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.
After breakfast leave Nairobi for Chogoria town arriving in time for lunch at the Transit Hotel. The journey takes 3.5 to 4 hours. Afternoon will be spent walking around the town for acclimatization, Dinner overnight at the Transit Hotel.
After breakfast, take a 4×4 vehicle to the edge of the bamboo forest and start trekking through the dense forest for 10 km up to the Bandas for lunch. The afternoon will be spent by within the lodge where beautiful sceneries can be enjoyed, Dinner overnight at the Bandas.
After breakfast, leave the lodge for Lake Ellis via the road head, a distance of 12 km. Picnic lunch is served en-route, Dinner overnight at Lake Ellis campsite.
After breakfast, do steady climb to Mintos Hut. You will enjoy spectacular views of the Gorges Valley, Macmillan Peaks, the majestic Nelion, 5188m and Batian, 5199mtrs peaks the two Mt. Kenya main peaks, Dinner overnight at the Mintos hut.
After breakfast ascends to Hall Tarn the path aims westwards towards the main peaks. Keep to the left of Harris Tarn, where the path contours around the head of the Hobley Valley and rises slightly to reach the Austrian Hut. Dinner and overnight at the Austrian Hut.
After a pre-dawn breakfast, leave at 5.45am for the summit arriving at 6.30 am for the sunrise. Mt. Kilimanjaro and the coast line may be viewed if weather is clear. After 15 minutes of photography, descend via Austrian Hut to Mackinders camp for full breakfast. Thereafter, descend to Met Station arriving in time for lunch. Dinner and overnight at the Met Station Lodge.
After breakfast leave Met Station and descend to the Nale Moru Park Gate a distance of 10 km to connect for transport back to Nairobi and arriving in the afternoon.