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Climbing mount Kenya to point Lenana
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4 days & 3 nights Mt. Kenya trekking Sirimon-Nanyuki Route

Introduction

Mount Kenya is Africa’s second highest mountain at 5,199m (17,058 feet) and the highest of all Kenya Mountains. Mount Kenya 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. 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.

Day 1: Arriving at Sirimon Gate and starting to climb Mount Kenya

Depart Nairobi at 0600 hrs to Nanyuki. Lunch at Nanyuki Town. Take a Transfer to Sirimon gate and hike to Old Moses camp for overnight (3,340m), 3 to 4 hrs hikes (10kms). Old Moses is the best place for acclimatization as you come across different vegetation. After meeting your crew you’ll have a full briefing and equipment check. Each person has a personal porter and there are extra porters for food and camping equipment. Today is a short walk to the first hut at 3,340m, a total ascent of 740m in just 2-3 hours. On this route, you will pass through zones of dense forest, bamboo, giant heather and out onto high open moorland. The trail follows a dirt road that has recently been put in by the Kenya Wildlife Service to reduce response times to emergencies on the mountain. The dense vegetation is home to buffalo, elephants and is teeming with birdlife. Whilst there will be evidence of large game everywhere, your chances of seeing them are small. Approx 10km / 3 hrs from Sirimon Gate with 740m altitude gain from the gate.

Accommodation: Old Moses Hut
Transport included: Drive from Nairobi- Sirmon gate Nanyuki
Meals: Lunch, Dinner & Hot drinks

Day 2: Trekking from Old Moses camp 3,340m to Shipton 4,200m

After breakfast you hike through the moorland. You see high altitude flowers, animals and birds. The hike is through Liki and Mackinders valleys, where you catch a good view of Tereri and Sendeo peaks. You reach Shipton’s camp (4200 m) after a 6-7 hour hike. The camp is situated on top of the Sirimon Route. Running cold water and a communal area are available for your comfort. From Shipton’s camp you can see the north faces of Nelion and Batian peaks. At Shipton’s (4200m), the peaks of Mt. Kenya are vivid as the camp is just below these peaks. This spot is the most preferable camp just before climbing to Point Lenana.

Dinner and overnight at Shipton’s Camp
Meals: Breakfast, Lunch and Evening meal included as part of trekking package
Accommodation: Shipton Huts included as part of trekking package
Transport: none required

Day 3: Summit day (4,985m)

The big day, after a very early 3am start and a quick cup of tea and biscuits it is time to don all the layers you can manage and head out into the pitch dark. The early start is designed to get you to the summit just in time for sunrise. It also increases your chances of summiting without cloud cover. The climb is a steady ascent up scree and rock, with a scramble up the last 30m. The views from Point Lenana are superb, showing off the tarns, glaciers and jagged peaks of Mount Kenya at their resplendent best. On a clear day you can see Mount Kilimanjaro in the distance. Temperatures can be very cold on the summit (as cold as -20 degrees C plus wind chill) so after quick photos and a moment to take it all in, you’ll head back down again. After a 2 hour walk past the glacier down loose scree you will reach Shipton’s Camp and a very welcome hearty breakfast. If you are feeling up to it after a couple of hours rest you can head on down the further 9km to Old Moses Camp for the last overnight.

Meals: Breakfast, Lunch and Evening meal included as part of trekking package
Accommodation: Old Moses ( huts) included as part of trekking package
Transport: none required

Day 4: Descending day Old Moses Camp-Sirmon Gate

After breakfast we take a long descent through attractive vegetation on the windward side of the mountain. The trail winds through the infamous vertical bog, dense bamboo and virgin rain forest to meet the vehicles at the at Sirmon gate. There will be time for lunch at the foot of the mountain, as we say goodbye to the team of potters before proceeding with the safari back to Nairobi. We arrive in Nairobi in the evening.

Meals: Breakfast and Lunch at Sirmon Gate included as part of trekking package
Transport: Vehicle-Nairobi included.

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Costs

Based on 11 -15 PAX

Kenyan Citizens @ $250 USD PP
Residents @ $450 PP
Non-residents @$850 PP

Based on 5-10 PAX

Kenyan Citizens @ $280 PP
Residents @ $480 PP
Non-residents @ $850 PP

Based on 1-4 PAX

Kenyan Citizens @ $350 PP
Residents @ $500 PP
Non-residents @ $850 PP

Bank Details

Wild Heights Outdoor Trekker

A/C No. 1211413586
KCB bank- sarit center branch

MPESA Paybill

Number 522522
A/C No. 1211413586

Trip Inclusive

  • Transport Nairobi-Sirmon-Nairobi
  • Accommodation in huts (3Nights)
  • Park Fees
  • 3 meals a day (4Days)
  • English / Mandarin Speaking Guide
  • Professional Cook
  • Porters for each Hiker.

Trip Exclusive

  • Hiking gear (can be hired on request
  • Personal items
  • Tips
  • Personal items
  • Personal effects
  • Insurance covers

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