Trek to the summit of Africa's most beautiful mountain
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).
All breakfasts, 6 lunches and 5 dinners included. An outline of the kind of food you can expect to eat on trek is detailed below: Breakfast: cereals, assorted fruits and fruit juice, tea/coffee/chocolate, oat porridge, toast, pancakes, scramble eggs, bacon or sausages. Picnic lunch: ham/cheese/lettuce sandwiches, burger steaks or veggie burger, assorted fruits, packets fruit juice, crisps. Dinner: soup of the day, fish fillets with buttered potatoes or vegetable stew with rice, fruit, tea or coffee. Vegetarians are well catered for but please inform us before departure of any special dietary requests. Please note that in Kenya the availability of certain products for restricted diets, e.g. gluten-free or dairy-free, is minimal or non-existent and we strongly recommend you bring these specialised dietary items from home.You may find it beneficial to bring some 'summit snacks' with you from home; summit day is a long trekking day and high energy snacks are not readily available locally in Kenya.
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 sunbirds Approx. 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 equatorand 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. **
* All breakfasts, 6 lunches and 5 dinners * All accommodation * All transport and listed activities * Tour leader throughout * Flights from London (if booking incl. flights)
Great knowledgeable guides,, great team of porters and cooks, and a great group of fellow travellers. The walk in was fantastic with ever changing scenery. Summit day was hard work but worth every breathless step. The celebratory summit dinner, which clashed with my 60th birthday, was one I'll never forget thanks to my fellow travellers, the hotel staff, band and the dancers. A real night to remember, although judjing by the videos, my dancing might best be forgotten.
Getting There - arrangements / bookings worked well Reception - as expected met and taken to Hotel Hotel - (Bantu Lodge) - very nice except inadequate hot water. The Ascent - Walking in and acclimatisation excellent - resulting in a successful ascent. Achievement - Met my expectations Weather - Very good which helped
Words cannot describe how amazing this trip was and photos don't do it justice. Our goal when we started was simply to reach the top of the mountain, however it was the journey to get there that I'll never forget!
It was a phenomenal and well organised trip from start to finish. The route Exodus take is so peaceful, we didn't bump into any other trekking group until Shiptons camp. The scenery is spectacular and changes all throughout the walk. Summit night is tough but the guides are brilliant and managed to get us to the top without any trouble at all.
It's understandable that people want to say they've climbed the highest mountain somewhere - but having climbed both Kilimanjaro and Mount Kenya in the past year, I strongly recommend anyone considering the former to seriously think about Mount Kenya instead. No, it's not as high and summit night is not as long - but if anything, the overall trek is more challenging, given consecutive days of steep ascents and a far more difficult descent. The scenery is truly stunning and, best of all, crowds are non-existent. A fantastic local team ensured that everyone reached the summit.
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.
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.
Just wonderful. The trip notes and photos cannot do justice to what is one of the most special journeys in the world. Habitats change everyday. Views of the different peaks of the mountain gently reveal themselves. Before you finally ascend to the summit and watch the sun-rise across the plains, with Kilimanjoro in the distance. And every step of the way the Exodus team provide perfect commentary, from the flora and fauna to the history of the place. A perfect combination of place and people.
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.
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!
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