Mt Kenya- Mt Kilimanjaro Trek with Safari

Duration

13 Days

Minimum Age

15

Fitness Level

Easy

Accomodation

2x - Camp
4x - Lodge

Overview

Trek the highest and the second highest mountains in Africa on a one of a kind bucket list tour ending it with a safari. The Mt Kenya route is best for nature-loving mountaineers as they trek around the peaks and sample incredible views of Mt. Kenya. And the beautiful lakes of Ellis and Michaelson. It is also a good acclimatization trek to increase the chances to reach Mt Kilimanjaro’s Uhuru peak – the roof top of Africa. This combination not only takes you to the 2 highest mountains in Africa but leaves lasting impressions of the tropical alpine environment in your mind. We also combine with a safari in Amboseli for a taste of the wild away from the mountains.

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Tour Plan

Day 1 Transfer Nairobi – Mt Kenya Bandas (3000m)

We arrive in Nairobi and are met by our driver/guide. After a short introduction and briefing, we drive through the fertile farmland of the central province, passed coffee and pineapple plantation Chogoria with a stopover for lunch at Embu. After lunch, we take 4×4 and drive up to the edge of the bamboo forest where we start our trekking through the dense bamboo forest for a distance of 10 km to the Mt Kenya Bandas.

Accommodation: Mt. Kenya Bandas
Driving; 200 km, 3 to 4 hours
Meal Plan: L D

Day 2 Hike to Ellis (3455m)

After breakfast we set off up the mountain at a nice and easy pace. A slightly longer walk via Lake Ellis gives scenic views of Mugi, Ithanguni and the Giants Billiards Table, whilst if we follow the river near road head, upstream for about 3 km, the foreground scenery and flora is particularly beautiful.
We enjoy our lunch on a picnic site by the lake then it’s time to cut up the left hand hillside to our camp at about 3,455m for dinner and overnight at tents.

Accommodation: Fly Camp
Activities: 4 hours hike
Meal Plan: B L D

Day 3 Hike to Lake Michaelson (3900m)

After breakfast at the camp, we set out on a beautiful walk which takes us up along the ridge overlooking the Gorges valley and later on in the day Lake Michelson comes in to view. We will break for lunch overlooking the Lake with a spectacular view, and then continue on a gentle traverse and descend 200 meters to Lake Michaelson camp site. We can rest in the afternoon or wonder around the Lake taking some photos before retiring at the camp for dinner and overnight.

Accommodation: Fly Camp
Activities: 5 hours hike
Meal Plan: B L D

Day 4 Hike to Simba Tarn (4630m)

After Breakfast we hike up to Simba Tarn. The hike takes between 5-6 hrs. We leave behind the lobelias vegetation and ascend into an alpine zone of rock and ice, towards the prominent peaks. The trail leads you up via gorges valley gate with small waterfalls gushing over the rocks. Settle in the camp on the edge of Simba Tarn, just below the peaks where we can our lunch and relax in the afternoon ahead of the challenging ascend to Lenana.

Accommodation: Fly Camp
Activities: 6 hours hike
Meal Plan: B L D

Day 5 Ascend Point Lenana ( 4985m ), descend to Old Moses Camp (3,300m)

After an early morning breakfast at 4.00 am, the trek leads via a steep screed to the Austrian Hut at 4790m. Here we have a short break with a sip of hot tea and biscuits, before the final ascend to point Lenana (4895m) via Lewis Glacier. After watching the sunrise begin a 5 hour descent via Mackinder`s valley to the Old Moses camp (3,300m). The descent is gentle and it offers ample time to enjoy fascinating scenery which includes the moorlands before reaching the camp for dinner and overnight stay in the tents.

Accommodation: Fly Camp
Activities: 10 to 11 hours hike
Meal Plan: B, L, D

Day 6 Descend to Sirimon start (2600m), transfer to Amboseli

After early morning breakfast, it’s time to descend though the rainforest to the Sirimon Park gate at 2600 meters above sea level. We have one more glance at Mt Kenya as we celebrate our summit success. Our driver will be waiting for us to take us back to Nairobi and onwards south towards Amboseli National Park. We’ll stop for lunch along the way at Maanzoni Lodge before proceeding to Kibo Slopes Garden Resort for overnight stay and dinner.

Accommodation: Kibo Slopes Garden Resort
Driving; 8 hrs driving, 500km
Meal Plan: B L D

Day 7 Amboseli Game drives

After breakfast, we enjoy full day game drives in Amboseli National Park with lunch at Oltukai Lodge. Amboseli National Park is famous for its large herds of elephants in the spectacular backdrop of Mt. Kilimanjaro- the highest mountain in Africa. Lions and cheetahs can be spotted in the morning. Amboseli Park also hosts a variety of plain game such as giraffes, impalas, gazelles, and wildebeests. In the swampy sections of the park, hippos and lots of water birds can be seen. In the late evening we head back to Kibo Slopes Cottages for dinner and the overnight stay.

Accommodation: Kibo Slopes Garden Resort
Distance: 100 km
Altitude 1750m
Meal Plan: B L D

Day 8 Transfer to start ,hike to Sekimba Camp ( 2700m)

After breakfast we transfer for clearing with Kenya & Tanzania customs before proceeding to Nalemoru starting point (2100m) where the mountain crew will be waiting for introduction. The climb starts through a natural rain forest where we may see Colobus monkeys and birdlife. The day’s 10km walk will take about 4 hours. Overnight will be spent in tents at the Sekimba Campsite at the edge of the forest belt.

Accommodation: Fly Camp
Driving; 30km, 1 hour
Activity; 4 hours hike
Meal Plan: B L D

Day 9 Hike 3rd Caves ( 3900m)

Today we will have our first breakfast in the open with excellent views of the plains below and the Kibo massive towering above us. At about 8.00am our hike through the moorland leads to the 3rd Caves (3900), where vegetation ends, giving way to alpine desert. The 1200 meters climb takes about 6 hours with a lunch break at the 2nd Caves, a scenic spot at 3300m then proceed to 3rd caves for overnight in a fly camp.

Accommodation: Fly Camp
Activity; 6 hours hike
Meal Plan: B L D

Day 10 Hike to School Hut ( 4750m)

After the last good rest before the summit ascend, we hike through rocky moonlike landscape to School Hut at 4750m. Our ascent today will be 850 meters up. This hut originally by the Outward Bound Trust and in the early nineties renovated by Kibo Slopes Safaris. It is now under the management of the Kilimanjaro National Park Authority. Usually it is not crowded & provides a good shelter to rest before next day’s challenge.

Accommodation: School Hut
Activities: 6 hours hike
Meal Plan: B L D

Day 11 Ascend Uhuru Peak (5985m), descend to Horombo (3800m)

After a short night and a hot drink, the final ascend starts at about 1.30am. The path gets gradually steeper finally taking us to the Gillman’s point (5685m) where we can watch the sunrise over the Mawenzi Peaks and the magnificent northern ice fields. After a short break, we proceed along the crater rim to the Uhuru Peak (5895m) reaching there at about 9.00am. After our summit photo session, we descend to Kibo Hut for lunch before another 3 hours descend to Horombo (3720m) where we spend the night in a fly camp. The brave ones can have a cold dip in the nearby stream which is surrounded by senecio and lobelia on the river banks.

Accommodation: Horombo Hut
Activities: 13 hours trek
Meal Plan: B L D

Day 12 Descend Marangu Gate (1800m), Transfer to Salsalinero

After breakfast, and final glance at the Kibo summit which we have conquered, we now start on the final leg. The 6 hours descend takes us from the moorland into a beautiful natural forest characterized by giant ancient trees. After lunch at Mandara, we will get to the Marangu Gate (1800m) at 1.00-3.00pm depending on our speed and remaining strength. Here we will be awarded certificates for a successful climb & bid the crew goodbye. A 1-hour drive takes us to Salinero Hotel for dinner and overnight stay.

Accommodation: Salinero Hotel
Driving: 40km, 1 hour
Activities: 5 to 6 hours hike
Meal Plan: B L D

Day 13 Transfer to Nairobi or Kilimanjaro Airport

After breakfast we will be transferred to the Kilimanjaro International Airport for international departure or a shuttle transfer back to Nairobi or proceed for a Safari to be booked in advance.

Meal Plan: B

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/lodges
  • Accommodation as specified
  • Airport transfers and safari on 4x4 vehicles
  • Park Fees, Conservancy Fees
  • Tents, guides and porters during the hikes
  • 13 Days Transport

Excluded

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


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10 Mar 2024 - 22 Mar 2024: $3802
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5 Jan 2024 - 17 Jan 2024: $33802
10 Mar 2024 - 22 Mar 2024: $3802
5 Jul 2024 - 17 Jul 2024: $3802


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