5 Days 4 Nights
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.
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
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.
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
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
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