We start our Mount Kenya trek tomorrow! It’s hard to believe this is actually happening. I’m excited to go on a new adventure, to challenge myself with a new experience and to cross another item off my bucket list. I’m sure I’ll have so much to share when we return, but for now, I wanted to share our itinerary for our 5-day trek. Obviously, I won’t have internet access, so I’ll be completely unplugged. I can’t remember the last time this happened! Hopefully it will be refreshing, but we’ll see!
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Here’s our itinerary:
Preamble: An itinerary that is highly recommended for trekkers seeking a 5 day trek on Mountain Kenya offering a high levels of success to reach the hiker’s summit (Point Lenana – 4985m). The added advantage of this moderate trek is the fact that it offers extra acclimatisation when you trek partly or all around the peaks ahead of attemping the summit. You’ll also enjoy facilitating views of the high peaks from all angles.
The hike goes up through montane forest, bamboo, heather and Mooreland zones to Shiptons camp (4200m) below the peaks from where you skirt the high peaks to the east, bypassing Hausburg col, Oblong tarn and Two-tarn.
Day 1: OLDMOSES HUT – Drive from Nyahururu to Mountain Rock Lodge on the lower slopes of Mount Kenya arriving in time for lunch. From here is a short drive, crossing the equator en-route, to the Sirimon Park Gate. Then trek up through magnificent montane forests, bamboo and giant heather zones before reaching the high altitude moorland and our Old Moses Mountain Hut /Campsite.
Day 2: SHIPTON’S CAMP – After an early breakfast trek to Shipton’s camp (4200m). The hike is awesome but a good test on individual endurance on the mountain. The rigorous but exciting trek up takes you across hills and valleys through the entire stretch of the sprawling moorlands where you see several unique and interesting plants and animals including the Giant groundsels and lobelias and the mountain rock hyrax.
Day 3: MACKINDER’S CAMP – Departing at 0800hrs ascend the Hausberg col (4700m) then descend steeply to Hausberg valley and Oblong tarns before making a further steep ascent, crossing huge boulders via Two Tarn on the way to Mackinder’s camp which is located along the Naromoru route within the Teleki Valley.
Day 4: – Leaving camp at 0300hrs you hike up the steep scree slopes and glacier to Point Lenana (4985m), the hiker’s summit. It is planned that you arrive in time to witness the African Sun rising over the equator, reflect its golden glow on the Majestic peaks of Batian and Nelion – you may feel tired after this demanding adventure but absolutely ecstatic after you’ve made it to the top. After a brief celebration at the top descend to Makinder’s camp (4200m) for breakfast then proceed further down on the Naro Moru Trail to arrive at Met Station in time for lunch. Relax the rest of the afternoon in readiness of our departure from the mountain tomorrow. Dinner and overnight at the Met Station.
Day 5: – Have early breakfast before your descend to Naro Moru park gate in 2hours, from where you connect the vehicle for transfer back to Mountain Rock Lodge for a hot shower and lunch then return to Nyahururu.