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5 Days Backpacking tour itinerary for Nairobi, Nanyuki & Mount Kenya: Ascend The Highest Mountain In Kenya

Nairobi, Nanyuki, Mount Kenya

Nature Tour
Climbing Tour
Backpacking Tour
Ascend the highest mountain in Kenya

Hike up the mountain

Mount Kenya-Kenya

Hike via forested regions, moorlands, Mackinder’s valley so as to enjoy panoramic views and mountainscapes from Lenana point and Mount Meru Bandas up on this mighty mountain, which is also Africa's second highest mountain.

DAY 01

Nairobi/sermon/judmier camp

Old Moses camp 3-3 hrs, 9 km,860 ascent. 

  • Leave Nairobi at 8 am to go to Nanyuki town for lunch.

  • Drive will take about 4 hours. Proceed to the Sirimon gate (1 hr, 2440 m).

  • From the gate, follow the track as it winds uphill through the forest which becomes heathland after about 3 hours. About 3 and half hours, from the gate, turn right to reach the Judmier camp at 3,300 m altitude for dinner and overnight stay. 

  • Climb up through forest areas into a wide ridge and approach to the summit area. The route starts on the northwest side of the Kenya mountain near Nanyuki. The access will be adequate and the stay house facilities are the best on this side of the mountain

DAY 02

Judmier camp /Shipton camp

6-7 hrs, 14 km, 900 m ascent. 

  • After breakfast, follow the track uphill towards the Mt. Kenya summit with your Kenyan mountain guide. After one hour from Old Moses camp, the track crosses the Ontulili river.

  • Go right through the moorlands and crossings in the north and continue uphill till Mackinder’s valley from where there will be panoramic views from the valley towards that of the main mountain peaks in this region. 

  • Dinner and overnight stay at Shipton’s camp (4200 m altitude). 

DAY 03

Shipton’s camp- acclimatization day

  • Spend today acclimatizing with a walk to Kami Hut down to Houseberg lakes (Hauseberg Tarn and Nanyuki Tarn).

  • Walk back to Shipton's camp for dinner and overnight stay.

DAY 04

Shipton’s/point Lenana/mount meru bandas (chogoria gate)

6 hrs, 14 km, 785 m ascent. 

  • Begin at 2 am and go up a steep stony quarry that cuts through a cliff clearing visible parts towards the Lower Hall Tarn.

  • Arrive at the Lenana point at about 6:30 am with your Kenyan mountain guide. So, this steep climb will take about 3 hours.

  • After the sunrise, descend down to Mintos Hut for about 2 hours.

  • Have breakfast here and it is a further few hours down to Mount Meru Bandas at 2,950 m altitude.

  • Dinner and overnight stay will be here. 

DAY 05

chogoria bandas/chogoria/Nairobi

  • Descend for about 2 hours, 15 km from Meru Bandas.

  • Catch the transfer vehicle to Chogoria village from where you will connect with your transfer to Nairobi city.

  • 650 USD Per Adult
  • Guarantee price/guarantee trek on confirmation.

  • Transfer to and from the base of the mountain.

  • Full board accommodation whilst on the trek.

  • Meals plan as indicated B-breakfast-lunch and D-dinner.

  • Accommodation in a camp/hut as per the programme.

  • All park entrance fees.

  • Services of professional Kenyan mountain guides, porters and skilled cook.

  • Tips, laundry, sleeping bags and drinks.

  • Climbing gears.

  • Items of personal nature.

  • Training cost and the purchase of a mountain gear.

  • Other items not mentioned above.

Equipment and gear check list:

  • Balaclava – bochori

  • Baseball cap

  • Sunglasses

  • Sunscreen

  • Bandanas

  • Thermal top

  • T-shirts

  • Fleece jacket

  • Rain coat

  • Wind jacket

  • Poncho

  • Gloves (both woolen and water proof)

  • Shorts (optional)

  • Trousers (quick dry and light)

  • Thermal bottoms

  • Rain trousers

  • Thin socks

  • Thick socks

  • Hiking boots (water proof, strong, light-big enough to allow multiple layers of socks

  • Sandals or slippers (after the hike to allow your feet to relax)

  • Sleeping bag

  • Water bottle

  • Porters bag (having all your gear and carried for you by the porter)

  • Day pack (the climbers bag having all requirements the climber needs)

  • Torch (head torch better but not a must with spare batteries – LED torches are better than bulb torches)

  • Toiletries (including wet wipes since bathing is difficult due to low temperatures)

  • Towel

  • Hiking pole/walking stick

  • Energy sweets and snacks

Nairobi, Nanyuki, Mount Kenya

Nature Tour
Climbing Tour
Backpacking Tour

Contributed By

Safiri Kenya

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