4 DAYS MOUNT KENYA CLIMBING
The most popular route that leads up to the Mountain. It is the steepest and the fastest way up Mt Kenya and ascends the Mountain from the west. The route is not particularly scenic but has some of the best tourist accommodations. Most climbers begin at the park gate, although it is possible to drive a vehicle as far as the Met station (3050 metres). Among the challenges in this route include the vertical bog and the extremely steep trail on looses gravel while going up.
Day 1: Nairobi -Met station ( 3,050 m )3 -4 hrs, 10km, 400m ascent.
After pick up in Nairobi, drive to the Naru Moru park gate for lunch. From the entrance, we trek up through magnificent montane forest, bamboo and giant heather zone before reaching the high altitude moorland and our first cabins( Met Station) for dinner and overnight.
The trek takes 3 – 4 hrs, gaining an elevation of 600m.
Day 2: Met Station - Mackinders camp (4,300m).5-6 hrs, 11km, 1,200m ascent.
A short walk to the end of the forest line from where you hike across the marshy vertical bog of the lower moorlands. Picnic lunch at the Picnic. Rocks before continuing further to Mackinders camp, gaining 1300m in altitude in about 5 hours. Dinner and overnight – Mackinders camp (4300m)
Day 3: Mackinders - Pt Lenana (4,985m) - Old Moses camp. 11 hrs, 685m ascent, 1,685 descent.
Leave at 0300 hrs for predawn summit attempt, trekking for 3-4 hours across bare rock and scree slopes characteristic of the alpine region up to Pt. Lenana (4985m), the hiker’s summit, arriving in time to catch the African sunrise. Later descend to Shipton’s camp (Sirimon route) for breakfast. After breakfast, begin a 5-hour descent via Mackinder’s valley to the Old Moses camp (3,300m). The descent is gentle, and it offers ample time to enjoy fascinating scenery, which includes the moorlands, before reaching the camp.
Dinner and overnight at Old Moses camp.
Day 4: Old Moses (3,300m) - Nairobi. 2 hrs.
After early morning breakfast, descend for 3 hours through the rain forest to the Sirimon Park gate to catch a vehicle for the return journey to Nairobi, arriving early evening.