Enjoy one of the Africa's most iconic treks by hiking to the summit of the second highest mountain on the continent, Mount Kenya. This beautiful trek will take you through five distinct ecological zones, making each day a new visual feast; from the lush rainforest, to strange semi-desert landscapes and right up into the Arctic zone where you will view the remnants of mighty glaciers. You will ascend via the Sirimon route on the north west of the mountain to Point Lenana, and descend via the Naro Moru route on the south west side of the mountain. The Sirimon route is considered one of the best for acclimatisation, due to its relatively gradual altitude gain and therefore your chance of success in reaching the summit is good. Subject to weather conditions you will be treated to stunning views of glaciers, rugged volcanic boulders, sparkling lakes, indigenous flora and the jagged, icy summit of Mount Kenya.
The Conservation Experience
Born Free works tirelessly to ensure that all wild animals, whether living in captivity or in the wild, are treated with compassion and respect and are able to live their lives according to their needs. As a leading wildlife charity, Born Free opposes the exploitation of wild animals in captivity and campaign to keep them where they belong - in the wild. The charity promotes Compassionate Conservation to enhance the survival of threatened species in the wild and protect natural habitats while respecting the needs and safeguarding the welfare of individual animals. During the trip we will be visiting the conservation projects you are raising funds for, including a visit to Mount Kenya Trust's elephant corridor and tree planting sites.
Day 1 (Saturday 3 October): London - Nairobi
Fly from London to Nairobi on an overnight flight. Meals: None.
Day 2 (Sunday 4 October): Nairobi
On arrival, transfer to your hotel in Nairobi where you can relax and settle in before a briefing and welcome dinner tonight. Meals: Dinner.
Day 3 (Monday 5 October): Nairobi - Mountain Rock Bantu Campsite (2,700m)
We set off from the hotel early this morning, stopping en route for lunch. We reach our campsite early this afternoon and settle in before taking a short walk (9km / 3 hours) to the Mau Mau cave. The Mau Mau Cave was used by Kenyan freedom fighters as a hideout from British soldiers during the Mau Mau Uprising of 1952 to 1960. This pleasant walk through wild bushes and indigenous trees is located at the foothills of Mt Kenya and open out to a beautiful waterfall and Burguret River. The area is also home to baboons, Colobus monkeys and other species. After exploring the area we return to camp for dinner. Meals: Breakfast, lunch, dinner.
Day 4 (Tuesday 6 October): Mountain Rock Bantu Campsite - Sirimon Gate - Old Moses (3,400m)
After breakfast we take a short drive (approx. 1 hour) to Sirimon gate (2,650m) where we register and commence our trek. From the gate the trail winds uphill though a sparse forest which becomes heathland after about 3 hours. After another hour or two of trekking we arrive at Old Moses camp (3,400m) for dinner and overnight in a mountain hut. Trekking approx. 4-5 hours, 9km, +750m ascent. Meals: B, L, D.
Day 5 (Wednesday 7 October): Old Moses (3,400m) - Shiptons Camp (4,200m)
After breakfast we begin the trek through heathland following the trail uphill and across the Ontulili River. From here we progress into the moorland, and pass Liki North River located on the floor of a glacial valley. We continue uphill and into Mackinder's Valley and, if the weather is clear, we enjoy spectacular views up the valley towards the main peaks right below Batian and Nelion. Today we will see the changing mountain vegetation including giant lobelia and groundsel. We arrive at Shiptons Camp where once again we stay in mountain huts. Here you are quite likely to spot a rock hyrax, a small fur-covered mammal, which is a very distant relative of the elephant! Trekking approx. 8hrs, 14km, +900m ascent. Meals: B, L, D.
Day 6 (Thursday 8 October): Shiptons Camp - Point Lenana (4,985m) - Met Station Camp
It's a very early start this morning (approx. 2am) as we set out to reach our goal of Point Lenana, the third highest peak of Mount Kenya. The climb starts on frozen scree and continues on a rocky track with some minor scrambling. Weather permitting we will enjoy spectacular views of Mt. Kilimanjaro to the south on the horizon. The trek to Point Lenana, 4985m takes approx. 4-5 hours and as the sun rises at around 6am we enjoy the spectacular view before dropping down the ridge of Lenana on the Naro Moru route and trek to Austrian Hut which is about 1 hour below the summit. The ridge is initially quite narrow in sections and we take our time as there will be some minor scrambling but it gets broader as we approach Austrian Hut. From Austrian Hut we continue down to Mackinder's Camp (4,160m) for brunch and a chance to relax before continuing our descent down the Teleki Valley via the infamous 'Vertical Bog' to reach Met Station (3,050m) where we stay in mountain huts overnight. The entire descent takes approx. 7 hours. Trekking approx. 11-13hrs, 18km, +785m ascent, -1935m descent. Meals: B, L, D.
Day 7 (Friday 9 October): Station Banda - Nanyuki
After an early breakfast we descend for 2-3 hours through the rain forest to Naro Moru Park Gate (2500m), where our vehicle awaits to take us to Nanyuki for a well-deserved rest and shower. This afternoon we will transfer to the Mount Kenya Trust where we will have a briefing on the activities to come. Trekking approx. 2-3hrs, 10km, -550m descent. Meals: B, L, D.
Day 8 (Saturday 10 October): Nanyuki
We will enjoy a full day of conservation activities with Mount Kenya Trust on a range of activities, depending on the most urgent need at the Trust at the time of our visit. We celebrate our achievements with a farewell dinner this evening. Meals: B,L,D.
Day 9 (Sunday 11- Monday 12 October): Nanyuki - Nairobi - UK
Depending on flight schedules, we will have brunch in Nanyuki before we transfer to Nairobi for an early dinner and our flight back to the UK. The flight may land on Monday 12 October. Meals: B(L,D)
N.B. This itinerary may change due to unusual weather patterns, wildlife movements, the ability of the group and so on. We will do our best to keep to the set itinerary however we cannot be held responsible for changes that might occur outside of our control. In all such circumstances your guide and tour leader will have the final say in the interest of the health and safety of the group.
What is included
- Return flights from London
- All airline taxes and charges
- Local transfers and transport in Kenya
- All acccommodation as per itinerary
- English-speaking local guides
- Porters and support staff
- Current Mt Kenya National Park fees
- Different Travel UK tour manager
- Flying Doctors Service for emergency evacuation
- All meals as per itinerary
What is not included
- Any necessary vaccinations
- Anti-malaria medication
- Tips (approx. $150)
- Spending money (drinks, souvenirs)
- Transport to/from UK airports
- Travel insurance
- Personal kit and clothing
- Kenya e-visa
3 - 11 October 2020
£300 registration fee plus fundraise £3200 for Born Free
This trip is graded as Challenging to extreme
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