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  • Watch the sun rise over the Kenyan plains from Point Lenana
  • Trek a  remote path that is seldom used
  • Descend via the scenic Sirimon route
  • Extra day for acclimatisation
The Mt Kenya Ascent tour starts and ends in Nairobi. The Mt Kenya Ascent is a Trekking tour that takes 6 days taking you through Nairobi, Kenya and other destinations in Kenya.

The majestic triple peaks of Mt Kenya are a sight to behold. Following less used routes, we use the Burguret Route and Sirimon Trail to ascend and descend, passing spectacular alpine moorland, forests, glaciers and tarns. Our goal is Point Lenana, at 4985m, the second highest trekking peak in Africa. Snow-capped for much of the year, it is arguably a more beautiful mountain than neighbouring Kilimanjaro. We add an acclimatisation day to the trek as we pass the technical peaks of Batian (5199m) and Nelion (5188m).
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4.6 - Excellent Based on 11 reviews
Mount Kenya Ascent
5 - Excellent
“An interesting comparison with the Kilimanjaro trip I did 3 years ago. Mount Kenya is prettier and certainly less crowded. The final ascent of Mount Kenya is just as hard as Kilimanjaro but took 3 hours compared with Kili's 5-6 plus the extra altitude. Overall then because of the altitude, length of climb and number of walking days Kili is a tougher challenge. Mount Kenya is an excellent alternative though and worth doing on its own or as preparation for Kili.”
An excellent mountain climbed in excellent company
4 - Very Good
“Mount Kenya is a far more inspirational mountain than her big sister Kili. The setting is fabulous with austere peaks all around, languid tarns and rich vegetation. The climb on summit day is hard work but very doable - the reward at the top of the view to Batian and Nelion is worth every drop of sweat.”
Mount Kenya
5 - Excellent
“Anyone keen on treking off the beaten track with little chance of meeting other walkers should look at this trip. The treking is demanding but the effort is rewarded with spectacular views and superb wildlfe. Much better alternative to Killy. Hard to understand why this trip is not oversubscribed!”
Ascent of Mt Kenya
5 - Excellent
“A well organised and paced trek with plenty of time to enjoy the surroundings. Perfect weather conditions and timing on the final ascent produced an amazing sunrise experience "on top of the world." Guides and porters really pleasant and helpful with fresh meals daily.”
Those not flying with the group from London will either need to meet the tour leader at the airport at 06.30h or will be picked up en-route to the airport at 06.00h from the pre tour hotel we use and will join the rest of the group at the airport. (Times are subject to change depending on group flight times - see final joining instructions). From the airport we drive to Mountain Rock Lodge, around a 4-hour drive in time for lunch. This afternoon we walk to Mau Mau caves in Mount Kenya Forest Reserve. These caves used to be the hideout by local freedom fighters that fought for independence in the colonial period. This is a pleasant walk through the tall towering trees. The forest reserve is home to a wealth of birdlife, game and plants, with at least 11 unique species on the lower slopes of Mount Kenya. You may see Colobus monkeys up in the trees and elephants and buffalo through the clearings.(1950m)*Basic Hotel*
We are initially transferred to Gathiuru Forest Station 15kms away (approx 1 hour), before entering the dense forest with its towering bamboo. We trek through forest and bamboo, gaining around 400m in altitude. This hiking is essential for acclimatisation. On the lower slopes of Mount Kenya there is a wide range of vegetation and fauna. Look out for tracks from various game as we walk through a variety of vegetation including huge podocarpus and pencil cedar trees. In the forest brightly coloured birds such as Scarlet winged turacos can be seen and heard, as well as different types of monkeys. (2600m) Approx 4-5 hours walking.*Full-service Camping*
We get up early this morning to trek to Highland Castle Camp. We hike over steep ground where the bamboo gives way to the to hagenia rose wood zone (2850-3100m), and we then climb higher through the Giant Heather zone (3100m-3300m). Our camp is located close to the sheer lava cliffs. We cross high altitude moorland, dotted with the unique Giant Lobelia and Senecio plants. We gain a further 1100m in altitude in the course of the day. There is little game as we reach this point, but look out for the elusive high altitude zebras and eland, and the more commonly spotted rock hyrax and sunbirds. Burguret Valley offers spectacular views of the two highest and technical peaks of Baitan and Nelion, a thoroughly rewarding day. (3700m) Approx 5-6 hours walking.*Full-service Camping*
Today we ascend up to Hausberg Col. We pass spectacular moorland landscapes and it is not unusual to spot eagles and buzzards circling overhead as we ascend to Hausberg Col at 4600m, after connecting the summit circuit trail to descend to Shipton’s Camp (one of the few permanent camps on the mountain). The camp is the first time where we are likely to come across other trekkers on the mountain and has panoramic views of all the main peaks including Terere and Sendeyo, two old parasitic vents of the main peaks. Climbing high and sleeping low is excellent for acclimitisation and the benefits of today's ascent and descent is great preparation.(4236m) Approx  7 - 8 hours walking.*Full-service Camping*
We rise very early this morning before dawn with the aim of arriving at Point Lenana for sunrise. We zig-zag up a large scree slope before we make the final short ascent, which involves some scrambling to Point Lenana at 4985m. If the moon is bright you will hardly need a torch. The climb takes between 3 - 4 hours. Watching the sunrise over the Kenyan plains is a truly amazing experience. We later descend back to Shipton's Camp for breakfast then relax our tired legs for the rest of the day. Shipton's Camp at 4,236m is a dreamlike setting below the towering peaks of Batian Sendeyo and Terere, with its resident population of bizarre rock hyrax and beautiful sunbirdsApprox. 6 hours walking.*Full-service Camping*
We descend down Mount Kenya up to Old Moses Camp at (3340m) in 4 hours before a short drive to a much needed shower and beer! En route we cross the equator and stop to enjoy lunch at the foot of the mountain. We then drive on to Nairobi airport for the evening departure.Approx. 4 hours walking.**
what’s included
Accommodation
  • All accommodation 
Meals
  • All breakfasts, 6 lunches and 5 dinners
Transport
  • All transport and listed activities
Others
  • 1 night basic lodge, en suite and 4 nights full service camping
  • 5 days point-to-point walking
  • Group normally 4 to 12, plus leader. Min age 18 yr
  • Altitude maximum 4985m, average 3500m
  • Full porterage throughout
  • Tour leader throughout
what’s excluded
  • International Flights
  • Any international flights to/from Nairobi are not included in this price. We always recommend that you arrive 1 day prior to your tour starting date.
  • Travel Insurance
  • Travel insurance is not included in this Mt Kenya Ascent tour. Travel insurance is mandatory to buy. We recommend purchasing it from World Nomads.
Tour details
Booking Type Instant Booking  
Duration 6 days
Tour Type Group Tour - Max 12 participants
guiding method Live guide/instructor
Guide Language English
Starts/Ends Nairobi, Kenya/ Nairobi, Kenya
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A deposit of 248 USD is required to confirm this tour. The remaining balance will be charged 56 days before departure. For any departures within 18 July 2019 full payment is required.

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The Mt Kenya Ascent tour requires that you have adequate and valid travel insurance covering medical and personal accidents, including repatriation costs and emergency evacuation. We recommend using World Nomads' travel insurance.

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For this Mt Kenya Ascent tour getting the required visa(s) is the responsibility for each individual traveller, as visa requirements vary depending on your nationality. We recommend to check with your local embassies representing the countries that you are travelling to, as part of this itinerary.

CancellationNo additional cancellation fees apply for this Mt Kenya Ascent tour. You can cancel the tour up to 57 days prior departure and avoid paying the full amount, but your deposit paid is non-refundable. No refund applies for cancellations within 56 days of departure.
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