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Mount Kenya is the highest mountain in Kenya and the second-highest in Africa, after Kilimanjaro. The highest peaks of the mountain are Batian, Nelion and Point Lenana.
It is a challenging hike to the summit following straightforward paths and making use of accommodation huts located along the way. This is a common itinerary for hikers with limited amounts of time for their hike or those on a weekend break. The routing is quit convenient for larger trekking parties since it follows the same trail up and down allowing those unable to reach the very top to wait behind at the lower camps as the fitter ones attempt the summit.
Optional night spent at the base lodge before the trek allows for a time to prepare and to do a nature hike in the Mount Kenya forest kicking off the much-needed acclimatization. If time does not permit for this, it’s passable.
Drive from Nairobi to preferred lodge on the slopes of Mt Kenya for lunch. After lunch is a full briefing and equipment check before we begin the mountain trek then an introduction to the crew. A personal porter will be required and there are extra porters for mountain equipment and food. It takes about one hour to get to the Sirimon Park Gate (2600m) crossing the equator en-route. On completion of park entry formalities you begin a 3-4 hour hike through forest, bamboo, rosewood and heather zones to Old Moses camp (3300m).The forest and bamboo are home to hundreds of buffaloes, elephants, bushbucks and a plethora of bird species. Overnight will be spent in the Old Moses hut (3340m).
After a heavy breakfast, hike to Shipton’s camp (4200m), 17kms (6 to 8 hrs hike) through Likii Valley mid-morning. After a water break, continue on the track crossing Ontulili River before turning right contouring through the Moorland and crossing Likii North River and Mackinder’s Valley, a great day of scenery and magical photo shoots. There are killer &panoramic views of the peaks from the viewpoint. A nourishing lunch will be served by the Likii River and continue to Shipton’s camp at 4200m Evening tea, snacks, dinner, and overnight stay. This camp is a surreal setting below the towering peaks and glaciers. The resident population is of Rock hyrax and sunbirds.
Kick-off @ 2:00 am the hike takes 3-4 hrs. The climb starts on frozen scree and continues on a rocky track with some very minor scrambling. With a good Moon, you barely need a torch. Without Moon, then the pollution-free sky bangs on the ground giving you a good view of the stars like nowhere else on Earth. Reach point Lenana (4985m) followed by hoisting of a flag & photo session on sunrise. Descend to Shipton Camp for breakfast, heading back to Old Moses camp. Lunch will be served by the Likii River on the way back to Old Moses camp for an overnight stay. Evening tea snacks & dinner will be served. Thereafter, have last night full of fun & joy in Mt Kenya.
The last day on the mountain after breakfast, descend through the rain forest to Sirimon Park Gate for our transport to Nairobi.