At 5199m high, Mount Kenya is Africa’s second highest mountain, with gleaming and eroded snow-capped peaks, which can be seen from miles away. It is a broad, large symmetrical volcano cone whose diameter at the base is about 12 km, dating between 2 to 3 million years ago. Mount Kenya has three peaks; Batian, Nelion and point Lenana. The magnificent views over the surrounding country from point Lenana and other high points around the main peaks and trekking on this mountain is a priority among tourists. The forest surrounding the mountain support a large variety of wildlife such as elephant, buffalo, monkey, antelope, lion, zebra, eland, rock hyrax, giant forest hogs, leopard and various species of birds such as eagle, vulture, and sunbird among others. Embark on a breathtaking safari experience while trekking through Mount Kenya.
Departure Day: Any Day
Accomodation: Standard Lodge and Tent While trekking
Activities: Hiking and trekking, bird watch, wildlife encounter, photography.
Leave Nairobi early in the morning and drive to Nanyuki for lunch. Afternoon can be used for an optional visit to the Sweet Waters game reserve or to the cave hideouts that the Mau Mau freedom fighters used during Kenya’s struggle for independence
After breakfast early in the morning, transfer to the Sirimon Park gate (2660m) the base of your Mt. Kenya trail. Here you meet with guides/ porters and start your climb. A 3hours walk with lunch on the way takes you to Old Moses Camp (3300m) on the edge of the mountainous forest where you will spend the night.
Today you leave the camp early in the morning and you continue hike through the moorland characterized by many varieties of Seneca and Lobelia to Shipton’s Camp (4200m). Lunch will be taken on the way. The 14km hike takes about 6 hours. Overnight will be at the Shipton’s Camp just below the 3 majestic peaks – Batian, Nelion and Lenana.
After an early morning breakfast, the trek leads via a steep screed to the Harris Tarn. There will be a short break here with tea and biscuits before the final ascend of point Lenana (4895m) via Gregory Glacier. After watching the sunrise and taking the summit shots you return to Shiptons Camp for dinner and a well deserved rest.
After breakfast you may have one last glance at the majestic peaks you have already conquered, before you proceed to the Sirimon Park Gate where your driver will be waiting to take you to Nairobi or the next destination.
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