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Mount Kenya is the less climbed cousin of Mount Kilimanjaro nearby in Tanzania, however many people prefer the wilderness, abundant wildlife, and stunning mountain lakes that you find on Mount Kenya.
Point Lenana at 4985m meters is a feasible trekking peak and also currently the world’s highest via Ferrata summit route, which adds to the challenge and enjoyment. The panoramic views of the jagged volcanic peaks, wide valleys and surrounding savannah makes a trek on this mountain a thoroughly enjoyable African experience.
We have been guiding trips on Mount Kenya since 1996 and have full-time mountain staff at the base. We adopt a proper approach to acclimatization which means that the ascent is not rushed.
We run advertised trips on all the main routes with scheduled dates but can also offer tailor-made private trips and can add-on safari’s to experience a bit more of Kenya’s diverse culture and unique wildlife in some of the world’s great National Parks, Game Reserves, and Conservancies
We have a trip for everyone ranging from Mount Kenya 1 Day Hiking trips to 7 Days Climbing Trips. Have a look at our popular Climbing Mount Kenya Trips and Packages below, contact us with any questions or requests.
Climbing Mount Kenya Information Guide
Climbing Mount Kenya Fitness, Altitude And Safety
Generally speaking, it isn’t necessary to undergo a grueling fitness regime prior to attempting Mount Kenya, anyone who is trek fit, and is comfortable walking 6-8 hour days should be fine.
It is recommended that you start a training program at least one, if not two months before your safari.“Running, swimming, cycling, and stair-climbing are all good ways of toning up muscles.”
Guides, Porters and Cooks
The trekking crew will usually consist of a guide, cook, porter for the cooking gear plus a personal porter per trekker. All our guides and porters are registered with Kenya Wildlife Services and hold a mountain guide park from Mt. Kenya National Park.
They also have wildlife knowledge and experience of dealing with altitude sickness issues
Climbing Mount Kenya Routes
There are 5 main routes to the peak. See below;
Sirimon Route is the most popular ascent as the altitude gain is nice and steady and it offers one of the most beautiful approaches to the peaks. Allow a minimum of 2 nights to peak when ascending, although we recommend spending an extra night at the last camp (Shipton’s) on the way up.
Burguret Route is the best if you want to avoid the crowds then Burguret is the best route. You’ll be hacking through pristine rainforest on this little-used route, spending nights at wilderness campsites.
Going up this route is challenging, it is little more than a game track in places, often muddy and rough underfoot. Burguret is usually combined with Chogoria or Sirimon descent.
Naro Moru Route
Naro Moru Route is the most popular descent route, fast and easy (at least on the way down!). Naro Moru passes through the notorious vertical bog section which gets very waterlogged in the rainy seasons.
The vegetation is at its most striking on this route. It can be descended in one very long day, usually done in two days and one night.
Chogoria Route is the best if you have time then choose dramatic Chogoria over Naro Moru for the descent. The Chogoria route passes by tarns, waterfalls, and an incredible gorge. Allow two or three days for your descent.
Timau Route is little used nowadays; there is a little forest on this side of the mountain and no facilities, just lots of wide-open country.
Weather/ When To Go Climbing Mount Kenya
First things first, although Mount Kenya is on the equator, at an altitude of 4,000m it gets freezing at night! You need to be prepared for overnight temperatures well below freezing (a good three/ four-season sleeping bag is a must).
Minus 10 or even minus 20 degrees Celsius are not unheard of at Point Lenana. Otherwise, expect plenty of hot overhead sun and rain if you are trekking during the short or long rains.
Kenya is subject to two rainy seasons, the long rains from mid-March to mid-June and the short rains from September to October. Mount Kenya remains trek-able throughout the year, but during the long rains especially, you will need to be prepared for some heavy rainfalls and muddy tracks.
The good news is that even in the depth of the long rains, there is usually reliable sunshine for a good portion of the day (10 am – 3 pm). Outside the rainy season, you can expect plenty of sunshine.
It’s safest to climb Mt. Kenya during the dry seasons: January – February, and August to September of the most reliably fine weather. The main routes are likely to be more crowded at this time of the year. If you favor complete solitude over the sunny skies, try going slightly off the peak season.
It’s best to avoid the two rainy seasons from mid-March until June and from late October to the end of December.
Mount Kenya Location
From Nairobi, Mount Kenya is around a 4 hours drive (220 km). We offer roundtrip transport for guests from Nairobi or from any other part of the country to the Mountain.
Mount Kenya National Park Conservation/ Entrance Fee (Per Person)
The Kenya Wildlife Service entrance costs to climb Mount Kenya are as follows:
1 Day Trip is US Dollars Non-Resident Per Person/ Kenya Shillings Resident
5 Day Package is US Dollars Non-Resident Per Person/ Kenya Shillings Resident
6 Day Package is US Dollars Non-Resident Per Person/ Kenya Shillings Resident
2, 3 or 4 Day Package is US Dollars Non-Resident Per Person/ Kenya Shillings Resident
Climbing Mount Kenya Accommodation
There is a number of accommodation huts around the base of the mountain and on the various trekking routes. Reservations should be made in advance. The major accommodation huts are as follows:
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