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5 Days Mount Kenya Peak Circuit

Created with Sketch. Mount Kenya National Park, Kenya
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Duration

5 days 4 nights

Tour Type

Daily Tour

Group Size

Unlimited

Languages

English

Overview

Mount Kenya Peak Circuit Trek Preamble: An itinerary that is highly recommended for trekkers seeking a 5 day trek on Mountain Kenya offering a high levels of success to reach the hiker’s summit (Point Lenana – 4985m). The added advantage of this moderate trek is the fact that it offers... More

Mount Kenya Peak Circuit Trek Preamble:

An itinerary that is highly recommended for trekkers seeking a 5 day trek on Mountain Kenya offering a high levels of success to reach the hiker’s summit (Point Lenana – 4985m). The added advantage of this moderate trek is the fact that it offers extra acclimatization when you trek partly or all around the peaks ahead of attempting the summit. You’ll also enjoy facilitating views of the high peaks from all angles. The hike goes up through montane forest, bamboo, heather and Mooreland zones to Shiptons camp (4200m) below the peaks from where you skirt the high peaks to the east, bypassing Hausburg col, Oblong tarn and Two-tarn.

On this itinerary you have a choice to approach the summit from the more challenging Naromoru trail starting at Mackinder’s camp on day 4 OR return to Shipton’s after the summit circuit hike on day 3 and attempt the summit on the easier Sirimon trail that’s highly recommended for the less experienced trekkers. See tip below day 3 details on the itinerary. Unless preferred, camping is not necessary on this trek as accommodation is available in mountain huts throughout the trip.

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HIGHLIGHTS

  • highly recommended for trekkers seeking a 5 day trek on Mountain Kenya offering a high levels of success to reach the hiker’s summit (Point Lenana – 4985m).
  • The added advantage of this moderate trek is the fact that it offers extra acclimatization when you trek partly or all around the peaks ahead of attempting the summit.
  • You’ll also enjoy facilitating views of the high peaks from all angles

Itinerary

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Day 1: OLDMOSES HUT – 3,340m: Nairobi to Sirimon gate then Trek Oldmoses hut. Approx 10Kms / 2.5 hrs. Ascent: 740m.
Day 1:  OLDMOSES HUT – 3,340m: Nairobi to Sirimon gate then Trek Oldmoses hut. Approx 10Kms / 2.5 hrs. Ascent: 740m.

Drive from Nairobi by public shuttle bus to NANYUKI on the lower slopes of Mount Kenya arriving in time for lunch. From here is a short drive, crossing the equator en-route, to the Sirimon Park Gate. Then trek up through magnificent montane forests, bamboo and giant heather zones before reaching the high altitude moorland and our Old Moses Mountain Hut /Campsite.
Meal Plan = Dinner

Day 2: SHIPTON’S CAMP – 4,200m: Hike to Shiptons camp.Approx 14Kms / 7- 8hrs. Ascent: 860m
Day 2: SHIPTON’S CAMP – 4,200m: Hike to Shiptons camp.Approx 14Kms / 7- 8hrs. Ascent: 860m

After an early breakfast trek to Shipton’s camp (4200m). The hike is awesome but a good test on individual endurance on the mountain. The rigorous but exciting trek up takes you across hills and valleys through the entire stretch of the sprawling moorlands where you see several unique and interesting plants and animals including the Giant groundsels and lobelias and the mountain rock hyrax.
Meal Plan = Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 3: MACKINDER’S CAMP – 4,300mHike via Hausberg col. (4,600m) to Mackinders Hut/Camp. Approx. 7Kms / 4 hrs. Ascent: 400m then Descent: 300m.
Day 3: MACKINDER’S CAMP – 4,300mHike via Hausberg col. (4,600m) to Mackinders Hut/Camp. Approx. 7Kms / 4 hrs. Ascent: 400m then Descent: 300m.

Departing at 0800hrs ascend the Hausberg col (4700m) then descend steeply to Hausberg valley and Oblong tarns before making a further steep ascent, crossing huge boulders via Two Tarn on the way to Mackinder’s camp which is located along the Naromoru route within the Teleki Valley.
Meal Plan = Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 4: OLDMOSES CAMP – 3340m. Or MET STATION CAMP – 3,050m : Trek via Pt. Lenana (4,985m) to Oldmoses or Met station camp. approx. 20Kms / 10h). Ascent: 685m. and descent 1935m.
Day 4: OLDMOSES CAMP – 3340m. Or MET STATION CAMP – 3,050m : Trek via Pt. Lenana (4,985m) to Oldmoses or Met station camp. approx. 20Kms / 10h). Ascent: 685m. and descent 1935m.

Leaving camp at 0300hrs you hike up the steep scree slopes and glacier to Point Lenana (4985m), the hiker’s summit. It is planned that you arrive in time to witness the African Sun rising over the equator, reflect its golden glow on the Majestic peaks of Batian and Nelion – you may feel tired after this demanding adventure but absolutely ecstatic after you’ve made it to the top. After a brief celebration at the top descend to Makinder’s camp (4200m) for breakfast then proceed further down on the Naro Moru Trail to arrive at Met Station in time for lunch. Relax the rest of the afternoon in readiness of our departure from the mountain tomorrow. Dinner and overnight at the Met Station.
NB: There is a possibility to exit the mountain at this stage and reduce this itinerary by a day.
Meal Plan = Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 5: MET STATION- NAIROBI (1900m.) (1650m.)
 Day 5: MET STATION- NAIROBI (1900m.) (1650m.)

Have early breakfast before your descend to Naro Moru park gate in 2 hours, from where you connect the public shuttle to Nairobi.
Meal Plan = Breakfast, Lunch

Included/Excluded

  • Guarantee trek on confirmation
  • Transport in shared shuttle van
  • Meal plan as detailed: B=Breakfast, L=Lunch and D=Dinner
  • Accommodation in the tent as per the itinerary
  • All park entrance fees to include government taxes
  • Service of an English speaking professional porters and skilled cook
  • Start and finish in Nairobi
  • Tips
  • Hiking gears
  • Items of personal nature
  • Any other extras not detailed in the above itinerary

Tour's Location

Created with Sketch. Mount Kenya National Park, Kenya

FAQs

List of required climbing gear
Warm Sleeping bag - 15°c
head touch
Rain jacket and trouser, -warm puff jacket,sweater
Warm trouser
Hand groves
warm woolen hats
sun glasses
Water proof mountain boot and warm thick socks like 2 pairs
Walking poles
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