5- Day Climbing To The Top of Mt. Kenya Safari

Tour Features:

  1. Private tour. This tour will be organized exclusively for you. However, hiking activities will be shared with others.
  2. Can start any day. If availability permits, this tour can start on any day.
  3. Can be customized. You can request changes to this tour.
  4. Suitable for solo travelers. Solo travelers can book this private tour.
  5. Not Suitable for children
  6. A transfer from and back to the airport included
  7. Activities: game drives & other activities
  8. Additional accommodation can be arranged for an extra cost.

Arrival:

  • You’ll be collected from the airport.
  • Accommodation before the tour starts can be arranged for an extra cost.

Day 1: Nairobi – Sirimon Gate, Hike to Old Moses (225 km, 4 – 5 hours 3340m)

Embarking on your adventure, your day kicks off early with a convenient pickup either from your hotel, residence, or the Nairobi airport at the crisp hour of 7:30 AM. As we depart from the bustling city, our journey takes us northward, weaving through the scenic countryside, offering you a captivating glimpse into local life along the way.

Our first pitstop is in Nanyuki town, a charming locale where you can savor the flavors of traditional Kenyan tea. Meanwhile, your experienced guide will ensure all the necessary provisions for your upcoming hike are in order. Fully equipped, we’ll then continue our journey, leading us to the Sirimon Gate of Mount Kenya National Park. Here, you’ll relish a hot and hearty lunch while your guide handles the essential park fees and permits.

Now, the real adventure begins as we lace up our hiking boots. Over the next two to three hours, we’ll ascend to an elevation of 3,300 meters, traversing through lush grasslands and surrounded by rugged rocky outcrops. Our ultimate destination for the day is Old Moses Camp, a cluster of inviting wooden huts offering breathtaking vistas overlooking the mountain’s picturesque valleys.

Accommodation: Old Moses Mountain Camp. Budget mountain hut located in or near Mt Kenya

Main destination: Mount Kenya

Day 2: Old Moses Camp – Shipton Camp 14Kms / 7- 8hrs Ascent: 860m

An early start, at 6.30am, will ensure you’re fresh and ready for the breath-taking views and challenging walk of the day ahead. You’ll have breakfast with hot coffee or tea at the camp to give you ample sustenance for your hike.

The first stage of your hike will see you walk up the Sirimon track and arrive at Liki North Valley that is backed by the peaks of Teleki and Sendeyo. These parasitic vents of the now-extinct volcano offer a great photo opportunity as you reach an altitude of 3,990m. From this valley you ascend up to MacKinders Valley, offering broad vistas across the mountain range. Here, you will stop for a picnic lunch and the chance to take in the many hills and smaller peaks that dot Mount Kenya. The next three hours will see you hike up Shipton Camp. You can choose to take a short stroll to acclimatise to the altitude before dinner is served at the camp. You’ll spend the night in the camp’s wooden huts at 4,200m, where temperatures can dip below ten degrees Celsius!

Accommodation: Shipton’s Hut. Budget mountain hut located in or near Mt Kenya.

Main destination: Mount Kenya

Day 3: Shipton Camp – Austrian Hut

Have an easier morning, with a 7.30 am wake up, with a hot breakfast served and time to repack your bag before we set out hiking at 9 am. This day of your tour is about taking in great views, spotting some of the amazing animals you can see up here, including majestic birds of prey, and acclimatizing ready for your final ascent on the fourth day.

Your route will take you clockwise, half way around the summit. Your walk is steadily uphill, with a climb up Simba Col then a walk next to Simba Tarn before heading to Austrian Hut. You’ve now reached the day’s final destination and lunch will be served. The rest of the day can be taken at your leisure, as you mentally and physically prepare for the ascent to the peak the next day.

The next day will be a pre-dawn start so you’ll be served dinner and then it’s time to try and calm your excitement and get some rest.

Accommodation: Austrian Hut Campsite. Budget mountain hut located in or near Mt Kenya.

Main destination: Mount Kenya

Day 4: Austrian Hut – Lenana Point to Bandas Camp

Before nightfall, have tea or coffee and crackers to keep your stomach going at high altitudes. You’ll descend to Mount Kenya’s Alpine area, where Europeans and northern Americans may recognize the foliage and environment.

Reaching Point Lenana, at 4,985 metres, should take around one hour and your arrival will give your plenty of time to be in situ for sunrise. You will be challenged on the ascent; a strong mind as well as body will be needed to get you to the top.

As the sun breaks through the darkness, you may be lucky to have a day clear enough to spot Mounts Kilimanjaro and Elgon, as well as the Indian Ocean if you look to your east. After you’ve filled your heart with wonder and your camera with photos, it’s time to descend at a leisurely pace to Mintos Hut, which will take two hours and you’ll be richly rewarded with a cooked breakfast.

From here, it’s easier to descend than ascend. At Bandas Camp, you’ll eat dinner and relax in the wooden huts after a long day.

Accommodation: Mount Kenya Bandas. Budget mountain hut located in or near Mt Kenya.

Main destination: Mount Kenya

Day 5: Bandas Camp – Chogoria Gate, to Nairobi (245 km, 4 – 5 hours)

Rounding off your safari hike, you will be served breakfast at 7 am. With little to rush for as you finish the descent of Mount Kenya, you can move at a leisurely pace to get going this morning.

The final walk is 10 km and downhill or flat, trekking through forests with chances to spot myriad mammals and birds as you move through the wooded landscape. Our driver will be awaiting your arrival at mountain base. You’ll be driven the rest of the journey through the park and arrive at the town of Chogoria.

Once out of the park, you will be given chance to bid farewell to the crew who have supported your hike up Mount Kenya and set out back south to Nairobi. During the drive you will stop at a local town to eat a hot lunch of traditional Kenyan fayre. Arrival in Nairobi should be in the late afternoon, at which point you can request to be dropped off at the airport, your hotel, or residence, depending on your onward plans.

Accommodation: No Accommodation

Main destination: Nairobi City

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