8 Days Trekking tour itinerary for Mount Kenya & Nairobi: Hike On Technical Rock Climbing Trails Of The North Face
Mount Kenya, Nairobi
Get to the second highest African peak with ease, through the scenic trekking and climbing trails of North Face. A technical climber option for those a bit more experience beyond just trekking as well as those who would like try more challenging adventure beyond the common Point Lenana that's easily reached by most trekkers.
Nairobi – Old Moses Camp 3300 m
Depart Nairobi for Nanyuki, and proceed to Mt Kenya National Park Sirimon gate.
Follow the track uphill for 10 km to Old Moses.
Liki North 3993 m
Follow the trail around the head of a large valley, crossing several small streams to reach the crest of the ridge between the Otulili and Liki North Valleys.
Shipton’s Camp 4250 m
Ascend the west side of the valley, over a ridge, then down into the Mackinder Valley to meet the direct route.
Follow from here to Mackinder Valley.
Kami Hut 4600 m
Ascend to Kami Hut, normally taking 2 hrs. This is the base camp for climbers who are doing the North Face.
Embark the ascent of Batian by the North Face Standard Route. Starting in the early morning dark, usually between 4 and 5 am, we may climb the first couple of pitches by headlamp. This section is rocky and frozen scree.
Start climbing 10 ropes, spending the night at Firmin Tower.
Summit Batian 5199 m to Shipton’s Camp 4250 m
Continue rock climbing from Firmin Tower until you reach Batian Peak at 5,199m, at around midday
Abseil down to the bottom and walk to Shipton’s Camp for dinner and overnight.
Meru Bandas 3000m
Ascend Simba col then down to Meru Mount Kenya Bandas above Chogoria, following the Gorges Valley. It will take 7 hours to reach the bandas.
Chogoria Gate - Nairobi
Continue walking down through the bamboo and indigenous forest to Bairunyi to meet up with your transport back to Nairobi.
Return transfer Nairobi -Nanyuki/Chogoria-Nairobi
3 meals per day while trekking
8 days Mt. Kenya trek
7 nights accommodation while trekking
2 transfer from Nanyuki/Chogoria- park gate- return
All government park fees
English speaking mountain guides and porters & experienced chef.
Accommodation at Nanyuki Simbas Lodge D/B/B
Mt Kenya certificate for successful climbers.
Two man camping tent, although mountain banda/hut available at an extra for those who want to upgrade.
First and last night accommodation in Nairobi.
Travel & medical insurance, but can be arranged at guest request and expenses.
Tips and gratuities for the guide, porter's and other service staff (optional but recommended)
All optional tours, excursions and activities diverting from the main itinerary.
Soft drinks but tea, coffee and drinking water is provided.
All flights, cabs and shuttle services not featured in itinerary.
NB: We ensure clients get enough and plenty of well-cooked food.
* Lists of Climbing Gears/Kits
Technical Climbing Gear (Recommended minimum items)
The weather can vary hugely but commonly you would climb in quite a few layers.
For example a base layer, insulated Gillet, softshell jacket, hardshell jacket, thin softshell trousers, hat under your helmet, liner socks inside your climbing shoes and possibly close-fitting fingerless gloves. You may also need to throw on a warm belay jacket at stances.
NB: You can hire some of the equipment available at a reasonable cost
* You can extend the climb with a safari either camping or lodge or beach holiday
Mount Kenya Technical Climbing Kits Checklist. This kit list is specifically for those planning to climb the technical peaks of Batian and Nelion.
Pair of 50m half or twin ropes
Helmet (& warm hat/balaclava to fit under it)
Rock shoes (recommended not to have too tight a fit and consider wearing thin socks inside)
Belay/rappel plate to suit double rope above
3 HMS Karabiners
2 locking Karabinas
4+ short slings
2x Prussic loops
Nuts/wires size 1-9
Cams size approx 0.5, 1.5, 2.5 (more if you have them) to suit cracks approx 20-50mm wide
5 long quickdraws/extenders with snap gates
Small (- 25L) climbing pack; Large enough for a spare warm belay jacket, gloves/mitts, emergency bivvy/blizzard bag,
1 Litre of water, sweets, chocolate, camera.
Note, for a crossing of the gate of the mists between Batian and Nelion, B1 boots, crampons and an ice axe may be required subject to snow/ice conditions.
80-100 litre duffle bag (optional but useful before climb & to leave gear at the hotel)
65-75 litre rucksack (for a porter to carry your main gear)
Waterproof rucksack cover
Small waterproof stuff sacks
Large, lightweight umbrella (can usually buy in Kenya)
Waterproof shell jacket
Waterproof shell trousers
Outer - Warm
Warm Insulated Jacket (fleece/insulated)
Softshell jacket (optional but useful)
Insulated Gillet (optional but useful)
Trekking trousers (synthetic) zip-off ones are good x2-3
Shorts (to cover thighs)
Long sleeve base layer top(s) (synthetic)
Leggings/Running tights (optional)
Underwear (synthetic dries quicker!)
Warm hat (to cover ears)
Buff (optional but very useful)
Wide-brim sun hat or cap with neck veil
Thick insulated gloves or mitts
Thin liner gloves (optional but useful)
Liner socks (optional)
Good trekking socks
Waterproof trekking boots (NOT trekking shoes)
Trainers/ general shoes/ flip-flops/ sandals
General Travel/City Clothing (left at the hotel)
General T-shirts/shirts etc x2-3
General socks x4-5
3-4 season sleeping bag (comfort -5deg C or lower)
Sleeping bag liner cotton/fleece/silk (optional)
Waterproof stuff sack for a sleeping bag
Thick foam mat or self-inflating mat
LED headtorch & spare batteries
Watch with light and alarm
Camera, memory card & batteries (optional)
Solar charger (optional)
Old unlocked phone handset (optional)
Photocopies of passport
Student card (if relevant)
Insurance policy details
Yellow Fever cert. (if relevant)
Waterproof wallet for papers
Notebook/Diary Pencil + Biro (optional)
Books, Maps & Information (optional)
Cards / Games (optional)
Repair Kit (optional but useful)
Gaffer / Duck tape
Needle + extra strong thread
2x 1-litre drinks bottles
Favourite high energy snacks/ energy drink powder
Toilet roll in plastic bag + spare bag
Earplugs (optional but recommended!)
Walking poles (optional but useful)
Personal Wash Kit
Antibacterial hand gel
Wet wipes (optional)
Toothbrush with cover
Shampoo and or shower gel
Shave Kit + mirror (optional)
Clothes wash liquid (optional)
Personal Medical Kit (suggested contents)
Lip salve (with SPF)
Personal medications eg Anti-Malaria Tablets, Inhalers, Epipen etc.
Mount Kenya, Nairobi
Type of Tour
This tour is offered throughout the year on the following days of the week.
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