This itinerary uses one of the gentlest ascent trail up Mount Kenya and is tailored to provide valuable acclimatization by having extra, but shorter walking days during the trek. On the way up you split the distance to the base of the peaks into 3 then skirt the high peaks in the anticlockwise direction. On the trek around the peaks you pass Hausberg col and Two-tarn and enjoy splendid views of the rocky towers, tarns and suspended glaciers of the west face of Batian peak then descend down the Teleki valley to connect the Naromoru summit trail.
Global warming effects has taken a toll on the glaciers of Mount Kenya necessitating some non technical scrambling from Austrian Camp along the rocky ridge exposed by the retarding Lewis glacier.
* Number 1 can be hired at Ksh 500 per day
* Number 2-5 can be hired at Ksh 200 per day
* Number 5 to 9 – you can carry them with you
B. Personal effects
c. Lunch on last day
This Tour Price is Based on a Per Person Sharing, in a Pop Up Safari Van and in a Double/ Twin Room/ Tent.
July 01- October 31 | Dec 23 – Jan 2
Jan 02- March 31 | April 18- Apri 21
Jun 16- June 31 | Nov 01- Dec 22
April 01- June 15
|2 people||US$ 1100||US$ 1075||US$ 1050|
|4 people||US$ 1050||US$ 1025||US$ 1000|
|6 people||US$ 1025||US$ 1000||US$ 975|
|2 people in private jeep||US$ 180.00 Per Person|
|4 people in private jeep||US$ 90.00 Per Person|
|6 people in private jeep||US$ 60.00 Per Person|
Day 1 Nairobi to Mt. Kenya(490 km – 8 hrs)
Drive from Nairobi to our base lodge on the western slopes of Mt Kenya tucked away in the Mount Kenya forest and at almost 2,000 m the acclimatization begins here. This afternoon is an inclusive walk through the forest where local natural history guide will reveal the medicinal plants, birds and animals of the forest environment as you explore the lower mountain forest while heading to the famous Mau Mau caves – an interesting hike that prepares you for the main trek.
Day 2 Mt Kenya Trekking
Short drive, crossing the equator en-route, to the Sirimon Park Gate. On completion of park entry formalities we trek up through magnificent mountain forests, bamboo and giant heather zones before reaching the high altitude moorland and our first hut, “Old Moses” at 3,340 m. This first day’s gentle trek takes 2-3 hours and ascends 740 m.
Day 3 Mt Kenya Trekking
Up the sprawling Mooreland to the spectacular Likii Valley an area of beautiful high altitude plant such as Ostrich Plum Lobelia and Cabbage Groundsel to emerge at the Likii North hut at 3990 m for camping. This is a short walking day, 3-4 hours, with an optional acclimatization hike in afternoon up onto Terere peak.
Day 4 Mt Kenya Trekking
Up the splendid Mackinder Valley trekking past peculiar looking giant groundsel and lobelia plants to arrive at Shipton’s camp at 4,236 m for the night. This is a surreal setting below the towering peaks and glaciers, with its resident populations of bizarre rock hyrax and beautiful sunbirds.
Day 5 Mt Kenya Trekking
Depart after breakfast and to ascend Hausberg col (4700 m) then descend steeply to Hausberg valley and Oblong tarns before making a further steep ascent, crossing huge boulders via Two Tarn. After a picnic lunch break descend into Teleki valley and connect the Naromoru summit trail for a steep climb on a rocky track leading to Austrian Camp for the night – 4780 m. This day’s summit circuit hike takes 5-6 hours. Climbing higher each day is excellent for acclimatization.
Day 6 Mt Kenya Trekking
Early start to reach Pt. Lenana at 4,895 m for sunrise. The climb is on frozen scree with some scrambling on the ridge of the Lewis glacier. You need a bright head torch for this. The climb takes between 1 and 2 hours and to add to the exhilaration, Kilimanjaro is usually visible on the horizon. A further 2 – 3 hours down to Makinder’s camp for a hefty breakfast. After breakfast relax the rest of the day and stretch your tired legs.
Day 7 Mt. Kenya Departure
5 hour morning trek to Naromoru park gate (2600 m) and connect with the vehicle for transfer back to Mountain Rock Lodge for lunch before the journey back to Nairobi.