MAX. ALTITUDE: 5199m
Climb Mt Kenya, this is the climber‘s summit of Mount Kenya is regarded by most mountaineers as a true gem. Standing like a sentinel in the midst of the vast Kenyan savannah, it is known as “a mountaineer’s mountain” – and true to its word, there is no easy way up this African giant. Mount Kenya offers high altitude rock climbing, without equal - the routes are long, up to 20 pitches, and vary from moderate (Alpine grade 4) to extreme (Alpine grade 6 ).
From early December to March the Shipton route is at its best, and it is this route that leads to the Nelion summit of the twin peaked mountain. The weather is best on the Shipton route from December to mid-March, but be prepared for a wide range of temperatures, from freezing nights with snowy and windy conditions to bright sunshine, intensified by high altitude. To climb Mount Kenya you need to be an experienced rock climber with ability to climb up to VS (F5). High altitude experience is not required, but it is recommended.
Due to the technical nature of this itinerary there will only be a one to one guide client ratio, and the trek will be porter-supported. We trek in via the visually spectacular Chogoria route, which features huge ecological diversity and the opportunity for wildlife sightings, including buffalo, elephant, zebra and antelope.
7 great reasons to climb Mount Kenya’s true summit with 360 Expeditions.
1.Itinerary. Mount Kenya has ranked high as one of our favourite climbing objectives for over 25 years. In isolation or as a build up for future objectives for many of our clients an ascent of this stunning peak will always feature as one of their best experiences. For this program we not only ascend the true summit of Mount Kenya but tick off Point Lenana and Point John ( 8 pitch grade D) as warm ups before the real event. Furthermore we approach Mount Kenya via a quiet route (Chogoria via Lake Ellis) that usually finds us alone on the mountain. We might encounter a beast or two and traverse virtually untouched terrain plus camp in isolated camp sites. For an over-all mountaineering experience this is hard to beat! From a safety perspective our approach route is longer and thus has more acclimatisation days reducing the risk of Acute Mountain Sickness significantly.
2.Leadership. Your Western guides have a huge passion for Africa. Our two founders are without doubt the most accomplished western guides around today; Rolfe has guided the mountain more than 20 times. Our guides are a fountain of knowledge and experience adding hugely to your trekking experience.
3. In country support We have a close relationship with our Kenyan support team and adhere closely to their guidelines for porter employment on our expeditions. We have worked on Mount Kenya for many years and consider our crew as close friends
4. Accommodation on trek. We select the best quality tents and camping equipment. A 3 person tent to be shared by 2 and our dining tents feature comfortable camping chairs are some examples.
5. Meals on the trek. Our cooks are nothing short of genius. They create fantastic meals for us and our crew in a very remote place using only basic implements. Our meals are always delicious , nourishing and made from fresh, local ingredients.
6.Hotel top and tailing expedition. You will be staying in a beautiful hotel surrounded by quiet tropical gardens nestled near the bustling heart of Naru Moru town. At the end of your trek the pool is only a jump away and town a 5 minute ride on our free transfers.
7.Travel to Kenya. 360 Expeditions is ATOL bonded and use reputable airlines and safe air-routes only to get you to Kenya and home safely.