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Trekking Mt Kenya

“Varied options to trek this breathtaking mountain without the crowds”

What is this safari about?

Rising to 5,199 meters, Mount Kenya is the second tallest mountain in Africa. The scenery surrounding this designated World Heritage Site is breath-taking!

It is pristine wilderness with lakes, tarns, glaciers, dense forest, mineral springs and a selection of rare and endangered species of animals, high altitude adapted plains game and unique montane and alpine vegetation. Visitors can enjoy mountain climbing, camping and caving with the mountain’s rugged glacier-clad peaks providing the perfect backdrop.

The mountain is an awe-inspiring sight. Its ragged series of peaks are crowned with snow, and its slopes are thick with forest. The mountain is best seen at dawn, when the days early light silhouettes its impressive summit high over the surrounding plains. It is said that when Mt Kenya erupted, millions of years ago, that all the debris was deposited on the northern side. The result is less forest on the northern slopes and the ground is also very porous. There is also a wildlife corridor providing a wildlife access to the Mt Kenya National Park, therefore there is a high chance of seeing some wildlife, particularly zebra and eland.

Mt Kenya has 5 points from where one can ascend and descend. Trekking can be done as day treks, or multiple day treks from 4 to 6 days. The itineraries can be adapted to be more scenic walks or trekking to summit Point Lenana. There are 3 levels of service available depending on the budget and the experience of individual groups. Some groups want to be looked after in luxury, whilst some groups are looking to be more self-sufficient. VIP is the luxury service, whilst there is also a mid-service and a hut-to-hut budget experience.

The Timau Crater 1-day trek provides guests with the opportunity to have glimpse at what Mt Kenya is all about. The short trek to the crater illustrates how stunning Mt Kenya is, it also shows how big and diverse the area is. The trek starts up the Timau route, to the north of Mt Kenya, to the stunning crater.

The 5-day hut-to-hut Sirimon route is the most popular route on Mt Kenya due to the easy access to hut accommodation. The beauty of the Sirimon route is on day two as the group reaches the Mackinder’s valley and the main peaks come in to view. The scene at Shipton’s hut is also very impressive with the massif towers above. Hut-to-hut is designed for the budget traveller or those looking for a more self-sufficient mountain experience. You will be provided with a guide, limited porter team and all meals for the duration of the expedition.

The 6-day tented Chogoria route approaches Mount Kenya on the Eastern side via Chogoria town. It is much quieter on this side compared to the busy western slopes. The route is longer and more gradual which is perfect for acclimatisation over a great 6-day trek. The scenery is so stunning on this route and it has a fantastic charm as it brings a feeling of solitude and peace into a magnificent mountain hike. This route brings to life some of the most beautiful and scenic sites on the mountain, the trek passes two of the most iconic lakes on Mount Kenya, Lake Ellis and Lake Michaelson. Lake Michaelson is set at the head of the Gorges Valley surrounded by 200m rock walls on each side that make up the Temple.

The lakes are regularly stocked with Rainbow and Brown trout, providing a unique opportunity for the avid fly fisherman and it is also an amazing place to camp and relax after a long days trekking.

The Chogoria route is also your best chance to see wildlife and birdlife whilst on Mount Kenya, some at higher altitudes than expected. Buffalo and elephant are regularly seen just above the forest and bamboo zones, and an abundance of zebra, eland, duiker at higher altitudes.

Who can go?

Due to the availability of short and longer treks, Mt Kenya can be experienced by anybody able to walk for a number of hours! A minimum age of 7 years is however recommended.

For the more technical climbers there are also two ‘technical summits’ available. These guests will have to be versed in GRADE V (or European HARD SERVER) technical climbing. This means climbers will be required to use ropes, sitting harness, carabinars, 3/4 locking binners, sewn cowtail (for anchoring) boots, crampons, ice axe, and helmets.

Why is this special?

  • The most scenic mountain of them all!
  • Far less climbers than on Kilimanjaro.
  • Varied trekking options from day trips to multiple days summiting Pt Lenana.
  • Close to the safari town of Nanyuki for overnight stays pre trek.
  • Works well with fantastic safaris in Laikipia!

Where is this?

Mount Kenya is located in the former eastern and central provinces of Kenya, about 16 kilometres south of the equator around 150 kilometres north-northeast of the Nairobi. The town of Nanyuki, the safari capital of northern Kenya, is almost at the foot of the mountain.

There are daily flights to Nanyuki from Nairobi, as well as private roads transfers, or bus transfers.

What should I expect to pay?

Based on 4 guests a 4-day trek starts from USD 850 per person sharing and the 6-day trek from USD 1250 per person sharing.

What Extensions do you recommend?

A safari extension to the nearby private conservancies of Laikipia, such as Lewa makes a lot of sense! There are some owner operated camps here such as Lewa House, which is just an awesome safari experience.

The Masai Mara is a short flight away and Kicheche Bush Camp is our favourite camp there!

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