03 DAYS NARO MORU – NARO MORU
Transfer from Nairobi to Naro Moru Park Gate for picnic lunch, after registering at the park gate we begin acclimatization walk to Met Station for overnight [fusion_builder_container hundred_percent=”yes” overflow=”visible”][fusion_builder_row][fusion_builder_column type=”1_1″ background_position=”left top” background_color=”” border_size=”” border_color=”” border_style=”solid” spacing=”yes” background_image=”” background_repeat=”no-repeat” padding=”” margin_top=”0px” margin_bottom=”0px” class=”” id=”” animation_type=”” animation_speed=”0.3″ animation_direction=”left” hide_on_mobile=”no” center_content=”no” min_height=”none”][3 hours]. The next day hike gradually to Mackinder’s camp for overnight. [6-7 hours].
04 DAYS SUMMIT VIA NARO MORU
Transfer from Nairobi to Naro Moru Park gate 2400m. Begin acclimatization hike to Met Station 3050m for overnight [3 hours]. The next day hike leisurely to Mackinder’s Camp 4200m for overnight [5-6] hours].
04 DAYS SIRIMON – NARO MORU
Transfer from Nairobi to Sirimon gate 2600m. Begin acclimatization hike to Old Moses Camp 3300m for overnight [3 hours]. The next day hike gradually to Shipton’s Camp 4200m for overnight [6-7 hours].
04 DAYS SIRIMON – SIRIMON
Transfer from Nairobi to Sirimon Park Gate 2600m. After a picnic lunch begin the acclimatization hike to Old Moses camp 3300m [3 hours]. Dinner and overnight. After breakfast hike leisurely to Shipton’s Camp 4200m for overnight [6-7 hours]. Picnic lunch & dinner is provided.
04 DAYS WALK – ABERDARE
Transfer from Nairobi to Rihuru-ini gate 2300m for an overnight in tents. Picnic lunch en route. Vehicle transfer to Chania Bridge, visit the Chania falls then hike to Reedbuck Camp next to Kiandongoro fishing lodge, arriving in time for lunch. Afternoon visit the Karuru falls to be back in at the camp by 5 pm. for dinner and overnight.
06 DAYS SIRIMON – CHOGORIA
Transfer from Nairobi to Sirimon Park Gate 2600m and hike to Old Moses camp 3300m for overnight [3 hours]. Hike gradually to Shipton’s Camp 4200m for overnight [5-6 hours]
07 Days Aberdare Walk Via Mutubi
Depart Nairobi by 8.30 am for a drive of 3 hours to Aberdares using the western face via Jabini, Engineer and Ndunyu Njeru, arrive at Mutubio gate where you register with Warden. You can start your walk here or drive for half an hour to reedback campsite where you will be spending the night.
07 Days Mt KenyaTechnical Rock
Depart Nairobi at 8.00 am and drive to Mount Kenya area to Naro Moru route. After picnic lunch, hike for 3 hours to Met Station 3300m for dinner and overnight. Early morning breakfast and there after ascend to Mackinder’s camp 4200m for the night. The walk takes 5-6 hours.
08 Days Mt KenyaTechnical Rock
Depart Nairobi at 8.00 am and drive to Mount Kenya area via Nanyuki town. After picking up the porters and your guide proceed to Sirimon gate on the North West of the mountain. Picnic lunch will be provided and there after make a 3 hours walk to Old Moses Hut 3300m for dinner and overnight.
About Mt Kenya
Mount Kenya is the highest mountain in Kenya and the second-highest in Africa, after Kilimanjaro.The highest peaks of the mountain are Batian (5,199 metres (17,057 ft)), Nelion (5,188 metres (17,021 ft)) and Point Lenana (4,985 metres (16,355 ft)). Mount Kenya is located in central Kenya, just south of the equator, around 150 kilometres (93 mi) north-northeast of the capital Nairobi. Mount Kenya is the source of the name of the Republic of Kenya.
Mount Kenya is a stratovolcano created approximately 3 million years after the opening of the East African rift. Before glaciation, it was 7,000 m (23,000 ft) high. It was covered by an ice cap for thousands of years. This has resulted in very eroded slopes and numerous valleys radiating from the centre. There are currently 11 small glaciers. The forested slopes are an important source of water for much of Kenya.
There are several vegetation bands from the base to the summit. The lower slopes are covered by different types of forest. Many alpine species are endemic to Mount Kenya, such as the giant lobelias and senecios and a local subspecies of rock hyrax.[An area of 715 km2 (276 sq mi) around the centre of the mountain was designated a National Park and listed as a UNESCO World Heritage Site in 1997. The park receives over 15,000 visitors per year.
The year is divided into two distinct wet seasons and two distinct dry seasons which mirror the wet and dry seasons in the Kenyan lowlands. As Mount Kenya ranges in height from 1,374 m (4,508 ft) to 5,199 m (17,057 ft) the climate varies considerably over the mountain and has different zones of influence. The lower, south eastern slopes are the wettest as the predominant weather system comes from the Indian Ocean. This leads to very dense montane forest on these slopes. High on the mountain most of the precipitation falls as snow, but the most important water source is frost. Combined, these water sources feed 11 glaciers.
The current climate on Mount Kenya is wet, but drier than it has been in the past. The temperatures span a wide range, which diminishes with altitude. In the lower alpine zone they usually do not go below 12 °C (54 °F). Snow and rain are common from March to December, but especially in the two wet seasons. The wet seasons combined account for 5/6 of the annual precipitation. The monsoon, which controls the wet and dry seasons, means that most of the year there are south-easterly winds, but during January and February the dominate wind direction is north-easterly.
Mount Kenya, like most locations in the tropics, has two wet seasons and two dry seasons as a result of the monsoon. From mid-March to June the heavy rain season, known as the long rains, brings approximately half of the annual rainfall on the mountain. This is followed by the wetter of the two dry seasons which lasts until September. October to December are the short rains when the mountain receives approximately a third of its rainfall total. Finally from December to mid-March is the dry, dry season when the mountain experiences the least rain.
Mount Kenya straddles the equator. This means during the northern hemisphere summer the sun is to the north of the mountain. The altitude and aspect of the watersheds and main peaks results in the north side of the upper mountain being in summer condition. Simultaneously, the southern side is experiencing winter conditions. Once it is the southern hemisphere summer, the situation reverses.
Mount Kenya is a stratovolcano that was active in the Plio-Pleistocene. The original crater was probably over 6,000 m (19,700 ft) high; higher than Kilimanjaro. Since it became extinct there have been two major periods of glaciation, which are shown by two main rings of moraines below the glaciers. The lowest moraine is found at around 3,300 m (10,800 ft). Today the glaciers reach no lower than 4,650 m (15,260 ft). After studying the moraines, Gregory put forward the theory that at one time the whole summit of the mountain was covered with an ice cap, and it was this that eroded the peaks to how they are today.
The lower slopes of the mountain have never been glaciated. They are now mainly cultivated and forested. They are distinguished by steep-sided V-shaped valleys with many tributaries. Higher up the mountain, in the area that is now moorland, the valleys become U-shaped and shallower with flatter bottoms. These were created by glaciation.
When Mount Kenya was active there was some satellite activity. The north-eastern side of the mountain has many old volcanic plugs and craters. The largest of these, Ithanguni, even had its own ice cap when the main peaks were covered in ice. This can be seen by the smoothed summit of the peak. Circular hills with steep sides are also frequent in this area, which are probably the remains of small plugged vents. However, as the remaining mountain is roughly symmetrical, most of the activity must have occurred at the central plug.
The rocks that form Mount Kenya are mainly basalts, rhomb porphyrites, phonolites, kenytes and trachytes. Kenyte was first reported by Gregory in 1900 following his study of the geology of Mount Kenya.
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Please be careful when you are out in the wild.
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