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Mount Kenya Ascent

Mt Kenya is regarded as the most visually stunning of the ice-capped African peaks and is home to a great diversity of wildlife, including leopard, elephant and buffalo. The ascent is an exhilarating and diverse trek, with relatively few hikers compared to Kilimanjaro. Many would argue that Mount Kenya, whilst not being as high as Kili, is certainly the more enjoyable, interesting and dramatic of the two mountains. The Chogoria/Sirimon Route offers the best combination of alpine scenery and acclimatisation as we ascend via spectacular Lake Michaelson and Lake Ellis to the trekking peak of Kenya, at Point Lenana (4985m). Our traverse continues to the north where we descend the stunning Sirimon trail with dramatic views.

Inclusions

6 breakfasts, 6 lunches and 5 dinners
1 night in 3 star hotel on a twinshare basis
5 nights fully supported camping on a twinshare tent basis
Group camping equipment including tent (sleeping bag and mat not included)
Experienced local guides, cook and camp crew
Porters to carry personal and group equipment
Private return transfers from Nairobi to Mt Kenya
Park entrance fees valued at US$300
Hightlights
Climb Point Lenana (4985m), the highest trekking peak on Mt Kenya
Traverse Mount Kenya from East to West via the Chogoria and Sirimon routes
Ascend via the quieter and more dramatic Chogoria route
Delight in the beautiful alpine scenery and views
Search for wildlife in the lower slopes
Tour Provider World Expeditions
Number of Days
7
Price From
AUD $3,090
Start Location
Nairobi, Kenya
End Location
Kenya
Age Range
Avg. 30+
Group Size
4 to 15
Tour Style
Standard
Tour Themes
Adventure, Cycling/Trekking
Physical Rating
Moderate
Tour departure dates
StartEndAvailabilityPrice
15 Dec 201821 Dec 2018AvailableAUD $3,090
05 Jan 201911 Jan 2019AvailableAUD $3,090
09 Feb 201915 Feb 2019AvailableAUD $3,090
15 Jun 201921 Jun 2019AvailableAUD $3,090
03 Aug 201909 Aug 2019AvailableAUD $3,090
14 Sep 201920 Sep 2019AvailableAUD $3,090
14 Dec 201920 Dec 2019AvailableAUD $3,090
04 Jan 202010 Jan 2020AvailableAUD $3,180
08 Feb 202014 Feb 2020AvailableAUD $3,180
13 Jun 202019 Jun 2020AvailableAUD $3,180
01 Aug 202007 Aug 2020AvailableAUD $3,180
12 Sep 202018 Sep 2020AvailableAUD $3,180
12 Dec 202018 Dec 2020AvailableAUD $3,180
ItineraryExpand
Day 1
On arrival in Nairobi, please make your way to the group hotel. The rest of the day is at leisure in Kenya's capital city.
Day 2
This morning we head to Chogoria Village (approx. 4-5 hours drive). In the afternoon you will ascend the steep and rutted track to the Bandas (cottages) in woodland near the Chogoria gate (3,017m) of the Mt Kenya National Park. We will stay here for the night. Our gear will be transported by Land Rovers while we acclimatise with our first walk at altitude (approx. 1 hour).
Day 3
The flora and fauna surrounding the Bandas is prolific, with the possibility of seeing game in the surrounding forest (Elephant, Buffalo, Antelope, Colobus Monkey, Augur Buzzard & Verreaux's Eagle). As we walk, the forest gradually drops away and we enter a high moorland zone. En route we ascend nearby Mugi Hill (3600m) to help with acclimatisation before arriving to camp. Lake Ellis (3500m), where we camp tonight, is a peaceful spot with good views of the main peaks and we arrive in time for lunch. (approx. 6 hrs)
Day 4
The initial trek away from the lake ascends gentle moorland to attain a ridge that eventually joins the main Chogoria route at its best viewpoint. After enjoying views of Vivienne Falls and the Gorges Valley we descend to the little visited Lake Michaelson (3,830m) and possibly the most beautiful campsite on the walk. Overhead tower the cliffs of the Temple while Tacazze Sunbirds flit amongst the giant Groundsel and Lobelia and Hyraxes hop around in the rocks. (approx. 6-8 hours)
Day 5
The trek now enters the Alpine Zone - after quite a boggy start to the walk the walking surface soon becomes scree. You will soon reach Simba Tarn at 4560m, in time for a late lunch. An afternoon walk will assist with acclimatisation. (approx. 4-6 hrs)
Day 6
After a hot drink you will leave at 3:30 am for the steep ascent (2 - 2.5 hrs) of Point Lenana (4,985m) in time for sunrise. Although the climb is straightforward, the final section is hard work at this altitude. From the summit it is often possible to see Mt Kilimanjaro 320km away as well as the nearby climbing peaks of Mt Kenya; Nelion and Batian which should be bathed in golden sunlight at this time of the morning. We descend back to Simba Tarn for a well-earned cooked breakfast, and continue our descent via the Mackinder Valley to Shipton's Camp before joining the Sirimon Route to Old Moses Camp. The walk today is long and exhausting and will challenge even the fittest of walkers. However the thrill of standing on the roof of Kenya, will be sure to make the effort worthwhile. (approx. 11-12 hours walking)
Day 7
After breakfast we head through the Sirimon Valley and down through the lush forest belt to the Park Gate where our transport will be waiting to take us back to Nairobi at around 10:00am (approx. 2 hours walking). We drive on to Nairobi where the trip concludes on arrival at the hotel from where we started. We farewell our Kenyan crew here. (Note: arrival at the hotel in Nairobi is around 16:00hrs. We recommend an overnight stay in Nairobi before commencing onward travel. If you need to depart today, please do not book onward flights departing before 20:00hrs)