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Tour Summary/ Features:
On this Mount Kenya climbing experience, you ascend via the dry and little used Sirimon Trail and descend on the scenic Chogoria Trail. You reach point Lenana (4985 m), the highest point accessible to walkers, and return to base in 5 days. Mount Kenya is Africa’s second highest mountain. Above the habitable altitude, you find a rainforest zone, abundant with many tree species and there is some wildlife too. Further up is open moorland, and beyond is the snow line where vegetation is sparse. Finding snow on the equator was a great surprise for the first Europeans to get to East Africa.
Departing From: Nairobi
Duration: 5 Nights/6 Days
Departure Time: 0800 hrs
Minimum Persons Required: 2
Period: All seasons
Start from Nairobi at around 0900hrs and drive through the Great North road passing the central province of Kenya arriving Chogoria town in good time for lunch. Dinner and overnight at a budget hotel in Chogoria. Approximate driving time 3hrs.
Wake up early and set on a 32kms journey to the bandas driving half way in a 4×4 vehicle and to start your walk in the bamboo and rain forest arriving at the bandas (2990m) fo a late lunch. Dinner and overnight at the bandas. Approximate walking time 4hrs.
Take breakfast and start your hiking heading to Lake Ellis reaching the campsite in time for lunch. For acclimatization, afternoon climb ugi Hill (3500m) then return to the camp for dinner and overnight. Approximate walking time 5 hrs.
After breakfast start your hike on the open moorland where you will find different and interesting kind of flora like the giant loberia, cabbage loberia and others. Arrive Mintos Hut(4200m), located at the middle of the peaks in time for lunch. Dinner and overnight at Mintos.
Early morning start at 0200hr for a 4hrs climb to the summit (Point Lenana) 4985m. After a photo session descend to shipton Camp for a full breakfast. Later descend further down through Mackinders Valley to Old Moses camp(3300m) for dinner and overnight.
Pack your bags after breakfast and start descending through the rain forest to Sirimon Gate where you get your transport back to Nairobi, with a lunch stop in Nanyuki. End of our service.
– All transport
– Accommodation in the mountain huts
– All meals while on the climb
– Park entry fees
– Services of a qualified and experienced Mountain Guide
– Services of experienced porters and cook
– Government taxes
– Extras –tips, drinks, telephone, laundry or any other personal expenses
What to bring:
– Waterproof hiking boots
– Rain suit, sleeping bags
– Sunglasses balaclava
– Hand gloves
– Night shoes
– Large plastic bags -essential for wetness in case of rain
James Kariuki- Our Chief Mountain Guide
Our Chief Mountain guide is Mr. James M. Kariuki-James is a graduate of the American National Outdoor Leadership School (NOLS) 1996-1997. Backed by a team of knowledgeable courteous and attentive staff; James is a professional who puts safety first. You wont fail to notice his organizational skills characterized by him having worked with for the air force (Armed forces) before he sacrificed the prestigious job to do what he loves most. – Outdoor Adventures.
James has done more than 300 Ascends to date on Mount Kenya summit and 25 ascends on Mount Kilimanjaro Uhuru peak. Not to mention Mount Elgon, Aberdares ranges, Mount Meru-Arusha among others.
James is a member of:-
• The East African wildlife Society
• The St.Johns ambulance
• The Eco-Tourism Society
• Honorary member of the Rotary Club of Woodstock Vermont-USA
James hobbies are mounteeering, traveling & reading. He is widely traveled in East Africa, Europe and USA courtesy of his clients where he is invited as guest speaker to give lectures on mountaineering. In USA he has trekked part of the Appalachians trail among other places.