5 Days Mount Kenya Trekking Tour

KENYA
KENYA

5 DAYS MOUNT KENYA TREKKING TOUR

Excursion Venue: Mt. Kenya National Park, Kenya.
Ascend: Chogoria Route
Descend: Sirimon Route
Target: Point Lenana (4,985 Metres Above Sea Level).
D e s c r i p t i o n – Starting at Chogoria this trip is designed to see the best of the mountain. There is an ascent to Point Lenana at 4985m and so participants will ascend into extreme altitude on this trip. The descent is via Sirimon
H i g h l i g h t s – All the best parts of Mt Kenya, stunning views of the peaks, tarns and fantastic endemic flora. A chance of seeing some wildlife and arguably the prettiest high-altitude hike in East Africa. Please note . The climb will be a non-technical ascent with the approach trail to Lenana following the less frequented and most scenic Chogoria route. We will then descend via the better-known Sirimon Route.

Itinerary

Acted breakfast drive from hotel in Nairobi to Chogoria for approximate 4 hours, meet guides and porters in Chogoria at around midday. Whilst you will have lunch, the crew loads up the Land Rover. We have a 22 km drive up a rough and muddy track through the bamboo zone to our overnight destination on the boundary of the park. Is a good idea to walk the last 5 kms to acclimatize? We overnight at the Chogoria bandas (a small bunkhouse) set near the edge of the forest line. Walking time: 2hrs. Altitude change. 2750mts to 3000mts. (Ascend 250 mts). VEGETATION: Forest and Bamboo zone. CLIMATE: A typical day is clear and cool in the morning with low humidity. The mountain is in direct sunlight which causes the temperatures to rise quickly with the warmest temperatures occurring between 9am and 12am. The temperatures on Mount Kenya fluctuate greatly. This fluctuation is largest on the lower slopes of the moorland zone. At an altitude of 3,000 metres (9,800 ft) there is a 11.5°C mean range in daily temperature, this goes down to 7.5°C at 4,200 metres (13,800 ft) and 4°C at 4,800 metres (15,700ft).The diurnal temperature fluctuation reduces with altitude. ACCOMMODATION: Stay at Chogoria Bandas – 3000Mts. (Comfortable Log cabins with beds) MEALS: Lunch will be picnic. Dinner and overnight will be Chogoria bandas.

After breakfast, we will follow the track as it leads up through glades of montaine forest, with plenty of wildlife around, to our camp on Road head 3300m. We will arrive at our camp after about three hours walk in time for lunch. After a short rest period in the late afternoon we will visit the nith falls and the we start our 3 hours trek up towards Mount Kenya – walking initially through forest to reach a higher moorland area with fewer trees. On our walk, there are excellent views back towards the plains. We camp at Lake Ellis at an altitude of 3390m. This is a blissful campsite in full view of the main peaks of Mount Kenya and well away from the main trail walking. if time allow we will visit the Mugi hill before returning to camp for overnight in tents. Dinner and overnight Lake Ellis (3400m) in tent VEGETATION: Rosewood and giant heathers zone. This habitat is characterized by shrubs with small leaves. In moister sites there are mostly giant heathers (Erica and Phillipia) which grow to over 10m.and form dense stands which are virtual forests in themselves. CLIMATE: A typical day is clear and cool in the morning with low humidity. The mountain is in direct sunlight which causes the temperatures to rise quickly with the warmest temperatures occurring between 9am and 12am. The temperatures on Mount Kenya fluctuate greatly. This fluctuation is largest on the lower slopes of the moorland zone. At an altitude of 3,000 metres (9,800 ft) there is a 11.5°C mean range in daily temperature, this goes down to 7.5°C at 4,200 metres (13,800 ft) and 4°C at 4,800 metres (15,700ft).The diurnal temperature fluctuation reduces with altitude. ACCOMMODATION: ). Dinner and overnight camping at Lake Ellis in mountain tents MEALS: Lunch will be picnic

Distance: 15km
Hiking time: 6-7 hrs
After breakfast around 730am we will have an early Morning we set off, climbing away from road on its west side, across moorland up to a ridge which eventually joins the main Chogoria trail. We have views of Vivienne Falls and the Gorges Valley as we descend to the most picturesque campsite in the range, at Lake Michaelson. Down the camp are the impressive cliffs of the ‘Temple’. Exotic-looking bird species, including the Tacazze sunbird, can be seen close to the camp amongst the bizarre giant plants – principally cabbage groundsel and lobelia. This day is about 6-7 hours walking, we have picnic lunch enrooted we will arrive at Mintos in the afternoon around 2- 3 pm and spend the rest of time rest and relaxing as you will be experiencing a shorter night. Dinner and overnight at at Mintos 4200m camping in tent VEGETATION: Open tussock grassland that continues from the end of the giant heather right up to the snowline, with the plants decreasing in size and density as the altitude increases and the climate gets drier and colder. The equatorial afro-alpine zone of Mt. Kenya is renowned for its unusual mega physic flora which results from a unique climate. Plants growing in this tropic-alpine environment have acquired fascinating adaptive mechanisms for survival with many having adopted a large and rosette form. The most spectacular are characterized by dense leaf rosettes resembling cabbages or artichokes. CLIMATE: A typical day is clear and cool in the morning with low humidity. The mountain is in direct sunlight which causes the temperatures to rise quickly with the warmest temperatures occurring between 9am and 12am. The temperatures on Mount Kenya fluctuate greatly. This fluctuation is largest on the lower slopes of the moorland zone. At an altitude of 3,000 metres (9,800 ft) there is a 11.5°C mean range in daily temperature, this goes down to 7.5°C at 4,200 metres (13,800 ft) and 4°C at 4,800 metres (15,700ft).The diurnal temperature fluctuation reduces with altitude. ACCOMMODATION: Camping at Mintos Camp (4200Mts) in mountain tents MEALS: Lunch will be picnic. Dinner and overnight will be Mintos Camp.


Hiking Time: Ascending- 3-4hrs
Hiking Time: Descending – 7-8hrs
Distance: Ascending- 5km
Distance: Descending-19Km
Starting Altitude: 4200m
Final Altitude: 4985m Descend-1685m
This will be a long day we will have an early start (at around 230a.m.) for a cup of tea and a relatively easy 3-hour climb up to Point Lenana the trekking summit (4,985m). As dawn breaks over Africa, we are treated to a remarkable spectacle; the nearby peaks of Nelion and Batian glinting in the morning sun. In the far distance, if clear, is possible to see summit of Kilimanjaro 400kms away. After spending some time basking in the morning sunlight absorbing the panorama, we descend to Shiptons camp 4200m for a celebratory cooked breakfast taking approximate 2 -3 hours. Afterwards we descend down the pleasant Mackinder’s Valley in the shadow of the true summit of Batian; near the end of the days trek in the main trail to Old Moses Camp the descent will take about 5 hours the descent is gentle and it offers ample time to enjoy fascinating scenery which includes the moorlands, Heather and Rosewood zones and we will arrive Old Moses camp 3300m around 3pm Dinner and overnight at old Moses camp CLIMATE: A typical day is clear and cool in the morning with low humidity. The mountain is in direct sunlight which causes the temperatures to rise quickly with the warmest temperatures occurring between 9am and 12am. The temperatures on Mount Kenya fluctuate greatlyAbove 4,000m vegetation gets more and more sparse, until around the snowline (4,500-4,700m) the only vegetation remaining is the everlasting, stunted grasses and the occasional senecio or lobelia in the most sheltered of spots. Above 4,800m flowering plants cease to exist and only the hardiest plants that are left are lichens and mosses. CLIMATE: A typical day is clear and cool in the morning with low humidity. The mountain is in direct sunlight which causes the temperatures to rise quickly with the warmest temperatures occurring between 9am and 12am. The temperatures on Mount Kenya fluctuate greatly. This fluctuation is largest on the lower slopes of the moorland zone. At an altitude of 3,000 metres (9,800 ft) there is a 11.5°C mean range in daily temperature, this goes down to 7.5°C at 4,200 metres (13,800 ft) and 4°C at 4,800 metres (15,700ft). The diurnal temperature fluctuation reduces with altitude.

 

CLIMATE: A typical day is clear and cool in the morning with low humidity. The mountain is in direct sunlight which causes the temperatures to rise quickly with the warmest temperatures occurring between 9am and 12am. The temperatures on Mount Kenya fluctuate greatly. VEGETATION: Ocotea forest, giant heathers zone, Rosewood and junipers bamboo etc Distance: Descending-9Km Starting Altitude: 3300m Final Altitude: 2650m Descend-650m Hiking Time: Descending – 2-3hrs After breakfast around 800 am we will start our final lap Descending off the mountain is around 2-3 hours at the tree line in good Podocarpus and cedar forest. We arrive at the park gate around 1100am. This is where we meet your awaiting vehicles to take you back to Nairobi or the next destination, at this point you will bid goodbye to our guides and porters.

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