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Mount Kenya climbing

Africa. Kenya. Climbing Mount Kenya (5199 m)

Altitude: 5199 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: 1100 Euro

  • 26.12.18 - 11.01.19mini group, special conditions 1400 EURO booking

Guided climbs of Mount Kenya - classic mountain program of MCS AlexClimb in Arrica.

Mount Kenya is located immediately on the line of Equator, 180 to the north from the capital city of Kenya - Nairobi. Extinct volcano with the height exeeding five kilometers, for the last time erupted three million years ago and after the crater explosion got its present appearance with three dominating summits - Nelion, Batian and Point Lenana, the latest is the most climbed because of its technical simplicity. Nelion and Batian are of interest of the experienced climbers - there are some routes of the top difficulty and the easiest possible way to the summit is of the 4th category at least (AD/AD+).

As the most African volcanos, the lower part of Mount Kenya from the base to the level of 3500-4000 m is circled with thick rain forest. The reason for that - exceptionally fertile soil, rich with products of ancient eruptions. Secondly, which is not less important - there is always plenty of water here. From above, where snow and glaciers melt run many streams and small rivers, as well it rains constantly because of the the daily conflict of warm humid air from the plains and cold air of the mountains.

Because of some peculiarities of relief, plenty of vegetation and hardly walkable alpine moorland, only four official routes are possible for ascent of Mount Kenya - which are Naro Moru, Chogoria, Sirimon and Itanguni. All the rotes are of 40-50 km approximately, the trail is not steep and clearly visible without any technical complications. All the Mount Kenya routes join together on the summit plateau from where one can walk to the Point Lenana (which is the most visited summit of Mount Kenya) or climb by some technical route the summit of Nelion or Batian. Season for climbing Mount Kenya is quite short: two winter months are considered as the best for climbing Mount Kenya because of the comparable stable weather, two less popular months in summer from mid July until mid September. The rest of year it is equatorial off-season which means constant showers, thunderstorms, high winds, mud, mosquitoes and leaches.

This 10-days mountain climbing program "Climbing in Africa - Mount Kenya" is designed for people who have no prior experience in mountain climbing and who want to try themselves at mountain climbing. Climbing route of Mount Kaenya is not very hard physically, and does not require to overcome serious technically difficult parts nor stay long time at high altitude conditions. Regardless your climbing experience, we recommend the Course of general physical preparation and passing MCS AlexClimb Course of Mountain Technique (basic 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 - Descent to Mount Kenya Base Camp Meru Bandas 2700m, overnight in the shelter
Day 9 - Descent to Chogoria village, transfer (minivan) to Flamingo Camp near the Lake Elementato, overnight in the hut
Day 10 - Transfer to Nairobi (minivan)

Prices and conditions

The price of the "Climbing Mount Kenya 2020":

1100 Euro* - standart group 5-12 participants
1450 Euro* - mini-group 3-4 participants
1850 Euro* - private program for 1-2 participants
* Price per person

You have to be ready for:

  • 4-5 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: minimum 4 participants
The price includes: Professional 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: 12
Guides: 2

Detailed conditions and limitations on the program "Africa. Climbing Mount Kenya" 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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Closely interacting with Nature, working with the active programs in mountains, woods, lakes and rivers, we perfectly understand the importance of carefull and respectfull bahavior towards the Nature, for its resources. From the very beginning of our outdoor-activity we adopted rules of  Leave No Trace technique - the standard of behavior of the person accepted in all the civilized world in relation to environment and especially - to the wild nature. After all on the relation of people to the nature near which they exist, itself can draw dalekoidushchy conclusions on the relation of these people to... Where and as we didn't travel - we don't reserve any garbage, we try to reduce whenever possible our influence on environment to a minimum. We clear earlier zagryazyonny tourist parking of the left garbage, we take out and we take out to utilization places that to us other people left there. We consider that only thus, at personal individual consciousness of each citizen, each tourist, climber or autotraveller, we will be able to keep the nature surrounding us in its state, natural, suitable for life, - in it pledge of the healthy future for ourselves and our children.

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The position of AlexClimb Mountain and rockclimbing School regarding healthy lifestyle is quite clear - we consider that only sober consciousness is capable to fill sincere emotions,  to sympathize, to enjoy life in all its variety. Bright various enjoyable life is possible only on condition of keeping the absolute sobriety and purity of consciousness. Any way of obscuring our perception of reality is intended to do harm to our consciousness and bring harm to our physical health, to replace the true values by false ones, to destroy us physically - to turn us into flabby, weak, senseless, gray herd with empty hazy eyes. We don't force anybody to our point of view, everyone has a God's gift of making his own choice and to destroy himself if that is what he wants... But in AlexCilimb Mountain Climbing School we accept quite certain and very simple set of rules: neither alcohol, nor drugs.
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