MOUNT KENYA

Exquisite Peak in Africa

Mount Kenya Climb

There are 3 principal summit routes (and 4 lesser used routes), namely Sirimon, Chogoria and Naro Moru. These can either stand alone, or together as variations with other routes.


The fastest route and most direct to Point Lenana is the Naro Moru route. Given the short number of days it is often a very popular route with groups. It is also a lot steeper than other routes and also has the famous 'vertical bog,' which is a steep section of mud and best traversed in gum boots. Because of its steepness, it has less acclimatisation chances. The route makes use of Met Station and McKinders Camp.


The most scenic and interesting of the three main routes on Mt Kenya is the Chogoria route. It starts at Meru Bandas at the base of arguably one of the beautiful Lake Michaelson. As it is a slower ascent it offers more prospects for acclimatisation and also time to enjoy the magnificent scenery.


The third main route is Sirimon, which has the most gradual ascent and also ascends on the direst side of the mountain, meaning less chance of rain. It starts in a yellowwood forest, into a shrub land, a forest of Scenecio's up to Lenana.


These routes can be combined to get the best of various scenes. Noromoru - Sirimon can be combined, and Sirimon Chogoria can be combined.

Day-1:


After an early morning breakfast, transfer from Nairobi to Sirimon Park Gate (2600m) where you will meet your trekking crew. Today is a relatively short acclimatisation walk to Old Moses camp situated at 3300m for our overnight stay. (4-5 hours)

Day-2:


Today's hike is longer than the day before, and we will take about 5 to 7 hours to reach our overnight stop at Shiptons camp, situated at 4200m for our overnight stay. (5-7 hours)

Day-3:


Rising very early, we will shuffle off into the morning at about 03h00to make our pre dawn attempt of Point Lenana 4985m. The route will take us via two screed sections up to 4600m before the final ascent to Point Lenana. We enjoy a leisurely descent to Old Moses to Camp for our overnight (5-6 hours).

Day-4:


Today, we descend to the road head through the groundsels and lobelia to reach our transfer vehicle back to Nairobi. Breakfast and lunch are provided. (3 hours)

 

Day-1:


After an early morning breakfast, transfer from Nairobi to Naro Moru Park gate 2400m, where you will meet your trekking crew. We then trek up to 3050m, to Met Station for our overnight stay. (3-4 hours)

Day-2:


Today, we trek through the Teleki valley towards Mackinder's Camp 4200m for our overnight stop. About half way, we will come across a steep section known as the vertical bog, before finally reaching Mackinder's camp after about 5-6 hours or trekking.

Day-3:


Rising early, we will shuffle off into the morning at about 03h00to make our pre dawn attempt of Point Lenana 4985m. The view from the top is incredibly rewarding. The route will take us via two screed sections up to 4600m before the final ascent to Point Lenana. We descend through Teleki Valley for your overnight stop at the Met Station (6-7 hours)

Day-4:


Descend via the Naro Moru forest to connect with our transfer vehicle back to Nairobi

 

Day-1:


After an early morning breakfast, transfer from Nairobi to Sirimon Park Gate (2600m( where you will meet your trekking crew. Today is a relatively short acclimatisation walk to Old Moses camp situated at 3300m for our overnight stay. (4-5 hours)

Day-2:


To days hike is longer than the day before, and we will take about 5 to 7 hours to reach our overnight stop at Shiptons camp, situated at 4200m for our overnight stay. (5-7 hours)

Day-3:


Rising very early, we will shuffle off into the morning at about 03h00to make our pre dawn attempt of Point Lenana 4985m. The route will take us via two screed sections up to 4600m before the final ascent to Point Lenana. We descend through Teleki Valley to Mackinder's Camp overnight (5-6 hours).

Day-4:


Descend via the Naro Moru forest to connect with your transfer vehicle back to Nairobi (6-7 hours).

 
Day-1:


At 08:30hrs, we will depart Nairobi and transfer to Sirimon Gate at 2600m. After meeting our trekking crew we will trek through the lush forest belt for about 9km, towards Old Moses camp (3300m) for our overnight stay. Picnic lunch & dinner. (3-4 hours)

Day-2:


Our hike today will take us up through the moorland above the forest into Mackinder's Valley, as we trek up to an altitude of 4200m, to Shiptons Camp 4200m for our overnight stay. On the way, we ill come across the giant groundsel and sunbirds, as well as various streams which tend to make the ground quite marshy in places. Picnic lunch & dinner. (5-6 hours)

Day-3:


At about 03h00, we will begin our trek toward to Point Lenana at 4985m, aiming to reach there around 06h30 for a sunrise summit. We then descend to Mintos Hut or tarn area for an overnight stay in in tents at 4300m. (5 hours)

Day-4:


We spend about 5 hours descending to Chogoria Park Gate for our overnight stay, at Meru Mount Kenya Bandas. (5 hours)

Day-5:


Today, we will have a leisurely descent through the Chogoria forest to connect with our transfer vehicle to Nairobi

Your Questions Answered

Mt Kenya comprises three peaks, two of which are technical climbs and one which is a trekking peak. The two major technical rock and ice climbing peaks are called Nelion and Batian. The third peak is known as Point Lenana and is a trekking peak, easily achieved via hiking or walking. Our Mt Kenya treks all go to Lenana, so our tours are to the trekking peak where no technical expertise is needed.
The shortest number of days required to climb to Lenana on Mt Kenya is three days. The longest trek is around 6 days. It all depends on which route you choose. As a general rule of thumb, any trek where the ascent is very quick makes the overall success rate, lower, so it is better to add on extra days to increase your chances of success.
This is one of the most often asked questions - "how will I cope with the altitude". To be honest, this is an ' unknown' factor as no-one can predict how your body will cope at altitude. People who have been to altitude many times in the past without problems, may on one climb suddenly develop problems. There are many factors that play a role. The only way to help combat this, is to take all of the necessary precautions, and walk slowly, pole pole. Choosing a route like Sirimon-Chogoria where you get to follow the principle of 'climb high, sleep low' is also advisable.
Mt Kenya is a less popular choice which means less hikers. On some routes you may hardly see other people, especially during the less-popular wet seasons of March-June and October-December. Less people means less competition for bunks, less noise and less litter. Hikers can also hike at their own slower paces Although both Kilimanjaro and Mt Kenya are mountains, Mt Kenya feels more like you are on a mountain. It has a lot of streams, very craggy volcanic peaks and valleys, more wildlife, clear lakes boulders stunning scenecios.
There are two distinct trekking seasons during which is the best time to climb Mt Kenya. They are January-March and June-October. January-March is generally colder than June-October and there is a higher probability of encountering snow on the summit.
Month 2019 2020 2021
January - 10 28
February - 9 27
March - 9 28
April - 8 27
May - 7 26
June - 5 24
July 17 5 24
August 15 3 22
September 14 2 21
October 14 1, 31 20
November 12 30 19
December 12 30 19


Mt Kenya at a Glance