Its often said that Kilimanjaro is the biggest free-standing mountain in the world us well is the Roof of Africa and one of the largest extinct volcanoes it stand ( 5895M) 19341 feet)
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Private Room Accommodations in Self-Tented Camp
Park Entry Fees
Mount Kenya is steep, craggy and with twin summit us well you can do Technical Climbing to the highest Summit,Its the kind of peak mountaineers might conjure up when they dream of serious climbing adventures,Mt Kenya is also second highest than MT Kilimanjaro (5199m)17059feet)
MT Kenya peak are: Batian 5199m, Nelion 5186m, Lenana 4985m
N/B For both Batian and Nelion you must do the technical climbing to get at really summit
But Lenana is called tourist peak because everyone who comes forces on it.
GOOD SEASONS FOR CLIMBING MT KILIMANJARO AND MT KENYA
There are two climbing seasons in East Africa Mid-December through Mid-March and Early June through Mid-October for even those who do Mt Kenya technical, Both of these periods are considered dry season.
THE EQUIPMENT YOU NEED TO BRING FOR TREKKING MOUNTAIN
- Hiking boots
- Warm clothes
- Rain gears
- Warm sleeping bag
- Back pack
- Warm huts
- Sun glass
- Walking poles
- Camel bag
- Warm pair of socks
- Head light
- Rain cover for your back pack
- Pair of T shirts
8 DAYS MACHAME ROUTE PROGRAM
Nairobi – Arusha by road.
Depart from Nairobi in the morning hours at 8am with shuttle bus and drive for 6hours via Namanga boarder to Arusha. On arrival have lunch then take the rest of the afternoon to sort out your trek gears. Dinner and overnight in the hotel.
Machame Gate (1800m) – Machame camp (2980m)
Hiking time: 6 – 7h Distance: Approximately 18kms Habitat: Montane forest
After breakfast you get a briefing followed by a drive to the Machame Park gate from where we set off climbing gently through the south-western slopes of the mountain. Depending on road conditions, it is possible to drive all the way to the gate (1490m.) but when muddy, the 3kms walk from the village (1500m.) to the gate (1800m.) take about 1 hour. After the registration process at the park gate we ascent through the original montane forest, carpeted with unique “busy lizzie” flowers, begonias and ferns taking us 6 hours and ascending 1,200m. Your porters arrive at campsite ahead and erect tents for you amongst the giant heather at 2,980m. Night temperatures can already drop to freezing point at this first camp.
Machame camp (2980m) – Shira camp (3840m)
Hiking time: 5-6h Distance: Approximately 9 kms Habitat: Moorland
In 3 hours we emerge from the forest into the giant heather zone and out onto fine open moorland. After lunch, continue up a rocky ridge onto the Shira plateau. By now you’re able to see the east the Western Breach with its stunning glaciers. After another 2-3 hour hike we reach the Shira campsite at 3,840m. We’ve seen herds of eland up here and there are fascinating geological features in the old volcanic caldera which can be viewed during a half hour optional walk in the afternoon. At camp the crew boil drinking and washing water for you before serving dinner. The night at this exposed camp will even be colder than the previous night, with temperatures dropping to well below freezing.
Shira (at 3840m) to Lava Tower (at 4630m) to Barranco camp (at 3950m)
Hiking time: 7h Distance: Approximately 15 kms Habitat: High altitude semi-desert
Gain: +790m / -680m
From Shira the trail now heads due east into high altitude semi desert of rocky landscape surrounding Lava Tower and reach an altitude of 4630m in about 5 hours. (This is definitely the toughest day so far and normally at this altitude some climbers will start to feel the effects of altitude). After lunch we descent almost 680m to the Barranco camping area and having reached a high altitude of over 4600m the true acclimatisation benefit of this day become clear – having climbed much higher and dropped back down greatly assists with acclimatisation. The descent to Barranco camp takes about 2 hours and offers great opportunities to take some beautiful photographs of the Western Breach and Breach Wall. The camp is situated in a valley below the Breach and Great Barranco Wall, which also provides a memorable sunset while we wait for our dinner.
Barranco camp (3950m)- Barafu camp (4550m)
Hiking time: 7h Distance: Approximately 13 kms Habitat: Alpine desert
After Breakfast we make our way up the Great Barranco wall that’s an awesome looking obstacle and emerge out just below the Heim Glacier. The route then heads down through the Karanga Valley (the last water stop on the route) then over out-cropping ridges to join up with Mweka route (the descent route we will follow back down). At the ridge we turn left and after an hour or so we reach Barafu Hut – remember! no water at Barafu camp so carry enough from Karanga valley. “Barafu is “Swahili for ice and this is a bare and savage camping area to spend the night. Totally exposed to the ever-present windy outbursts requiring tents to be pitched on a narrow, stony, and treacherous ridge. The summit is now a further 1345m up from here and we make this final ascent this same night – make sure to familiarise yourself with this ragged terrain before dark to avoid any accidents. Prepare your equipment, ski stick and thermal clothing for your summit attempt. This should include the replacement of your headlamp and camera batteries and make sure you have a spare set available as well. To prevent freezing it will be wise to carry your water in a thermal flask. Go to bed at round about 19h00 and try to get some precious rest and sleep.
(Summit attempt) Barafu camp (4550m) – Uhuru Peak (5895m) – Mweka (3100m)
Hiking time: 8h to reach Uhuru Peak, 7 – 8h to descend to Mweka Distance: Approximately 7 kms ascent – 23 kms descent Habitat: Stone scree and ice-capped summit
Ascent: +1345m Descent: -2795m
We arise at 2330hrs, for some tea and biscuits before we shamble off into the night to climb the steep frozen scree heading in the northwesterly direction to reach Stella Point on the crater rim. After a 6-hour laborious walk we reach Stella Point (5685m.) for a beautiful sunrise (weather permitting) and in another hour we’ll be at the highest point on the continent – Uhuru Peak (5895m) usually in warm sunshine. Time spent at the summit depends on prevailing weather conditions. Advise: Avoid stopping here for too long, as it will be extremely difficult to start again due to cold and fatigue. We return on the Mweka descent route. Walking time today 7 hours and 1,300m ascent to the summit, 5-6 hours and 2,800m descent to Mweka camp (3100m). Mweka camp is in a clearing amongst the giant heather of the upper forest where mist or rain can be expected in the late afternoon. This is a long and hard day – you’ll feel tired but absolutely ecstatic after you’ve done it.
Mweka camp (3100m) – Mweka Gate (1980m)
Hiking time: 3h
Distance: Approximately 15 kms Habitat: Forest
After breakfast is a 3 hours descent through the forest to Mweka Gate to collect our certificates and meet our transportation to Arusha by road for Dinner and overnight
Arusha – Nairobi by road.
After breakfast you catch the shuttle bus around 8am and start driving back to Nairobi via Namanga boarder arriving in the afternoon hours.
The packages include
1.All the Transfers to the gate two ways
2. 3meals a day (breakfast,lunch and dinner)
6.All cooking and eating pots
7.Hot water (coffee,tea,chocolate)
8.Park entry fees
2.Tips for crews
For more questions you are so much welcome