CKC SP 013: Nairobi . Sirimon . Old Moses . Shiptons . Met Station . Nairobi 4 days/3 nights:
Day 1: Morning pick up from Nairobi City or the Airport for the drive to the Mount Kenya National Park. We should be at the Sirimon Park Gate by 11 am. Commence the trek, which takes you 3 to 4 hours and cover some 9 kms. This route is drier, scenic and good for beginners. As you trek today you are also taking an acclimatization hike via tropical rain forest. Overnight at the Old Moses Camp. (3,200 m). Full board
Day 2: With your packed lunches hike past steep slopes towards the Shipton’s Camp. You will pass through Likii and Mackinder’s Valley. You will view giant groundsels along this route and breathtaking scenery. The hike this day takes between 6 to 8 hours and it is 17 km. Check in at Shipton’s Camp. From here you can easily view the 3 highest peaks of Batian, Nelion & Lenana. Temperatures here can reach minus 10 degrees celcius. Overnight at the Shipton’s Camp ( 4,200 metres). Full board
Day 3: At 2 Am; wake up and take tea and some biscuits. Start the attempt on Point Lenana (4985 m); which is the highlight of our trip. Take African sunrise photos. Descend slowly to the Mackinder’s Camp (4,300 m) for breakfast. Have some rest and then continue to the Met Station (3050 m) arriving for dinner and overnight. Full board
Day 4: Breakfast. Depart. Walk through the Bamboo Forest and onto the Park’s Naromoru Gate. Here, you link up with your transport for Nairobi and are dropped off at the Airport or Nairobi Hotel. Breakfast
Information on Mount Kenya: It is a UNESCO world listed site. In comparison, what Mt. Kilimanjaro offers in altitude, Mt. Kenya surpasses in beauty. It is the second highest mountain in Africa, standing @ 5199 m above sea level at point Batian. It is an ancient dormant volcano and last erupted some 3.5 million years ago.
It is one of the most scenic volcanic mountains in the world. It can be described as roughly circular, about 60 kms. across at 200mm contour. It’s main peaks rise sharply from around 4,500 m. It has rare afro alpine moorland. Lower slopes host dense tropical rainforest and a bamboo forest.
The wildlife at Mount Kenya National Park include: elephant, tree hyrax, white tailed mongoose, suni, fronted duicker, mole rat, bush buck, water buck, buffaloes, eland, lion, leopard, bushbuck, giant forest hog, the endangered bongo and rhino & over one hundred and thirty species of birds.
Activities here include: Game viewing, Mountain trekking, plant naming, bird watching and hiking.
What to bring: Binoculars, camera, hat , sun screen, sunglasses, comfortable walking shoes, guide books, trekking poles, sleeping bags, umbrella, sandals, socks, gaiters.
Trekking tip: Ensure you regulate your pace, take it easy and always keep hydrated.
Other attractions: Volcanic cliffs, gorges, tarns, picturesque valleys, out cropped ridges and cols formed by cooling lava and subsequent glacial erosion.
Cost in USD based on per person basis (minimum 02 clients ) is 930 per person sharing
and is valid from 2nd January 2015 to 20th December 2015
- Arrival and departure transfers in Nairobi
- Use of a safari converted minivan
- Transfers Nairobi /Mount Kenya/Nairobi
- Full board during the Mount Kenya hike
- Porters during the hike
- Services of a well trained, courteous & experienced Mount Kenya Guide
- Services of a well trained cook
- Services of a courteous and experienced driver/guide
- Mount Kenya mountaineering fees
- Bottled water
- Rescue to a Nairobi Hospital ( if need be)
- Hiking equipment
- Items not mentioned as included
- Sleeping bags
Listed below are hotels/lodges/resorts that the safari tour operator can accomodate for you.