On a Kenya safari, Mount Kenya is one of the most popular destination that dominates the central highlands of Kenya, Standing at 5199m, Mt Kenya is the second highest mountain in Africa. The mountain has 3 glaciated peaks; point Lenana at 4,985m reached by anyone who is physical fit, Batian peak at 5,199m and Nelion at 5,88m with technicalities involved in climbing the other peaks.
Mount Kenya hiking routes
Located only 200km from Nairobi, Mt Kenya is accessible by road using buses, taxi and private vehicles. Drive through the towns of Naromoru, Nnayuki and Chogoria. Ech of these towns has a Mt Kenya hiking route that extends deep into the snowy peaks of the mountain. There are three main Mt Kenya trekking routes which are Naromoru Route trek, Sirimon Route hiking and Chogoria Route.
Mt Kenya trekking and hikes on Mount Kenya all have something different to offer. Mount Kenya Naromoru Route is the fastest route to point Lenana but not as scenic as the other two. Mt Kenya Trekking through Chogoria Route hike is the most scenic and Mt Kenya hiking Sirimon Route the most interesting because it is on the drier side of Mount Mount Kenya.
The mountain is one of Kenya’s most visited water drainage areas with several water streams like Sirimon, Nazita, Sagana, Burguret and others streaming from the melting glacier peaks. Tana River and Ewaso N’gwiro River are also part of the water streams coursing in the Mt. Kenya fringes.
When to go
Climbing Mount Kenya is good all year round but look out for the dry season hiking from January and February, also around August and September. You’ll have clearer views of the snow peaks and exotic blooming plants on the slopes especially in the mornings. Heavy rains on the mountain are during March to mid May and lesser on e around October and December. The nights are quite chilly and frosty with temperatures between 5-15ºC and freezing on the peaks. Mount Kenya hiking is good in the early morning at aroun10h00 when you can catch the rising sun while the afternoon is filled with convectional rains.
Mount Kenya climbing is notably challenging and technical for a few peak climbs besides Lenana. The extinct volcanic plug is surrounded by an abundant wildlife park at its foot, a protected area covering some 800sq km, many cultivated farms at the lower slpes, lush rain forests and many exotic plants like giant lobelias and birds.
Mount Kenya hiking safaris include camping on the route camps like Old Moses camp and Shipton Camp located down Sirimon Mt. Kenya hiking route. Other overnight options include Minto’s hut, Chogoria bandas where you’ll be served breakfast, dinerand lunch while doing your hiking expeditions.Some of the animals that inhabit the lush rain forest slopes and park include elephants, buffalos, antelopes, lions, leopards, hyrax and many others.
Make sure that you pack a sleeping bag, rain jackets, warm clothing, comfortable hiking boots, woolen hat, warm gloves, sunglasses, flashlights and anything you may need on your climbing Mt. Kenya safari. It is unlikely that you’ll find people on your Mt Kenya Hiking if you book around the low season, after the dry season.
Mt Kenya, Africa’s second top peak is known as the domain of Ngai, god of the area Kikuyu tribe. Customarily, all Kikuyu homesteads were definitely designed to face this sacred summit. They refer to it as Kirinyaga, or sometimes place of light.
This mountain can be an awe-inspiring view. Its ragged series of summits are topped with snow, while the slopes are thick with forest. The mountain is best visible in the early morning, when the day’s early lighting shadows the spectacular summit raised over the neighboring plains.
While the 5199 metre high peak is often a difficult specialized climb, the lower peak for Point Lenana (4985m) can be simply hit by every physically fit climber.
This trek can take between 3 and 5 days, via a thrilling realm of jungles, wildlife, special montane vegetation which includes podocarpus and grounsel, and finally the world’s rarest scenery, equatorial snow. Those of you that do not plan to trek high into the Mountain the breezy highlands which surround its root are worthy of a try. The jungles are great for game watching, while you’ll notice crystal clear mountain streams which are abound with Trout.
Major highway access towards Mt Kenya is by way of Nanyuki as well as Naro Moru, either conveniently accessed from Nairobi using bus/matatu or simply private transport. A few trekkers and Climbers reach the Mountain through the small village of Chogoria. You can find an airstrip within Nanyuki, with equally booked as well as hire flights offered.
A lot of safari companies can plan travel from Nairobi and into Mt Kenya. Hotels around Nanyuki and even Naro Moru will organize transport to the gates of Mt Kenya National Park.
5 DAYS SIRIMON-CHOGORIA.
Arrival at Kenyatta airport and transfer to your hotel for overnight
NAIROBI/SIRIMON/JUDMAIER CAMP (OLD MOSES CAMP) 3-4 HRS, 9KM,
Leave Nairobi at 7.30am to Nanyuki town for lunch, taking about 4 hours.
Proceed to Sirimon Gate, 1 hr, 2440m. From the gate follow the track as
it winds uphill though the forest which becomes heath land after about 3
hrs. About 3½ hours from the gate the track veers right to Judmaier
Camp, 3300m for dinner and overnight, L, D
JUDMIER CAMP/SHIPTON CAMP 6-7HRS, 17KM, 900M ASCENT
After breakfast, follow the track uphill, forking left at the junction.
After one hour from Old Moses Camp, the track crosses Ontulili River. Go
right contouring through the Moorland and crossing Liki North and
continue uphill to Mackinders Valley from where there are panoramic
views up the valley towards the main peaks. Dinner and overnight at
Shipton Camp, 4200m, B,L,D
Spend the day acclimatizing. Walk to Kami Hut down to Hauseberg Lakes
(Hauseberg Tarn and Nanyuki Tarn). Walk back to Shipton for dinner and
SHIPTONS/POINT LENANA/MOUNT MERU BANDAS (CHOGORIA GATE) 11-12HRS,
32KM, 785M ASCENT
Leave at 3am up a steep stony quarry that cuts through a cliff clearing
visible part towards lower Hall Tarns arriving Mount Kenya point Lenana
(6km from Shipton Camp) at 6:30am, taking about 3hrs. After the sunrise,
descend down to Mintos hut (6km), 2hrs, for breakfast and 20km, 4-5hrs
further down to Mount Meru Bandas, 2950m, for dinner and overnight on
Mount Kenya, B,L,D.
After breakfast, set on morning journey to Chogoria village(32km) if you
don’t want you can take a jeep you pay direct or you cost share in a
group. Then after Chogoria the transport is provided back to Nairobi,
arriving late afternoon.
To back in your home