Mount Kenya Trekking Safari
Best affordable Mount Kenya Trekking Safari packages for you. Mt Kenya trekking routes are Naromoru, Sirimon Chogoria. During our Mount Kenya Trekking Safari package, we provide Skilled experienced guide to help you all the way. Your Climbing Guide on Mount Kenya, Trekking information, Mt Kenya Climbing Rates, Climbing Routes, Itineraries and Package we are ready to provide. We organize tailor-made Mount Kenya Trekking Safari package on Mount Kenya for groups or individuals who are looking for a mountain wilderness adventure. Our Mount Kenya Trekking Safari package trips are personalized itineraries without set departure dates. We have an experienced mountain team who will do their utmost to ensure your trip is as safe and enjoyable as possible.
Mount Kenya is one of Africa’s second highest mountain, you can experience a high altitude walking trip amongst rugged peaks and glaciers, without the crowds. If you are fit and active and want to challenge yourself to a high peak, you can trek to the third highest point, Point Lenana, which at 4,985 meters is higher than Mont Blanc. Or you can stroll in the eastern foothills, camping by Lake Ellis, visiting the spectacular Nithi waterfalls and climbing the mini summit of Mugi Hill.
After Kilimanjaro, Mount Kenya in the eastern Great Rift Valley is the second highest mountain in Africa. Like Kilimanjaro, it is an eroded stratovolcano with glaciers on its highest peaks, but unlike its higher sibling in Tanzania, only Point Lenana at 4985 meters (16355 feet) is accessible to trekkers as the lesser of the tri-peaks. The higher peaks, Batian, 5199 meters (17057 feet) and Nelion, 5188 meters (17021 feet) are technical vertical climbs requiring Class 5 technical climbing skills to complete Mount Kenya Trekking Safari.
Other major summits on the mountain include Point Piggott 4,957m, Point Dutton 4,885 and Point John 4,883m. Of the Mt. Kenya’s three main peaks (Batian, Lenana and Nelion), only point Lenana can be reached by trekkers and the other two being only for technical climbers – Mount Kenya technical climbing routes. How difficult is Mount Kenya hiking and which are the best months for Mt Kenya climbing? Go to Mount Kenya expeditions and take an adventure hiking trip along the Equator. Climb Mt Kenya hikes and Mount Kenya trek main routes are: Naromoru route, Chogoria Route and Sirimon route Mount Kenya.
We offer guided Mount Kenya Trekking Safari trails to Lenana Peak, often as acclimatization trips before attempting the Kilimanjaro climb, but we advise teaming up with specialist rock climbing guides to ascend higher, unless Class 5 clients with known expertise make special requests. Situated east of the Great Rift Valley by the equator and 175 kilometers north-east of Nairobi, Mount Kenya National Park is reached by road or air through the Nanyuki Airstrip.
We provide an experienced and professional trekking crew for your Mt. Kenya highlands trip comprising a guide, a cook, a personal porter for each trekker and one for equipment’s. It is essential to have a knowledgeable and skillful guide on Mount Kenya Trekking Safari to protect you from your own enthusiasm as well as to encourage you, and explain the significance of everything you see around you as you soar. The Kenyan Wildlife Service requires that all guides and porters are trained, licensed and qualified in their knowledge of local conditions, flora and fauna and geological formations, and in the monitoring, recognition and treatment of high altitude sickness.
Fitness, Altitude and Safety on Mount Kenya Trekking Safari
Climbing Mount Kenya is very accessible and there-in lies the problem. With a decent level of fitness, it is easy to gain altitude quickly and find yourself the on the night before summiting with a throbbing head-ache and all the symptoms of acute mountain sickness. Mount Kenya Trekking Safari with a good experienced guide, taking a sensible easy pace and keeping hydrated makes all the difference. The best approach is always to allow extra time for your ascent, an extra day at Shipton’s Camp takes all the pressure of the itinerary and gives you time to enjoy the fabulous trekking around the peak.
Guides, Porters and Cooks during Mount Kenya Trekking Safari
The trekking crew will usually consist of a guide, cook, porter for the cooking gear plus a personal porter per trekker. It has been said before, but a good experienced guide is so important on Mount Kenya Trekking Safari, for two reasons; (1) they will regulate your pace, be able to draw on their experience to diagnose altitude sickness symptoms and have the confidence to make critical decisions and (2) their knowledge of the wildlife and fauna on the mountain will bring the environment alive.
Mount Kenya Trekking Safari Route Options
There are 5 main routes to the peak.
Sirimon Mount Kenya Trekking Safari Route: Sirimon route, is the most popular ascent as the altitude gain is nice and steady and it offers one of the most beautiful approaches to the peaks. Allow a minimum of 2 nights to peak when ascending, although we recommend spending an extra night at the last camp (Shipton’s) on the way up.
Burguret Mount Kenya Trekking Safari Route: If you want to avoid the crowds then Burguret Mount Kenya Trekking Safari Route is the best route. You’ll be hacking through pristine rainforest on this little used route, overnighting at wilderness campsites. Going up this route is challenging, it is little more than a game track in places, often muddy and rough under foot. Burguret Mount Kenya Trekking Safari Route is usually combined with a Chogoria or Sirimon descent. Allow a minimum of 3 nights before peak when ascending.
Naro Moru Mount Kenya Trekking Safari Route: Naro-Moru is the most popular descent route, fast and easy (at least on the way down!). Naro Moru passes through the notorious vertical bog section which gets very waterlogged in the rainy seasons. The vegetation is at its most striking on this route. It can be descended in one very long day, usually done in two days and one night.
Chogoria Mount Kenya Trekking Safari Route: If you have more time then choose dramatic Chogoria over Naro Moru for the descent. The Chogoria route passes by tarns, waterfalls and an incredible gorge. Allow two or three days for your descent.
Timau Mount Kenya Trekking Safari Route: Timau is little used nowadays, there is little forest on this side of the mountain and no facilities, just lots of wide open country.
This guide to Mount Kenya is intended as a useful resource for any trekker planning to climb Mount Kenya. For those looking to book an organized trek with experienced guides, full support and private transport from Nairobi, we can arrange treks along all the routes above.
Our recommended routes are the 5 day Sirimon – Naro Moru (including an extra day for acclimatization at Shipton’s Camp), and the 7 day Sirimon – Chogoria and Bagoret – Chogoria for those with more time:
Mount Kenya Trekking Safari Route 5 Day Sirimon Naromoru Mount Kenya Trek:
Our shortest Mount Kenya trek ascends via the easiest (and arguably most picturesque) Sirimon route and then down via the quickest Naro Moru route. This is our most popular trek on the mountain and includes an extra days acclimatisation at Shipton’s Camp to get round any altitude issues.
Mount Kenya Trekking Safari 7 Day Sirimon Chogoria Mount Kenya Trek:
The classic choice for those with more time. Up the beautiful (and nicely paced) Sirimon route then down arguably the most dramatic Chogoria route past gorges, tarns and waterfalls. Includes an extra day’s acclimatization at Shipton’s Camp to get round any altitude issues.
Mount Kenya Trekking Safari Route 7 Day Burguret Chogoria Mount Kenya Trek:
The wildest most remote route involves climbing up the little uses Burguret route. The path is barely a game trail in places, the going is tough under foot but the rewards of solitude and wilderness camping are hard to beat. This is definitely one for the more intrepid trekkers.
The Weather and When to Go Mount Kenya Trekking Safari Route?
First things first, although Mount Kenya is on the equator, at an altitude of 4,000m it gets freezing at night! You need to be prepared for overnight temperatures well below freezing (a good three/four season sleeping bag is a must). Minus 10 or even minus 20 degrees C are not unheard of at Point Lenana. Otherwise expect plenty of hot overhead sun and rain if you are trekking during the short or long rains.
Kenya is subject to two rainy seasons, the long rains from mid-March to mid-June and the short rains from September to October. Mount Kenya remains trekkable throughout the year, but during the long rains especially, you will need to be prepared for some heavy rainfalls and muddy tracks. The good news is that even in the depth of the long rains, there is usually reliable sunshine for a good portion of the day (10am – 3pm). Outside the rainy season, you can expect plenty of sunshine. (back to top)
How to get to Mount Kenya Trekking Safari Route
From Nairobi, Mount Kenya is around a 4 hours’ drive. There are good paved roads all the way to the towns at the foot of the mountain, but the last stretch of road up to the park gates is a rough dirt road that can get almost impassable in the rainy season, when a 4wd is essential.
Trekking Mount Kenya: Independent or Guided?
The park authorities do not allow trekkers to enter the park alone, so there will need to be two of you. You’ll need to be prepared to bring all your own gear and provisions. The biggest challenge you will find is navigation on the mountain. Paths are not clearly marked and cloud cover is common. If you don’t want to lug camping equipment, then there are huts all the way on the Sirimon route. If you do choose to do it on your own, don’t expect to be popular with the locals, as it deprives them of work.
Mount Kenya Trekking Safari Packages
5 Days Mount Kenya Hiking Climbing Adventure
6 Days Mount Kenya Trekking Safari Chogoria Route
7 Days Mount Kenya Climbing Trekking Summit Circuit
8 Days Climbing Hiking Trekking Mount Kenya Batian Peak
Besides Mount Kenya Trekking Safari Packages, we also have Mount Kilimanjaro climbing packages