ABOUT MOUNT KENYA NATIONAL PARK
Mount Kenya is the highest mountain in Kenya and the second-highest in Africa, after Kilimanjaro. The highest peaks of the mountain are Batian (5,199 metres (17,057 ft)), Nelion (5,188 metres (17,021 ft)) and Point Lenana (4,985 metres (16,355 ft)). Mount Kenya is located in the former Eastern province of Kenya, now the Eastern region of Kenya, about 16.5 kilometres (10.3 mi) south of the equator, around 150 kilometres (93 mi) north-northeast of the capital Nairobi. Mount Kenya is the source of the name of the Republic of Kenya.
- Location: Kenya
Sirimon Traverse Route a moderately easy route to reach Lenana Point, the third highest point on Mount Kenya. Of the three top peaks, only Point Lenana is for hikers as the other two peaks are for technical climbing and it can be arranged with us.
|ARRIVAL / DEPARTURE LOCATION||Jomo Kenyatta International Airport|
|DEPARTURE TIME||Please check your airline ticket for information.|
We can assist you with flight bookings and travel insurance!
PRE-TRAVEL REQUIREMENTS AND VACCINATIONS FOR KENYA
- Flights to Nairobi: We can assist with Flights from anywhere on the globe to Jomo Kenyatta International Airport (Please drop us a line or email to assist)
- Travel Insurance: This is a very important part of the trip, we can assist if so required. Include hazardous activity cover.
- Medical Insurance: Utmost important! Please we urge you to get Medical Cover for the duration of your adventure. Include pre-existing medical conditions.
- Visas: Visas can be obtained at the port of entry (The Airport for a fee of $50US and for US Citizens $100US) Ref: http://www.kenya.org.za/consular.htm
- Malaria: Consult with your Doctor or Healthcare professional for the correct medication.
- Yellow Fever: Yellow fever is transmitted by mosquitoes.
- Rabies Travelers to Tanzania may need a rabies vaccination if they will be staying in rural areas or spending much of their visit outdoors.
- Hepatitis A: you can receive a single dose of immune globulin (IG) that can protect you from the disease for up to five months.
- Hepatitis B: the CDC recommends that any adult or child traveling to the country should receive a hepatitis B vaccination prior to departure.
- Typhoid Fever: Remember that typhoid fever immunization does not fully protect people from the disease, so use caution when eating and drinking in Tanzania.
Day 1: HOME - NAIROBI
Arrive at Jomo Kenyatta International Airport in Nairobi, Kenya from where we will drive by taxi to our Hotel. Supper to be organised for approximately 6 pm (at our own cost) -after which a short briefing regarding our trek will follow.
Day 2 NAIROBI- MOUNT KENYA BANDAS
At 8am, after an early breakfast, we will depart the hotel and enjoy a scenic drive through agricultural country up to Chogoria town for lunch. After lunch and collection of our 4×4 vehicle, we drive up to the edge of the bamboo forest from where we start our trekking trip through the dense bamboo forest for a distance of 10 km up to the Mt Kenya Bandas. Dinner and overnight at the Mount Kenya Bandas.
Day 3 MOUNT KENYA BANDAS – LAKE ELLIS CAMPSITE
After breakfast and sorting of porter loads (no more than 15Kg per person) we set off up the mountain at a relatively easy pace. A slightly longer walk via Lake Ellis offers scenic views of Mugi, Ithanguni and the Giants Billiards Table, whilst if we follow the river alongside the road we will then head upstream for about 3 km, the foreground scenery and flora is particularly beautiful in this area
Lunch on the banks of a stream, then it’s time to take a short cut up the left side of the hills to reach our camp which is situated at about 3,600m, well away from any of the more “touristy” areas.
Day 4: LAKE ELLIS- MINTO`S CAMP
Once again we are up at dawn to hike well off the beaten track following a ridge up the mountain for approximately 3 hours to eventually join the tourist track on the normal Chogoria route at an altitude of about 4,100m. Have your camera ready as you take in the breath-taking views over the Gorges Valley and back over towards Ithanguni and the Northern Moorlands!
A delicious packed lunch is served at a small stream crossing, before continuing for a further hour to the Mintos Hut area at 4200m and our overnight stop.
Afternoon is spent relaxing at camp, though a 10 minute walk to the “Temple” is well worth the effort. The Temple is a 150 meter vertical cliff that gets its name from the position visitors often adopt when peering over the edge – they look as if they are praying.
Day 5: MINTO`S – AUSTRIAN HUT
Today we begin our trek ascending up along the foot of huge rock walls.
From the top we`ll have a striking view of Mt. Kenya. After ascending for a couple of hours you reach Tooth Col. From here you traverse until you reach the Austrian Hut for dinner and overnight.
Day 6: AUSTRIAN CAMP – PT LENANA – OLD MOSES
Today we leave at 5.00am for our pre-dawn summit attempt, climbing for 1 hour across bare rock and scree slopes characteristic of the alpine region up to Pt Lenana – otherwise known as the The Hiker`s Summit, arriving in time to catch an unforgettable African sunrise. We will spend a bit of time here to allow for photographs to be taken -this is also an ideal stop for a celebration of our successful summit!
Descend to Shipton’s camp for a short break over breakfast .Following this, we begin our 5 hour descent via Mackinder`s valley to the Old Moses camp (3,300m). The descent is gentle and it offers ample time to enjoy fascinating scenery which includes the moorlands before reaching the camp. Dinner and overnight at the Old Moses camp.
Day 7: OLD MOSES CAMP – NAIROBI
After early morning breakfast, we descend for 3 hours until we reach the Sirimon Park gate where we will board our vehicle for transfer back to Nairobi with estimated time of arrival at the Nairobi Hotel being during the late afternoon. The group will decide on supper option and debriefing will be done during the meal. (Kindly note this meal is at our own cost).
Day 8: NAIROBI – HOME
After early morning breakfast at hotel we will take a taxi to the airport and return home.
GEAR LIST FOR MOUNT KENYA LENANA POINT
Before you pack your gear please acquire a standard travel bag for general clothing before and after the climb. We will make provision at the respected hotel to keep your bag safe until your return. The list provided here will be sufficient for the trek, however feel free to add items as you desire as every individual’s needs and taste differ. Remember no more than 15Kg Per duffel for the porters to carry.
- 1 x Waterproof Rain Jacket with Hood >>
- 1 x Insulated Jacket (down or synthetic)
- 1 x (100) Fleece Jacket
- 1 x (200) Fleece Jacket
- 2 x Long Sleeve Shirts (moisture wicking)
- 2 x Short Sleeve Shirts (moisture wicking)
- 2 x T-Shirts
- 1 x Waterproof Pants
- 2 x Hiking Utility Pants (zip off legs)
- 1 x Comfortable Shorts
- 1 x Fleece Trail Pants
- 2 x Thermal Long Sleeve Base Layer Tops
- 2 x Thermal Long Base Layer Bottoms
- 2 x Sports Bra (Women)
- 4 x Pairs Moisture Wicking Underwear
HEAD, HAND AND FOOT GEAR
- 1 x Brimmed Hat
- 1 x Beanie or Peruvian Hat
- 1 x Buff (face and mouth cover)
- 1 x Pair Ski Gloves (waterproof)
- 1 x Glove Liners (thin gloves)
- 1 x Pair Hiking Boots (Waterproof, broken-in)
- 1 x Pair Trainers (to wear at camp)
- 3 x Pairs Sock Liners (thin moisture wicking, seamless)
- 3 x Pairs Wool Socks (seamless)
- 1 x Pair Extra Thick Wool Socks
- 1 x Set Gaiters (waterproof)
- Yellow Card – Immunization Papers
- Travel Insurance
- Visa available at Airport (for SA Passport)
- KES or USD for tips and general
- 1 x Sleeping Bag (four seasons – Warm)
- 1 x Inflatable Sleeping Mat
- 1 x Head Lamp (with spare batteries)
- 1 x Duffel Bag 60 to 80L (for porters to carry limit 15Kg)
- 1 x Day Pack 30 to 35L (with rain cover)
- 1 x Set Trekking Poles (optional)
- 1 x Camera (with spare batteries)
- 1 x Pair Sunglasses (with UV protection)
- 2 x 1L Stainless Steel Water Bottles (double wall, water bladder pipes tend to freeze)
- 1 x Pee Bottle (Pee Funnel for women)
- 4 x Dry bags or Zip Lock-bags various sizes
- 1 x 50ml body wash bio-degradable
- 1 x Face Cloth and Travel towel (light weight and compact)
- 1 x Small Toothpaste and Toothbrush
- 1 x Hair Brush Small (optional)
- 1 x Lip Balm with SPF
- 1 x Insect repellent – with DEET
- 1 x Toilet Paper / Wet Wipes
- 1 x Hand Sanitizer NB!
- 1 x Sunblock SPF50
- 1 x Basic First Aid Kit (include blister plasters)
- General pain medication
- Prescription and chronic meds
- 1 x Anti Chafing Cream (optional)
- 1 x Fungal Cream (optional)
- 1 x Pain Relief Cream (optional)
- 1 x Water purification drops / tablets
- Rehydrate / Electrolyte Powder
BEFORE THE CLIMB BE PROPERLY EQUIPPED
An essential part of your preparation will be to ensure that you are well equipped for your summit attempt. Print our final checklist and mark it off, to ensure that you are.
BE PHYSICALLY PREPARED
It is important that your body is adequately prepared for the physical challenges of Mount Kenya by making long walk and hiking within your local mountain/hill, the walk should be of 3 to 4 hours, try among the highest altitude, wet weather, cold/freezing weather as long as you do not risk your life/health.
It is possible to summit Mount Kenya point Lenana successfully. Many before you have succeeded. This should be topmost in your mind when preparing for the summit attempt. You should always remain in a positive state of mind, but not overly arrogant. Try to anticipate various different scenarios, which you may possibly encounter on the mountain and try to work out the most suitable course of action, mentally by yourself or even as a group. Your mental stamina will, without a doubt, make the really difficult sections, like from Hall Tarn to Lenana or from Mackinders/Shiptons to Lenana, easier to complete. Remember if you are properly equipped, you have taken everything as indicated on the final checklist, you are physically prepared and have all the knowledge gained from our information – you will be mentally confident for the physical part of Mount Kenya.
MOUNT KENYA – Chogoria and other routes have sufficient radio communications in case of any injury/accidents and rangers and are trained to attend to emergencies. However, Mount Kenya does not have a rescue team and your porters and guide are the help you have while up on the mountain. You must have an insurance cover for your medical / hospital expenses and you must alert your insurance on your travel.WEATHER & CLIMATE
Mount Kenya can, and is climbed at all times of the year. If possible however, it is best to try to avoid the two rainy seasons that may start in mid-March and last through till mid-June, the so called long rains, and from late October through till the end of December, the short rains. The driest times on the mountain are usually January till mid-March and again July through mid-October.
Temperatures while in the sun, will be very comfortable with climbers often walking up in a pair of shorts and a T-shirt. However once the wind picks up and the clouds come in, the temperature at 4000m, may drop rapidly to below zero. Here the night-time temperature of around –10 degrees C. can be expected. Even at an altitude of 3000m on the lower moorlands, frost is often experienced. Summit temperatures range from about 10 degrees C. in the morning, sunlight to as low as –15 degrees C. just before dawn. Time of year makes little difference to the mean daily maximum or minimum temperature, though when there is heavy cloud cover during the night, temperatures tend to be a little warmer than when the skies are clear.
Prevailing winds are from the east and south, and therefore those sides of the mountain receive the highest rainfall; up to 2500mm. Pa. At 3000m… Northern slopes receive the least amounts; 1000mm. or so. As one climbs higher, so the amount of precipitation everywhere decreases, and by the time one reaches the bases of the peaks, it has fallen to below 700mm. pa.
Typically, the daily weather pattern is such that at dawn it is crystal clear indeed on both Mountain. Some 320Km.to the south, is regularly visible from near Austrian hut and point Lenana. Soon after, as the ground warms up, the air in contact with it, (thus heated), starts to flow up the mountain and by 1pm, the clouds may have been down around 2200m. In the early morning, have usually reached over 3000m and by noon the whole mountain is often completely enveloped in cloud. From then until early evening, rain, snow or sleet, dependant on altitude, can be expected. In the evenings, as the temperature falls, the reverse happens. The ground surface and air in contact with it gets colder and so the air starts to flow back downhill. The cloud disappears, starting from around the peaks, and by 2pm they are usually back below 3000m this phenomenon is known as an anabatic/ katabatic effect. Highest wind speeds can be expected in the early morning (downhill flow) and mid-afternoon (uphill flow). For visitors who are camping, select a site that will be protected from the anticipated downhill flow at night.
MOUNT KENYA NATIONAL PARK
An area of 2124 sq. km, which starts from above 2200m. The mountain attracts hundreds of visitors each year round aspiring to experience and enjoy the scenery, climbing to 5,199 meters, Mount Kenya is the second tallest mountain in Africa. The scenery surrounding this designated World Heritage Site is breath-taking. It is pristine wilderness with lakes, tarns, glaciers, dense forest, mineral springs and a selection of rare and endangered species of animals, high altitude adapted plains game and unique montane and alpine vegetation. Visitors can enjoy mountain climbing, camping and caving with the mountain’s rugged glacier-clad peaks providing the perfect backdrop.
The Mountain has five major zones, the lower slopes, which are cultivated, rain forest, Alpine moorland, high desert and the summit.
The stream water high on the mountain has been tested and has been found to be fit for drinking. However, if you would like to be on the safe-side, use water purification tablets or ask your guide to boil the water for you. This can be done in the evening. You can fill your flasks in the morning, ready for the next part of the climb.
GUIDES AND PORTERS
Once on the Mountain, your well-equipped guides and porters, will rank second only to your mental determination, in terms of important factors contributing to a successful summit attempt. For the duration of your Mount Kenya trek, your guide will be your advisor, he will lead you to the summit, and he will bring down safely again. It will be important that you work closely with him and take note of his advice.
WEIGHT LIMITS OF PORTERS
Remember that there is a weight limit of 15 kg (30 lbs) per climber, on the gear of each climber to be pottered. You must pack on your items in a Back Pack, though we provide 2 porters per climber, the extra porter is for carrying food provisions and other necessary items.
TIPPING / GRATITUDE
This is a “compulsory tradition” on every Mount Kenya climb. We recommend giving a tip of between US$ 130 to US $ 200 per climber to the mountain crew at the end of the climb. We recommend giving the tip to the main guide who will then distribute the tip among the mountain crew. We recommend not paying any tips until you and all your gear have descended from the mountain.
- Guide US$ 70 – 80
- Assistant Guide US$ 50
- Cook US$ 40
- Porters US$ 25 – 30