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5 DAYS MT.KENYA CLIMB VIA NORTH FACE

Mt. Kenya, Africa’s second highest peak is regarded as the realm of Ngai, god of the local Kikuyu people. Traditionally, all Kikuyu home were built to face this sacred peak. They call it Kirinyaga also known as place of light.

The mountain is an awe-inspiring sight. Its ragged series of peaks are crowned with snow, and its slopes are thick with forest. The mountain is best seen at dawn, when the days early light silhouettes its impressive summit high over the surrounding plains.

While the 5199 meter summit is a difficult technical climb, the lesser peak of Point Lenana (4985m) can be easily reached by any fit trekker. This trek takes between 3 and 5 days, through a fascinating world of forests, wildlife, and unique montane vegetation including pod carpus and groundsel, and finally one of the world’s rarest sights, equatorial snow.

For those who don’t want to climb the Mountain, now is a good time to learn about exercises for climbers for this expedition. The cool highlands that surround its base are well worth a visit. The forests are ideal for game viewing, and there are crystal clear mountain streams that abound with Trout.

PACKAGE INCLUDES: –      

  • Transfer to and from the mountain
  • Transport in a van from Nairobi to Mt Kenya (Nairobi CBD central place.)
  • Park fees,
  • Accommodation in tents at a private campsite
  • Food (3 meals a day),
  • Porters,
  • Guide,
  • Chef / Cook

EXCLUSIONS: –

  • Hiking gear
  • Evacuation cover
  • Tip
  • Gratitude and personal things.

LIST OF HIKING GEAR

  • Hiking boot suited to terrain (Langer than your normal size)
  • Fleece jacket/warm jacket
  • Summit pant/fleece pant
  • Rain trouser
  • Rain jacket/poncho
  • Sleeping bag
  • Thermo top (at least 2)
  • Thermo bottom (atleast2)
  • Warm gloves
  • Inner gloves if possible
  • Balaclava (warm hut)
  • Rucksack (big bag at least 75ltrs)
  • Day pack (small bag 30ltrs)
  • Warm socks at least (synthetic or wool)
  • Head torch with spare battery
  • Sun glasses
  • Wet wipe
  • Snacks, energy bar’s, gels, chews,
  • Camera with spare battery
  • Vaseline, sunscreen, lip bam
  • Hiking stick/not a must
  • Water bottle or hydration system
  • Gaiters (not a must as long as your rain trouser is covering your boot to ankle (we hire out)

DAY 1,Nairobi - Sirimon gate (2650) - Old Moses camp. (3,300m)

Elevation to gain 650m. Walking distance 9km Walking hours 3hrs 30min After pick up in Nairobi, drive to Nanyuki town for lunch crossing the equator en route to the Sirimon Park gate (2660m). From the gate, we trek up through magnificent montane forest, bamboo and giant heather zone before reaching the high-altitude moorland and our first hut (Old Moses camp 3,300m), dinner and overnight at private campsite This is a gentle trek.

DAY 2,Old Moses - Shipton camp (4200m).

Elevation to gain 900m Walking distance 16km Walking hours 7/8hrs After breakfast, follow the track uphill, forking right at the junction. After a water break, you continue on the track crossing Ontulili River before turning right contouring through the Moorland and crossing Liki North River and continue uphill to Mackinders Valley from where there are panoramic views up the valley towards the Shipton Camp. This camp is a surreal setting below the towering peaks and glacier. Resident population is of Rock hyrax and sun birds. (dinner and overnight at private campsite)

DAY 3,Shiptons camp (4200m) - Oblong and Hamburgers tarns (4600m)

Elevation to gain 400m Walking distance 4.5km up and down Walking hours 3hrs 30min Full Day Acclimatization For better acclimatization you can take a rest day at the Shipton camp. Short walks / day hikes are possible on the summit climb to Oblong and Hausberg tarns gaining an elevation of 400m before returning to the campsite for lunch. Afternoon is at leisure.

DAY 4,Shipton - Batian (5199m) - Shipton (Climbing Day)

Ascent of Batian by the North Face Standard Route. Starting in the early morning dark, usually between 4 and 5 am, you may climb the first couple of pitches by headlamp. The route initially follows a wide couloir which you ascend for some 7 pitches, never harder than 5.7. A bit of easy scrambling brings us to the Amphitheater, a small basin of easy rock part way up the route. Ideally, we arrive here by about 7:30 or so, enjoying a short break. Above this is the crux of the route, Firmin's Tower. There are about 3 difficult pitches, all fairly short, but all in the V grade. Above this, easier terrain leads to a few more pitches and, finally, the west ridge. From this point, we continue on easy, but still exposed, rock to Shipton's Notch, a prominent gash in the summit ridge. Another pitch, then mixed 4th and easy 5th class rock leads to the airy summit of Batian. You'll then descend via the same route hopefully hitting Shipton's Camp before evening dusk for dinner and overnight.

DAY 5,Shipton camp- Old Moses Camp (3,300m)

After breakfast descend to Shiptons camp via Simba col after which you begin a 5-hour descent via Mackinder`s valley to the Old Moses camp. The descent is gentle and it offers ample time to enjoy fascinating scenery which includes the moorlands before reaching the camp. Pick up from the camp driving out via sirimon gate to your next destination

Group rate is KSH. 69,800 per person

Usd 700 for Non-resident per person

NB: This rate applies to a group of 20 minimum.

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