Ascent of the Mount Kenya Massif (3 Summits)
The massif of Mount Kenya is one of the highest volcanoes in East Africa formed by the volcanic activity of the great fault of the Rift Valley. This stratovolcano, located close to the equator is the second highest peak in Africa, after Mount Kilimanjaro in Tanzania. The exploration of this mountain immerses us in a prehistoric universe by the atmosphere projected by various endemic plants and shrubs as Lobelia and Giant Groundsel.
Once at the foot of steep slopes of the main summit, we will have a very airy view of the surrounding savannah. Different from its larger neighbor and much less crowded, Mount Kenya is for both hikers and rock climbers alike curious to combine nature, cultural events and vertical climbing. We propose to make the traverse of the massif and the ascent of three of its peaks.
Options for further discovery:
I. Combine your expedition with a grand safari in Masai Mara National Park to observe the rich African wildlife. See details.
II. Complete your mountain journey by climbing Kilimanjaro with our partner Terra Ultima.
Location : Mount Kenya National Park, Kenya
Duration : 14 days
Cost : 5950 $
Ratio : 2 clients / 1 guide
Level: Intermediate rock climbing
- 5 nights in hotel
- 8 nights camping
- Ground transportation
- Meals on the mountain
- Group equipment
- Certified guide from Quebec
- Day 1 : Flight to Nairobi. You will spend the night in Nairobi.
- Day 2 : A day to visit Nairobi and final preparation for the trip.
- Day 3 : Vehicle transport from Nairobi to Nanyuki. We will spend the day acclimatizing at Mountain Rock Lodge at the base of Mount Kenya.
- Day 4 : Travel by vehicle to Sirimon Gate (2440m). From this point we will start the 9 km hike to Judmier Camp (3300m) where we will spend the night.
- Day 5: The 17 km approach from Judmier Camp to Shipton Camp should take most of the day. Towards the end we will get the chance to see the massif for the first time. We will spend the night in camp at 4200m.
- Day 6: We will spend the day around Shipton Camp to acclimatize and prepare the equipment for our first ascent.
- Day 7: We will start early in the morning to do the ascent and traverse of Lenana Point. We will climb the North Ridge to the summit at 4985m and descend the Southwest Ridge to the Austrian Hut where our muleteers will meet us with our equipment and where we will spend the night at 4800m. However, if we experience difficulty adapting to the altitude we can sleep at Mackinder’s Camp (4200m) and go back up the next day.
- Day 8: Rest and preparation day at the Austrian Hut.
- Day 9 : Early start to reach the base of the normal route on Nellion. We will climb 20 pitches of varying difficulty (from 5.1 to 5.6 YDS) to reach the summit. The greatest challenge of the climb is the route finding which will be taken care of by the guide and the fact that you have to climb with a pack with the equipment necessary to spend the night on the summit close to 5188m. You will need to be as minimalist as possible and accept that it will possibly be a difficult night.
- Day 10 : We will leave our bivouac equipment on the summit of Nellion and start the descent to the Gate of the Mists before continuing the ascent by climbing to the summit of Gallian.
- Day 11: Extra day.
- Day 12: Descent from Austrian Hut to Chogoria and transport to Nairobi.
- Day 13: Day in Nairobi.
- Day 14: Return flight.
We will validate your experience before departure. This mountain demands application of skills and knowledge in mountaineering as well as rock climbing, but here is a good example of what you should have done before :
- Top rope climbing 5.8 with a pack of 15-20 pounds in climbing shoes and 5.6 in mountain boots.
- Being able to climb 20 routes on a top rope in one day.
- Having climbed a minimum of two routes of 6-8 pitches in length with or without a guide.
- Mountaineering 1 and Top Rope Transition or Mountaineering 2 courses.
- Air fare
- Personal expenses
- Meals in town
- Travel insurance
- Personal equipment
- Extra (evacuation etc.)
Montain: Lenana Point
Altitude: 4985 m
Route: Traverse of North-Southwest ridge
Difficulty: Trek and Scramble
It is the third highest summit of the massif. Even though the technical difficulty is not very high, the ascent will give us a good impression of the rock type we will encounter later on. It will also allow us to focus on our acclimatization and to get a good view of our route Nellion/Ballian.
Montain: Kenya (Nellion & Ballian)
Altitude: 5188m and 5199m
Route: Normal Route
Difficulty: Grade lV ( 5.7, 45-65 °)
Duration: 2 Days
According to certain sources, this alpine rock climb is part of their top three! But to successfully climb the summit, you must prepare, as compared to other African mountains, the difficulties are present! First, you need to climb 20 pitches of rock climbing wearing climbing shoes or boots with a backpack containing equipment for an overnight stay on the summit, sleeping in a small bivouac, and finally do the ascent of Ballian the next day before descending by rappel. We must be effective, but what a challenge!
These objectives are what we try to do, but like any good climber knows, the weather, the route conditions and fitness of climbers may decide otherwise. It is therefore possible that once there, we have to change or give up certain goals. We will still do everything in our power to make you live an unforgettable experience.
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