Departs: Daily private departures based on a minimum of 2 passengers
At 5,199 metres, Mount Kenya is the highest mountain in Kenya, and the second highest mountain in Africa. Two of the three main peaks, Batian (5,199m) and Nelion (5,188m), are only for technical climbers, however there are several routes to choose from allowing trekkers to reach the third peak, Point Lenana (4,985m). The scenic Timau Route offers some of the finest walking and best views of the main peaks. The gradual ascent passes through impressive forests in the lower reaches and features abundant wildlife and beautiful alpine scenery higher up.
Day 1 - Nairobi
On arrival at Nairobi International Airport you will be met by a local representative and transferred to your hotel.
Tamarind Tree Hotel is ideally located just 5 kms to the southwest of Nairobi within the spacious Carnivore grounds and its iconic Carnivore Restaurant. The hotel offers easy access to all parts of the city, its national park, as well as to the country’s many diverse attractions via the neighbouring Wilson Airport and Southern Bypass. The nearby Langata and Karen suburbs are among the liveliest and most popular in Nairobi with world-class shopping malls and excellent restaurants.
Day 2 - Mount Kenya
Timau Route (2,700m) – Marania Camp (3,200m).
Hiking time: 4 hours
After breakfast you will be collected from your hotel and transfer to Wilson Airport for a scheduled light aircraft flight to Nanyuki. On landing you will be met and transferred to the departure point for your hike. (BLD)
The hike starts off at the moorland zone and takes you up through patches of bamboo and heather. You will stop for lunch on the rim of the crater, which offers a chance to see some of the rare mountain species such as eland, zebra, buffalo and even the occasional elephant. The view as you ascend is breathtaking, looking down across Kisima, Lewa Downs, Samburu and the great Northern Frontier beyond and up to the glaring peaks of Mount Kenya ahead. You will continue on your way to Marania Camp on the edge of one of the mountain’s shoulders in heather moorland.
Mount Kenya –
Africa’s second highest mountain at 5,199m (17,058 feet) and the highest of all Kenya Mountains. Mount Kenya is roughly circular, about 60km across at the 200mm contour, where the steep font hills rise out of the gentler slopes of the centered highlands. At the centre of the massif, the main peaks rise sharply from around 4,500m to the main summit of Batian 5,199m, Nelion 5,188m and point Lenana 4,985m. Other major summits on the mountain include Point Piggott 4,957m, Point Dutton 4,885 and Point John 4,883m. Of the three main peaks (Batian, Lenana and Nelion), only point Lenana can be reached by trekkers and the other two being only for technical climbers.
Timau Route Summary –
The Timau Route approaches from the North of the mountain following a meandering route through the gentler northern slopes until they steepen at around 4200m. From here it drops abruptly into and across the Hinde Valley and the Nithi North river before climbing up to meet the Chogoria Route at Simba Col. The route lies in a major rain shadow. Because of this there is a very little forest on this side of the mountain. However, the low rainfall zone it generally makes for a drier trek. The slope is gentle and because the peaks on Mount Kenya line up east to west the views from the north give you the impression you are trekking into a whole mountain range.
Distance to the Summit – 36kms Altitude at the Start- 2700m, 8,860ft
Altitude at the Summit- 4985m, 16,355ft Summit- Point Lenana
Day 3 - Mount Kenya
Marania Camp (3,200m) – Major’s Camp (3,800m).
Hiking time: 8 hours
You will depart the camp after breakfast, and walk up through the moorland back towards the peaks ahead that make up the Mt Kenya Massif. Lunch will be at the Marania Spring, which is the source of the river that runs by Marania camp, this is a beautiful lunch spot and especially if there are some curious zebra around. You should arrive at Major’s Camp in the afternoon, which is set up at the base of the valley near some very dramatic rock faces. Some wildlife have been known to frequent the area, previous guests have had sightings of the rare Serval cat. (BLD)
Day 4 - Mount Kenya
Major’s Camp (3,800m) – Simba Tarn (4,650m).
Hiking time: 8 hours
The hike up towards the Lower Simba Tarn starts off being fairly steep and eases off before the final climb up to Simba Tarn. This walk is definitely an experience that resembles no other, with an extremely unique lunar landscape coupled with very distinctive vegetation. This will be your first glimpse of the fabulous Giant groundsels particularly in the Hobley Valley below the massifs of Terere and Sendeyo. This vegetation is endemic to Mt Kenya with its unique adaptions to the vast day to day temperature changes. You will arrive at the Simba Tarn camp at the top of the Hobley Valley and aptly named Gorges Valley. The views from Simba Tarn camp are breathtaking. (BLD)
Day 5 - Nairobi
Simba Tarn (4,650m) – Point Lenana (4,985m) – Met Station.
Hiking time: 12 hours
An early departure at 5.30am for a sunrise summit is the best way to experience this climb, and enjoy the expansive views of the mountainside, valleys and country beyond – even the summit of Kilimanjaro if you are lucky. (BL)
The descent takes you down the southern side along the Naro Moru route where you will have brunch in the Teleki Valley. Then it’s a final walk down to the MET station for collection. You will be back in the Nanyuki area for around 3 pm. You will then continue by road transfer to Nairobi and you hotel.
Day 6 - End of your Climbing Mount Kenya Trek
After breakfast you will be transferred to Nairobi and your onward arrangements. (B)
Dates and Pricing
- 16 Dec 22 - 15 Dec 23 $3,155 $4,735
Prices shown are per person based on twin share. Seasonal supplements and minimum night requirement may apply. Solo traveller and extra night prices available on request. Luggage restrictions may apply. International flights not included.