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Trekking Mount Kenya, Mount Kenya Climbing, Africa Mountain Climbing, Mt. Kenya Climbing Safaris
ACMK4A: 'Mt. Kenya Climbing Special' (8 Days / 7 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: 8 Days / 7 Nights
A special trek that traverses the two most natural and scenic routes, rich in unique mountain flora and fauna. The Burguret ascent trail is the least trodden trail making it an eco-trail that offers ambient atmosphere for nature enthusiasts who want to hike in unpolluted environments. Accommodation on this trail is chiefly in tents with options of using mountain huts at Shipton's and Chogoria gate..

Day 1: Nairobi-Mountain Rock Hotel (Mount Kenya)
Morning transfer from Nairobi to our hotel on the western slopes of Mt Kenya, altitude 2,000m.On arrival have a hot lunch in the hotel restaurant then begin an escorted 3-4 hours visit to nearby local community farms. Your visit will help promote the local community's initiative in eco-tourism thus providing economic justification for their participation in the conservation of Mt Kenya's natural beauty. Those with more time can spend an extra day at the lodge and take this excursion at a more relaxed pace which would enable them visit more community projects including a local school, a typical Kikuyu village and more.

Day 2: Mountain Rock Hotel (2000m)- Elephant Moat Camp (2300m)
Your trek starts right from the lodge soon after breakfast, together with your guide and porters you start a 4 hours trek through a lush forest pass via the famous Mau Mau caves (2000m) and waterfalls en-route. This is a splendid site at which former freedom fighters laid their guerrilla war strategies against the British Colonialists. As you enjoy your picnic lunch you listen to a preview of this historic event told by your guide. Proceed on to the Elephant Moat camp (2300m) situated at the start of the tropical rainforest for overnight in tents.

Day 3: Mountain Rock Hotel-Giant Bamboo Camp (2700m)
You proceed on through the montane forest with its gigantic cidar and podocarpus trees and then through a dense bamboo belt to the Giant Bamboo campsite (2700m.) for overnight in tents. The forest and bamboo are home to hundreds of buffaloes, elephants, bushbucks and a plethora of bird species.

Day 4: Giant Bamboo Camp-Highland Castle (3600m)
You set off after breakfast. Today's trek continues though bamboo, rosewood and heather zones giving way to a moorland of tussock grasses, Senecios and Lobelias as you approach the Highland Castle campsite. Today's hike takes 3-4 hours and involves an ascent of 900m. Picnic lunch is served enroute. Adventurous climbers can scramble to the top of Highland Castle cliff and enjoy splendid views of the Castle like rock formation and good views of the surrounding area.

Day 5: Highland Castle-Shipton's Camp (4200m)
Today's hike starts at 8.00am, ascending to over 4400m in 3 hours to connect the summit circuit trail. Following this in the clockwise direction the trail leads you down the Hausberg Valley and over the Hausberg Col to Kami, where you divert and walk down the Mackinder's Valley to Shiptons hut (4200m) in roughly another 2-3 hrs. Picnic lunch is served en-route.

Day 6: Shipton's Camp-Point Lenana-Mintos Campsite (4300m)
Get up early to prepare for predawn summit attempt starting at 0300hrs. Hike up the steep scree to Pt. Lenana (4,985m), 'the hikers summit', taking 3-4 hours in order to arrive there in time to capture the African sunrise. When the skies are clear the summit of Mt. Kilimanjaro can be seen 340km to the south. Later descent to Mintos/Hall tarn campsite for breakfast then relax for the rest of the day. Interested persons can explore the Gorges valley from here and take advantage of the fascinating scenery including the Gorges Valley, the Temple and L. Michaelson.

Day 7: 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 enchanting attractions along the way, which includes the Vivienne, falls, Nithi falls, mushroom rocks and an array of interesting montane plants. Today you have a chance to clean up and relax at the Meru Mt. Kenya Lodge.

Day 8: 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 arrival time in Nairobi is1700hrs. Picnic lunch is served en route.

PRICE GUIDE: 2016-2017 (Kenya Travel Planner)
USD 1450
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USD 280
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USD 1280
USD 280
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USD 1195
USD 280
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
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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