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Climbing Mount Kenya (Nelion)

Africa. Kenya. Climbing Mount Kenya - summit of Nelion (5188 m)

Altitude: 5188 m
Program category: Mountain Climbing
Difficulty: basic (SPECIAL SKILLS ARE NOT REQUIRED)

Duration: 10 days
Season: September, December - February
First climb:
Halford Makkinder, 1899
Program price from: 2100 Euro

Guided climbs in Mount Kenya massif - climbing the summit of Nelion-  mountain program of MCS AlexClimb in Arrica.

Almost 100 years ago, in January 1929, the British climber Eric Shipton and Percy Harris completed a route that combined the high technical complexity of those times, as well as all the exoticism and flavor of equatorial Africa. British climbers conquered the steep walls of the second highest peak in Africa - Mount Kenya, the main peaks of which, Nelion and Batian, were considered impregnable. They still look ominous - foggy rock fangs occasionally appear among the clouds, above the dense green carpet of the tropical forest.

Like Africa's main attraction, Kilimanjaro, Mount Kenya is an ancient extinct volcano consisting of a giant crater surrounded by a dilapidated ring of volcanic rocks. The highest points of this “rocky fence” are the most popular “peak” Point Lenana (4985 m), accessible to any physically fit trekker, as well as the much more difficult rocky bastions of Nelion (5188 m) and Batian (5199 m).

Taking into account the modern technologies and the development of the mountaineering industry, the ascent of Nelion is no longer such a heroic event as 100 years ago - using modern gear and comfortable light equipment, you can make this ascent relatively safe. However, one never ceases to wonder what moved these people 100 or more years ago, when the world around was much more aggressive and dangerous, and the means to achieve the goal were extremely primitive and unreliable... Until now, in the rocks fissures, you can find silent evidence of Shipton's ascent – scraps of the old hemp ropes, wooden wedges, which they used as rock pitons.

The technical part of the route - about 400 meters of vertical cliffs, starts from the summit plateau of Mount Kenya, from an altitude of about 4800 meters. Climbing in such altitude conditions is a rather peculiar activity, but if you have no problems with acclimatization, then in a day of a calm climbing you can reach the top of Nelion. If you are acquainted with rockclimbing, technically, climbing the route to Nelion does not present any serious difficulties - the crux part has a difficulty of approximately IV-according to the mountaineering classification, and the main part of the route consists of the easy rocks of no more than III category. After an enchanting night in a tiny hut on the very summit of Nelion, the next day, we can descend to the base camp.

This 10-day program "Climbing Kenya (Nelion)" is designed for people with prior experience of climbing mountain peaks on routes of medium and high difficulty in the rock class. The climbing route to Nelion presents certain technical difficulties and requires experience in mountaineering and rock climbing. Regardless of your mountaineering experience, it is recommended to complete a cycle of general physical training Course of general physical preparation and passing MCS AlexClimb Course of Mountain Technique (advanced level) before participating in this program.

The First Principle of MCS AlexClimb
The First Rule, by which we are guided in the development of our mountain programs - is safety. Professional Guides lead the group, the highest quality certificated equipment and the most modern navigation equipment are used. This guarantees the highest possible level of your safety in the mountains, which is the most important side of our work.

Program Schedule

The AlexClimb Africa climbing schedule (Mount Kenya 2020):

Guided ascent of Mount Kenay (5199 m) Point Lenana route
Easy Climb, Basic level

Day 1 - International flight to Nairobi (Kenya), transfer (minivan) to Naro Moru village (200 km), hotel accommodation***
Day 2 - Transfer (4X4) to Mt. Kenya Base Camp "Meteostation" 3020m, overnight in the shelter
Day 3 - Acclimatization walk to the altitude of 4000 m, descent to BC
Day 4 - Trekking to the Camp I (Teleki) 4300m, overnight in the shelter
Day 5 - Summit day, climbing Mount Kenya* (Point Lenana) 5003m, descent to Camp I
Day 6 - Day off
Day 7 - Climbing the Mount Kenya Summit Plateau, overnight in the Austrian Hut, 4800m
Day 8 - Climbing peak Nelion 5188, overnight on the summit
Day 9 - Extra day
Day 10 - Extra day
Day 11 - Descent to Mount Kenya Base Camp 4300, overnight in the shelter
Day 12 - Descent Mount Kenya National Park gates, transfer (minivan) to Flamingo Camp near the Lake Elementato, overnight in the hut
Day 13 - Transfer to Nairobi (minivan)

Prices and conditions

The price of the "Climbing Mount Kenya - Nelion 2020":

2100 Euro* - private program for 1-2 participants
* Price per person

You have to be ready for:

  • climbing the route of advanced climbing complexity - high level of risk and physical load 
  • 6-8 days of camping life in the field conditions;
  • Carrying a 5-8 kg backpack;
  • Air temperature can be down to -15°C on the altitude higher than 3000 m;

Conditions: previous climbing experience on the routes of basic and intermediate complexity
The price includes: Professional English speaking mountain guide services,
local registering and climbing permits, porters and cook services, rent of the communal equipment (navigation equipment, cooking gear), hotel accommodation, transfers from the point of the beginning of the program to its end (Nairobi), using the communal basic medical kitfood for outdoor part of the program.
The cost does not include: Kenya visa charges, International and domestic flight expenses to and from the point of the beginning of the program (Nairobi), obligatory climbing insurance, rent of the personal equipment, extra food and drinks, using the satellite phone.
Group capacity: 2
Guides: 1

Detailed conditions and limitations on the program "Africa. Climbing Mount Kenya - Nelion" can be read in the Offer section

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From the very beginning of our activity, here nearly 16 years, the first Principle of work of School of mountaineering and rock-climbing of MCS AlexClimb is the Safety Priority. On the basis of this Principle all process of training is based, all programs and rounds are developed and carried out only within this main principle. We consider that at professional approach to development of programs, at personal discipline and correctly put motivation - occupations by mountaineering and rock-climbing are COMPLETELY safe. And from the return - all troubles and accidents in our sport come from nonprofessionalism, from ignorance or neglect by elementary standards of safety, from irrational motivation, from revaluation of own forces and opportunities. All these prerequisites we COMPLETELY EXCLUDE in our work - ours Rock-climbing, Ice climbing and Mountaineering are based on one Principle - the Safety Priority. In rock-climbing, mountaineering and ice climbing, the Priority of Safety of MCS AlexClimb-is your personal security and comfort irrespective of, than we are engaged - we train muscles and we work technology of the movement in the sports hall and on the rock climbing wall, we make the way through snowstorm to top or we relax on golden sand of the Caribbean beach after hot day of trainings on rocks. The Safety priority - the main credo of School of mountaineering and rock-climbing of MCS AlexClimb.

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