Climb Mount Kenya

Climb Mount Kenya


From £4,125
Altitude 5,199m Grade: 4C

Climb Africa's Second Highest Mountain. This expedition provides the opportunity to visit one of Africa’s most beautiful countries, Kenya and to ascend Africa’s second highest peak, Mt Kenya.

Climb Mount Kenya is a stunning and adventurous expedition to a unique land of contrasts and natural wonders.

Mt Kenya (5199m) is Africa’s second highest mountain, consisting of three summits: Point Lenana (4985m) is accessible to any strong hill walker. Batian (5199m) and Nelion (5188m) are both a challenge for the rock climber (approx Hard Severe). We offer the opportunity for clients to ascend all three summits. Everyone treks in together, but on the summit days each group can head for their separate summit with their own guide/leader. Our choice of approach route provides excellent acclimatisation; traversing Mt Kenya and linking two of its most famous trails: the Sirimon and Naru Moru. These trails offer spectacular, ever-changing scenery; vast plains bordering the Great Rift Valley, dense forest, deep gorges, waterfalls, moorland, glaciers and mountain tarns.

Client to guide ratio is 2:1

Non-climbing partners or friends can join this trip and relax at the Austrian hut while climbers ascend the peaks.

Mt Kenya can be combined with our Kilimanjaro Machame route expedition to complete an ascent of Africa’s two highest mountains.

Dates & Prices

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19th Dec 2023 - 30th Dec 2023
£125 Early Booking Discount Next 3 Places
Spaces12 £4,125
£4,000
£4,975
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27th Dec 2023 - 7th Jan 2024
£125 Early Booking Discount Next 3 Places
Spaces12 £4,125
£4,000
£4,975
£4,850
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* A deposit of £400 will be required at checkout.

Extras

Extras can be added per-person when you book onto a date

ItemPriceDays
Kilimanjaro extension from £1,950 £1,950+7 days
Camping safari (+ 2 days) - Samburu NP £650+2 days

* A deposit of £200 (or the full extra price, whichever is lower) will be required at checkout for each extra added per-person on this trip

What's Included

  • A British expedition team leader working with a qualified Kenyan climbing guide.
  • Permits, charges, importation taxes and levies payable to the Local Authorities in connection with the expedition.
  • Transfers to and from the in-country airport if flights booked with Adventure Peaks
  • Food, fuel and cooking equipment whilst on the mountain.
  • Hotel and other accommodation on a Bed & Breakfast basis whilst not on the mountain.
  • All tents and other communal equipment necessary for the climb.
  • Medical safety equipment and supplies.
  • 90 - 120 litre kit bag for expedition members for UK based clients. A logoed top will be substituted for all clients residing outside of the UK and returning clients
  • 15% discount off the RRP on equipment and clothing purchased from Adventure Peaks.

What's Excluded

  • Personal climbing clothes and equipment.
  • Personal insurance, visas, departure tax and inoculations.
  • Transfers to and from the in-country airport if flights NOT booked with Adventure Peaks
  • Drinks and hotel or guest house meals unless specified.
  • Personal medical supplies.
  • Travel to and from UK airport (unless otherwise specified).
  • Personal use of communication equipment.
  • Excess baggage.
  • Tips for porters and local guides.
  • Costs associated with an expedition finishing early.
  • Costs associated with you leaving an expedition early.
  • Costs associated with extending a trip due to bad weather or other circumstances.

Itinerary

Day 1

Depart UK

Day 2

Arrive Nairobi and transfer to hotel. There will be a briefing with your Kenyan guide in the hotel in Nairobi in the evening once everyone has arrived where he will go through the plan for the next few days.

Day 3

Transfer to Sirimon Park gate (2600m), approx. 3 hour drive. After completion of park entry formalities, you begin a 3-4 hour hike through montane forest, with bamboo, rosewood and heather zones to Old  Moses camp (3300m). 4 hours walking.

Day 4

Today we cross the desolate savannah with its colourful grasses and impressive groundsel. The path is always fairly well marked and there are breathtaking views of Nelion and Batian. We drop into an isolated valley to make camp next to the small Liki North Hut. 4-5 hours walking.

Day 5

We are now gaining altitude and today may feel quite tiring. We climb out over a ridge and descend into the spectacular Mackinder Valley. Tonight’s campsite is comfortable with a stream and a large population of the comical Rock Hyrax. It’s dominated by the twin spires of Nelion and Batian but Point Lenana will also now be in view. 5 hours walking.

Day 6

A long but magnificent day, initially climbing steeply up from Shipton's camp past two turquoise lakes. The terrain is barren, like a mountainous moonscape, but always with spectacular views of the rocky snow covered summits of Batian and Nelion. You pass the Gorges Valley, a deep cut chasm out of character with the rest of the mountain, but a welcome respite to the long traverse up to the Austrian hut. It is likely you will be feeling the extra burden of altitude in your legs and lungs but this is the perfect preparation for the climb ahead. If everyone is feeling good, we may even go via Pt. Lenana today. 5 to 6 hours  walking.

Day 7

Leaving the hut at around five in the morning, the ascent of Point Lenana from the Austrian Hut is quite straightforward, although there may be some snow and ice. At 4985m, it is the third-highest summit on Mount Kenya. The ascent follows a rocky ridge to the right of the Lewis glacier. A last steeper section takes you to the summit which offers extraordinary views over the eastern face of Nelion, the surrounding valleys and distant Kilimanjaro. We aim to reach the summit in time to watch the sun rise, and then pick out climbers on Nelion, who will have set off in the very early hours! The descent to the Austrian Hut is far quicker than the climb up. The rest of the day will be spent resting and preparing for the next two days of climbing. 3 to 4 hours walking.

Day 8

The 'Normal Route' on Nelion consists of an easy glacial approach in the dark, 20 pitches of solid volcanic rock at about Hard Severe and a multi pitch abseil descent. The extension to Batian involves an abseil into the 'Gates of the Mist' with ice or mixed climbing up to Scottish grade II. This is a long alpine mountaineering expedition and you should be relatively experienced and comfortable on steep and exposed ground. You will be climbing with a pack and the rocks may be icy. It may be possible to bivvy in the tiny hut on top of Nelion - either out of choice or necessity!

Day 9

A second day is set aside for another summit attempt. We descend to MacKinder's Camp at the end of the day.

Day 10

The path descends through moorland until the final highlight of Mount Kenya, the Vertical Bog. The path falls more steeply through a section of waterlogged moorland. Soon the path enters a deep forest leading to the Met. Station and the road head. The final walk down to the Mount Kenya National Park headquarters would take 2-3 hours and is now a tarmacked road so we may avoid this with a short drive. We board our transport for the journey back to our hotel in Nairobi. 8 hours walking.

Day 11

Depart Nairobi.

Day 12

Arrive home.

Insurance

It is essential for a trip of this type that you are adequately insured. When researching insurance options, please ensure the policy covers you for the following:

  • Cancellation or curtailment
  • Helicopter rescue (most insurance companies will no longer cover for ‘search and rescue’ but providing you stay with the group, they will assist with ‘rescue’)
  • Repatriation
  • The altitude that you are expected to attain
  • The location especially when travelling to Antarctica
  • Grade of trek/climb/expedition
  • Medical cover

Adventure Peaks partners with Global Rescue to offer the world’s leading travel protection services.  Medical and security emergencies happen. When they do, we rely on Global Rescue to provide our clients with medical, security, travel risk and crisis response services. Without a membership, an emergency evacuation could cost over $100,000. More than one million members trust Global Rescue to get them home safely when the unexpected happens. We highly recommend our clients enroll with Global Rescue:
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We are aware the following provide insurance:

For UK based clients:

HCC Medical Insurance Services: LLC sales@hccmis.com  Tel: 1-800-605-2282
Travelex Ins. Services: www.travelexinsurance.com  Tel: 1-800 228 9792
True Traveller Ins: www.truetraveller.com  Tel: 0333 999 3140 for treks including over 4500m
Austrian Alpine Club (UK) www.aacuk.org.uk  Tel: +44 (0)1929 556870
Rothwell & Towler: www.world-first.co.uk  Tel: 0345 908 0161 (under 6400m)
Campbell Irvine: www.campbellirvine.com  Tel: 0207 938 1737 (Not for treks/climbs with ropes – OK for Aconcagua)
J S Insurance: www.jsinsurance.co.uk  Tel: 0844 848 1500
Snowcard: www.snowcard.co.uk  Tel: 01295 660836
The B.M.C.: www.thebmc.co.uk  Tel: 0161 445 6111 (call and speak to Jim. Please note the BMC cannot cover Mt Damavand)
Dogtag: www.dogtag.co.uk  Tel: 0800 036 4824 (Check excess etc)

For non-UK based clients:

HCC Medical Insurance Services: LLC sales@hccmis.com  Tel: 1-800-605-2282
Travelex Ins. Services: www.travelexinsurance.com  Tel: 1-800 228 9792
True Traveller Ins: www.truetraveller.com  Tel: 0333 999 3140 for treks including over 4500m
Austrian Alpine Club (UK): www.aacuk.org.uk  Tel: +44 (0)1929 556870
AXA Worldwide Travel Ins: www.axainsurance.com  Tel: +44 (0)844 874 0360
Ingle International: www.ingleinternational.com  Tel: (USA) 1.800.360.3234
Insure for Less: www.insure4less.com.au (Australian clients)

You do not have to use any of the above, but if you make your own insurance arrangements documentary evidence of your own policy is required.

Please forward the details of your Insurance as soon as you have it: we need the insurance company’s name, their 24 hour emergency telephone number and your insurance policy number – admin@adventurepeaks.com

 

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