Climbing to the Top of Kenya Trek

Mount Kenya, Kenya

Duration

4 days

Max People

100
Overview

Safari Details

To stand atop a mountain, having walked and scrambled your way up is an invigorating experience. To make it to one of the peaks of Mount Kenya, the second-highest mountain in Africa, is an achievement indeed. This tour offers you a quick, challenging, yet manageable ascent up the former volcano.
From the lowlands of Mount Kenya National Park, you will make your way up the mountain and progress through the changing plant and animal life. From forested lands, up to sparse moorlands, with craggy, glacier-carved valleys towards the top, the diversity of what you will see during your time on Mount Kenya is breathtaking.
During your climb up the mountain, you will be accompanied by your own dedicated trekking guide. They will be able to help you spot and identify the wide range of flora and fauna that’s native to the area. Also, you will be accompanied by porters who will take care of transporting your luggage and ensure that hot drinks and food are on hand upon your arrival and at each camp.
This ascent can be made quickly over the four-day itinerary that we offer, however, we do advise that you take a day to acclimatize to the increased altitude with an overnight stay in Nanyuki on the day of arrival. This will attract an additional fee, please contact us for further information.

What to Expect

  • Difficulty: Medium
  • Success Rate: About 70%
  • Scenery: Excellent
  • Traffic: High

Tour Highlights

  • ​Its a 4 Days 3 Nights Hike.
  • Destination: Mount Kenya via Old Moses Route.
  • Best Time to Visit: January to March, or between June and October, to enjoy the best weather conditions.
  • Tour Type-Private

Trip Extensions available on request.

Day to day

Itinerary

Day 1 - Mount Kenya by Road – Walk to Old Moses (215 km – 3 to 4 hours driving, 10km – 3 to 4 hrs walking)

At 07:30 am we will collect you from your hotel, residence, or direct from the airport and immediately take you north to the highlands where Mount Kenya lies. At the town of Nanyuki you will stop and your guide will ensure that all the supplies you need for your adventure are on hand.

Enter Mount Kenya National Park through the Sirimon gate, then take a moment to sit and each a picnic lunch ready to fortify you for the hike ahead. Once you’ve eaten your fill you will be taken to start your trek, which will cover 10 kilometers heading uphill. The walk is through the forested levels of the mountain and you will be able to drink in the cool air and stunning greenery all around as you move.

Overnight, you will stay at Old Moses camp, sitting squat in the rugged terrain at a height of 3,300 meters above sea level. The camp is quaint and basic, and here you will have dinner cooked and have chance to rest up, ready for a day of trekking and discovery that lies ahead. Included in the first night trekking up Mount Kenya is:

  • Accommodation in mountain huts
  • Lunch and dinner, no breakfast
  • Drinking water, other drinks are extra

Day 2 - Old Moses – Shipton Camp (13.5 km – 7 to 8 hours)

Breakfast is taken care of by your porters at the camp, fuelling you for a big day pushing high towards the Lenana Peak of this volcanic mountain. The morning’s walk will take your westwards through valleys and over ridges with plenty of challenge and amazing scenery to boot.

You’ll walk through Mackinder Valley, with its strange vegetation and scrublands as well as interesting native creatures such as the rock hyrax that scurries between rocks and boulders. Your guide will point out the interesting plants along the way, which include the ostrich plum lobelia and cabbage groundsel.

The end point of the day is Shipton camp, where your porters will have arrived early and readied warm drinks and food for your arrival. You’ll have arrived at an altitude of 4,200 metres during your climb and the glaciers and rocky outcrops that crown the mountain will now be in your eyeline. Rest up and sleep well, for tomorrow will be a long day.

The second day of your trekking adventure in Kenya includes:

  • Accommodation in mountain huts
  • Breakfast, lunch, and dinner
  • Drinking water, other drinks are extra

Day 3 - Shimpton Camp – Summit, to Old Moses Camp (18.5 km – 11.5 hours)

Watching the sun rise above the horizon on any morning can be spectacular, and to see if from high above the world on a peak of Mount Kenya is a special chance indeed. Wake at 2.30 am and take a quick breakfast of tea and biscuits to see through the morning’s walk. At 3am you will start the climb to the top, over loose rocks and frozen scree, with glaciers around.

Lenana Peak welcomes you from your endeavours and will hopefully reward you with breath-taking views that can even include Mount Kilimanjaro on the horizon on a clear day. Once you’ve reached the height of 4,985 m it’s time to being your trek back down. Initially, you’ll return to Shipton camp to take in a fuller breakfast before setting out back down to Old Moses camp.

The descent should take around 5 hours, with the assistance of gravity and the feeling of accomplishment for having made it to the peak. You’ll camp out at Old Moses once again, with time to rest your feet and get a good dinner as reward for the day’s efforts.

The third day of your adventure trekking in Kenya includes:

  • Accommodation at mountain huts
  • Breakfast, lunch, and dinner
  • Drinking water, other drinks are extra

Day 4 - Old Moses – to Sirimon on Foot, to Nairobi by Road (10 km – 3 to 4 hrs walking, 215 km – 3 to 4 hours driving)

You’re going to start your day early today – just after midnight, in fact!

Your climbing team will wake you with a cup of hot tea and a light snack for energy as you get dressed and prepare your daypack for the adventure ahead.

You’ll be hiking in utter darkness for the next 5-7 hours, so take it slow and you’ll arrive at Stella Point a few hours before dawn. From here, there’s another two hours of intense hiking before you reach your ultimate goal: Uhuru Peak.

Standing at 5,985m, you’ll be able to experience a spectacular sunrise and take in the panoramic view. You’ve done it

You’ll then descend back to Horombo Hut via Kibo Hut. At anywhere between 12 and 16 hours of hiking, this is sure to be one of the longest, most grueling days of your life!

Destination: Uhuru Peak and back to Horombo Huts
Summit Ascent Time: 6 to 8 hrs. (5.5 Km)
Descent Time: 4 to 5 hrs to Kibo Huts & 4 to 5 hrs to Horombo Huts.
Zone: Glacial/Low Alpine Zone/High Alpine Zone
Elevation: 1195 M
Meals: All Meals

Day 5 - Horombo Huts (3720 M) - Marangu Gate (1870 M) - Moshi

Your last camp breakfast will be prepared for you at Old Moses, readying you for one last hike to the finishing point of your tour. From the mountain hut you will begin to descend and revisit the forests and bamboo thickets that you passed through when going the other direction.

As you descend through altitudes you will get a fresh kick of energy as the oxygen returns to the air and the air becomes warm and brisk once more. Your walk will end as you arrive at the Sirimon Gate of Mount Kenya National Park, where you will be met by your driver.

Upon finished your full climb of Mount Kenya you will be driven through the Great African Rift Valley, through the picturesque countryside of Kenya, and arrive in Nairobi. Once in the city, you can request we take you to your hotel or residence, or even directly to the airport, depending on your onward plans. This final day of your trekking safari in Kenya includes:

  • No accommodation, this is the final day
  • Breakfast and lunch, no dinner
  • Drinking water, other drinks are extra
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Prices & Seasons 2023

STANDARD 2023

Date1 people2-3 people4-5 people6+ people
Jan 3 – Mar 31USD 1,050 per personUSD 705 per personUSD 610 per personUSD 590 per person
Apr 1 – Jun 30USD 965 per personUSD 675 per personUSD 605 per personUSD 585 per person
Jul 1 – Oct 31USD 1,050 per personUSD 705 per personUSD 610 per personUSD 590 per person
Nov 1 – Dec 20USD 965 per personUSD 675 per personUSD 605 per personUSD 585 per person
Dec 21 – Jan 2USD 1,050 per personUSD 705 per personUSD 610 per personUSD 590 per person
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Included/Excluded

  • All Accommodation in the mountain
  • All National Park Fees, Crew Permits and VAT
  • Professional, experienced, mountain guides, chef & potters
  • All meals while on the Mountain
  • Gate Transfers to and from Arusha
  • Quality Mess tents with table and chairs
  • Guides, Porters, cook salaries and park fees
  • Passports and visa applications and processing
  • International flights and taxes
  • Travel or Medical Insurance is required and you should ask for Recommendation
  • Alcoholic beverages
  • Tips for porters and mountain crew (Recommended: Guides - $20 per day, Cook - $15 per day, Porters - $10)
  • Entrance fee for activities noted as optional
  • Personal mountain gears such as trekking poles, sleeping bags, etc. (All available for hiring in our Gear Shops)
  • Personal spending money for souvenirs etc.
  • All additional costs incase of an early descent from the mountain (This includes: Meals, Lodges accommodation after descend. Park fees will also be non-refundable for days not in the mountain.)

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