Mount Kenya and Kilimanjaro    *alt*

15 days, from £3595
KE Adventure Travel
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Description

Summit the twin peaks of Mount Kenya (4985m) and Kilimanjaro (5895m) on this ultimate mountain trek
Tour type: Trek

Highlights
* See sunrise on the highest mountains in both Kenya and Tanzania, and the whole of Africa
* Trek the Chogoria route on Kenya and Machame route on Kilimanjaro
* Increased Kilimanjaro summit success through acclimatisation on Mt Kenya
* Travel from Kenya to Tanzania through the beautiful African landscape and wildlife

This twin peak trekking holiday, aims to summit the trekker's peak on Mt Kenya (4985m) and Kilimanjaro (5895m), and is the ultimate East African mountain challenge. On no other holiday can you see the sunrise from the highest mountains in both Kenya and Tanzania and the whole of Africa. Additionally bringing the two summits together increases the success rate on Kilimanjaro dramatically as we are better acclimatised to the altitude and environment. We begin our 2-week holiday on Mount Kenya, where we trek the superb 6-day traverse of Kenya's highest mountain via the Chogoria and Sirimon routes. We will encounter few other trekkers on this beautiful and much under-rated peak. Travelling overland to Tanzania through the African plains and wildlife spotting, we start our Kilimanjaro climb by way of the Machame Route. This path leads through luxuriant rainforest and then across the alpine tundra of the Shira plateau with its giant lobelia, to the glaciated crater rim of Africa's highest peak.
We will stand at the summit of Kilimanjaro at sunrise and glory at the wonders of the clouds and African plains below. A magnificent feeling - which you take home with you forever.
We also offer Kilimanjaro Rongai Route (8-day), Lemosho Route (9-day) and Mt Meru & Kilimanjaro (11-day).
Confused as to which route to choose? Check out our expert guide: Which route to climb Kilimanjaro?
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Is this holiday for you?
For most, standing on the summit of the highest peak in Africa is either a life-time goal or a personal challenge. To give us a flavour of what is to come on Kilimanjaro, our trek on Mt Kenya has 5 days trekking with an average of 6 hrs per day, with a 10 hr summit day. It provides excellent fitness and acclimatisation for Kilimanjaro. Higher up on Kilimanjaro there are some section of scree which we have to negotiate. On Kilimanjaro walking days are between 4-7 hours, most being around 6-7 hours. Both summit days are long with pre-dawn starts and 10-12hrs of walking. All trails on both mountains are well marked and kept. They are easy to follow, however you will always be behind your expert guide to ensure that you walk slow enough to adjust to the altitude.
A typical day starts with early morning tea in your tent at 0600. After a hot breakfast, our porters take their loads and we leave camp for our days walk. Lunch is at around 1100 and we aim to be at camp at around 1500-1600 to relax before dinner in the mess tent later. Of course certain days are longer, especially the summit days!
Don't forget - Kilimanjaro is a big mountain (Africa's biggest in fact!), you will need to be fit and mentally prepared to ensure summit success, and return home with the unique memories and the satisfaction of this massive achievement. Get training now and you can join the exclusive group who have summited.

Itinerary


 Day 1 Meet at the group hotel in Nairobi. Transfers from Nairobi Airport are provided.

KE Land Only package services begin with the overnight stay at the group hotel. Airport transfers are provided for clients arriving on this day. As most flights into Nairobi arrive late evening, dinner is not included on this night.
Accommodation Hotel with swimming pool


 Day 2 Transfer to Mount Kenya National Park and trek to traditional banda at Chogoria Gate (2730m).

We drive north from Nairobi into the Mount Kenya National Park. En route we have good views of the mountain ahead of us. Arriving at Chogoria, we have lunch, before transferring to four-wheel-drive vehicles for the final 15 miles drive up a rough and muddy road to our overnight halt. An early start means that we will have time to walk some of this rough road if the vehicles get stuck. We stay overnight in a "banda" (cottage) in woodland near to the Chogoria Gate (2730m).
Accommodation Mountain Hut / Refuge
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 Day 3 Trek - Early morning game walk. Trek across open moorland to camp at Lake Ellis (3390m).

We have an easy start to the day, with a game viewing walk in the early morning in the area around our overnight lodge. If we are lucky, we may see elephant, cape buffalo, antelope and colobus monkeys in this area, as well as many species of impressive birds, such as the augur buzzard and Verreaux's eagle. After a late breakfast, we start our trek up towards Mount Kenya - walking initially through forest, we pass the Urumandi Falls to reach a higher moorland area with fewer trees. On our walk, there are excellent views back towards the plains. We camp at Lake Ellis at an altitude of 3390m. This is a blissful campsite in full view of the main peaks of Mount Kenya and well away from the main trail. 3 hours walking. In the afternoon, there is the option of an acclimatisation walk to the summit of Mugi Hill at 3640m. - a round trip of 2 hours.
Accommodation Camping
Ascent 550m
Distance 7km
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Descent 100m
Time 5 hrs trekking


 Day 4 Trek to join the Chogoria Route. Views of Vivienne Falls before descent to Lake Michaelson (4000m).

We continue our ascent, climbing away from Lake Ellis on its west side, across moorland to a ridge which eventually joins the main Chogoria Trail. We have views of Vivienne Falls and the Gorges Valley as we descend to the most picturesque campsite in the range, at Lake Michaelson (4000m). Above the camp are the impressive cliffs of the "Temple." Exotic bird species, including the tacazze sunbird, can be seen close to the camp amongst the bizarre giant plants - principally groundsel and lobelia.
Accommodation Camping
Ascent 900m
Distance 8km
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Descent 350m
Time 7 hrs trekking


 Day 5 Ascend to the northern side of Point Lenana (4985m). Short, steep ascent to Simba Tarn (4620m).

Today we ascend into the alpine zone, above the last of the trees and giant vegetation species. Our route follows Lake Michaelson's main feeder stream. Initially, we head towards 'The Tooth,' a rocky promontory at around 4700m, high up on our left-hand side. Rather than camping at the usual Austrian Hut, we head towards the north side of Point Lenana and climb a short, sharp scree slope to Simba Tarn (4620m), where we find great views, good water and usually no other trekkers. This is a simply superb setting for a mountain camp.
Accommodation Camping
Ascent 850m
Distance 4km
Meals bld
Descent 200m
Time 5 hrs trekking


 Day 6 Steady climb to the trekkers' summit of Point Lenana (4985m). Descend to Old Moses Camp (3400m).

An very early start for a cup of tea and a relatively easy 2-hour climb up to Point Lenana (4985m), which is the trekking summit of Mount Kenya. As dawn breaks over Africa, we are treated to a remarkable spectacle - a thin purple line becomes brighter on the eastern horizon, bursting above the morning clouds which lie in the Rift Valley and brightly illuminating the nearby peaks of Nelion and Batian. In the far distance, we can even see the snow-capped summit of Kilimanjaro over 200 miles away. Retracing our steps towards Simba Tarn, we descend as far as Shipton's Camp for a hearty breakfast. We continue the descent by an entirely different route which will give us the complete traverse of the mountain. This is the 'Sirimon Route' which now crosses the heather moorland of the northern slopes of the Mount Kenya to the 'Old Moses' campsite at 3400m.
Accommodation Camping
Ascent 660m
Distance 18km
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Descent 1900m
Time 10 hrs trekking


 Day 7 Trek to park gates. Transfer to Nairobi for afternoon of rest and relaxation.

After breakfast we continue descending with great views and then enter the forest where we have the chance to spot the wildlife. Reaching the Park Gates, we say goodbye to our crew over a lunch, before boarding our waiting vehicles for the drive back to Nairobi. We check into the hotel for a well earned shower and change and this evening we will no doubt wish to celebrate our success.
Accommodation Hotel with swimming pool
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 Day 8 Drive to Namanga Gate and cross border into Tanzania. Continue onwards to Arusha.

The second part of our African mountain odyssey begins with a drive south to the Tanzanian Border at Namanga. After completing the border formalities, we continue to Arusha, which is one of the most attractive towns in Tanzania. Arusha sits at the base of Mount Meru an inactive volcano, and is the starting point for game safaris in Northern Tanzania. Today's journey will take approximately 6 hours including time spent at the border. We stay overnight at a comfortable hotel in Arusha.
Accommodation Hotel with swimming pool
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 Day 9 Transfer to Kilimanjaro National Park. Trek to Machame Camp (3000m).

In the early morning we drive to the Kilimanjaro National Park and there are more formalities to complete as we pass the Machame Gate. Inside the park we meet our porters and trek crew and we are then free to climb the mountain as a self-reliant unit. Initially, we have to negotiate a bit of "jungle bashing" on an overgrown trail and we reach the Machame Camp at around 3000 metres after 5 to 6 hours walking. We will now be fit and well-acclimatised after our climb on Mount Kenya and we should be in much better shape to enjoy the ascent of Kilimanjaro.
Accommodation Camping
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 Day 10 Trek through forest and moorland to Shira Plateau. Hike onwards to Shira Caves Camp (3850m).

Today's route starts out in the forest before emerging to cross open moorland with wide ranging views. After climbing for around 3 hours we reach the Shira Plateau, from where there are spectacular views of Kilimanjaro in front of us and of Mount Meru away to the north west. We reach our camping place at the Shira Caves after a total of 4 or 5 hours walking. Altitude at the Shira Caves - 3850m.
Accommodation Camping
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 Day 11 Trekking beneath Kilimanjaro's Lava Tower and Western Breach arrive at Barranco (3950m).

We traverse the south-west slopes of the mountain, passing beneath the "Lava Tower" and the "Western Breach" to reach our camping place at Barranco (3950m) after a climb of approximately 6 hours. The awesome Breach Wall of Kibo rises spectacularly above our camping place.
Accommodation Camping
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 Day 12 Ascend the Great Barranco onto slopes of Kibo. Continue to Barafu Hut (4600m).

A very interesting mountain day. We descend into the start of the Great Barranco and then exit steeply, following a weakness in the rock barrier which takes us up onto the southern slopes of Kibo. We pass beneath the Heim and Kersten glaciers and head up to the Karanga Valley, the last place where we can find water below the summit. A final push across scree takes us to the Barafu Hut at an altitude of 4600m.
Accommodation Camping
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 Day 13 Trek via Stella Point to Kilimanjaro summit (5895m). Descend to Roule (2950m).

A predawn start enables us to take advantage of the best surface conditions (frozen scree and occasionally snow) for our trek up to the summit of Kilimanjaro. The angle of climb is steeper today as we tackle the cone of the volcano up to the Crater Rim at the place known as Stella Point. There are tremendous views of the ice cliffs inside the crater and also across to Mawenzi summit and "the saddle". We may even be able to see distant Mount Kenya. Now on easier terrain, we follow the crater rim for a further hour to reach the highest point in Africa - Uhuru Peak (5894m). Having watched the dawn flood the surrounding lands with colour, and after taking the classic photo beneath the summit signs, we begin our descent by a different route. Today we drop almost 3000 metres to the Roule Camp at 2950m. This is a long and challenging trekking day of around 12 hours, but the extra acclimatisation and fitness provided by our ascent of Mount Kenya will make this easier for us than many others on the mountain today.
Accommodation Camping
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 Day 14 Trek to the road head and transfer to Arusha for a welcome shower.

We end the trek with a walk down through beautiful rainforest (at times boggy underfoot) to the roadhead, which we should reach in around 5 hours of trekking. Here we pick up our certificates of ascent, have a beer and reflect on the successful completion of two challenging climbs. We then return to the hotel in Arusha for a welcome shower, some dinner and a soft bed.
Accommodation Hotel with swimming pool
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 Day 15 Departure Day. A single transfer to Nairobi Airport is provided.

After an early breakfast we drive back to Namanga and cross back into Kenya. Arriving in Nairobi in the early afternoon, we take lunch at the group hotel. Depending on flight schedules, there may be some time after lunch to relax by the pool or to buy some last minute souvenirs. The group will have the use of shared 'day rooms' at the hotel to shower and change before transferring to the airport where KE Land Only package services end.
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