Mount Kenya Climb

Climbing Mt Kenya

Located on the equator in East Africa, is Mt Kenya with its snow and glacial ice peaks, Africa's second highest volcano. My Kenya is composed of three high peaks, namely Batian (5199m or 17,058 ft), Nelion (5188m or 17,023 ft) and Point Lenana (4985m or 16,355 ft). The first two are clad in glacial ice and only accessible to technical climbers, but Point Lenana is easily reached by any fit trekker.



Mount Kenya Climb Overview

There are 3 principal summit routes (and 4 lesser used routes), namely Sirimon, Chogoria and Naro Moru. These can either stand alone, or together as variations with other routes.

The fastest route and most direct to Point Lenana is the Naro Moru route. Given the short number of days it is often a very popular route with groups. It is also a lot steeper than other routes and also has the famous 'vertical bog,' which is a steep section of mud and best traversed in gum boots. Because of its steepness, it has less acclimatisation chances. The route makes use of Met Station and McKinders Camp.

The most scenic and interesting of the three main routes on Mt Kenya is the Chogoria route. It starts at Meru Bandas at the base of arguably one of the beautiful Lake Michaelson. As it is a slower ascent it offers more prospects for acclimatisation and also time to enjoy the magnificent scenery.

The third main route is Sirimon, which has the most gradual ascent and also ascends on the direst side of the mountain, meaning less chance of rain. It starts in a yellowwood forest, into a shrub land, a forest of Scenecio's up to Lenana.

These routes can be combined to get the best of various scenes. Noromoru - Sirimon can be combined, and Sirimon Chogoria can be combined.



Examples of Routes up Mt Kenya

Mt Kenya Summit via Sirimon Route - 4 Days

Day-1:
After an early morning breakfast, transfer from Nairobi to Sirimon Park Gate (2600m) where you will meet your trekking crew. Today is a relatively short acclimatisation walk to Old Moses camp situated at 3300m for our overnight stay. (4-5 hours)

Day-2:
Today's hike is longer than the day before, and we will take about 5 to 7 hours to reach our overnight stop at Shiptons camp, situated at 4200m for our overnight stay. (5-7 hours)

Day-3:
Rising very early, we will shuffle off into the morning at about 03h00to make our pre dawn attempt of Point Lenana 4985m. The route will take us via two screed sections up to 4600m before the final ascent to Point Lenana. We enjoy a leisurely descent to Old Moses to Camp for our overnight (5-6 hours).

Day-4:
Today, we descend to the road head through the groundsels and lobelia to reach our transfer vehicle back to Nairobi. Breakfast and lunch are provided. (3 hours)

Mount Kenya Sirimon Route



Mt Kenya Summit via Naro Moru - 4 Days

Day-1:
After an early morning breakfast, transfer from Nairobi to Naro Moru Park gate 2400m, where you will meet your trekking crew. We then trek up to 3050m, to Met Station for our overnight stay. (3-4 hours)

Day-2:
Today, we trek through the Teleki valley towards Mackinder's Camp 4200m for our overnight stop. About half way, we will come across a steep section known as the vertical bog, before finally reaching Mackinder's camp after about 5-6 hours or trekking.

Day-3:
Rising early, we will shuffle off into the morning at about 03h00to make our pre dawn attempt of Point Lenana 4985m. The view from the top is incredibly rewarding. The route will take us via two screed sections up to 4600m before the final ascent to Point Lenana. We descend through Teleki Valley for your overnight stop at the Met Station (6-7 hours)

Day-4:
Descend via the Naro Moru forest to connect with our transfer vehicle back to Nairobi

Mount Kenya Sirimon Route


Mount Kenya Summit via Sirimon - Naro Moru Traverse - 4 Days

Day-1:
After an early morning breakfast, transfer from Nairobi to Sirimon Park Gate (2600m( where you will meet your trekking crew. Today is a relatively short acclimatisation walk to Old Moses camp situated at 3300m for our overnight stay. (4-5 hours)

Day-2:
To days hike is longer than the day before, and we will take about 5 to 7 hours to reach our overnight stop at Shiptons camp, situated at 4200m for our overnight stay. (5-7 hours)

Day-3:
Rising very early, we will shuffle off into the morning at about 03h00to make our pre dawn attempt of Point Lenana 4985m. The route will take us via two screed sections up to 4600m before the final ascent to Point Lenana. We descend through Teleki Valley to Mackinder's Camp overnight (5-6 hours).

Day-4:
Descend via the Naro Moru forest to connect with your transfer vehicle back to Nairobi (6-7 hours).

Mount Kenya Sirimon Route


Mount Kenya Summit via Sirimon - Chogoria Traverse - 5 Days

Day-1:
At 08:30hrs, we will depart Nairobi and transfer to Sirimon Gate at 2600m. After meeting our trekking crew we will trek through the lush forest belt for about 9km, towards Old Moses camp (3300m) for our overnight stay. Picnic lunch & dinner. (3-4 hours)

Day-2:
Our hike today will take us up through the moorland above the forest into Mackinder's Valley, as we trek up to an altitude of 4200m, to Shiptons Camp 4200m for our overnight stay. On the way, we ill come across the giant groundsel and sunbirds, as well as various streams which tend to make the ground quite marshy in places. Picnic lunch & dinner. (5-6 hours)

Day-3:
At about 03h00, we will begin our trek toward to Point Lenana at 4985m, aiming to reach there around 06h30 for a sunrise summit. We then descend to Mintos Hut or tarn area for an overnight stay in in tents at 4300m. (5 hours)

Day-4:
We spend about 5 hours descending to Chogoria Park Gate for our overnight stay, at Meru Mount Kenya Bandas. (5 hours)

Day-5:
Today, we will have a leisurely descent through the Chogoria forest to connect with our transfer vehicle to Nairobi

Mount Kenya Sirimon Route

Climbing Mt Kenya Point Lenana
Duration From 3 days
Best time Jan - Feb, June to October
Sleeping Tents/Huts

Full Moon Dates

Trek Grade: 2CF
A combination of very long days with steep paths, boulders and mountain scrambling. Glaciers and snow may be encountered at high altitude. There is no need for technical climbing experience. Medium risk of altitude sickness. Altitudes up to 6000m. Good cardio vascular fitness is needed with weight and circuit training and running. Lots of hill walking. Backpacks will weight about 4-5kg and contain water, camera and essentials. Trek weight loss in the region of 4kg. Fully Portered


Dates and Costs

As these tours are tailored according to the numbers of days, they are arranged on a private basis on dates to suit you. Prices also vary according to the number of days.

For current prices

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Price includes
Transfers from the airport to hotel and return
All park fees
The climb
All meals on the mountain
Huts
Eating utensils
Two nights accommodation in Moshi on a bed and breakfast, twin / triple share basis.

Prices excludes
International flights
Required airport taxes
Visa's
Vaccinations
Porters tips
Items of clothing, sleeping bags and miscellaneous drinks, etc.

Ratio of porters per climber: 2 or 1/1


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Kilimanjaro Full Moon Dates

2016 Full Moon 2017 Full Moon 2018 Full Moon
January 24 12 2, 31
February 22 11 2
March 23 12 31
April 22 11 30
May 21 10 29
June 20 9 28
July 20 9 27
August 18 7 26
September 16 6 25
October 16 5 24
November 14 4 23
December 14 4 22