CLIMB AFRICA'S HIDDEN BEAUTY
Mount Kenya is often considered the most striking and rugged mountain in East Africa. It’s summit is a triple crown of three jagged peaks, guarded on most sides by near vertical rock faces.
Our high point is Point Lenana, at 4,985m, which we’ll reach after four days of trekking.
During the trek we’ll pass through tropical woodland, moorland, rocky alpine terrain and bamboo forests. This variety of scenery, combined with sightings of monkeys, buffalo and possibly elephants, makes this a very special experience.
We will also be supported by a team of expert local mountain guides, and a small army of porters and cooks who will carry all of our equipment and prepare our meals. Our camping set up is second to none, with standing height tents, full size cot beds, pillows and sleeping bags. We also have hot shower tents, and a large private dining tent with tables and chairs. The cooks do a fantastic job at rustling up wholesome, quality meals to keep us nourished.
Our route is suitable for fit walkers with no climbing experience, and we won’t need to use ropes or crampons at any point, leaving us to enjoy the scenery without the burden of extra equipment.
This is a very special adventure which is far from the well worn trails of other mountains in the region.
Day 1, Sunday 10th June: Suggested flights from London: British Airways BA0065, Dep. 10:30 - Arr. 21:00
Arrive at Nairobi Airport and transfer to the hotel where you will meet the Guides. A full trip briefing and gear check will be carried out. Overnight at Hotel.
Day 2, Monday 11th June: Sirimon Park Gate to Old Moses Camp (2,700m - 3,200m)
Early in the morning you will be picked up from the hotel and transferred to the Sirimon Park Gate (alt.2700m). After a picnic lunch, you'll start an acclimatization hike in the tropical woodland, occasionally enjoying sightings of monkeys, buffalos and possibly (hopefully!) elephants. The team should arrive at Old Moses Camp (alt.3200m) in the early evening.
Day 3, Tuesday 12th June: Old Moses Camp to Likki North Hut (3,200m - 3,993m)
After breakfast, you will start the hike across high moorland, enjoying the picturesque views of the Sirimon and Mackinders valleys, arriving at Likki North Hut in the early afternoon. Lunch at this camp and later take an acclimatisation walk around the camp.
Day 4, Wednesday 13th June: Likki North Hut to Shipton's Camp ( 3,990m - 4,200m)
Today you will start hiking up a steep slope towards Shipton’s Camp (4,200m) arriving in time for lunch. The giant groundsels occurring along this route are some of the most spectacular sights on Mt Kenya. Afternoon walk to the Kami Hut and later back to the camp for dinner and overnight.
Day 5, Thursday 14th June: Shipton's Camp to Summit to Met Station ( 4,200m - 4,985m - 3,050m)
At 0300hrs you'll be woken up by the camp crew for some tea and biscuits. Then it's time to start the attempt on the scree and rock to the summit; Point Lenana (alt.4985m). It will be a challenging, dark few hours initially, but the sunrise and views will make it all worthwhile! After taking photos with the sunrise, descend slowly down to Mackinder’s Camp for a hearty breakfast. Then continue down the steep bog to the Met Station (alt.3050m). Afternoon resting, dinner and overnight at Met Station.
Day 6, Friday 15th June: Met Station to Naro Moru Gate and flights home from Nairobi (3,050m - 2,400m)
At around 0800hrs you'll leave the camp and walk through the lush bamboo forest to connect with the private transfer vehicles at the Naro Moru Gate. From here you will head back to Nairobi for a well-deserved shower and celebratory drinks. Private transfer to Nairobi Airport for flights home.
Suggested flights to London: British Airways BA0064, Dep. 23:15 - Arr. 05:55(+1)
Please contact us if you would like to extend your stay or book a safari/ beach break after the climb.
Accommodation & Service
Skyline Specification: With our Skyline Specification the team will be sure to be staying in the best accommodation on the mountain. You will be sleeping in a large standing height tent (please see diagram below) with full size sleeping cot, 3 inch foam mattress, pillow and -18 celsius sleeping bag for the ultimate nights sleep. Private toilet and shower tents will also be provided.
A large mess tent is provided for dining and socialising which has comfortable backed chairs and large tables for enjoying the 3 course meals in comfort. Tea & Pressed coffee available.
Pre & Post climb accommodation :
We work with a number of beautiful lodges and hotels around Nairobi and Mount Kenya to make sure that the experience is a high standard throughout. Exact choices will depend on team size and availability.
Organisation & Leadership
Leadership and Support:
This expedition is highly supported by a team of mountain specialists. Monix Adventures has been organising and leading specialised expeditions for more than 6 years, and many of our local guides have hundreds of ascents to their name.
Rhys is an experienced high altitude mountaineer and expedition leader. He has completed over 20 expeditions including ascents of the highest mountain on every continent and Mount Everest. He has previously climbed Mount Toubkal in Morocco 5 times, and numerous mountains with Laura, and both completed a ski mountaineering expedition in Greenland in 2014. He has also led 8 Kilimanjaro climbs, and private Guided in Ecuador and the Himalayas.
Laura has been climbing for 5 years and has racked up an impressive list of challenges to date. She has previously climbed Kilimanjaro & Mount Toubkal on a number of occasions. She also completed a ski mountaineering expedition to Greenland in 2014, and the party made a successful ascent of the highest mountain in the Arctic Circle. Laura is currently running 7 marathons on 7 continents and ran the Mount Everest Marathon in May 2017.
Supplement for private single tent and single room in the hotel: £400pp
Full expedition leadership from Monix Adventures
Qualified Local Mountain Guides
All relevant National Park fees & Permit fees
Emergency medical evacuation to nearest facility
Supplemental medical oxygen & pulse oximeters
All accommodation and meals as described in the final itinerary
Transfers as described in the final itinerary
All support on the mountain including porters, cooks and camp crew
One night in Nairobi Hotel pre-climb
Airport transfers in Nairobi
Tips for local support crew
Monix Adventures branded Arc'teryx jacket
Alterations to this itinerary
Beverages or additional snacks not listed as included
Hospital bills and international evacuation in the event of an emergency
Travel insurance and/ or vaccinations
Personal clothing/ equipment
Anything not listed as included
A non-refundable 30% deposit of £1,305 is payable to confirm your place on the expedition.
The final 70% balance payment of £3,045 is due 60 days prior to departure and is non-refundable after this deadline.
Single Supplement fees are due at the same time as the Balance Payment.
Full Terms & Conditions are available with the Booking Form.
If you have any questions please get in touch with us and we will be more than happy to assist you.