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Activities

  • Guided Group
  • Food

    • 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 specialised products for restricted diets, e.g. gluten-free or dairy-free, is minimal or non-existent and we strongly recommend you bring these specialized 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.
    • 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 specialised products for restricted diets, e.g. gluten-free or dairy-free, is minimal or non-existent and we strongly recommend you bring these specialized 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.

    Activities

    • Adult Group
    • Accom: camping
    • Accom: hotel/lodge
    • Trek: point-to-point
    • Trek: summits
    • Walking & Trekking
  • 1

    Start Nairobi; transfer to Mountain Rock Lodge (1950m); acclimatisation walk to Mau Mau Caves.

    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 3 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)

  • 2

    Begin trek to Giant Bamboo Camp (2600m).

    We are initially transferred to Gathiuru Forest Station 15kms away (approx 1 hour), before entering the dense forest with its stands of 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. We look out for tracks from various game as we walk through the 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.

  • 3

    Ascend to Highland Castle Camp (3700m).

    We get up early this morning to trek to Highland Castle Camp, as we hike over steeper ground where the bamboo gives way to the to hagenia rose wood zone (2850-3100m), and as we then climb higher we pass 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 we will look out for the elusive high altitude zebras and eland, but you are more likely to see rock hyrax and sunbirds. Burguret Valley offers spectacular views of the two highest and technical peaks of Baitan and Nelion, a rewarding and interesting day. (3700m) Approx 5-6 hours walking.

  • 4

    Scenic summit circuit to Shipton's Camp (4236m).

    Today we ascend up to Hausberg Col. We pass spectacular moorland landscapes and there are some amazing views 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 Kami Camp.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 todays ascent and then descent is planned accordingly.(4410m) Approx 5.5- 6 hours walking.

  • 5

    Final ascent to Point Lenana (4985m); descend to Shipton's Camp (4236m).

    We rise very early this morning before dawn with the aim of arriving at Point Lenana for sunrise. We zigzag up a large scree slope before we make the final short ascent 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 populations of bizarre rock hyrax and beautiful sunbirds. Approx. 6 hours walking.

  • 6

    Descend; drive to Nairobi; end.

    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.

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