is the most common traverse on Mt. Kenya. Unless preferred,
camping is not necessary as accommodation is available in
mountain huts throughout the trip. Although the trip offers
reasonably good chances of reaching the summit, those who
may not manage the challenge can cross over via the easier
summit circuit trail and join up with other hikers at the
Mackinder's Camp or consider adding on a day at Shipton's
4200m to acclimatize better ahead of the summit.
Morning transfer from Nairobi, arriving at Mountain Rock
Lodge for lunch. Then drive to Sirimon Park gate (2600m).
On completion of park entry formalities, begin a 3-4 hour
hike through forest. Ascend 700m through the bamboo, rosewood
and heather zones to Old Moses camp. The forest and bamboo
are home to hundreds of buffaloes, elephants, bushbucks
and a plethora of bird species. Dinner and overnight at
Old Moses Camp (3300m)
A long day leading to the base of the high peaks. Today's
trek is largely through the moorlands and the Mackinder
Valley, with good views of the main peaks and a brief stopover
for picnic lunch. Total walking time is approx. 7 hours
gaining 900m in altitude. Dinner and Overnight at Shipton's
Pre-dawn attempt of the summit starts at 0300hrs and you
hike for about 3 hours up steep scree slopes and across
rugged rocks up to Pt. Lenana (4985m), the hikers' summit.
Then down through Lewis Glacier up to the Austrian hut to
join to the Naromoru track and descend for 2 hours to Mackinder's
camp for breakfast then have the rest of the day at leisure.
Dinner and overnight at Mackinder's Camp (4300m)
Leaving early, you gradually descend for 4-5 hours through
the moorlands and the lower vertical bog up to the Met Station,
from where you walk down on a wide dirt road leading to
the Naromoru Park gate (2600m) where you meet our vehicle.
You are then transferred back to Mountain Rock Lodge for
a hot shower and lunch then back to Nairobi