Mount Kenya Mult-Day Trek
Day 1: Arrive in Nairobi – Free Time
Upon landing at Jomo Kenyatta International Airport, you’ll be met by Instyle representative and transferred to your hotel
Day 2: Safari in Nairobi National Park – Wildlife Conservation Tour
Today, you’ll join an exciting excursion in the capital that gets you close to some of Kenya’s best wildlife. It starts with an early pick-up to skip the traffic as you head to Nairobi National Park’s main gate for entry. You must stay inside the car due to the unpredictability of wild animals. On a lucky day, you will spot lions, buffalos, zebras, rhinoceros, giraffes, gazelles, ostriches, and many more. At some point during the visit, you’ll have breakfast in a picnic area.
By mid-morning, you will drive outside of the city and visit an Elephant Orphanage—a project that rescues and takes care of orphaned elephants from potential poachers when their mother dies. When they’re old enough, the elephants return to the jungle. From here, you’ll visit a Giraffe Center, which protects the highly endangered Rothschild’s giraffe. Watch and feed these charming animals while learning more about the center’s conservation successes. If there’s time, make sure to check out the walking trail through the nearby Gogo River Bird Sanctuary.
Your driver will then drop you off in an area of the city with great restaurants for lunch. Take the rest of the afternoon to enjoy the city any way you’d like.
Day 3: Transfer to Mount Kenya – Trek to Old Moses Camp (Day 1 of 5)
It’s time to begin your multi-day trek! After an early breakfast, your driver will transfer you to the town of Naro Moru (107 miles/173 km), where you’ll meet a local guide and sort out all the equipment required for your climb. Then, continue your drive to Mount Kenya National Park.
The scenery as you get closer to the park is breathtaking. Mount Kenya is not only a UNESCO Biosphere Reserve but also a UNESCO World Heritage Site as well. Within its boundaries are landscapes including alpine vegetation and dense forests, lakes, glaciers, mineral springs, as well as and rare and endangered species of animals.
You will take the Sirimon trekking route to Old Moses Mountain Camp for your overnight. After you pass through the park entry and pay your fees, you will begin the day’s 5.6-mile (9 km) hike through forests of bamboo and rosewood—home to buffalo, elephants, antelope, and hundreds of species of birds. Old Moses is a well-run mountain lodge at 10,837 feet (3300 m) with clean bathrooms, dormitory bunks, a kitchen and dining area, and spacious grounds for setting up tents.
Enjoy dinner and sunset views while meeting fellow trekkers from around the world.
Day 4: Trek to Shiptons Mountain Hut (Day 2 of 5)
Rise and shine! Today will be one of your longest and most interesting hiking days so you’ll need to hit the trail early. You will be trekking about 8 miles (14 km) through moors and the Mackinder Valley before you reach the outpost at Shiptons Mountain Hut. Be on the lookout for unique wildlife like soaring eagles, hyrax, and sunbirds at this higher altitude.
Upon arrival, check-in at Shiptons with time to relax and have dinner.
Day 5: Trek to Hausberg Col (Day 3 of 5)
Today, you’ll have an easier acclimatizing roundtrip hike to the 15,000 feet (4600m) point known as the Hausberg Col. This route will cover a distance of around 4 miles (7 km).Once you arrive, you’ll have time to rest and enjoy the nice scenery of Mount Kenya’s west ridges before you return to Shiptons for another overnight stay.
Day 6: Trek to the Summit – Descend to Met Station (Day 4 of 5)
Today, you’ll wake up shortly before dawn for the 3-hour hike to the summit of Mount Kenya!The trail is around 8 miles (14 km) and it will take you up steep slopes where you may have to climb over rocks on your way to Point Lenana. At 16,355 feet (4985 m), this beautiful outlook is known as the hikers’ summit.
After you take in the views and snap some panoramic photos, you will descend to Mackinder’s Camp for a meal and another rest before you descend for another 3 hours to get to Met Station for your last night of the trek.
Day 7: Complete Trek (Day 5 of 5) – Transfer to Nairobi – Depart Kenya