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Trekking Mount Kenya, Mount Kenya Climbing, Africa Mountain Climbing, Mt. Kenya Climbing Safaris
ACMK1A: 'The Convenient Choice' (4 Days / 3 Nights)
(Mt. Kenya Climb Trekking Up Naromoru, Down Sirimon)
Mount Kenya is one of the most scenic volcanic mountains in the world. The main features of Mt. Kenya include steep volcanic cliffs and gorges, tarns, picturesque valleys, outcropped ridges and cols that were formed by the cooling lava and subsequent glacial erosion. The best way to appreciate nature is to experience it. For Mount Kenya, the best way to experience its awesome beauty is to climb it. An extinct volcano which last erupted about 3.5 million years ago. Mount Kenya rises to an altitude of 5,199 (17,058 feet) making it the highest mountain in Kenya and the second highest in Africa only second to Kilimanjaro. Any climb to the highest peak, Point Lenana, has never been an easy one. A steep pre-dawn ascent to the summit is both difficult and tiring but awe-inspiring. You walk on rugged topography and scree slopes. That is why "its conquest" brings with it a sense of achievement and satisfaction. Learn More >
Mt. Kenya Climbing Itinerary: 4 Days / 3 Nights
An ascent through the shortest and oldest route on Mt Kenya. After the difficult climb across the peat bogs popularly known as "Vertical Bog" and the eventual attempt of the summit, you descend through the Sirimon route at a more or less gradual pace.

Day 0: Nairobi - Mount Kenya (Acclimatization)
An optional day ahead of the mountain trek spent at the Base lodge (2000m) for preparations and acclimatization. This pre-hike day is included in our all inclusive trip option. Those whose itinerary includes this day are advised to arrive at the Lodge in time for lunch in order to have the rest of the afternoon to participate in fitness activities that help with acclimatization. If you are from Nairobi leave by 9.00am or earlier. A choice of two hiking excursions is available today. The first option is a 3 hours escorted nature hike into the forest destined for the Mau Mau Caves, an awesome site with an interesting history related to Kenyan's struggle for independence in the 1950s. The 2nd option is the Eco-conscious escorted hike through the local community's land, visiting local homes, farms and schools. In the process you help support the local communities' initiative in tourism and conservation. Dinner and Overnight - Mountain Rock Lodge or similar

Day 1: Met Station Lodge (3000m)
Depart at 1000hrs to be transferred to Naromoru Park gate. (Clients traveling from Nairobi should arrive at the lodge latest 1300hrs for a quick lunch and onward transfer to the Park gate). From here, hike on a wide dirt road through the dense forest up to the Met Station Lodge. Dinner and overnight - Met Station Lodge (3000m)

Day 2: Mackinders camp (4300m)
A short walk to the end of the forest line from where you hike across the marshy vertical bog of the lower moorlands. Picnic lunch at the Picnic Rocks before continuing further to Mackinders camp, gaining 1300m in altitude in about 5 hours. Dinner and overnight - Mackinders camp (4300m)

Day 3: Shiptons camp (4200m)
Leave at 0300 hrs for predawn summit attempt, trekking for 3-4 hours across bare rock and scree slopes characteristic of the alpine region up to Pt. Lenana (4985m), the hikers summit, arriving in time to catch the African sunrise. Later descend to Shiptons camp (Sirimon route) for breakfast then have the rest of the day at leisure. Dinner and overnight - Shiptons camp (4200m)

Day 4: Back to Nairobi
After early morning breakfast, descend for 5 hours up to the Sirimon Park gate to catch a vehicle for the return journey to Mountain Rock Lodge for shower and lunch. Later transfer back to Nairobi arriving by 1700 hrs. Tip: A second night prior to summit attempt is recommended at Mackinders to help boost acclimatization and hence increase your chances of reaching the summit.

PRICE GUIDE: 2016-2017 (Kenya Travel Planner)
NO. OF
PAX
PER PERSON
SHARING TENT
SINGLE TENT
SUPPLEMENT
EXTRA
NIGHT
2-4
USD 825
USD 120
USD 175
5-8
USD 785
USD 120
USD 175
8-12
USD 745
USD 120
USD 175
15+
USD 715
USD 120
USD 175
ABBREVIATION KEY: NO. Of Pax = NO. Of Participants, USD = U.S. Dollar
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INCLUDED In The Mt. Kenya Climbing Price
Transport in a 9-seater safari minibus (Nairobi - Mt. Kenya - Nairobi)
All park entrance fees to the mountain
All campsite ground fees
All campsite equipment
Roomy two-person tents where there are not permanent huts
Foam mattresses in the tents / huts
Benches / Simple Tables and Chairs
Three well-balanced hot meals a day
NB: Government taxes and levies are EXCLUDED
Temporary Membership to AMREF's Flying Doctors & Rescue Services
EXCLUDED In The Mt. Kenya Climbing Price
International airfares
Travel Insurance and Personal Accident Cover (Highly Recommended)
Tourist Entry VISA fees to the specific country
Accommodation whist in Nairobi before of after Mt. Kenya Trekking
Climbing gears, sleeping bags and all items of personal use
All expenditure of personal nature such as telephone calls and laundry
Tips and gratuities to driver guides, porters, or hotel staff.
ADDITIONALS: Other Optional Items You Need To Bring
General Items & Notes:
The pack that the porters carry is limited to 15 kg (35 pounds)
Overweight or extra luggage will require an extra porter at $5/day
Store electronics in sealed water-proof bags
Wrap clothing in plastic bags
In the day pack, take along water, sunglasses, camera, binoculars, rain pants and jacket at a minimum. Add any other items you might need during the day because you may not see the porters until the end of your trek for that day.
You may want to bring some older items of warm clothing as gifts for your guides and porters or donations to the Mt. Kenya Porters Society
Extra luggage can be left at the base hotel for no charge.
Valuables can also be left in a safe deposit box at the base hotel ($1/day).

Mountain Climbing Baggage
Day pack, for you to carry
Large duffel bag or backpack, for porters to carry
Plastic bags

Clothing for Mountain Climbing
You want your inner layer to be wicking -- no cotton. Next layer should be insulating and warm, and the top layer should be water proof but breathable. You will need clothes for hiking during the day, lounging in the evening, and for sleeping. Layers are important as temperatures vary greatly. Mt. Kenya may be on the equator, but it gets cold up there!
Shorts, for first and last day only
Pants, for hiking and for lounging in the evenings
Short-sleeved or t-shirts
Long-sleeved shirts, for hiking and for lounging in the evenings
Long underwear
Fleece jacket or wool sweater
Fleece pants
Down jacket or ski parka (for temperatures well below freezing plus wind)
Rain jacket, needed in hot rainforest and cold snow
Warm Underwear
Sport bras, for women

Cold Heights Mountain Climbing Accessories
Mittens and/or gloves (waterproof, one thin pair, one thick pair that can be layered)
Wool or pile hat
Balaclava or neck gaitor
Hand and foot warmers (chemical activated)

Mountain Climbing Footware
Be sure to break in your shoes before the hike!
Trekking shoes for hiking during the day, preferrably warm, waterproof, and with ankle-support -- not too light and not too heavy
Tennis shoes or sandals for lounging in the evening
Gaitors
Hiking socks for warmer conditions
Wool socks for colder conditions
Sock liners to wick away moisture

Sleep Gear for Hikers / Climbers

Sleeping bag (Rated -10 degrees F/-25 degrees C or colder is recommended)
Sleeping pad and repair kit
Tents are supplied by AfriChoice! at no charge
Foam sleeping pads are provided by AfriChoice! at no charge (Thermarest is highly recommended, however)
Further Information and Getting Started...
We would be happiest to hear from you. Our dedicated Mountain Trekking Department will only be too glad to put together a package especially for you, your group or your family. Your safari consultant will always be at your assistance in all stages of planning your Mount Kenya Trekking Safari in Kenya, East Africa. For more information regarding Kenya Mountain Climbing Adventures or wildlife safaris, feel free to contact us. We shall listen and endeavour to provide for trekking needs. For more information feel free to Contact Us >
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