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Kenya Treks

DescriptionKenya treks

Tailor made walking safaris on Mount Kenya for small private groups who are looking for a mountain wilderness adventure. Our trips are flexible, personalised itineraries without set departure dates. An experienced team will make sure your trip is as safe and enjoyable as possible. Mt Kenya, Africa’s second highest mountain has some of the finest walking routes, off the beaten track, suited for the intrepid adventurer.

The experience

Mount Kenya is on the Equator, four hours drive north of Nairobi. On Africa's second highest mountain, you can experience a high altitude walking safari amongst rugged peaks and glaciers, without the crowds. If you are fit and active and want to challenge yourself to a high peak, you can trek to the third highest point, Point Lenana, which at 4,985 metres is higher than Mont Blanc.

It is also possible to hike on the mountain without the pressure of a summit climb. There are plenty of trails off the beaten track where you can spend time appreciating the dramatic and varied landscape.

Responsible travel

Your mountain trip will be supporting a local group which makes its living from guiding guests around the mountain. The Guide will lead you at a leisurely pace and chat to you about the mountain on the way.

Accomodation

Our camping equipment is top of the range and includes Terra Nova Quasar tents and Prolite Plus Thermarest sleeping mattresses. The Cook will produce delicious meals in camp and provide picnic lunches. The Porters will help you with all your kit and also set up camp.

The Routes

Summit climb to Point Lenana

There are three main approaches to the summit area of Mount Kenya and ideally you walk up one route and come down another so that you experience the very different views of the mountain.

The best choice of routes depends on a number of factors from the time of year to the nature of the terrain.

Access to the eastern side of the mountain and the Chogoria route is only possible from December to March and August to mid October, although this may change as the road is currently being improved. The transfer from Nanyuki or Naro Moru to Chogoria town and then up to the park gate is significantly longer (and more expensive) than the transfers to the other park gates.

The Naro Moru route, on the west of the mountain, is the closest to the Naro Moru River Lodge and is therefore a popular choice. However, there is a section known as the Vertical Bog which consists of clumps of tussock grass interspersed with deep and muddy gullies. If taken slowly, this section of the route is challenging but manageable on the way up, but it is trickier to negotiate walking down and we do not recommend it as a descent route.

The Sirimon route, approaching the mountain from the north west, is easily accessible from Nanyuki and Naro Moru and will always be included in a high altitude trek, either up or down.

As well as the classic summit traverse, there are plenty of other options to consider. You can walk up part of the route to the summit and then return by the same route, spending less time on the mountain but still having the experience of a high altitude trek.

You can do the Summit Circuit, a ten kilometre trail around the base of the peaks up and down over several passes with spectacular views of the peaks up close.

If you want a wilderness experience off the beaten track, you can camp on the Chogoria side at Lake Ellis and Lake Michaelson, and you may not see another person, other than your mountain team, till you reach Shipton's Camp at 4,200 metres.

Contact details

If you would like to discuss an itinerary, please contact Lucy Booth (Fellow of the Royal Geographical Society).

Telephone: + 254 (0) 20 8672 8425

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Website: www.kenyatreks.com

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