7 Days Mount Kenya Climbing Trekking Summit Circuit is an adventurous six-day trek circling the jagged peaks of Nelion (5188m) and Batian (5199m) and then summiting the third trekking peak of Point Lenana (4985m). The 7 Days Mount Kenya Climbing Trekking Summit Circuit is a special route taking in all the calls, ridges and glaciers of the mountain and is more demanding than the other routes with some long days on rocky trails and camping all the way. Our 7 Days Mount Kenya Climbing Trekking Summit Circuit is a quiet route where you are less likely to see many people, it is particularly dramatic in places where the two main summit spires seem to overhang parts of the trail, and they are like giant cathedrals of rock as you look up.

7 Days Mount Kenya Climbing Trekking Summit Circuit itinerary is based on starting the journey in Naro Moru and finishing in Embu town but we are flexible with any travel needs or extra accommodation. The entire trek is within the Mount Kenya National Park, and from a distance the volcanic peak dominates the landscape. There is plenty of wildlife to hear and maybe see – elephant, Buffalo, Colobus monkey, Antelope and Giant Forest Hog are in the foothills of the 228 sq. mile park.

Mount Kenya Climbing Trekking Summit Circuit

From the lower forests of bamboo, the landscape develops to unusual high-altitude equatorial vegetation on the shoulder of the mountain with giant heather, lobelia and groundsels giving the slopes an alpine desert appearance and a striking feel. Higher up there is exposed rock and glaciated terrain, although climate change nowadays has reduced all of the permanent glaciers almost to nothing. To successfully summit Mount Kenya you’ll need clothing which keeps you warm, dry, protected from the sun/rain and comfortable in the various environments.

7 Days Mount Kenya Climbing Trekking Summit Circuit

DEPARTURE/RETURN LOCATION Jomo Kenyatta International Airport or from the Hotel
DEPARTURE TIME Please be ready by 7:30 AM for a prompt departure at 8:00 AM.
RETURN TIME Approximately 5:30 PM.
WEAR Comfortable athletic clothing, hiking boots, hat, jacket and sunscreen.
INCLUDED
Professional instructor Meals
1 hour of free time Transportation in mini-coach
NOT INCLUDED
Drinks
Instructor gratuity

The start of 7 Days Mount Kenya Climbing Trekking Summit Circuit

Suggested 7 Days Mount Kenya Climbing Trekking Summit Circuit itinerary, We start the ascent on the popular Naro Moru route where we will reach Mackinders camp before starting to explore the summit circuit and moving across to Shipton’s camp. It will be from Shiptons Camp that we summit Point Lenana and descend along a ridge from the summit to Austrian Hut and off the mountain using the Chogoria route, where we camp on the edge of Lake Ellis, or Nithi Falls on a quicker descent.

Mount Kenya Climbing Trekking Summit Circuit Summary

  • Transfer from Naro Moru to the Mount Kenya National Park Gate Gate. Trek to Met Station Camp
  • Trek from Met Station Camp to MacKinder’s Camp
  • Trek from Mackinder’s Camp – Hausberg Col – Shipton’s Camp
  • Acclimatisation Day: Trek from Shipton’s Camp – Icy Mike (Elephant skeleton) – Shipton’s Camp
  • Trek from Shiptons to Point Lenana and descend to Lake Ellis or Nithi Falls via Hall Tarns
  • Trek from Lake Ellis or Nithi Falls via Meru Banda’s and transfer to Chogoria town and back to Embu

Mount Kenya Climbing Trekking Package INCLUDES

  • Private transport from Naro Moru to the trek start point (Mt Kenya National Park gate)
  • Park fees, camping fees and park rescue fees
  • Park certified guides (ratio of 1:4)
  • Porters and cooks, plus equipment for them (porters carry your main bag)
  • All group camping equipment including tents
  • All meals on the mountain – fresh food, 3 meals per day with hot drinks
  • Bottled water when not on the mountain (we use mountain water during the trek)
  • 4×4 transport from Meru Banda’s to Chogoria town on the descent
  • Private transfer from Chogoria town to Embu town
  • Kit transfer from Naro Moru to Embu (for any kit that you don’t take on the mountain with you)
  • Guide and porter transport from Embu back to Naro Moru after the climb

Kenya Climbing Trekking Summit Circuit Package EXCLUDES

  • International airfare
  • Kenyan Visa
  • Vaccinations and malaria tablets required
  • Personal expenses and travel insurance
  • Airport transfers and / or transfers to and from Embu and any accommodation needed in Nairobi or Embu
  • Mountain Staff Tips paid in local currency to main guide for distribution in Chogoria after the climb

TERMS AND CONDITIONS:

Prices are “from” per person based on twin/double share accommodation and for travel in low season. Seasonal surcharges and blackout dates may apply. Limited seat/spaces and all pricing is subject to change and availability. Rates for single or triple travelers are available on request – please esquire. Group Size: Minimum 2, Maximum 12 Guaranteed departures

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7 Days Mount Kenya Climbing Trekking Summit Circuit

Day 1: Arrive in Nairobi and be transferred to Narumoru town for your overnight stay.

Day 2:   Elevation 2000-2500-3050m        Travel Time 10km 3-4hrs            

Today all the guides and porters will meet us in Naro Moru and we will load up the vehicle(s) for the short 15km drive up to the Naro Moru gate of Mount Kenya National Park. There are often baboons and bushbuck wandering around the area as we sign in and then we head off along the vehicle track through the forests of bamboo and hardwood trees. We will stop for a picnic lunch at a convenient spot before continuing on up to our first camp at Met Station, located close to the edge of the forest where buffalo often come out overnight to graze.

Day 3     Elevation 3050-4200m   Travel Time 10km 5hrs  

From Met Station we follow the vehicle track a bit further before turning off on a footpath through the Hygenia forest and then out onto the more open heathland. From here you get a fantastic view back over the treetops and down to the plains beyond. The heath and moorland continues and also sports Giant Cabbage Groundsel and Giant Lobelia Deckenii as we make our way up past the over-dramatically named ‘Vertical Bog’ to the outcrop known as picnic rocks, for lunch.

From lunch we continue on the moorland for a bit longer before joining the edge of the Teleki Valley and winding between Giant Tree Groundsel and Ostrich Plume Lobelia and then onto grasses in the valley floor as we cross a river and follow it on a gentle approach to our next camp at MacKinders Hut, on an outcrop of moraine.

Day 4     Elevation 4200-4535-4200m Travel Time 7 kms 4-5hrs     

Morning to relax and after lunch from MacKinders Camp we climb up to Hut Tarn, which sits right on the edge of the upper Teleki Valley and gives a great view across to the main summits and glaciers. Continue past Nanyuki Tarn and towards the Eastern Terminal and on to a slotted pass at Arthur’s Seat before dropping down to Oblong and Hausberg Tarns, past the Kami Tarn and down to Shiptons Camp (4,200m).

Alternative route option Elevation 4200-4535-4200m Travel Time 8kms 6-7 hrs  

MacKinders to Darwin & Tyndall Glaciers is a rewarding walk up the left hand flank of the upper Teleki Valley to the American Camp and on to a deep bowl where the diamond couloir falls to the Darwin Glacier. The rock faces of the main summits tower over us and old ropes from climbing parties hang on some of the sheer faces. Continue up to the Hut Tarn and on to Shiptons Camp.

Day 5     Elevation 4200-4600-4200m Travel Time 7 kms 5-6hrs     

An interesting day walk from Shiptons Camp to find an elephant skeleton called Icy Mike, the elephant that tried to climb Mt Kenya! From Shiptons Camp we start to descend the MacKinder Valley before contouring around and up towards the peak of Sendeyo where we drop into a wide couloir above the Hinde Valley. From Icy Mike we can either return by the same route or complete a circuit by dropping lower into the Hinde Valley, contouring to the south and then south west for the long climb up to Simba Col and back to Shiptons Camp.

Day 6     Elevation 4200-4985-3500m Travel Time 18kms 11-13hrs    

This morning we will be up just after midnight to prepare for our night-time ascent to Point Lenana, it is an exhilarating feeling stepping out into the cold under the starlight and crunching up the frozen scree. We skirt the rocky outcrop above the camp then cross a flat area before joining the screen. We then zig zag our way up and then follows a broad ridge and a steeper slope up over the skyline. Passing the bowl of Harris Tarn we skirt above it and then cross an area of bare rock and a small scramble. If we are ahead of schedule, there is a small niche/cave where we can huddle up for a rest. It is then less than half an hour up to the bare summit for sunrise. The sun will rise around 6am and we will drink in its warmth as well as the spectacular view before dropping down by either re-tracing our ascent route or alternatively traversing right over and down the South side past Austrian Hut before turning to the east and down to Hall Tarns for breakfast. After enjoying the amazing views of the cliffs of the Temple and Lake Michaelson we will set off further down the mountain to camp at Lake Ellis.

Day 7     Elevation 3500-1800m   8km(3-4hrs) +70km(1.5hrs)         

This morning we set off again downhill. The path can be quite indistinct at first on this less-used trail but we generally follow the line of a watercourse until we hit the 4×4 track that takes us down to the forest boundary. Here we have the option of heading straight down to Meru bandas (cabins) or a diversion around to the beautiful Nithi Falls. Back at the bandas, or just a little after them we’ll meet up with our 4×4’s for the drive back down through the forest to Chogoria town before continuing on to the town of Embu where you’ll meet up with any kit that you didn’t take on the mountain with you (we’ll have transferred it around the mountain and it will be in a secure room in our Embu Guest House). It is possible to get back to Nairobi on this date, however if you have time then a couple of days in Embu is well worth it. Aside from our own Moving Mountains projects, Embu offers a safe and lively nightlife, a number of outdoor swimming pools and some great walks and other activities in the surrounding hills.

INCLUDES

  • Private transport from Naro Moru to the trek start point (Mt Kenya National Park gate)
  • Park fees, camping fees and park rescue fees
  • Park certified guides (ratio of 1:4)
  • Porters and cooks, plus equipment for them (porters carry your main bag)
  • All group camping equipment including tents
  • All meals on the mountain – fresh food, 3 meals per day with hot drinks
  • Bottled water when not on the mountain (we use mountain water during the trek)
  • 4×4 transport from Meru Banda’s to Chogoria town on the descent
  • Private transfer from Chogoria town to Embu town
  • Kit transfer from Naro Moru to Embu (for any kit that you don’t take on the mountain with you)
  • Guide and porter transport from Embu back to Naro Moru after the climb

EXCLUDES

  • International airfare
  • Kenyan Visa
  • Vaccinations and malaria tablets required
  • Personal expenses and travel insurance
  • Airport transfers and / or transfers to and from Embu and any accommodation needed in Nairobi or Embu
  • Mountain Staff Tips paid in local currency to main guide for distribution in Chogoria after the climb

7 Days Mount Kenya Climbing Trekking Summit Circuit
7 Days Mount Kenya Climbing Trekking Summit Circuit
6 Days Mount Kenya Trekking Safari Chogoria Route
7 Days Mount Kenya Climbing Trekking Summit Circuit

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