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 at 8am and drive through the Central Highlands to arrive at Nanyuki by 11am. Have lunch and proceed to Sirimon Gate. Check in and start hiking through the rain forest to Old Moses Camp at 3300m. The distance is 9kms and it takes 3hrs.
Breakfast is served at 7am. Hike through the Likii and Mackinder’s Valleys to Shipton’s Camp at 4200m. Lunch is served en route. The distance to Shipton’s Camp from old Moses camp is 17kms it takes 6-7 hours, Dinner overnight at the camp.
After breakfast start the peak circuit, ascending to a steep ridge through Kami Hut, Hausberg Tarn and Two Tarns. This will take 4 hours. Return to Shipton’s Camp and relax after lunch. Later, take dinner overnight at the camp in preparation for the summit day.
Wake at 2.30am for tea and biscuits and proceed to Point Lenana at 4985m. This takes 3 hours, arriving in time for sunrise. Afterwards descend to Shipton’s Camp for full breakfast. Leave at 10am for Old Moses for dinner and overnight.
After breakfast leaves camp for park gate Drive to Nanyuki for lunch afterwards drive back to Nairobi arriving in the late afternoon.