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Why take this trip

Stand atop Africa’s second highest mountain taking in beautiful sights and landscapes, while catching a glimpse of Mount Kilimanjaro on the horizon. Spot some of Africa’s wildlife living in the area, such as the Rock Hyrax and Zebra. Experience the best of Africa’s mountain life.

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Who is this for

A perfect trip for your first experience on a mountain, providing you with valuable outdoor experience and serves as a stepping stone to even bigger challenges. Take this trip to gain more experience on the mountains, getting used to altitude and bagging an almost 5000m peak.

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What's next

Once you’ve successfully completed this climb, you will have the necessary experience to climb on Mt. Elbrus, Mt. Kazbek or even get more technical and go Ice Climbing in Chamonix or Rock Climbing in Catherine.

Now that we’re here, a Wild Guanabana rep will be waiting outside the airport gates to take us to our hotel to check in, meet the team, and get briefed. Make sure your flights arrive early today so you have enough time to rest and prepare before our adventure takes off tomorrow.
Today we take off from our Nairobi hotel and drive northwest, crossing the equator, and to the base of the Mount Kenya trail at 2,900 m. Here we’ll meet with our private guides and porters to start the climb around noon. This is a relatively long day, as it’ll take about 4 hours to reach Marania Camp, but it’ll be worth it as we trek through a beautiful forest inhabited by a variety of wildlife – including zebras! We’ll be spending the night at Marania Camp in tents.
After breakfast, we continue with the climb heading for Major Camp (4,000m). Our six-hour path will be surrounded by plenty of Senecio and Lobelia plants, and lots of chances to take incredible pictures. The scenery is simply incredible, so make sure you stop frequently and take it all in. Lunch will be served at Allan's point, and then we continue to Major Camp where we’ll spend the night in tents.
Today will be spent acclimatizing at camp, walking around the area and familiarizing ourselves with our surroundings. This day allows our bodies to acclimatize more efficiently in preparation for the high elevation days to come. We’ll be spending the night at Major Camp in tents.
After breakfast, we’re continuing the ascent toward Shipton’s Camp. The trek will take around 2.5 hours, so we’ll arrive just in time for a piping hot lunch. This is where we’ll start to see some of the exotic and extremely unique high altitude fauna that only exist on the mountain – that means the Rock Hyrax and some other strangely beautiful plants and greenery. We’ll be spending the night at Shipton’s Camp in tents.
Today is the big day! We’re waking up at 2:30 AM and enjoying some tea and biscuits before heading off toward the summit (4,985 m). We’ll attempt the screech scree of the summit of point Lenana, which will get us to the top just in time to watch the sunrise. On a clear day, we can even see the Indian Ocean to the east and Kilimanjaro to the west, so make sure to keep your cameras handy! After taking pictures, we will descend further down to Shipton’s Camp for a well-deserved celebration brunch. We get the rest of the afternoon to sleep, walk around, or go for a scenic walk around the Kami area to take more pictures. We’ll be spending the night at Shipton's Camp in tents.
Today is a long descent day. We’ll have breakfast and then start walking down the moorland vegetation to head off of the mountain. We’re stopping to have lunch at the Old Moses camp, then heading further down to Sirimon Gate to be taken to our hotel for a much-needed and well-deserved shower. Aim to book your flights late this evening, and we’ll provide you with a transfer to the airport to catch your flight back home.
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Terrain

Mount Kenya was originally an active volcano, and most probably its summits used to be higher than Kilimanjaro and covered in an ice cap, that ice melted over the years and formed many glaciers which eroded and exposed the rock underneath. So expect to hike on slippery rock and glacier ice on top of the mountain, and dense forests and vegetation near the base.

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Weather

As Mount Kenya ranges in height, the climate varies considerably over the mountain. But as a tropical location, its weather is dominated by two dry seasons and two wet seasons

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Food

Being in Kenya you’ll experience the african generosity and delicious cuisine all along the climb! Food is served hot and tasty, three meals a day by our chefs trekking with us, and the menu is designed to give you the energy you need for an enjoyable climb!

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Accommodation

Our amazing porters carry our equipment from camp to camp and they pitch and take down the tents that become our home on the mountain everyday.

B

Overall Difficulty

B

Technical Skills

/5

Days

/5

Fitness level

/5

Altitude

Technical Skills

No experiences is needed: Anyone can join this trip.
Minimal experience: You should probably have some hiking experience to join this trip. It is advisable to have gone on a hike for at least 2 days prior to joining this trip.
Moderate experience: You should have some climbing experience to join this trip. It is advisable to have been on at least a 4-day climb before joining this trip.
Technical experience: You should have technical climbing experience before joining this trip. It is recommended that you have experience with crampons, skis, ropes and belays.
Advanced technical experience: You should have technical climbing experience to join this trip. Depending on the climb, you will need a specific set of skills.

fitness level

Occasional workout, no fixed routine.
Workout routine with at least 2-3 workouts a week, overall in good shape. Trekking days on this trip are around 3-4 hours long each day with little elevation.
Workout routine with at least 4-5 workouts a week, overall in great shape. Trekking days on this trip are around 4-5 hours long each day with moderate elevation.
Workout routine with at least 5 workouts a week. Trekking days on this trip are around 5-7 hours long each day with high elevation.
Specified workout routine with at least 5 workouts a week as well as technical training. Trekking days on this trip are 8 hours long each day with extreme elevation.

Altitude

1,500m - 2,999m
3,000m - 4,499m
4,500m - 5,999m
6,000m - 7,499m
7,500m - 8,999m

Climbing Days

0 - 4 Days
5 - 9 Days
10 - 12 Days
13 - 15 Days
16+ Days

PRICE

$3,150

best time to travel:

Jan Feb Mar Apr May Jun Jul Aug Sep Oct Nov Dec

PRICE INCLUDES

    • Price based on 4 pax 
    • Meals as mentioned in the itinerary (Breakfast = B, Lunch = L, Dinner = D) 
    • All transport to and from destination (Non A/C Car) 
    • English Speaking Guide 
    • Activities as mentioned above.
    • All Mount Kenya park and rescue fees 
    • Assistant guides, cooks, porters, and camp crew
    • Expedition-class 3 people mountain tents for 2 people
    • Walk-in dining tent
    • Private toilet tent with camping style toilet
    • 3-inch foam mattress and a sleeping bag (down to -20C) with fleece liner and cushion
    • First aid kit, oxygen, stretcher
    • Emergency medical evacuation
    • Drinks on the hike (potable water, tea, coffee, hot chocolate)

PRICE EXCLUDES

    • International flight 
    • Visa Fee 
    • Excess baggage & Airport Taxes 
    • Personal & Travel insurance
    • Vaccinations  (We send a detailed list) 
    • Bottled Beverages (Plenty of boiled and filtered water is available)
    • Gear rental available at additional cost (Let us know if you would need any)
    • Tips and Gratuity