5 days walking with full porterage. Altitude maximum 4985m, average 3500m.
1 night basic lodge, en suite, 4 nights full service camping.
5 breakfasts, 6 lunches and 5 dinners included.
GRADE C/D Mount Kenya is the highest mountain in Kenya and the second highest peak in Africa, after Mount Kilimanjaro.
Reaching Point Lenana will require considerable fitness. This itinerary is designed to give you the best chance of reaching the summit. It is a long and hard trek, which reaches an altitude of 4985m. Even if you consider yourself fit, you might still find the climb very hard, depending on how well your body acclimatises to high altitude. There is no scientific way to determine how easily you acclimatise, and be aware that the acclimatisation process also can differ from climb to climb. The summit attempt is a D grade walk because of the high altitude and the level of physical effort needed.
Please be aware many clients find the summit day on Mount Kenya a very tough challenge.
The rest of the trek is a C grade more as a consequence of the high altitude and extended wilderness and the difficulty of walking; hence the C/D grading for the overall trek. We strongly recommend that you thoroughly read the Exodus grading system as outlined in the Walking & Trekking Brochure before booking this trip.
Our Burguret to Sirimon route circuit is designed to give you an excellent chance of reaching the summit by using a five-day route on the mountain and having an extra acclimatisation day at a mid-way camp on the moorland (3700m).
There is a good chance our group will not encounter anyone else on the mountain until arriving at Shiptons's Camp, as the Burguret route is a little used wilderness path.
Our descent via the picturesque Sirimon route, on the north-western side of Mount Kenya, escapes some rainfall, making it drier and, in our view, preferable to other routes.
The weather on Mount Kenya can however change quite rapidly from warm daily temperatures to minus figures as the sun goes down. Adequate clothing needs to be worn as to cope with these changes in temperature. Please see our what to pack section (in the Trip Notes) for more information.
Please note that as we reach higher altitude - day 4 and 5 of the above land only itinerary there may be a lot of scree, making the trek more challenging. The final ascent is almost exclusively on scree and loose rock without permanent footpaths but no technical skills are required. Some of the trails are not well defined and some forest sections are often slippery and moorland paths can be very wet in poor weather conditions.
Normal group size and age
Normally 3 to 12. plus local leader and appropriate local staff. Minimum age 18.
The vast majority of Exodus adventures are adult group holidays. Groups are always small in size. We strongly believe that this adherence to small groups means a better experience for all; more time with your guide, less waiting around and a reduced impact on the communities and environments visited.
Each group is generally made up of like-minded travellers - with singles, couples and friends all joining in together. All these trips are suitable for single travellers, but if you prefer to travel with clients booking individually, please see our Solo Departures page.
In order to provide a more accurate grading system, where a trip falls between two grades we use an intermediate or split grade, for example Challenging/Tough. Occasionally, there are optional activities available en route, in this case the optional grade is indicated in brackets, for example Grade Challenging (climb Tough+). Clearly, conditions may differ from region-to-region or month-to-month and as such the information given on these pages is designed to act as a guide only. In all cases you should refer to the respective holiday's Trip Notes for further details.
Walking & Trekking: Trips are wholly trekking-focused or simply include a significant number of walking days during the itinerary.