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Mount Kenya Trek and Summit

Hiking & trekking
Hiking & trekking
Hiking & trekking

Leave behind the crowds of other popular summits

Wildlife - elephants, waterbuck, monkeys

Jarassic Park like scenery

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10 days



Wild camping and hotel



HASSLE FREE, fully guided


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DAY 1 : Depart UK

We’ve been counting down the days and it’s finally here. Departure day. We normally leave from London Heathrow Airport.

DAY 2 : Arrive Nairobi, transfer to Mount Kenya

We fly into Nairobi Airport and then head for Mount Kenya. It’s a 4 to 5 hour trip to our hotel with some beautiful landscapes along the way. In the evening the guide will provide a detailed brief on what to expect for the upcoming adventure.

DAY 3 : Chogoria Gate to Lake Ellis (3,600m)

It’s an early start on day three with the transfer to Chogoria Gate. Here we’ll rendezvous with our porters and cook. We’ll then head through the rainforest into the bamboo zone to Chogoria Bandas, the start of the trek (conditions permitting).

We’ll hike through ancient woodlands and ascend to the health zone, navigating through stunning open moorlands to finish iup the day at a beautiful, tranquil lake - our camp for the night. 

It’s all about getting adapted at this point (and enjoying the process) so we wont be pushing hard but should still arrive plenty of time to explore the local area, spot some wildlife, and soak up the experience.

DAY 4 : Lake Ellis to The Temple, Lake Michaelson (4,000m)

We start day 4 with a decent breakfast before venturing out to explore the moorland discovering Africa’s unique high altitude plants - Giant Groundsels (Dendrosenecio) and Lobelia. As we continue we’ll encounter the Gorges Valley, home to Lake Michaelson, and our camp for tonight.

Situated in an imposing 400 meter high amphitheatre, we’ll be treated to our first peak of Mount Kenya’s high points and glaciers. A taster of things to come.

DAY 5 : Lake Michaelson to Austrian Hut (4,750m)

Ascending up past an old aircraft crash site, we’ll push up past 4,000 meters altitude atop the Gorges Valley. It’s then onto a scree scramble to our next camp, Austian Hut near Lewis Glacier. Tomorrow, we summit!

DAY 6 : Austrian Hut to Point Lenana (4,985m) down to Mackinder’s Camp

To give us the best chance of making the summit for sunrise, it’s an early start (usually 3am). Should we make it in time we’ll be treated to this first golden light steadily rising across the plateau. Even if we’re a little later, it’s still a magnificent sight. 

Selfies and smiles in hand it’s time to begin our journey down to and reflect on our amazing achievement. We’ll be resting up at Mackinder’s Camp tonight.

‍*If you’re rock climbing the technical summit of Batian, you’ll be leaving the team here making for Shipton Kami Hut. We’ll send you all the details.

DAY 7 : Descent to Naromoru River Lodge

‍Today sees us make our way down the valley taking the Naro Moru track heading for the edge of the National Park where our driver will be waiting for us. We’ll be dropped off at our hotel, Naromoru River Lodge. Celebratory feast and a few deserved drinks please! 

‍*Rock climbers will now be attempting the 22 pitches to the summit

DAY 8 : Naromoru River Lodge

Today is a free day at Naromoru River Lodge. Laze by the pool drinking beer and juices under the African sky. We have given you full board so you don’t have to think about your budget on this relaxing day.

With the target peak in the bag, it’s time to relax. Chill out poolside sipping on a cool one or a Pina Colada soaking it all in. It’s all included here to make the most of it!

*Rock climbers will be arriving today for grub, rest, and maybe even a beer or two

DAY 9 : Nairobi

Given the early starts and the hard pushes it’s time to reward ourselves with a relaxed morning. Later, we’ll head back to Nairobi. On the way we’ll see first hand a demo of the Coriolis Effect (you know the thing where water spins one way then the other depending on which side of the equator you’re on…mental).

We’ll enjoy dinner at the renowned Carnivore and then head to the airport to catch our flight home. When no flights are available tonight, we’ll head back in the morning.

(If you’re a lucky badger and have booked the safari add on, you’re off on another adventure now)

DAY 10 : Arrive UK

Glory in hand, we return to the UK happy little campers.


What Adventurers are Saying

Everyone made it to the top! It was an amazing feeling, I’ve never felt anything like it, we all hugged and some cried- I did! It was by far the most camaraderie I have ever felt. Everyone felt it.

Lianna, Mount Kenya

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I literally feel like I can do anything now…I overcame severe altitude sickness, the mountain taught me ‘one step at a time’, I did it, I made it to the top with all of my new friends.

Amy, Mount Kenya

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Since embarking on my first trip to Kilimanjaro I immediately felt part of the (guides) family. At the age of 74 and with a pacemaker, the team kept a subtle eye on me whilst giving me the confidence and encouragement I needed to reach my potential.

Stefano, Mount Kenya

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These guys are a great team to join and trust, to take you anywhere. I loved doing Mount Kenya with them.

Amal, Mount Kenya

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I trekked Kilimanjaro, the Jordanian desert, and Mt Kenya with these guys. All three of the expeditions were faultless. I highly recommend them. Keep saving for the next adventure!!

Jaran, Mount Kenya

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From start to finish, the guide ethos was apparent and stayed with us throughout – The team were immense. Climbing Mount Kenya from the east, via Chogoria Gate was a great option due to being more challenging, more remote and virtually no other trekkers insight. My highlights were waking up each morning at awesome wild campsites, stargazing and summiting Point Lenana at dawn with an incredible 360 panoramic view. 5 words to describe: epic, majestic, inspiring, off-grid and fun!

Bill, Mount Kenya

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I always knew Mount Kenya was going to be spectacular but wow, I didn’t expect just how spectacular. The guides were brilliant…your Kenya team were outstanding. Thank you for such an amazing expedition. It was awesome & totally exceeded my expectation in every way.

Suzanne, Mount Kenya

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  • International Flights
  • Transfers
  • Park fees
  • Local guides, guide, porters, cook team and vehicle
  • 3 nights hotel accommodation at start and finish of trek near Mount Kenya
  • All camping and group equipment
  • All meals as described in itinerary, including a celebratory dinner on final night at the traditional restaurant Carnivore
  • 15% discount at Cotswold Outdoors
  • Monthly payment plan, on request


  • Kenyan Visa
  • Personal travel insurance
  • Personal equipment
  • Staff and guide gratuities
  • Night in Nairobi on day 9 if there are no night flights back to the UK
  • Unscheduled hotels and meals
  • Alcohol
  • Items of a personal nature – laundry, room service
  • Airport transfers when not booking on with flights
  • Any additional costs associated with leaving the expedition early including any airline surcharges as a result of changing return airline tickets


Recommended Kit List

  • Kit bag – 80 -120L duffel bag - for transporting your kit
  • Day pack - approx 30L capacity
  • Small kit bag to leave at the hotel
  • Waterproof rucksack cover
  • Dry stuffsacks
  • 2 padlocks to keep packs secure
  • Sleeping bag – 4 season
  • Sleeping bag liner
  • Full length sleeping mat
  • Warm headgear
  • Wide brimmed hat
  • Buff/scarf
  • Sunglasses
  • Sunblock & lip salve
  • Base layer
  • Trekking tops/T-shirts
  • Mid layer eg fleece
  • Waterproofs
  • Down jacket
  • Warm gloves
  • Trekking trousers - the ones that convert to shorts are ideal
  • Windproof/ thermal lined trousers
  • Long johns
  • Underwear
  • Trainers - for camp
  • 3-4 season walking boots
  • Trekking socks
  • Water bottle/bladder
  • Basic wash kit and travel towel
  • Alcohol gel & wet wipes
  • Insect repellent
  • Toilet paper – In case     you’re caught short
  • Dog poo bags or similar for disposal of toilet paper if you're caught short! Need to be biodegradable
  • Personal first aid kit/medication
  • Head torch
  • Passport
  • Copy of passport
  • Travel insurance


  • Trekking poles
  • Camera
  • Snacks - you'll be well fed but bring any additional favourite snacks
  • Water purification tablets
  • Pen knife

For those climbing the technical summit

  • Climbing harness
  • Climbing helmet
  • Climbing shoes


International flights from London are included if this option has been selected. If not you'll need to arrange a flight to fit in with the group pick up in Nairobi.

Transfers and park fees are included.


Food and Water

What is the food like on the mountain?

All meals on the mountain are of the highest possible standard. In fact considering that our cooks have to produce the best possible meals in a wilderness setting using only the most basic of facilities (kerosene stoves) the meals they produce are nothing short of a miracle. The meals are always fresh, nutritious and varied. We ensure that dietary preferences are always met and that the best local ingredients are used. The underlying aim is to provide balanced nutritional meals packed with carbohydrates to re-fuel hungry bodies and to replenish stores for the next day of activity. On top of well balanced meals clients are provided with coffee, tea and snacks upon arrival into camp. The morning wake-up call is usually accompanied with a cup of tea or coffee in your tent.

You are invited to bring along any of your favourite snacks and goody bags from home if they want. Concentrate on high energy food-stuffs such as Jelly Babies to give you that little boost on an arduous day.

I have food allergies, can these be catered for?

Absolutely, please inform us of any allergies or intolerances and we will ensure that these are taken into account on the trek.

Where does the drinking water come from?

For the first day bottled drinking water will be used. At the higher camps we use locally sourced drinking water from streams or springs. These are usually fresh being topped up from melt water above or by rainfall but we also increase their purity by treating the water with purification tablets and by boiling it. We always ensure that our drinking water is 100% bug free.

How often is fresh water available for replenishing during the day?

Before leaving camp in the morning you will fill your water bottles or camel bladder. If this runs low you will have ample more water to replace it with. For most walking days water can be replenished at the lunchtime site.


How does tent sharing work? And how big are the tents?

Most altitude related symptoms manifest themselves at night. We therefore recommend tent sharing from the onset of all our Mount Kenya expeditions. Tent share is always organised according to sex and where possible age groups. Obviously if climbing this mountain with a friend or partner then you will be able to share tents. If you have joined the team by yourself then it is highly likely that you will be sharing a tent with your pre-assigned room buddy unless prior arrangements have been made. We use high quality 3 man tents to be shared between 2 people to provide extra space for your comfort.

Will the camp be freshly set up or will we be staying at existing camps at a set site on the way up?

Our local camp crew will set up the tents for you each night. We send them ahead of the group to secure the best site and to get the site prepared before you arrive. Bear in mind that these guys are also porters and when our walking days are shorter we might get to camp before them. If this occurs then have a cup of tea in the dining tent and wait for your tents to be ready.

Will the toileting facilities will be “Au naturel”, or pit latrines?

We bring along our own toilet tents with Portaloo units. This method allows us to maintain the best possible levels of hygiene without contributing to the toilet problems that can happen at some camps.

Health and Safety

What happens if there is a problem on the mountain?

All our guides are in communication with each other by phone and radio. In addition the national park operates a rescue service on all the routes we use, this service is linked by radio to the park headquarters. In the vast majority of cases of emergency rescue the problems can be attributed to altitude and if so the solution is immediate descent to lower altitudes. Our local mountain crew are all experienced in dealing with any problems that arise. Our guides are either doctors or qualified with the highest standard of wilderness first aid qualifications and can handle any emergency to the highest level of competency, in the vast majority of cases without national park assistance.

Am I likely to suffer from altitude sickness on this expedition?

There are different types of altitude sickness. Although our acclimatisation regime ensures that everybody enjoys the best possible chance of getting high on the mountain, altitude related problems can happen.

The most common of these is high altitude sickness. (AMS – Acute Mountain Sickness).

Symptoms for this generally include:




In all this sounds quite dramatic but generally this is just the process your body naturally goes through to adjust to the higher altitudes and the reduced partial pressure of the atmosphere. For some people the acclimatisation process is a little longer and harder than others.

For our guides this is all part and parcel of ascending a near 5,000m peak and although we asses each client’s personal situation carefully we also further consider the compounding effects of dehydration brought on by excessive vomiting and continuing headaches.

We don’t recommend using Diamox as a prophylactic and if you have been prescribed it by your GP, please raise this with your expedition leader.

AMS might sound frightening but our guides are fully trained (and experienced) in helping to relieve your personal symptoms and provide advice on how to best proceed.

What can I do to help prevent AMS?

In most cases AMS can be avoided by following these guidelines: Drink lots of water, Walk slowly, stay warm, eat well

We recommend that you familiarise yourself with the various affects that altitude can cause. During your pre-climb briefing, we describe altitude sickness to you in detail, and advise you how to cope with it. The most important thing is not to fear it, but to respect it and to know how to deal with it and more importantly tell your guides how you feel. Our guides have seen every condition that the mountain produces, and they will always know how to deal with problems. We ascend the mountain on the Chongoria Route. This is a longer route which greatly reduces the incidences of AMS developing.

Is there a risk of getting HACE (High Altitude Cerebral Edema) and HAPE (High Altitude Pulmonary Edema) on the mountain?

HACE and HAPE rarely occur on Mount Kenya and our guides are fully trained in the recognition of the onset of these problems and will deal with them at the first sign of their development.

Do I need to take Malarial drugs?

The Malaria protozoa generally does not survive over an altitude of 1,500m so once you start the actual Mount Kenya climb Malaria poses no threat. (The entry gate is at 2,800m). We personally do not take them. However we recommend that you visit your Doctor or travel clinic before departure for the latest advice. If you are extending your stay in Kenya to visit other areas, for example, doing the safari option, then you should take them.

The following vaccinations are recommended:

Hepatitis A





Yellow Fever (see below)

This list is not exhaustive and it is important you should see your GP Surgery or travel clinic for latest recommendations and to ensure you are up to date on necessary vaccinations.

Do I need to have a yellow fever certificate?

If you have an International Vaccination Certificate, it should be carried with you. This certificate shows which inoculations you have had and when. In the past 2 years there have been some remote YF outbreaks in East Africa which have resulted in travellers having to provide proof of vaccinations before entry. This is not always enforced however (at least not in January 2015) but the International Vaccination Certificate is well worth obtaining. On the occasions when they had been necessary clients without the document have had to pay $50 to receive the inoculation at the airport before being permitted entry to the country. Please contact the us to obtain the most recent travel information.

What happens if I need to leave the expedition early?

If you need to leave early, arrangements can be made with the assistance our guide. Additional costs (transport, hotels, flights etc.) will be incurred by you but our guides will be able to assist in every detail of your departure.

What happens if there is a problem on the mountain?

All our guides are in communication with each other by phone and radio. In the vast majority of cases of emergency rescue the problems can be attributed to slow acclimatisation or altitude and if so the solution is immediate descent to lower altitudes. Our local crew is very experienced in dealing with any problem that may arise. Our guides are either doctors or possess the highest standard of wilderness first aid qualifications and can handle any emergency to the highest level of competency without assistance if necessary.

Is there a minimum age for this trip?

Yes, all our trips are for people of 18 years of age and older.


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The Trek (Point Lenana)

What are the three high points on Mont Kenya?

There are three high points on Mt Kenya: Point Lenana (4,985m), Nelion (5,188m) and Batian (5,199m).

The trekking Peak is Lenana.

Nelion and Batian are technical climbs, with Batian being the true summit.

Our expedition takes you to the trekkers’ summit of Point Lenana but you also have the option to reach the true summit of Batian Peak (involving a 22-pitch technical climb).

How out of my comfort zone will I be?

On a day to day level remember that you will be camping at altitude. You are likely to be cold, washing and toilet facilities will be limited, your appetite may be affected by the altitude and as you get higher on the trek you are likely to suffer shortness of breath and many people experience difficulty sleeping. Remember that everyone on the trek is likely to be experiencing exactly the same symptoms: physical and mental.

How can I best train / prepare for trekking to Point Lenana?

Our training programs have been devised to be expedition specific. Use these as a guide but also feel free to contact us for individual advice on how best to incorporate a suitable fitness program with your own lifestyle.

If you are struggling from day one then you will not enjoy the rest of the trip. Physical preparation does not have to be Herculean: concentrate on cardio-vascular exercise during the week by taking short runs when time allows and try to spend at least 2 weekends a month going on long duration walks (longer than 6 hrs) carrying a rucksack of around 10kg.

This kind of regime will not only prepare your body for carrying minor loads but will harden your body against the big days on the mountain itself. In addition it will help break in your boots and get you used to your equipment. In combination this will pay dividends when you reach Mount Kenya because even though you can’t train for altitude your body will be ready for arduous days and you will be familiar with how to best use your equipment, both adding to you being able to enjoy and appreciate the mountain all the more. Summit day can be up to 9 hours long.

The Technical Climbs (Batian & Nelion)

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The Weather

What is the best time of the year to climb the mountain?

The optimal climbing seasons are late December through to early March when the daytime temperatures are the warmest and there is reduced cloud cover. June through to October are also good as the daytime conditions are generally cooler but clear. Bear in mind that this time-frame coincides with the European and USA holiday season and that the routes may be busy. In October the crowds vanish.

How cold can it get?

The temperature at the top of the mountain can vary widely. Sometimes it is only a degree or two below freezing, but visitors should be prepared for possible temperatures as low as minus 15 Celsius, especially in conjunction with wind chill.

What happens if there is a lot of rain on the trek/climb?

Please be assured that we only schedule our expeditions at the optimal time, during dry season, so we would not expect to encounter too much rain.

In the unlikely event of rain, this will not affect reaching Point Lenana. If you are undertaking the technical climb, rain will make the climb more difficult and if deemed too dangerous, will be void in situ.


Do I need to book my own flights to Kenya?

We will be booking flights on your behalf. We provide confirmation of flight times and departure terminal approximately three weeks before your departure date. Please be aware that flight schedules are subject to change. Please ensure that you have checked flight details before setting out for your flight.


Do I need special travel insurance for the trek?

You must carry individual travel insurance to take part in the expedition. We cannot take you on the mountain without proof of insurance.

It is your responsibility to ensure that you have the appropriate insurance for your intended trip. To include medical evacuation and coverage up to the maximum altitude of this trip.

Your insurance details are requested on the booking form, however this can be arranged at a later date. We will be requesting your insurance details 8 weeks before your departure.

What insurance do I have to have for the technical summit?

You must have insurance that covers you for high altitude multi climbing that takes you to the height of 5200m.

Entry into Country

My passport runs out 3 months after the trek, is this OK?

Your passport should be valid for 6 months after the date the trek starts. If it runs out before you may be refused entry. It is also advisable to have a couple of photocopies of your passport in case of loss.

Do I need a visa for Kenya?

Visas are compulsory for entry into Kenya for all foreign nationals. These can be easily acquired at the border (Nairobi airport and all land borders) with a little patience and queuing (and $50). You can also contact your nearest Kenyan High Commission to avoid queuing, unnecessary delays and potential clearance problems.

The Kenya High Commission

45 Portland Place

London W1B 1AS

Telephone: 020 7636 2371/5


When is the money due for this expedition? What kind of payment do you accept?

Generally speaking deposits are due upon booking as we need to book your international flights well in advance. The full amount should be paid 4 months prior to departure. However having said this, our aim is to get you to the top of this mountain and we understand that personal financial situations can vary.

Please contact our friendly office crew to discuss a suitable payment plan should you find raising the funds to be difficult. We have after all been in your shoes many a time and go by the motto of where there’s a will there’s a way.

What is your cancellation policy? What is your refund policy?

Please read our terms and conditions carefully before you book. We highly recommend trip cancellation insurance for all expeditions. Due to the nature and heavy costs of government and operator permits we must adhere to a strict refund policy.

How much do we tip our local crew?

Our local crew work extremely hard to ensure that your expedition runs well. While tipping is not compulsory, it is very much ingrained in the Kenyan culture. Once someone sees the hard work the crew provides and realises the small amount of money they get paid relative to your own income, tipping will seem the least you can do to say thank you.  We suggest a minimum of $150 dollars is given per trekker that will be then split across the team.

Money: am I correct in thinking we only need to take American Dollars with us?

American dollars are readily recognised and easily converted to the local currency at banks. Upon arrival there will always be a bureau the change at the airport as well as lots of ATMs including Barclays that will give you Kenyan Shillings. Once away from the airport you will need Kenyan Shillings, very few places will accept dollars except the bigger souvenir shops or your hotel, and they will not offer you a great exchange rate.

What additional spending money will we need?

The amount of money you will need depends on how many presents you wish to buy or how much you wish to drink when you come off the hill. As a basic rule of thumb $200 USD should be more than adequate for any post expedition spending. Kenya is a relatively cheap place and when indulging in the local custom of haggling, then goods can be very good value for money.

Your leader will be happy to point out the relative bargains and the suitable prices plus where to get the best value for money. The only cash you’ll need to consider taking with you on the mountain is the local crew tips which are presented to them before you sign out from the national park.


Will I be able to charge my camera/phone battery on the trek?

Opportunities to charge your batteries will be limited. If you can get hold of a solar battery charger this is probably the best option. Also make sure that you keep your spare batteries warm i.e. by keeping them near your body day and night.

Is there mobile phone reception on the trek?

In Kenya, telephones and internet access are readily available in town. Our guides will carry satellite phones in the mountains. Mobile reception on the mountain is sporadic, but the locals know all the best spots to pick it up.

Do we need a travel adaptor for the plug sockets in the hotel or are they the same as UK?

The voltage is 220v / 50Hz like the UK. Rectangular or round three-pin plugs are used.


Will my valuables be safe?

While we will do everything we can to provide adequate safety for the group and security for your possessions, the general rule is that if you don’t need it, don’t bring it. This includes jewellery, necklaces, rings and even watches. Your passport and money should be kept on you at all times.

As with travel in any foreign country, you need to look after yourself and your possessions, and this is no different.

Has Kenya banned plastic bags?

Kenya has made a bold conservation move and has banned plastic bags – from production to importation and use within the country. Nice!

Visitors are advised to avoid carrying plastic bags or packing plastic bags in their luggage but please note that ziploc bags to carry toiletries will be permitted, on the basis they remain in your possession and are not disposed of within the country.


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