Mount Kenya is the highest mountain in Kenya and the second-highest in Africa, after Kilimanjaro. The highest peaks of the mountain are Batian (5,199 metres (17,057 ft)), Nelion (5,188 metres (17,021 ft)) and Point Lenana (4,985 metres (16,355 ft)).
Mount Kenya is located in central Kenya, just south of the equator, around 150 kilometres (93 mi) north-northeast of the capital Nairobi. Mount Kenya is the source of the name of the Republic of Kenya.
|DEPARTURE/RETURN LOCATION||Nairobi Hilton Area|
|DEPARTURE TIME||Please arrive at least 1 hours before the Departure Time.|
Mount Kenya is a stratovolcano created approximately 3 million years after the opening of the East African rift. Before glaciation, it was 7,000 m (23,000 ft) high. It was covered by an ice cap for thousands of years.
This has resulted in much eroded slopes and numerous valleys radiating from the centre. There are currently 11 small glaciers. The forested slopes are an important source of water for much of Kenya.
Day 1: Nairobi-Nanyuki-Old Moses
Day 2: Old Moses Shiptons
Hiking time: 7hrs
Distance: Approximately 16kms
After breakfast, start the hike up the moorland vegetation, enjoying the amazing scenery of the Ontulili, likii and Mackinder’s valleys. Picnic lunches will be served on the way arriving at the Shiptons camp (alt.4200m) in the late afternoon. Dinner and overnight at the camp
Day 3: Shiptons - Simba Col - Oblong Tan
Spend the whole day at the Shiptons with an acclimatization visit to the Simba Col and a possible circuit to Oblong Tan. Dinner and overnight at Shiptons camp
Day 4: Shiptons - Summit - Mackinders - Met Point
Start the attempt at 03h00 of the screech scree to the summit – point Lenana (alt.4985m) which is the highlight of our trip! After taking photos with the sunrise, descend slowly to the Mackinder’s camp where we will have breakfast, a short rest and then start the trek down to Met station hut for dinner and overnight.
Day 5: Met Point - Naromoru Gate - Nairobi
After breakfast and feeling like achievers and we surely are, it is easy going down enjoying the cool mountain weather. We depart the camp to Naromoru gate and connect with the transfer vehicle to our onward destination.