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Mountain Climbing Program

Has a peak circumnavigation option. This trek uses the most scenic ascent trail on the mountain, chiefly camping and an additional acclimatization day at 3,300m; it allows you explore the contrasting and picturesque scenery of Mt. Kenya. Passing up through a lush green Rain forest and thick bamboo on the way to the park gate. This is followed by an easy paced hike through the expansive heather and moorland zones as you enjoy good views of the picturesque Gorges Valley, the Temple, lakes, mushroom rocks, billiards table and the high peaks all the way to the Mintro's/ HallTarn campsite.

Day 1: Nairobi: Arrival into Nairobi’s Jomo Kenyatta International Airport. After clearing customs and immigration formalities, you are met by our representative and transferred to the Hotel where you spend the night. Bed & Breakfast

Day 2: Chogoria Park Gate/Meru Mount Kenya Lodge (3000m)
Depart by 0800hrs for a drive to Chogoria. Pass through the central agricultural country to arrive at the Chogoria Village. Lunch on arrival. The vehicle will drop you within the Chogoria forest (2600m) to offer you the chance to hike the remaining distance to the Park gate (3000m). The montane forest is lush and green with several plant species such as Podo and cedar while the Bamboo belt is dense and luxuriant. Both zones are home to hundreds of wildlife species.

Day 3: Chogoria Park Gate / Nthi River Camp (3300m)
Hike for 3-4 hours to the Roadhead Camp (3300m), which is located along Nithi River. There are occasional sightings of elephant, bushbuck, buffalo, and impala during the walk through the forest. Optional climb to the peak of Mugi hill (3500m) before heading on to the camp or an alternative visit to the Nithi Falls to enjoy the splendid beauty of the lower valley.

Day 4: Nithi River Camp-Mintos Campsite (4300m)
Leave the camp early and hike for 5 hours along the edge of Gorges Valley to Mintos/Hall Tarn camp(4300m). A chance to catch one of the best views of the awe-inspiring Gorges Valley. Other fascinating scenery includes lakes, the Temple, mushroom rocks, Billiards Table, the high peaks ahead, and several species of unique montane plants and flowers.

Day 5: Mintos Campsite-Lenana-Shipton's Camp (4200m)
Predawn attempt of the summit starts at 0300hrs and you hike for about 3-4 hours to Point Lenana (4985m), 'the hikers summit', arriving there in time to see the African sunrise. After the summit conquest descend to Shiptons

Day 6: Shipton's Camp-Mountain Rock Lodge
Descend via Sirimon to overnight at Mountain Rock Lodge or continue with the clockwise Peak Circuiting adventure, hiking across huge rocks and up and down steep scree slopes on your way to Shipton's hut or further to minto's if desirous to return via Chogoria.

Day 7: Back to Nairobi Base Lodge / Onward Flight
Leave at 0700 hrs, walking down the Chogoria Forest to meet with our vehicle for transfer back to Nairobi .Tonight we dine at the famous Carnivore Restaurant. You are transferred to the airport for your onward flight (depending on your flight schedule).

 

 ADDITIONALS: Other Optional Items You Need to Bring

*        General Items & Notes:
 
The pack that the porters carry is limited to 15 kg
  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.
Extra luggage can be left at the base hotel for no charge.

*       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 waterproof 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 rain forest 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, preferably 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 at no charge
  Foam sleeping pads are provided at no charge

*       DEPARTURES

Daily with a minimum of 2 people

Nb: Contact us for details.