3 Days 2 Nights Mt. Kenya Climbing
RATES APPLY THROUGHOUT THE YEAR
Day 1: Drive to Nanyuki- Proceed to Old Moses camp (3,300 meters)
Depart from Nairobi at 0800 hours to our base lodge on the western slopes of Mt. Kenya for lunch. After lunch, a full briefing and equipment check will be done before the mountain trek begins.
We’ll meet the crew at this point, each one has a personal porter and there are extra porters for mountain equipment and food. It will take about one hour to get to the Sirimon Park Gate (2,600 meters) crossing the equator en-route.
On completion of park entry formalities, you will begin a 3-4 hour hike through forest, bamboo, rosewood and heather zones to Old Moses camp (3,300).
Today we gain 740 meters on the ascent and begin to truly acclimatize. The forest and bamboo are home to hundreds of buffaloes, elephants, bushbucks and a plethora of bird species.
Dinner and overnight at Old Moses Camp.
Day 2: Old Moses camp (3,300 meters)- Hike to Shipton’s Hut (4,236 meters)
After an early breakfast, we commence a 7-8 trek to Shipton’s camp (4,236 meters). Today’s trek will be quite long and interesting and a good test on individual fitness.
You’ll ascent close to 900 meters going up the surreal Mackinder Valley with its awe instilling vegetation of giant lobelia and groundsel, unique to equatorial African mountains.
Dinner and overnight at Shipton’s Hut (4,236 meters), just below the glaciers and jagged peaks of bare rock that surround the main summits.
Day 3: Shipton’s Hut (4,236 meters)- Hike to the Summit- Descend to Park Gate- Drive to Nairobi.
At 0300 hours, take tea and biscuits before you commence the predawn summit attempt- you’ll need a bright head torch for this. You will go up steep screes and bare rocky tracks to reach the hikers summit, Point Lenana at 4,985 meters in time for sunrise.
To add to the exhilaration, Mt. Kilimanjaro is usually visible 340 kilometers to the south on a clear day. The climb is usually tough as you have to go through frozen scree and some scramble to get to the summit is required. A good pair of hiking boots is therefore requisite.
0630 hours: Our aim is to reach the summit and experience the magical sunrise over the equator and a clear view of the majestic summit scenery at 0630 hours.
Descend back to Shipton’s camp for a hefty brunch then continue the descent to Old Moses Camp (3,340 meters) arriving in a further 4 to 5 hours. Alternatively, you could relax for the rest of the day at Shipton’s and descend on day 4.
After ascending point Lenana, we return to our base camp and then proceed down the mountain and head back to Nairobi.