MAX. ALTITUDE: 4985m
Mount Kenya is the second highest mountain on the African continent - but without a doubt the most spectacular, steeped as it is in history. Sometimes unfairly thought of as Kilimanjaro’s little brother, Kenya is considered by many to be a more challenging ascent - and a worthy objective for anyone looking to raise funds for their chosen charity.
Its fascinating variety of flora and fauna and outstanding landscape make Mount Kenya one of the world’s most rewarding experiences. As you trek through equatorial rain forest (rich in wildlife, including elephant and waterbuck), across moorlands that hide crystal-clear lakes, and along vast ridges above spectacular gorges, you can begin to imagine yourself alone in a previously undiscovered world. Situated just a few hundred miles south of the equator, the mountain once reached 7,000m and is thought to have been higher than Kilimanjaro.
Today, heavy erosion caused by ancient glacial activity has produced several jagged, prominent peaks, forming a single mountain. Mount Kenya’s summits consist of two technical climbing peaks and our objective - Point Lenana, a rewarding trekking peak. You will be assisted by our wonderful team of Kenyan guides, porters and cooks who will make you comfortable in an unfamiliar environment, and one of our amazing UK guides will give you the confidence in yourself to stand high on the summit as reward for your efforts an behalf of your charity.
An ascent of Lenana at sunrise rewards us with a clear view over the terrain we have crossed - the forests and heathlands below us, and the stunning spires of Batian and Nelion (5,200m) across the Lewis glacier. On a clear day the summit of Kilimanjaro can be seen, 200 miles away. Mount Kenya’s diversity of habitat, geography and wildlife, coupled with the tough challenge of the ascent, mean that it is an experience that will never be forgotten.
10 Great reasons for trekking Mount Kenya - Point Lenana with 360 Expeditions.
1.Itinerary. Mount Kenya has ranked high as one of our favourite climbing objectives for over 25 years. We approach Mount Kenya via a quiet route (Chogoria via Lake Ellis) that usually finds us alone on the mountain. Our approach ensures that we get not only a fantastic climbing experience but experience the mountain as seen by early European climbers. 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! 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. 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. Our guides are mountain professionals who will have guided this itinerary numerous times. They not only have years of relevant training and the most up-to-date qualifications but have many years of field experience. Our guides and expeditions leaders’ sole occupation is mountain and expedition work and they are paid industry wages. When it comes to summit day you can be assured that your 360 guide or expedition leader will make professional decisions and your safety will not be compromised by personal ambition or lack of experience.
4.Safety first. Naturally our western guides are trained in the use of medical oxygen, Gamow bags and specialised wilderness first aid equipment and medicine which we take on all our itineraries. We also carry satellite phones and radios to ensure proper communications with the outside world and between camps. In fact we are often the first port of call when other teams have an emergency on the mountain!
5. In country support We have a close relationship with the our Kenyan ground 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
6. 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.
7. 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.
8. 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.
9.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.
10. 360 Office support. From the second you hear about 360 Expeditions we are ready to help you achieve your goal. You can continuously rely on our expertise and commitment when it comes to expedition advice, organising pre-expedition meetings with your team members, your bookings, flights, medical concerns, equipment, fitness plans and any last minute questions. Our office crew have walked the walk and can talk you through every detail of the itinerary.