Mt. Kenya is located in Kenya’s central highlands a couple of hundred kilometers north of the equator. It is here, where the Kikuyu god ngai resides. It is the highest mountain in Kenya and the second highest in Africa. It is one of the few places near the equator on Africa with permanent glaciers. The name of the country has been known to have been derived from Mt.Kenya which was formerly known as Mount Kirinyaga.
The mountain is located 180 kilometers north of Nairobi and it can often be seen from high-rise buildings in Nairobi and from Thika. It is an extinct volcano, which formed a couple of million years ago. The mountain is located in the Mount Kenya National Park, which is a designated protected area around the mountain above 3200m altitude. The Kenya Wildlife Service manages the park. The national park covers an area of 700 square kilometers and was established in 1949.
Leave Nairobi in the morning, crossing the equator and arriving at Nanyuki in the early afternoon. After lunch proceed to the forest for a nature walk and then return to hotel for dinner and overnight. This place is good for acclimatization.
Proceed for one-hour drive to Sirimon Gate 2460m. Check in here and start walking for 9km to Judmaier Camp at 3350m. This is a 3hrs walk, Dinner overnight at the Old Moses bandas.
After breakfast proceed across Ontulilli river straight to Liki North river, to the top ridge and down to Mackinder’s Valley and Shipton’s Camp at 4200m. This is a 17kms walk which takes 6-7 hrs, picnic lunch is served on the way, Dinner overnight at Shipton’s.
Wake at 2.30am. Have tea and biscuits and start ascending at 3am. This is a 755m ascent towards a steep ridge of screen passing the Square Tarn until you reach Point Lenana at 4985m.
You get here at around 6.30am for the sunrise. If weather is clear, Mount Kilimanjaro Kibo and Mawenzi peaks are visible. After sunrise and photo session, proceed down to Mackinder’s Camp for breakfast and then 14kms to Met Station for dinner overnight.
Depart at 7.30am and walk for 9km through the rain forest to the park gate and take transport back to Nairobi.