7 Day Rock Climbing - Mount Kenya Safaris, Mount Kilimanjaro Safaris, East Africa Tours

7 Day Rock Climbing

7 DAYS - 6 NIGHTS

7 Day Rock Climbing Mt. Kenya

Route: Naromoru- Chogoria

Season: December to February

Duration: 7 Days

Difficulty: Medium

Scenery: Excellent

Traffic: Low

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Package Includes:

  • Transport
  • Food (3 Meals a Day)
  • Experienced Porter
  • Accommodation
  • Certified technical climbing guide
  • Experienced and Professional trekking guide
  • Experienced and Professional tour chef
  • All Park entry fees
  • Government taxes

Excludes:

  • Tips, drinks, telephone, laundry or any other personal expenses.

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Day 1. Naromoru gate-Met station camp(3300m).

Naromoru town is the base for starting your hike on the western Naroumoru route of the mountain. Upon arrival, you will get to meet the crew assigned to your trip and normally a double checking at the office to be sure you have what`s needed for the hike.

That done, you will proceed to the Naromoru gate where check in is done after the payment done and tickets acquired.

On a paved road, you will have 9 km to cover to the Met station camp which is about 3-4hrs depending on your pace.

The big animals like the elephants and the buffalos are known to stay away from the road at daytime, the waterbucks, the bushbuck, baboons and the handsome black and white Columbus monkeys can be spotted on the way though.

The hartlaub`s turaco is one of the endemic species of birds here, and the splendor of her red wings when in flight is a sight to behold. The golden sunbird, kikuyuensis, the African pied wagtail and the Jackson`s francolin just to mention but a few are also on the list of the birding experience on this day.

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Day 2. Met station camp-Mackinder`s camp (4300m)

After breakfast, the hiking will commence through the giant heath into the moorland and finally getting to the afro alpine zone. The changes in the belts of vegetation as you go to higher altitude is mesmerizing. The tussock grass dominates the moorlands and into the afro alpine zone, teleki lobelia, giant forest groundsels, red hot poker and the blooming gladiolus are some of the plants thriving in this high altitude.

The verreaux`s eagle is commonly found above 4000m and normally spotted soaring the skies as it preys on the rock hyraxes (the elephant cousins), the mammals that are its main diet. Using the rocks around for shelter, the animals are frequent visitors at the Shipton`s camp and can closely be seen basking on the rocks and feeding for a good part of the day when the weather is good but will spend most of the day at their rocky shelter in extreme cold weather.

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Day 3. Mackinder`s camp-Austrian hut (4790m)

This will be a short day hike of about 3hrs to Austrian hut which will also get you close to the Pt.Lenana summit. Most of the peaks will be closely and visible as you walk by tarns and lakes arriving at the Austrian hut. From Austrian hut, you will visit the nearby Lewis glacier and the icy cave found there.

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Day 4. Pt. Lenana (4985m)

In order to catch the spectacular sunrise at the summit, the hike to third highest peak here, Pt Lenana (4985m) will begin at around 0500hrs and depending on the season snow can also be encountered. After braving the cold and the high altitude, you will be rewarded with memorable views once you reach the top, a sunrise experience that will stay with you long enough, on a lucky clear day Mt Kilimanjaro can also be seen far south. Here, you will also get a closer view of the main peaks, the Lewis glacier and a walk by the tarns and glacier lakes.

You will then return to the Austrian hut for breakfast and spend the rest of the day easy in preparation of the rock climbing and also a good recovery time for your body.

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Day 5. Austrian hut-Batian peak (5199m)

After an early breakfast, you will head to the climbing base arriving by daybreak for the climax rock climbing experience to Batian the highest peak in Kenya and the second highest point in Africa.

This will take the whole day and depending on your pace and fitness, should be back at Austrian hut by evening or later in the night.

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Day 6. Austrian hut-Meru bandas (2950m)

After a successful ascent, conquering Mt. Kenya, you will descend on the eastern side of the mountain, the Chogoria route. Hiking through the tooth col and passing by the Mintos hut, the changing landscape and the gorges valley will fill your gallery with photos of amazing scenery. Lunch break will be at the Chogoria road head by the Nithi river, before which you will have a 1km detour down the river for a visit to the Nithi waterfall.

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Day 7. Meru bandas-Chogoria town.

After what will be a lifetime experience on the mountain and with our team, you will walk for about 8km to chogoria clearance for transport to chogoria town. The forest is dense on this side and stretches for about 22km and for both the hiking and driving part, you will start your day with a perfect nature experience. Being a morning walk, it also serves a perfect timing for birdwatching.

Once in Chogoria town, it will be mission accomplished, a goodbye and hoping to see you again.