Mt Kenya Biking Tour – Challenge the Tropical Ice

Duration

10 Days

Minimum Age

-

Fitness Level

-

Accomodation

3x - Hotel
4x - Camp
1x - Hut
1x - Club

Overview

The Central Highlands with Mt. Kenya are an ideal setting for a mountain bike adventure. Besides conquering summits rising above 4000m, the slopes offer excellent downhill races. At the lower altitudes close encounters with wildlife are part of your adventure. At Ol Pejeta we get to do game drives. Ol Pejeta partners with international wildlife, security and research specialists to ensure they stay at the forefront of conservation innovation.

 

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Tour Plan

Day 1 Arrival Nairobi

Upon arrival in Nairobi we will be met by our guide and transferred to Tamarind hotel for briefing and overnight. Our guide will answer all our preliminary question about the program which we may have.

Accommodation: Tamarind Tree Hotel

Meal Plan: B B

Day 2 Nanyuki - Mau Mau Caves

After breakfast at 7.30 am we drive through the fertile farmland of the central province to Aberdare Country Club for lunch.  We assemble our bicycles and undertake a test ride to the nearby Mau Mau caves 12Km. The Mau Mau Cave was used as a hide-out by Kenyan Freedom Fighters during the Mau Mau Uprising of 1952 to 1960 and is located in the thicket of the Aberdare & Mount Kenya Forest.  From our guide we learn more about Kenya’s struggle for independence. In the late afternoon we return to the hotel for dinner and Overnight.

Accommodation:  Aberdare Country Club

Meal Plan:   B L D

Day 3 Transfer to Kisima and cycle to Western Marania (3300 meters)

After an early breakfast we secure our bicycles on the cars and transfer to Kisima on the Samburu Road. The drive takes us past large scale wheat and barley farms on the slopes of Mt. Kenya. At 2500 m we start our challenge of the 5199m high mountain of the god – the majestic Mt. Kenya and throne of Mumbi and Gikuyu, the ancestors of the Kikuyu tribe. The trail leads us through farmland to an indigenous rainforest. At 3000m we take a lunch break at the school of adventure before we proceed to the Western Marania in the moorland at 3300m. The crew has already pitched tent and prepared a delicious dinner. Overnight will be in tents at the Marania camp site.

Accommodation:  Fly Camp

Meal Plan:   B L D

Day 4 Allan’s Point (3700 meters)

With the three peaks of Batian, Nelion and Lenana, named after the famous Maasai leaders towering above us, we ascend today the mountain to the 3700 m high Allan’s point. Partly we have to carry our bicycles because of the tussock grass which makes cycling difficult. In the early afternoon we arrive at the campsite and might decide to stroll a little higher to improve on acclimatization before we return to the camp for dinner and overnight at the Allan’s point camp site.

Accommodation:  Fly Camp

Meal Plan:   B L D

Day 5 Hinde Valley (4000 meters)

Today we rise early for breakfast and cycle on with lunch in our rucksacks. At 4200m, at the Major’s camp, we stop for lunch and a rest before we carry on through the moorland between Lobelia and Seneca to the Hinde Valley, the last point we can ascend by bicycles at 4000m. Dinner and overnight will be again in a fly camp set at the Hinde valley which has been set by the accompanying crew.

Accommodation:  Fly Camp

Meal Plan:   B L D

Day 6 Austrian Hut (4750 meters)

Today we leave the bicycles behind. They are carried by our porters to the Shipton’s camp while we climb to the Austrian Hut at 4750 m where we spend the night in the hut. As the sun sets we look at the 3 majestic peaks towering above us. We will challenge Point Lenana tomorrow before sunrise.

Accommodation:  Mountain Hut

Meal Plan:   B L D

Day 7 Acsend Lenana - Conquering the equatorial ice (4985 meters)

Just before the sun rises and after a cup of tea, we start our 45 minute ascend and stand at 6.00 am on the 3rd highest point of Mt. Kenya watching the sunrise over the plains and clouds below. After some summit photographs we descend via Simba cole to the Shiptons camp for a rest and a brunch. On the saddle of our bicycles we descend to the Old Moses camp at 3300m where we spend our last night on Mt. Kenya.

Accommodation:  Old Moses Camp

Meal Plan:   B L D

Day 8 The final downhill ride from the slopes of Mt. Kenya

Our downhill race continues. A 40 km ride takes us to the Sirimon gate and further on the tarmac road and through Nanyuki across the Equator to Comfort Garden at the edge of the Olpajeta Game reserve.  We enjoy a hot shower and a sumptuous lunch. In the afternoon we relax at the swimming pool recharging our partly depleted batteries. Dinner and Overnight will be at the hotel.

Accommodation:  Comfort Garden Hotel

Meal Plan:   B L D

Day 9 Olpejeta Conservancy

Today is dedicated to the East African wildlife. Conservation is a dynamic and rapidly changing scene. Ol Pejeta partners with international wildlife, security and research specialists to ensure they stay at the forefront of conservation innovation. These partnerships have led to unique data findings and cutting-edge technology; that have contributed to the protection of Ol Pejeta’s diverse species. The conservancy is arguably the leader in conservation in Kenya.  On our game drives in the vast ranch we encounter with some luck all of the Big five besides lots of plains game.  This is also the only place in Kenya where we can find Chimpanzees.  This species has been translocated from Uganda during the reign of Idi Amin to protect them from extinction.  For lunch we return to our hotel and proceed in the afternoon for further game drives.

Accommodation:  Comfort Garden Hotel

Meal Plan:   B L D

Day 10 Return to Nairobi for departure

Depending on the time of our return flight, we drive back to Nairobi for departure

Included

  • Meal plan as specified –BB (bed and Breakfast), HB (Half board; breakfast and dinner), FB (Full board; breakfast, lunch and dinner) in the hotels
  • Airport transfers and safari on 4x4 vehicles
  • English speaking driver guides
  • Olpejeta Conservancy fee
  • Park Fees
  • Mau Mau cave excursion

Excluded

  • International flights
  • Drinks in hotels and lodges/ telephone/ laundry/visa fees/ tips


Important

Best months: June to October & December to March


Price

From 4 Pax $2,985.00 p.p.s

*Residents and Citizens discount available


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