Mt Kenya Hiking Expedition (6 Days Hiking Expedition); this route on 6 Days Mt Kenya Hiking offers a unique experience on this snow-peaked African mountain on the Equator
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Mt Kenya Hiking Expedition I 6 Days Hiking Kenya
Mt Kenya Hiking Expedition (6 Days Hiking Expedition); this route on 6 Days Mt Kenya Hiking Expedition offers a unique experience covering two of the major valleys of Mt. Kenya. The Sirimon route up passes through rolling hillsides covered with unique high elevation vegetation.
At this high elevation Mount Kenya climbing enthusiasts on 6 Days Mt Kenya Hiking Expedition have a fine view of the scenery of forest moorland and the sight of glaciers at the equator is quite spectacular. As you trek on Mount Kenya you will meet with Colobus monkey, elephant or buffalo. This walk on Mount Kenya takes you up the mountain via the Sirimon route with unforgettable scenes of the diverse vegetation. You will also touch ice and snow on the equator! Climbing Mt. Kenya, Africa second Highest peak, Climbing Mount kenya, route Sirimon out chogoria route, point Lenana, Batian & Nelion
Mt Kenya Hiking Expedition I 6 Days Hiking Kenya
Mount Kenya Hiking Tour
Mount Kenya is the highest mountain in Kenya, and the second highest in Africa (after Mount Kilimanjaro). The highest peaks of the mountain are Batian (5,199 m – 17,058 ft), Nelion (5,188 m – 17,022 ft) and Lenana (4,985 m – 16,355 ft). Mount Kenya is located in central Kenya, just south of the equator, around 150 km (95 miles) north-northeast of Nairobi. The area around the mountain is protected in the Mount Kenya National Park, which is a designated UNESCO World Heritage Site. The National Park is around 620 kmÂ² (240 square miles), and receives up to 15,000 visitors every year.
The mountain is an extinct (dead) volcano standing alone, which last erupted between 2.6 and 3.1 million years ago. Its slopes include several different biomes; the lowest parts are dry upland forest, changing to montane forest of juniper and podocarpus at about 2,000 metres (6,600 ft), with a belt of bamboo at 2,500 m (about 8,000 ft) that changes to an upper forest of smaller trees covered with moss and “goat’s beard” lichen. Above a distinct timberline at about 3,500 m (11,500 ft), there is an afroalpine zone, with its characteristic giant rosette plants. Twelve small (and rapidly shrinking) glaciers may be found scattered among the complex of peaks, of which Batian and Nelion are the highest.
Mt Kenya Hiking Expedition I 6 Days Hiking Kenya
This unique 6 Days Mt Kenya Hiking Expedition takes you up and down Mount Kenya along some of the most scenic and picturesque routes of the mountain. You basically hike on Mt Kenya from the East; namely Chogoria Town and Route and descend on the North West of Mt Kenya at Sirimon Gate.
Date : June 7, 2019
Time : 7:30 am
6 Days Mount Kenya Hiking ExpeditionRoad Trip Nairobi to Chogoria 3hours; Overnight Chogoria Town (Chogoria (1,550 m)We depart Nairobi from the airport or your hotel and head north on good macadamized roads to Chogoria town, about 225 km away, arriving in time for lunch at the Transit Motel. The journey takes about 3 hours driving through rich agricultural lands. Afternoon will be spent walking, sightseeing and acclimatizing around the town on the foothills of Mount Kenya. After partaking of dinner an overnight stay at the Hotel.
Date : June 8, 2019
Time : 7:30 am
: Chogoria - Meru Mount Kenya Lodge (Bandas)Half-way transfer by 4 x 4 vehicle then long hike (kilometers) to Meru Mount Kenya BandasMount Kenya After breakfast we take 4×4 Jeeps and drive for 11 Km halfway to the lodge where we start our trek through the dense bamboo forest for distance of 11 km up to the Bandas for lunch. Afternoon will be spent walking around the lodge with a view of beautiful sceneries. After dinner an overnight stay at the Meru Mount Kenya Bandas. At the Bandas there are only single beds. Hot showers and hot meals are available at the self-catering Bandas(2,900m).
Date : June 9, 2019
Time : 9:30 am
Meru Mount Kenya Bandas to Lake Ellis Camp (3,600m)After a Late Start we traverse the Mount Kenya slopes from Meru Mount Kenya Bandas (2,900m) to Lake Ellis (3,600m)At an easy pace we continue with our 6 Days Mt Kenya Hiking Expedition after breakfast, going through lush mountain vegetation with scenic views the mountain-sides. The flora and the animal kingdom come alive as we hike up the mountain, giving us unforgettable memories of the walk. We lunch en-route and reach Lake Ellis Camp (3,600m) after a trek of over three hours .
Your Plan3,700mTrek to Highland Castle, approx.10kms / 5-6h. Ascent: +1,100m.Details: The bamboo give way to enormous podocarpus and pencil cedar forest and as we climb higher we pass through the Hygenia or Hypercium zone also know as the rosewood zone (generally found at 2850-3000m). We spend the night close to the sheer lava cliffs of the "Highland Castle".
Your PlanSUMMIT – 4,985m / OLDMOSES CAMP – 3,340mTrek via Pt. Lenana to Oldmoses Camp. Approx. 20Kms/9hrs. Ascent: 749m to the summit / Descent: -1645m to Oldmoses Camp.D5 Details: Just before dawn we are woken by our guides and hot tea is served before we begin the last leg of our trek to the summit. The trek begins beneath the stars as we zigzag our way up a large scree slope guided only by torch light to reach Pt. Lenana. It's an exhilarating 3 hours from here to reach the hiker's summit, Pt Lenana (4985m) in time for the sunrise!. A further 2 hours down to Shipton's camp (4200m) for a hefty breakfast. Then down to OldMoses Camp 3340m. for overnight.
Your PlanMOUNTAIN ROCK LODGE / NAIROBI. Hike to Sirimon gate (2,600m)approx 10kms / 2h. Descent : -740m Transfer to Nairobi via Mountain Rock lodge. (Span, 230kms / 4-5h).D6 Details: A short morning trek to Sirimon park gate (2600m) and connect with the vehicle for transfer back to Mountain Rock Lodge for a hot shower and lunch before the journey back to Nairobi.
Mt Kenya Hiking Expedition I 6 Days Hiking Kenya Includes
- Guarantee price/guarantee trek on confirmation
• Transfer to and from the base of the mountain
• Full board accommodation whilst on the trek.
• Accommodations in camps/huts as per the itinerary
• All park entrance fees to include government taxes
• Service of an English speaking professional guide, porters and skilled cook
• Start and finish Nairobi
• Treated water on the trek
Mt Kenya Hiking Expedition I 6 Days Hiking Kenya Excludes
- Laundry, sleeping bags, beverages/Drinks, accommodation before the trek and climbing gears
– Hotel accommodations in Nairobi before and after the trek
• International flights
• Visas to Kenya
• Items of personal nature
• Any other extras not detailed in the above itinerary
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Waterproof rucksack with day pack
Sleeping bag (covering at least 3 seasons)
Roll mats and insulation pads
Comfortable hiking boots, light walking trainers thongs (flip - flops)
Gaiters (useful when encountering snow)
Wooden walking stick / ski pole
Sunglasses or snow – goggles, sun hat, balaclava or woolen hat
Warm scarf, gloves, mittens and thermal underwear
Sweaters / jumpers, anorak / raincoat, water and windproof pants, jackets, t-shirt, several pairs of socks
Long sleeved shirt with collar, small towel, toiletries and toilet paper
Sunscreen and lip salve
First – aid kit and insect repellent
Flash light (head mounted preferable) and spare batteries
Whistle, some plastic bags
Camera with spare film and batteries
Notepad with pen/pencil
A1: Practically all our safaris are customized to individual groups according to bookings making them individual group safaris however there are instances when one wishes to join a group; in those cases we can make such an arrangement for our client depending on seat availability and date of travel. For those joining groups we would normally suggest the 3 Days Masai Mara Safari, 4 days Maasai Mara and Lake Nakuru Tour, 2 Days and 3 Days Tsavo Tour and overnight trips to Mount Kenya as these are popular trips that run every other day.
A3: Safaris can be undertaken in East Africa throughout the year with the best seasons being during the warmer seasons when the sun is at the equator mainly between December to February and July to September. The other months are cooler with tropical storms sometimes ruining the game viewing, mountain climbing or beach holidays. The prices at these low hotel occupancy seasons however results in bargains for the traveler as we are able to offer rates that are lower to compensate for the reduced hotel prices.
A4: January, February, August and September (Peak Mountain Climbing Season)
The three months are good for mountain hiking, the period is just after the short rain season, the skies are clear and the views from the mountains are fantastic.
March to July (Low Season for Mountain Climbing)
This is the long rainy season, you can still hike but remember to be dressed for the weather and please be concerned about your safety as the paths are slippery during this period. There is not much to see except the challenge that is posed by the wet climb. Tropical rain comes in bursts and lasts a few hours, mostly in the mornings and afternoons. The rains freshen up the nature and often enhance the trekking experience. Note that hiking is not closed durring the wet season and that there are fewer people climbing these three East African Mountains; namely Mt Kenya, Mt Kilimanjaro and Mt Rwenzori.
November and December (Shoulder Mountain Climbing Season)
This is the short rainy season in East Africa but with the climate change that is being experienced you just might be lucky to find the mountains dry. The rains during this period are experienced at short intervals with one or two days going without rain.
A5: During the long rains and short rains their are fewer visitors and so the prices come tumbling down. This is the best time to travel for the the bargainer. Hotel prices are down and tour operators offer competitive prices. This period is between March and June covering the long rains period and between October and November during the short rains. The downside on Wildlife Safaris is that it is harder to spot the animals because of the long grass and the continual rains plus it is easier to get stuck while on game drives. The up-side is that there are fewer crowds and so you have the wilderness all to yourself.
Kenya enjoys a mild tropical climate. The average annual temperature for the capital city, Nairobi (altitude 4,980 feet) is 77ºF maximum and 56ºF minimum. The coastal town of Mombasa (altitude 50 feet) is 86ºF maximum and 73ºF minimum. There is plenty of sunshine all the year round and summer clothes are worn throughout the year. However, it is usually cool at night and early in the morning. The long rains occur from April to June and short rains from October to December. The rainfall is sometimes heavy and when it does come it often falls in the afternoons and evenings. The hottest period is from February to March and coolest in July to August.
A7: Yes, visitors require a visa to enter Kenya. For details, please consult the Kenyan Embassy or Consulate nearest to you or alternatively apply for a visa online by logging onto: http://www.evisa.go.ke/evisa.html
A8: A health certificate is not a requirement for travel to Kenya unless traveling from a Yellow Fever zone. It is highly recommended that travelers to Kenya take precautions against Malaria starting a few weeks before travel and continuing with your prophylaxis a few weeks after travel to be on the safe side ( please remember that prevention is better than cure ). Please consult your doctor prior to departure.
A9: East Africa is no different from any other place in the world. However the usual precaution should be observed. Avoid displaying expensive possessions; walking through unlit urban areas at night, and follow the guide's instructions in the bush. It is also recommended that you leave valuables and airline tickets in the hotel's safe.
A10: The official currency is the Kenya Shilling. Visitors to Kenya can exchange foreign currency at banks or authorized hotels and Foreign Exchange Bureaux. Most international currencies are easy to exchange in Kenya. Travelers cheques are widely accepted, and many hotels and restaurants accept credit cards. Most Banks in Kenya are equipped to advance cash on major international credit cards. There are no restrictions on the amount of foreign currency that can be brought into Kenya. Anyone wishing to take more than Kenya Shillings 500,000 out of the country will require written authorization from the Central Bank.
Tanzania and Uganda also accept foreign currency and credit cards but to a lesser extent. Please convert most of your currency in the major urban areas into the local shillings (the exchange rates are better in the cities) as doing so in the rural areas offer veritable challenges and this might create hurdles for the traveler.
English is the “language of communication” in East Africa. It is widely spoken in hotels, restaurants and visitor establishments. Swahili is East Africa’s national language. A little Swahili goes a long way in Kenya, Uganda and Tanzania, especially in the rural areas. It is worth learning a little, and most locals are thrilled to hear visitors attempt to use any Swahili at all. For example, “Jambo” means hello and is often the first word learnt by visitors to Kenya.
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