Mount Kenya Climbing and trekking expedition trips
Mount Kenya history and Climbing.
Mount Kenya is Africa's second highest mountain at 5,199m and the highest of all Kenya Mountains. Mount Kenya climbing is also famous after Mount Kilimanjaro in Tanzania.
Mount Kenya trek is roughly circular, about 60km across at the 200mm contour, where the steep font hills rise out of the gentler slopes of the centered highlands of Mount Kenya. At the centre of the massif, the main peaks rise sharply from around 4,500m to the main summit of Batian 5,199m, Nelion 5,188m and point Lenana 4,985m. Other major summits on the mountain include Point Piggott 4,957m, Point Dutton 4,885 and Point John 4,883m. Of the three main peaks (Batian, Lenana and Nelion), only point Lenana can be reached by trekkers and the other two being only for technical climbers.
After the Mount Kenya cultivated farmlands on the lower slopes the trails pass through the rain forest, rich in trees of many species but noticeably camphors, then onto a bamboo zone growing to heights of more than 12m or more up through open moor land before reaching the moonscape of higher slopes. The Mount Kenya forests are rich in wildlife including elephant, buffalo and monkeys with even the moor lands offering a long list of mammals including the rock hyrax, the nearest living relative of the elephant.
Mt. Kenya hiking 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.
When to Trek Mount Kenya & Climb Mt Kenya
Although, Mount Kenya can be climbed all year round, it's safest to climb Mt. Kenya during the dry seasons: January-February and August to September off the most reliably fine weather. The main Mount Kenya climbing routes are likely to be more crowded at this time of the year. If you favor complete solitude over the sunny skies, try going slightly off the peak season. Itâ€™s best to avoid the two rainy seasons from mid March until June and from late October to the end of December.
Mount Kenya climbing Routes/Itineraries:
There are three main Mt Kenya trekking routes, which penetrate the forest and the moorland. The Mount Kenya Climbing routes are Naromoru Route trek, Sirimon Route hiking and Chogoria Route walking and each of which has something different to offer. Mount Kenya Naromoru Route is the fastest route to point Lenana but not as scenic as the other two. Mt Kenya Trekking through Chogoria Route hike is the most scenic and Mt Kenya hiking Sirimon Route the most interesting because it is on the drier side of Mount Mount Kenya.
CHOGORIA SIRIMON 6 DAYS TRIP- MOUNT KENYA CLIMBING TRIP
This is by far the most scenic and interesting route through the forests and moorland areas of Mount Kenya national park. It is reached from the Chogoria village area, on the east side of the park From Chogoria village you take a direct route up the road leading to the Meru Mount Kenya Bandas lodge where you can enjoy hot showers, a kitchen, bedroom, small lounge & a log fire. You also get to see the spectacular Gorges valley, the temples, lakes, Mushroom rocks, the Giant billiards table and the high peaks.
We collect you from your hotel at about 0800. It's then about 3 1/2 hours from Nairobi to where we collect the porters and guides, (as required). Then into the Mt. Kenya forest for the 22 km drive to the Park Gate at 2,850m. Dependent on road conditions, these 22 km have been known to take all afternoon to do and in really wet conditions it is possible that the top four or five km may be impassable. Night, dependent on clients wishes, at the Meru Mt Kenya Banda's or at road head, a further 7 km from the Park Gate.
After breakfast and sorting of porter loads we set off up the mountain at a nice and easy pace . A slightly longer walk via Lake Ellis gives scenic views of Mugi, Ithanguni and the Giants Billiards Table, whilst if we follow the river near road head, upstream for about 3 km, the foreground scenery and flora is particularly beautiful. Lunch on the banks of a stream, then it's time to cut up the left hand hillside to our camp at about 3,600m, well away from any of the more "touristy" areas.
From our moorland campsite, we continue to move up through the last of the giant heather an into tussock grass zone. As this area of the mountain is still off the beaten track, there are no paths to follow, and on each trip we vary the area we walk across. After about an hour, traverse left and join a ridge (slight path to follow) and join the normal Chogoria route to Minto's Hut after about 4 hour walking. Lunch at a small stream crossing then 45 min on to a camp near Minto's Hut and next to one of the Hall Tarns. Very short afternoon walk over to superb views across to "The Temple" and down to Lake Michaelson.
Gently up the valley for about 2 km. It's then steeple up for about 45 min (on scree slopes) to Lower Simba Tarn. Another short scree slope to the ridge left of the col. before dropping down the other side towards Kami Hut for lunch. Up to Hausberg col. followed by another long descent to Oblong Tarn and yet another ascent to the Eastern Terminal before contouring around the slopes to our camp by Nanyuki Tarn. In clear weather this day walk is quite spectacular, particularly the afternoon section. Total time required for this days walk is about 6 hours.
Up early (about 0500). Across to Two Tarn Hut, and on down to the "American Camp" before ascending on the usual Naro Moru tourists route to the Austrian Hut and a further 45 min onwards to Pt Lenana. Takes about 3 1/2 hours in all, and hopefully we get to Pt. Lenana before the clouds have started to roll in. Photographs, then it's time to start on down to the road head Chogoria by the usual tourist path up. Alternatively we descend via Kami Hut into the Mackinder Valley. Night at roadhead Sirimon (about 4 hours from Pt Lenana).
Return to Nairobi at your leisure (5 hour drive).
The Price is 880 US $ per person.
Included in the price:
-We guarantee price and trek on confirmation
-Nairobi return airport transfers
-Transfer to and from Nairobi
-Full board accommodation on the trek.
-Meals as described - B=Breakfast, L=Lunch and D=Dinner
-Accommodations in camps/huts as per the itinerary
-All park entrance fees to include government taxes
-1 night at the base town of Nanyuki
-4 nights on Mount Kenya in huts
-Service of an experienced English speaking professional Mountain guide with several years of successful climb.
-Service of porters and skilled cook on the mountain
-Success rate of over 90%
-The tour to start and finish Nairobi
-Treated water on the trek
-Mount Kenya Climb certificate for successful trekkers
-Laundry, tips, sleeping bags, drinks, accommodation before and after the trek and climbing gears
-Visas to Kenya
-Items of personal nature
-Any other extras not detailed in the above itinerary
Other routes/trekking itineraries are available for climb on request.
Chogoria - Chogoria route (4 days)
Sirimon - Sirimon Route (5 days)
Naro Moru Route (5 days)
Sirimon - Chogoria (5 day)
Burguret - Chogoria Traverse (7 days)
Timau Trek (7 days)
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