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Trekking Mount Kenya, Mount Kenya Climbing, Africa Mountain Climbing, Mt. Kenya Climbing Safaris
ACMK4A: 'The Seasoned Hiker's Choice' (7 Days / 6 Nights)
(Mt. Kenya Climb Trekking Up Sirimon, Down Chogoria)
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: 7 Days / 6 Nights
Has a peak circumnavigation option. This trek uses the gentlest ascent trail on the mountain, our own huts and an additional acclimatisation day at 4,200m. It allows you explore the contrasting and spectacular scenery of Mt. Kenya. Passing up through montane forest, bamboo and heather zones we follow the Mackinder Valley with its profound vegetation of giant groundsel and lobelias. The 3 million-year-old volcano has been eroded by ice and glaciers to produce spectacular chasms, jagged peaks and the "U" shaped valleys and waterfalls of geography textbooks. On this trek you combine use of huts with camping. It also includes two nights at our Base Lodge ahead of the trek in which you participate in exhilarating fitness activities that help you acclimatise and more importantly your unique chance to interact with the local people who's livelihood directly depends on the Mountain you are about to tread on. Explore these and more on this trek.

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 excluded 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. Dinner and
Overnight at Mountain Rock Lodge

Day 1: Nairobi - Mountain Rock Lodge (Mount Kenya)
Transfer from Nairobi to Mount Rock Lodge for lunch. In the afternoon is a 3-4 hours nature walk through the forest reserve to Mau Mau caves, the former base for Kenya's freedom fighters. As you hike you learn about plants, birds and animals found in the forest from the escort naturalist guide. A traditional dance performance can also be arranged at the lodge after dinner to liven up the evening.

Day 2: Mountain Rock Lodge-Old Moses Camp (3300m)
Vehicle transfer to the mountain soon after breakfast together with the guide and porters. The drive to Sirimon Park gate (2600m) takes less than 2 hours. En route to the mountain you could have a brief stopover at the equator crossing. After completion of park entry formalities and lunch, you begin a 3-4 hour hike from 2600m through montane forest, bamboo, rosewood and heather zones to Old Moses camp (3300m). The forest and bamboo are home to hundreds of Buffaloes, Elephants, Bushbucks and a plethora of bird species.

Day 3: Old Moses Camp-Shipton's Camp (4200m)
After an early breakfast at 0700hrs, commence a 6-7 hours trek up the sprawling moorland destined for the Shipton's hut (4200m). The hike is awesome with unique moorland plants and fascinating views but is also a test for individual endurance on the mountain. You gain good acclimatisation as you cover an altitude difference of 900m. Lunch stop is at a convenient spot within the Mackinder valley.

Day 4: Shipton's Camp (4200m)
Two alternative activities are possible today, those wishing to take it easy stay at Shiptons or go on short acclimatisation walk to the peak area and return to the Shiptons hut. In this case hot lunch is served at the Shipton's. The more enthusiastic hikers have the option of shifting camp by trekking round the peaks following the peak circuit trail in the anti-clockwise direction. The trek offers you an opportunity to explore the high peaks from different angles. Those taking this option leave the camp at 0800hrs and hike up and down steep scree slopes and rocks for 5-6 hours to American camp (4400m). Picnic lunch is served en route.

Day 5: Shipton's Camp-Point Lenana-Mintos Campsite (4300m)
Predawn start for the summit. Hike 785m to Pt. Lenana (4,985m), the hikers summit, arriving there in time to see the African sunrise. While at Pt. Lenana you get a close unobstructed view of Pt. Nelion (5188m), Pt. Batian (5199m) and other surrounding peaks and on a clear day the summit of Mt. Kilimanjaro can be seen protruding from the sky over 340km to the south. After the summit conquer descend to Mintos/Hall tarn campsite (4,300m) for breakfast then relax for the rest of the day. Interested persons can explore the Gorges valley from here after and take advantage of the fascinating scenery which includes the Gorges Valley, the Temple and L. Michaelson.

Day 6: Mintos Campsite-Meru Mount Kenya Lodge/Campsite (3000m)
After breakfast, begin a 5-6 hour descent to Meru Mount Kenya cabins situated next to the Chogoria Park gate (3,000m). The descent is gentle and it offers ample time to enjoy the gorgeous landmarks on the lower gorges valley including Vivienne falls, Nithi falls, mushroom rocks and an array of interesting mountain plants. Today you have a chance to clean up and relax at the Meru Mt. Kenya Lodge.

Day 7: Meru Mount Kenya Lodge/Campsite-Nairobi
After breakfast gradually descent through the Chogoria rain Forest to have an opportunity to explore the bamboo and lush montane forest belts before boarding on to the vehicle for the return journey. Expected time of arrival in Nairobi is1700hrs. Picnic lunch is served en route.

PRICE GUIDE: 2016-2017 (Kenya Travel Planner)
NO. OF
PAX
PER PERSON
SHARING TENT
SINGLE TENT
SUPPLEMENT
EXTRA
NIGHT
2-4
USD 1195
USD 240
USD 175
5-8
USD 1145
USD 240
USD 175
8-12
USD 1075
USD 240
USD 175
15+
USD 1025
USD 240
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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