Thank you for visiting Safari Fellows – Your Gateway to Best Safaris. For many years, we have offered quality mountain climbing services at affordable prices. Safari Fellows mountain climbing guides, as well as our emphasis on safety, has made us the preferred choice for many hikers planning to hike Mount Kenya. We are among the leading and reputable operators when it comes to climbing Mount Kenya, leading many climbs every year.
Mount Kenya stands in the East African Republic of Kenya and is the second highest mountain in the African continent. For many years, this mountain has been eclipsed by its bigger brother Mount Kilimanjaro in Tanzania. However, for the last couple of years, explorers have started to appreciate Mount Kenya’s stunning glacial peak. Mount Kenya’s shape has been greatly influenced by glaciation. The mountain is a dormant volcano whose lower slopes comprises of rainforest as well as dense bamboo forest while in higher elevations that mountain has rich flora.
At 5,199 m (17,058 feet), Mount Kenya is the highest mountain in Kenya. The mountain can be described to be circular in shape and approximately 60 kilometres across the 200mm contour at a point where the steep font hill ascends out of the gentler slopes of the centred highlands. Mount Kenya has three main peaks which are Batian (5,199m), Nelion (5,188m), and Lenana (4,985m). Other peaks of Mount Kenya are Piggott 4,957m, Point Dutton 4,885 and Point John 4,883m.
As far as the vegetation present in Mount Kenya is concerned, it can be explained that the mountain features a diverse variety of high-attitude alpine vegetation such as lobelias and groundsels. The bamboo forest, forest, bushy forest, grassland, and plantation are the main vegetation cover of the mountain.
Climbing Mount Kenya Packages
Here are some of the Mount Kenya safari packages that Safari Fellows offer. You can climb Mount Kenya at any time of the year and for any duration of time that you wish to hike Mount Kenya. Definitely, experienced hikers might take a shorter time to get to the peak while novice hikers might take longer hence the reason, we are ready to custom design Mount Kenya climbing package for anyone.
The Key Highlights of Climbing Mount Kenya
– Trekking through the thick forest where there are chances of spotting some game such as buffalos and elephants
– Watching a variety of birdlife with the binoculars
– Enjoying the views of the three peaks of the mountain at the Shipton’s Camp
– Waking up at 2.30 am in the morning and having hot tea and some snacks before ascending to the peak
– The rolling moorlands similar to the famous Scottish Highlands
– Arriving at Point Lenana just before the sun rises to witness the sun rising over the mountain
Why Climb Mount Kenya With Safari Fellows
Experience local experts guide
All Safari Fellows Mount Kenya climbing guides are Kenyans and have climbed the mountain countless times over the years. Our guides have many years of hiking to the three peaks (Batian – 5,199m, Nelion-5,188m, & Lenana-4,985m), and are well trained on how to handle emergencies.
High Safety Standards
Safari Fellows takes the safety of all the hikers very seriously. We are aware of the fact that you are trusting is to offer you great hiking experience and we promise that we will not disappoint you. All our guides are trained on offering first aid as well as effectively managing emergency situations that might arise. The guides will anticipate various risks such as slippery paths or even loose rocks and advice all hikers accordingly. In addition, when on the hike, the guides are going to closely monitor the health of each guest.
By making the choice to hike Mount Kenya with Safari Fellows, you can be assured that you will have a great hiking experience since we adhere to high-quality standards. All the tents that we use when on the hike are quality mountain hardwear tents while the sleeping bags are super warm and can keep you warm even when you are sleeping in environments that are 86 Degrees Fahrenheit. All the meals served during the hike are freshly prepared by accompanying cook using fresh locally sourced ingredients. Drinking water is boiled and treated with water guard in order to make sure that it is clean and safe for drinking.
Happy Mount Kenya Climbing Experience
Safari Fellows assures you of supper experience that will come from the detailed planning that carried out for every climbing tour, experienced guides, porters, and cooks accompanying you for your climb, and our overall experience in offering Mount Kenya climbing packages for many yours. Contact our support team and be rest assured that you will be satisfied with the service that we are going to offer you.
Safari Fellows specialized on Mount Kenya’s best routes. Since there are a variety of routes that can be used to climb Mount Kenya, Safari Fellows always avoid using routes that are crowded or less scenic. Specifically, we always endeavour to use roots that are going to provide you with the best chance to reach the summit and have great scenic views. Thus, by opting to climb Mount Kenya with Safari Fellows, you have the best chance of reaching the summit.
Private and Group Hikes
If you are planning to climb the mountain on your own, Safari Fellows will still be able to organize for you a private Mount Kenya climbing tour. On the other hand, if you want to climb the mountain as part of a group, we are still going to provide you with a great hiking tour package. The climbing packages can be organized on any preferred routes and during any month even though it is not advisable to climb the mountain during the rainy season.
Welfare of The Porters
We are aware of the fact that our porters play a crucial role in ensuring that our guests have a great climbing experience. For that reason, Safari Fellows does its level best to ensure that the welfare of the porters is well taken care of. The porters are provided with sufficient food and shelter, while the weight that they have to carry is always reasonable.
Can I Climb Mount Kenya?
On a regular basis, we get many people asking us whether it is possible for them to climb Mount Kenya. Our response to this question has been an emphatic yes since, on annual basis, over 1000 people climb Mount Kenya with Safari Fellows. Mount Kenya is the second tallest free-standing mountain in Africa and offers exceptional mountain climbing opportunities.
Mount Kenya is located on the South of the equator about 150 kilometres North-Northeast of Kenya’s capital city Nairobi. Climbing Mount Kenya does not demand expert climbing skills or specialized mountain climbing tools. As long as you are physically fit and determined to reach to the peak, it is possible for you to hike the mountain. As a matter of fact, over the years, people from all walks of life have climbed the mountain with Safari Fellows. Indeed, people as young as 14 years old to 78 years old man have successfully reached the peak. However, it is important to take note that the challenge to summit should never be taken lightly and a complete understanding of what it involves to summit Mount Kenya is required. However, Safari Fellows assures to provide you with answers to all the questions that you might have regarding climbing Mount Kenya.
How to Climb Mount Kenya
Choosing the right operator
When you want to climb Mount Kenya, you are going to come across numerous operators who offer climbing Mount Kenya tour. For first-timers, it can always be challenging to select the best operator since you have no idea what makes an operator the best. The operator selected needs to be proven and to have qualified and experienced guides, porters, and cooks who are going to ensure that you will have a safe and great hiking experience that will last in your memory for your lifetime. Safari Fellows is has been in operations for many years and in each year, over 1000 hikers have climbed Mount Kenya with us.
What is the price of climbing Mount Kenya?
Even though the price is one of the key factors taken into consideration when making a purchase decision, you should never choose an operator based on the price. Indeed, just as has been argued by marketing scholars, you need to consider other factors when deciding the operator to use so that you end up making an informed decision. As you might already be aware, prices charged to climb Mount Kenya vary across different operators as there are some operators who charge low prices while other operators charge high prices. Safari Fellows provides superb quality hikes at reasonable prices. With the quoted price, we are able to pay for your entrance fees, pay salaries to our staff, provide you with fresh meals cooked with locally sourced ingredients, and offer you quality climbing gear. Depending on the routes used and the duration of the hike, prices start at $650 per person.
Best Months To Climb Mount Kenya
The best months for climbing Mount Kenya have always been the driest and the warmest months. In Kenya, these months are January, February, and September, Nevertheless, it is important to take note that June, July, August, and September are also good months to climb the mountain. If possible, it is highly advisable that you avoid the long and short rain season. The long rains are usually between March-May while the short rains are between November to Mid-December.
What Route Should I Use When Climbing Mount Kenya
On your Mount Kenya climb, you can use different routes. Every route has its own features and characteristics that might or might not be attractive to you. Some of the factors that you need to take into consideration when deciding on the route to use comprises of; the scenery on offer, the difficulty of the route, and the number of people who might be using the same route since you want to avoid a crowded route. In addition, you also need to take into consideration the suitability of each route based on your age, the duration it takes to the summit on each route, your past hiking experience, your fitness levels, and how motivated you are to reach the summit. The routes that Safari Fellows recommends are; Sirimon – Chogoria Route, Naro Moru – Chogoria Route, Sirimon Route, and Sirimon Route and Naro Moru Route.
Five Main Routes of Climbing Mount Kenya To Reach To The Peak
When summiting Mount Kenya, below are the five routes that you will choose your route from:
Route 1 – Sirimon Route
To use this route, you need to use the Sirimon Gate. This is one of the most popular routes and it is normally one of the easiest routes since it ascents gradually with a few sharper sections in order to reach the top camp. Despite the route been popular, it is hardly crowded. On this route, you will come across two mountain hats/camping grounds which are Old Moses which stands at 3400m and Shiptons which stands at 4200m. On the initial day, the route follows a vehicle road. You will then proceed to open moorland and the Mackinder valley before reaching Point Lenana.
When using this route, the forest is scarce while the bamboo forest is non-existent. When you get to cross the ridge and get to Mackinder Valley, you are going to enjoy the great scenery in case the sky is clear while the U-shaped MacKinder valley offers you spectacular views. In Mackinder Valley, you are going to see giant Lobelia as well as groundsel which makes up the flora of this great mountain.
Route 2 –Naro Moru Route
For some time, the Naro Moru Route used to be the most popular route specifically due to the fact that it is short and features two mountain huts (Met Station at 3050m, and MacKinders at 4200m). However, this is no longer the most common route as that position has been taken by the Sirimon route. On the initial day of the trek, you are going to trek through a vehicle path and through bamboo and rainforest. You then proceed to more bamboo and rain forest prior to emerging onto an alpine heath and proceed through Teleki Valele to McKinders.
The forest on this route is quite dense and you are going to spot some of the wildlife that calls this forest home. Among others, some of the games that you are likely to see in this forest comprise of; Colobus monkey, Sykes monkey, evidence of elephant, and even buffalo.
Route 3 – Chogoria Route
To access this route, you will use the Chogoria gate which also serves as one of the gate to Mount Kenya National Park. This route has been categorized as one of the most scenic route to the peak of Mount Kenya. That said, this route does not have any mountain hat while it is also long hence the reason it is most of the time used for descending the mountain.
The key attraction of this route is the physical landscape mainly due to the fact that the route traverses around the head of the stunning u-shaped glacier valley for most of the part. Some of the features to see when on this route are; Lake Ellis, Nithi Falls, and the Giant’s Billiard table.
Route 4 – Burguret Route
This route is not commonly used and due to its occasional use, there exists no specific path when used. Moreover, there are no mountain huts or camping facilities on this route. Apart from that, there exists no gate manned by Kenya Wildlife Service when using this route hence the reason prior arrangements need to be made before embarking on the hike when using this route.
The main reason why the route is unpopular is that it is difficult while compared to other routes and it does not have other facilities. Nevertheless, for some people, they prefer the route due to the fact that it offers a good adventure experience to them.
Route 5 – Timau Route
This route is preferred as 4X4s are used to ascend till 3400m. From there, hikers have to trek and proceed to join Chogoria route.
How Many Days Does It Take To Climb Mount Kenya
The specific route that you are using for your climb is going to determine the number of days that you are going to require to reach to the summit. However, you should also take note that the longer you stay on the mountain, the higher the chances you have of reaching the summit. Specifically, for every day that you spend on the mountain, you enhance your acclimatization thus enhancing your chances of succeed to summit Mount Kenya. For that reason, Safari Fellows has consistently, advised that guests should never book a Mount Kenya safari for the least number of days since attempting to summit within a few days decreases your chances of success as you are likely to end up experiencing altitude experience and this might even end up bring your mountain climbing to an end. Therefore, if possible, you should always strive to climb Mount Kenya in six or more days.
What Is Required So That I Can Climb Mount Kenya
In order for you to have an exceptional climbing experience, you need to make sure that you have packed all the necessary items. When packing your hiking bag, it is recommended that the packed bag does not exceed 40 lbso or 18 Kgs. In your bag, you should pack, waterproof pants, waterproof jacket, a hat to protect you from the sun, a pair of gloves, hiking boots, and sunglasses. You should also pack a camera to capture the moments, and a quality binocular in addition to normal clothing.
Training For Mount Kenya Hike
Since every person is different in his/her own way, it is always challenging to specifically determine the type of training needed for every person who wants to climb Mount Kenya. If by any chance you have come across some people who have attempted to summit Mount Kenya in the past, you will definitely have come across different opinions about the experience since people tend to see different things differently. However, the fact is that within 2 months of the hike, you should embark of physical exercises to enhance your physical fitness as well as engage in some small hikes that last a few hours.
Combining Mount Kenya Climbing Tour With Other Safaris
Even though climbing Mount Kenya is a safari on its own, it would be a wrong decision for you to come to Mount Kenya and not go for a safari. Indeed, most of the people that we have organized a Mount Kenya climbing experience for have also booked a Kenya safari with us. Whether you want to visit Masai Mara, Amboseli, Lake Nakuru, Samburu, Ol Pejeta, or even Meru national park, Safari Fellows will be able to offer you a safari package the combines Mount Kenya climbing experience with a game viewing experience. Contact us today and learn more about this unique offering by Safari Fellows.
Why Choose to Climb Mount Kenya Over Mount Kilimanjaro
Without a doubt, Mount Kilimanjaro might be seen as the best option for hiking when compared to Mount Kenya due to the fact that it is the highest of the two. However, even though hiking Mount Kilimanjaro is a great experience when compared to Mount Kenya, there are some evident reasons why Mount Kenya should be chosen. Here are the reasons:
– Time taken to reach Mount Kenya summit is less when compared to the time taken to reach Mount Kilimanjaro summit
– The fact that Mount Kenya offers a lower summit means that there is a higher chance of reaching Mount Kenya summit
– Mount Kenya is inside a National Park that offers game viewing opportunities
– The infrastructure in Kenya is quite developed – you can arrive in the country and within hours be on the base of Mount Kenya for your climbing safari
– Climbing Mount Kenya is relatively cheaper when compared to climbing Mount Kilimanjaro
– Mount Kenya is less crowded offering you the best hiking experience