommodations in Nairobi before and after the trek
  • Airport Transfers
  • Activities not listed in the itinerary
  • Items of personal nature
  • Sleeping bags
  • Laundry
  • Beverages /drinks
  • Tips and gratuity
  • Any other extras not detailed in the above itinerary

Durations

Multi day

Languages

English
Kiswahili

Tour's Location

Created with Sketch. Naro Moru, Laikipia

FAQs

Trip Difficulty Rating
Moderate - hard
Meals and Accommodations
Included Meals:
4 Breakfasts
5 Lunches
4 Dinners

Accommodation Type:
4 Nights in a mountain tent
Crew and Transport
Trip Staff:
Explore mountain leader
Assistant mountain guide
Driver (s)
Porters
Cook (s)

Transport Type:
Private Tour Van / Land Cruiser
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