Thursday, January 15, 2009
Mount Kenya is the highest mountain in Kenya with its own snow and ice capped rocks peaks standing high above beautiful agricultural country. There are three main peaks on Mt. Kenya. We offer an itinerary to Pt Lenana (4,985m) which, while a hard climb, can be achieved by a reasonably fit person. Other treks up the mountain include technical climbs that cover the ice and rock faces offering a suitable challenge to the professional mountain climber.
One of the most popular routes up the mountain is the Naro moru route while the most scenic include the Sirimon Route and the Chogoria Route. Combining the two routes gives us both a scenic climb and a worthy challenge with long treks and some hikes that are on the tough side. Full catering will be provided each day and a list of climbers’ equipment will be advised at the time of reservation.The scenery of forest moorland and glaciers is spectacular on this mountain. As you trek you may meet with colobus monkey, the hog and other mountain wildlife. This walk takes you up the mountain via the Sirimon route which is one of the most spectacular with unforgettable scenes of the diverse vegetation. You will also touch ice and snow on the equator!Technical climbs on Mt Kenya
Mt Kenya can and is climbed at all times of the year. If possible however, it is best to avoid the two rainy seasons that may start in mid March and last through till mid June, the long rains, and from the late October through till end of November, the short rains. The driest times on the mountain are usually January till mid March and again July through mid October. Below are some of the routes that take you upto the snow covered peaks of Mount Kenya: -
6 DAYS MOUNT KENYA CLIMBING NAROMORU OUT CHOGORIA
Day 1. Nairobi/Mt Kenya
Depart Nairobi in the morning arriving Naromoru in time for lunch. After lunch you proceed to Mt Kenya Naromoru Hotel for dinner and overnight.
Day 2. Met Station
After breakfast, proceed to Naromoru Park Gate and start hiking to Met Station (3300m). The hiking takes about 3 hrs. Dinner and overnight.
Day 3. Mackinders Camp
Depart Met Station after breakfast and proceed to Teleki Valley arriving Mackinders Camp (4300m) early evening. Picnic lunch enroute. Dinner and overnight.
Day 4. Austrian Camp
Depart at 10:00 am after breakfast ascending along a steep screw to Austrian Hut (4700m). Covering this distance takes about 3 hrs. Dinner and overnight.
Day 5. Point Lenana-Chogoria
Departing at 5:30 am, proceed through Lewis Glacier to Point Lenana(4985m) arriving approx. 6:30 am in the morning. After the sunrise, descend down to Mintos Hut for full breakfast. Later descend along the famous Gorges Valley to Chogoria campsite. Dinner and overnight.
Day 6. Chogoria- Nairobi
After breakfast, set on morning journey to chogoria (32km).4WD vehicles are provided but during the bad weather, climbers have to walk some distance as vehicles may not reach the bandas. From Chogoria transport is provided back to Nairobi, arriving late afternoon.
The scenery of forest moorland and glaciers is spectacular on this mountain. As you trek you may meet with colobus monkey, the hog and other mountain wildlife. This walk takes you up the mountain via the Sirimon route which is one of the most spectacular with unforgettable scenes of the diverse vegetation. You will also touch ice and snow on the equator!Technical climbs on Mt Kenya
Day 1: Nanyuki
In the morning we leave Nairobi driving north accompanied by our mountain guide. After a drive of two and a half-hours we arrive in Nanyuki where we spend the night in one of the lodges at the foot of Mt. Kenya.
Day 2: Sirimon track
A short drive in the morning will take us to the Sirimon track. We start our trek. We walk to Old Moses Camp (5 hours walk). Overnight at old Moses Camp (3,400m).
Day 3: Mackinders Valley
Our hike takes us via Mackinder's Valley to Shipton's Camp (5 hours walk). Night at Shipton's Camp (4,200m).
Day 4: Point Lenana
Early in the morning we climb Point Lenana (4,985m) .On a very clear day we should be able to see Mt.Kilimanjaro in the South. From the top we walk down to the Meteorological Station (6-7 hours walk). Night at the bandas at the Met. Station.
Day 5: Nairobi
Sirimon route out Chogoria(5 Days/4 nights)
Day 1. Nairobi/Nanyuki
Depart Nairobi mid morning for Nanyuki arriving in time for lunch. The afternoon is spent in this area for acclimatization. Dinner and overnight in a budget hotel.
Day 2. Old Moses Camp
After breakfast, drive to Sirimon Park Gate. After chek-in start hiking through the Rain Forest for 9 km to Old Moses camp (3300m). Dinner and overnight.
Day 3. Shipton Camp
Depart Old Moses Camp at 7:30 am via Mackinders Valley to Shipton Camp (4200m). The distance takes 6 to 7 hrs. Dinner and overnight.
Day 4.Point Lenana- Chogoria
Early morning departure (3:00 am) to the summit, a walk that takes 3 hrs to point Lenana (4985m) arriving at 6:30 in the morning. After sunrise, descend to Mintos Hut for full breakfast and later proceed down through the Gorges valley to Chogoria Bandas and campsite. Dinner and overnight.
Day 5. Chogoria/Nairobi
After breakfast, set on morning journey to Chogoria (32km). 4WD vehicles are provided but during bad weather, climbers may have to walk some disance as vehicles may not reach the Bandas. From Chogoria transport is provided back to Nairobi, arriving late afternoon.
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