For those in the know, Mount Kenya is the hidden gem of treks in East Africa. While Kilimanjaro may be the highest, Mount Kenya is a slightly easier climb and definitely the continent’s most interesting mountain, with more endemic species of birds and plants than any other mountain in Africa. Comprised of several peaks named after Masai labons (chiefs) such as Batian and Nelion, the highest are reserved for experienced technical climbers, though Lenana peak at about 16,000 feet (often above the snow line) is very accessible and can be comfortably climbed in 4-5 nights. Called God’s Mountain by the Kikuyu tribe, the peaks are remnants of an ancient volcano, surrounded by spectacular views of the glacial valleys and forests. You may even glimpse forest elephant, mountain zebra and buffalo. You shouldn’t get too many glimpses of other walkers either, compared to the tens of thousands who climb the tightly controlled slopes of Kili every year. With a few days relaxation and game viewing at the nearby Ol Pejeta Bush Camp, this is a safari combination which will give an incomparable sense of satisfaction and achievement. This is a fantastic, complete safari in just 7 nights, or as part of a longer safari going on to other parts of Kenya.
Why we offer these two itineraries
The 2 itineraries described below are the two absolute best ways to do the mountain, via the best routes for the best scenery and experience possible. You probably aren't planning to do it again in a hurry! We are therefore unable to offer changes to these itineraries, or do less nights on the mountain. For either of these treks, clients must spend at least the night before the start at Ol Pejeta Bush Camp. The longer you can spend in camp, however, will help a lot to acclimatize climbers, as the camp is already at 6000ft.
For a complete 7-night itinerary (eg. for clients coming to do the mountain/safari combination only), we recommend for the Sirimon itinerary: 2 nights OPBC, 4 on the mountain, 1 night OPBC. For the Chogoria route, we recommend: 1 night OPBC, 5 on the mountain, 1 night OPBC.
ALL CLIENTS must have comprehensive travel insurance cover, including medical evacuation and trip cancellation.