HEALTH & FITNESS REQUIREMENTS
Anyone contemplating one of our expeditions should take regular exercise. It is recommended that you start a training programme at least one, if not two months before your safari.
"Running, swimming, cycling and stair-climbing is all good ways of toning up muscles."
SEASONS FOR CLIMBING MT. KENYA
It has been generally accepted that our climbing seasons are from mid-December to mind- March and from mid June-to the end of September.
However, these traditional weather patterns seem to be the exception rather than the rule: the chances of encountering good weather on the mountain seem to be about equal throughout the year, so the timing of your safari is not as critical as once was.
Our professional local guides provide quality service on all our safaris.
All meals for the treks are either fresh or tinned. The porters and guides are trained in cookery and service.
Mountain climbing may be hazardous. Always take advice from your guide.
Pole Pole (Swahili for "go slowly").
Take time to acclimatize
Drink lots of fluids. Tea is considered "dawa ya mlima" (Swahili for "medicine of the mountain).
TECHNICAL CLIMBING ON THE MAIN PEAKS OF MT. KENYA
(Batian 5,169m and /or Nelion 5158m.)
For information only.
Because of Mt. Kenya's unique position on the equator, climbing seasons and route conditions vary with the sun's position. For example, a climber interested in doing one of the best ice routes, which are on the south side of the mountain, should climb when the sun is in the north, between the months of June and December.
However, during the same period the east and north sides are in the best condition for rock climbing. Conversely, when the sun is in the south, the south side offers the best rock routes and north the better ice climbing conditions.
Normal Route, Standard IV (rock: South West Ridge, Standard V (rock routes).
North Face, Standard IV (rock Route).
South Face, Standard IV, Ice Window, Standard V (ice routes).
Our climbing tours of Mount Kenya
Climbing the mountain of God
The Peaks: Batian (5, 199 m), Nelion (5, 188 m), Lenana (4, 985 m).
One of the world's highest National Parks, Mount Kenya is an extinct volcano some three and a half million years old. Straddling the equator, the mountain offers a unique mosaic of forest, moorland, rock and ice and is crowned by the glittering twin peaks of Batian (5,199 m) and Nelion (5,188 m). The sacred home of Ngai , God of the Kikuyu people, Mount Kenya is Kenya's highest mountain, a national icon, a climbers' Mecca, the nation's namesake, a UNESCO Natural World Heritage site and a wildlife stronghold.
Mount Kenya Fact File
Altitude: 1,600-5,199 m above sea level.
Area: National Park 715 sq km, National Reserve 2,124 sq km.
Location: Nyeri and Kirinyaga Districts, Central Province, Meru Central, Meru South and Embu Districts in Eastern Province.
Distance from Nairobi: Mount Kenya straddles the equator, 175 km north-east of Nairobi.
Gazetted: the National Park was gazetted in December 1949 and the National Reserve in July 2000.
Climate: Mount Kenya's weather is notoriously unpredictable and varies with altitude. At points over 4,000 m the mountain is usually freezing cold and can be both misty and windy. During sunshine, daytime temperatures may rise to over 15°C (over 4,000 m) and during periods of cloud cover they may drop to nearly 0°C. Nocturnal temperatures habitually drop to around -10°C. Prevailing winds are from the south and east, so the southern and eastern flanks of the mountain receive the highest rainfall (up to 2,500 mm pa at about 3,000 m). The northern slopes receive the lowest rainfall (1,000 mm pa) while over 4,500 m rainfall decreases to around 700 mm pa.
Vegetation: alpine and sub-alpine flora with montane and bamboo forest, moorland and tundra.
Wildlife: includes; giant forest hog, tree hyrax, white-tailed mongoose, elephant, black rhino, suni, black-fronted duiker, bongo, leopard, Mount Kenya mouse shrew, hyrax, duiker and the endemic mole-rat.
Birds: 130 recorded species.
Open: daily 6.00am - 7.00pm (including public holidays). Note: entry is allowed on foot at Naro Moru, Sirimon and Chogoria Gates. Visitors will not be allowed entry after 6.15pm. Trekkers will not be allowed entry in groups of less than two persons.