Mount Kenya is Africa’s second highest mountain and offers a choice of exciting treks and climbs through varied ecosystems and awe-inspiring scenery. With its volcanic ridges and glacial valleys radiating across the land like spokes from a wheel, the massive bulk of Mount Kenya straddles the Equator yet is permanently crowned with snow. The Mount Kenya National Park, surrounded by 2000 square kilometres of Forest Reserve, is dominated by the twin summits of Batian (5,199 m) and Nelion (5,188 m).
The Mount Kenya Forest Reserve provides the ideal habitat for vast herds of buffalo and elephant as well as a bright kaleidoscope of birds and other wildlife. At higher altitudes, the forest gives way to lush bamboo groves where colobus monkeys leap and leopard prowl and, higher up, there is tussock grass and alpine moorlands, jewel-studded by icy glacial tarns and moraines. As for the globally unique alpine flora, it features 13 species endemic to the mountain including giant lobelias, groundsel and water-holding cabbages.
Mount Kenya Treks & Climbing
We offer tailor made treks on Mount Kenya for small private groups. Our trips are flexible, personalised itineraries (without set departure dates) with experienced guides who will make sure your trip is safe and enjoyable.
Climbing Mount Kenya is an experience of a lifetime, highly recommended to the adventurous traveller willing to forego some of life’s luxuries for a few days. Point Lenana (4985m) can be achieved by any physically fit person and no climbing experience is necessary.
It is also possible to hike on the mountain without the pressure of a summit climb. There are plenty of trails off the beaten track where you can spend time appreciating the dramatic and varied landscape.
Personalised Treks & Climbs
Your trip will be just yours – a private trek. You will not be joining a bigger group. So even if your group is just two people, you will be on your own with your Guide. Small groups make the whole experience more personal and less regimented.
The Mountain Team
Your trip will be supporting a local group which makes its living from guiding guests around the mountain. The Guide will lead you at a leisurely pace and chat to you about the mountain on the way. The Cook will produce delicious meals in camp and provide picnic lunches. The porters will help you with all your kit and also set up camp.
The Guide, Cook and porters are all registered with the Kenya Wildlife Service, and are all locally based in and around Nanyuki town, located on the north western side of Mount Kenya.
When to visit Mount Kenya
The best times to visit Mount Kenya are June to October and December to March. The ground is at its driest from January to March, the ideal months for camping and access to the park gates. At other times of the year, the ground is wetter and occasionally an itinerary has to be changed if an access route becomes too waterlogged.
It is advisable to avoid April to May and November, the long and short rains respectively. You may well experience the odd shower whatever time of year you visit. The mountain has its own micro-climate with convectional rainfall sometimes occurring from late morning to late afternoon.
Our featured itineraries show the popular routes, but we can tailormake your trek depending on your exact requirements and the fitness levels of the members of your group.
|DEPARTURE/RETURN LOCATION||CBD, Nairobi.|
|DEPARTURE TIME||Please arrive by 8:15 AM for a prompt departure at 8:30 AM.|
|RETURN TIME||Late Afternoon.|
|WEAR||Comfortable athletic clothing, hiking boots, hat, Warm Clothes, jackets and sunscreen.|
Nairobi – Nanyuki
Depart Nairobi at 9.30 am for Nanyuki, a journey which takes approximately 3 hours. After lunch walk around this small town or relax in the hotel preparing yourself for the next few days trekking on Mount Kenya.
- Dinner and overnight at hotel.
Nanyuki - Ssirimon Park Gate - Old Moses Camp
After breakfast transfer to the park gate where, after checking in, we commence our hiking on Mt. Kenya accompanied by the guide, cook and porters. Our trek goes through the rain forest made up of bamboo, rosewood and other vegetation to Old Moses Camp at 3,300 metres. From the gate to the mountain hut is a 3 hours hike that covers nine kilometres. Dinner and overnight.
Old Moses - Chiptons Camp
Our six to seven hours trek takes us through heath and moorland where wildlife abound and comprise of buffalo, rock hyrax and dik dik. We reach Shiptons Camp at an altitude of 4,200 m for dinner and overnight on a mountain hut on mt kenya.
After breakfast you may take an acclimatization hike to Hausberg col (4,700m) before coming back to Shiptons for dinner and overnight.
An early morning start our final phase of trekking on Mount Kenya heading for Point Lenana (4,985 m) which is reached just before sunrise – this is an ascent of about 800 metres in three and a half-hours. Descend via the Lewis Glacier to the Austrian Hut (4,790 m) and continue to Mackinders Camp (4,200m) for overnight. The descent from Point Lenana to Mackinders takes about two hours.
After breakfast at 8.00 am we cross the vertical bog to the roadhead where we are picked up for our transfer to our base hotel for showers and lunch. In the afternoon we are driven to Nairobi where our trekking holiday terminates.