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Mt Kenya Ascent
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Trek to the summit of Africa's most beautiful mountain
Trip Highlights
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What's included
  • All breakfasts
  • 6 lunches and 5 dinners
  • All accommodation (see below)
  • All transport and listed activities
  • Tour leader throughout
  • Flights from London (if booking incl. flights)

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.

Day 1
Depart London
Depart London.
Day 2
Arrive Nairobi
Arrive Nairobi; transfer to Mountain Rock Lodge (1950m); acclimatisation walk to Mau Mau Caves.
Day 3
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.
Day 4
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.
Day 5
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.
Day 6
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.
Day 7
Depart Nairobi
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.
Day 8
Arrive London
Arrive London.
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Mt Kenya Ascent 5/5

What was the most inspirational moment of your trip? Getting to Pt. Lenana. What did you think of your group leader? Friendly, seemed very organised. Do you have any advice for potential travellers? I managed to walk wearing sandals …

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We use basic mountain huts and refuges throughout this trip as we make our way to Point Lenana. Mountain Rock Lodge offers basic twin share rooms. The mountain huts used on the ascent are basic with shared facilities, often with multiple beds in each room. Each room may accommodate both female and male trekkers.
No bed linen is provided so you must bring your own sleeping bag. With regard to toilet facilities, Old Moses Camp and Shiptons camp have flush toilets. Mackinders Camp use pit latrines.

Tom Bowring - Africa Operations

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