See why Mount Kenya has been held in reverence by local communities as God’s residence. The first explorers were amazed at the snow on the peaks with the mountain being at the equator line. The first roads were created by the military to access the forest in order to reach the Maumau freedom fighters. In recent decades, notable filmmakers have used the mountain as a backdrop and main feature of award winning movies and documentaries. Authors have also found creativity with the mountain such as the best-selling novel The Ascent. By visiting the mountain, you will soon see why it was recognized as a UNESCO Biosphere Reserve and later a UNESCO World Heritage Site.
The mountaineering tour begins with a drive from Nairobi to Nanyuki, the base town where we join the mountain crew. We then continue to Sirimon Gate to have lunch before we start the trek. We head 9 km through the tropical rainforest, bamboo belt, and hygenia rosewood to the moorland. Rest overnight at Old Moses camp at 3,300 meters.
After breakfast, we start the 14 km climb to the second camp at Shipton’s Camp. Trek through valleys and ridges and ascend to Liki North Junction, Ontulili River, Likii River to the Likii Ridge at 3,900 meters. We then follow MacKinders Valley to Shipton’s camp at 4,200 meters. Dinner and overnight at the camp.
We have an early start at 2:00 a.m. as we attempt Point Lenana of 4,985 meters. The view of the sunrise at the top will be worth the climb. If it is a clear day, you will be able to see Kilimanjaro over 300 km away. On our way down, we stop back at Shipton’s Camp for a full breakfast before heading to Old Moses Camp for dinner and overnight.
In the morning, we descend the final 9 km to reach Sirimon Gate. We will be driven to Nanyuki for lunch and then on to Nairobi.