5 Day Mount Kenya Trek
MOUNT KENYA: 17,058'/5199m Main Summits: Batian – 5,200m Nelion – 5,188m Trekking Summit: Point Lenana – 4985m Location: Mount Kenya National Park
Mount Kenya is a 'twin-peaked' volcanic spike. Reaching the highest of the three peaks on Mount Kenya requires technical expertise, but the third highest peak of Point Lenana offers the finest six-day trek on the continent. Our hike will take our trekkers through dense rain forest, which encircle the lower slopes of the mountain, which is home to Elephant, Cape buffalo, Leopard and primates. We then traverse the vast moorlands, past undulating grassy valleys and deep rocky gorges, through some of the most fabulous vegetation on our planet. We arrive at the summit of Lenana early enough to be rewarded by views of the new day dawning across East Africa. The whole experience is only heightened by the fact that there will be few other trekkers we must share the mountain with.
Day 1. Park gate to Old Moses campsite (altitude: 3300m) We start out trekking at the Sirimon Gate and walk up to Old Moses Camp Site. The zone is in a lush mountain rainforest with Hagena rose wood, St. Johns Wort, giant Camphor trees, Yellow Wood trees, ferns, orchids and other epiphytes. Here is a good chance of seeing various species of monkey, antelopes and birds. Buffalo, zebra and elephant can often be seen in forest glades and well as warthog. As we gain altitude the forest merges into bamboo that can reach over ten metres in height. This first day is approximately 4 hours walking. Overnight in a heather bush campsite.
Day 2. Old Moses to Liki North campsite (altitude: 3900m) From Old Moses campsite we trek through heather with an undergrowth of flowering shrubs and herbs. As we pass the meteorological station this gives way to moorland. Here there are bizarre-looking giant senecios, often referred to as giant groundsels, and lobelias. We may see Scarlet-tufted sunbirds and other unusual mountain birds, flitting between the lobelias for nectar. The valley floor becomes divided up into small mountain streams with grassy and mossy banks. The most common animal here is the rock hyrax, which some say is the closest living relative to the elephant. Approximately 5 hours walking. Overnight in the valley.
Day 3. Liki North to Kami Tarn (altitude: 4440m) We backtrack a little up to a ridge and drier ground. Now we have the feeling of approaching the high peaks. As the moorland valley opens up there is often a profusion of white and yellow alpine flowers. If we are lucky we may see Verreaux eagle and maybe an Auger buzzard. The last hour and a half to Kami Tarn we gain altitude passing many giant senecios and lobelias. Approximately 6 hours walking. Overnight at Kami Tarn.
Day 4. Kami Tarn to Point Lenana (altitude: 4970m) We start our trek to Point Lenana in the early hours of the morning so that we can enjoy the early morning sun on the summit of Lenana and view the spectacular main peaks. Most early mornings are very clear in the high mountain area but you can expect the clouds to roll in by mid-morning. Before that happens we want to be back at camp after enjoying our summit time to the full, to pack and have a good breakfast before we descend back to Liki North camp. Approximately 6 hours walking from Kami Tarn campsite to Liki North campsite. Overnight Liki North campsite.
Day 5. Liki North to the Park Gate. We trek out to gate early morning down through the bamboo and upper forest. This is the time that we could even see a leopard… Buffalo could be moving up from the lower forest area along the road and as most animals are more active in the morning it could be very exciting. So keep your eyes open! This final day is approximately 6 hours walking from camp to the park gate, where we meet our vehicles and bid the crew farewell.