Because of its vastness, it leaves little doubt why they built their houses with the doors facing the peak and why it was probably never scaled until the arrival of European explorer. It is every travelers dream trekking in Kenya to get to the top and take home with them memories that no money can buy.
Mount Kenya's twin peaks of Batian and Nelion crown one of the world's highest national parks - 704 kms of forest, moorland, rock and ice.
Climbing Mount Kenya via Sirimon - Chogoria routes:
Mount Kenya is Africa’s second highest mountain and despite lying directly on the equator, hiking mount Kenya is a different experience, its peaks are permanently iced with snow and glaciers. The tribes living around the mountain regard it as sacred, believing it to be the home of their God. The distinctive vegetation zones passed through as you climb, each form a unique ecosystem which hosts a variety of unusual plant species and wildlife. This adventurous eastern approach to the mountain is one of the most scenic.
Leave Nairobi at 8.00 am to Nanyuki, which normally takes 4hrs drive, arriving at 12.00, then proceed to Mt Kenya National Park Sirimon gate, picnic lunch will be provided. After lunch, follow the track uphill for10 kms, forking left at the junction to reach Old Moses camp which is situated at 3,300m. The ascent from Sirimon gate to Old Moses is 690m. Dinner/overnight.
After breakfast, leave at 8.00 am, follow the directions for the direct route, until you reach the fork after one hour. The track becomes a path, and swings right and south round the head of a large valley, crossing several small streams to reach the
crest of the ridge between the Otulili and Liki North Valleys. A walk of 3 to 4 hours to Liki North hut at 3,993m. Dinner/overnight.
After breakfast, ascend the west side of the Valley, over a ridge, then down into the Mackinders Valley to meet the direct route, taking one to two hours. From here, follow the Mackinders Valley to reach Shipton camp, a total of 4 hours from Liki to Shipton camp at 4,250m. Dinner/overnight.
Wake up at 2.00 a.m., have tea and biscuits, then leave at 3.00 a.m. for the Lenana summit. This section is a long, hard slog, and the path is indistinct in places. Continue walking across a tough scree, until you come across Harris Tarn. From Harris Tarn, continue up the north face of Point Lenana 4,985m, reaching the summit after approx., 45 minutes for the sunrise at 6.30 a.m. After enjoying the views and taking your pictures,descend down to Mintos hut for your overnight.
After breakfast continue descending down to Meru Mount Kenya Bandas above Chogoria, following the Gorges Valley. It will take 5 hours to reach the bandas, Dinner/overnight.
After morning breakfast, continue walking down through the bamboo and indigenous forest to reach Bairunyi to meet up with your transport back to Nairobi.
What you need to bring for hiking:
Quilted sleeping bag, Anorak (a waterproof jacket for wet conditions), climbing boots, tennis shoes for the rain forest and moorlands, light raincoat, warm sweaters, hat, gloves, hard underwear, puttees, sun oil and lip balm, good sunglasses or snow glasses water bottle, plastic bags, torch with spare batteries and spare bulbs, small rucksack to carry yourself, rucksack - possibly with lock in which to pack your belongings to be carried by porters. Maximum luggage 15 kgs otherwise there will be a surcharge for the excess. Mountain climbing equipment in Kenya is available for hire.
It is essential to use sky light filters at high elevations, less sensitive film with 15DIN for bright areas and 17 or so for use in the dark rain forests.
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