Mt Kenya Timau – Sirimon with technical option

Duration

7

Minimum Age

-

Fitness Level

-

Accomodation

1x - Hotel
3x - Camp
2x - Hut

Overview

The rarely trodden Timau route is best for nature-loving mountaineers as they trek around the peaks and sample incredible views of the Mountain.  For experienced climbers, they can opt to do the more technical climb to Batian & Nelion at their own. The trek features dense forest vegetation, moorland and best vintage points to spot mountain lakes.

 

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Tour Plan

Day 1 Transfer Nairobi – Timau

We leave Nairobi in the morning after breakfast and drive through the fertile farmland of the central province, pass through coffee and pineapple plantation on our way to Nanyuki. Our destination is Regency Mt.Kenya View Hotel  at the edge of the Ndare Forest. The location offers picturesque views over the Mount Kenya peaks on clear days. The afternoon can be spent at the at the swimming pool or used for a visit to Ndare forest, a lush indigenous forest at the northern foothills of Mt. Kenya.  Azure pools glisten at the bottom of waterfalls and 200 years old trees stretch into the canopy supporting a rich variety of bird and animal life.

Accommodation:  Regency Mt. Kenya View Hotel

Meal Plan:  B L D

Day 2 Western Marania (3300m)

After an early breakfast at 7.00 am we drive for another 90 km to the School of Adventure. On the way we pass by large scale Wheat and Barley farms.  At about noon we reach the School of Adventure on the Northern slopes of Mt. Kenya at 2900m. Here we meet our guides and crew and after a short briefing and introduction we start our mountain tour.  A 3 hours hike takes us to Marania Campsite at (3300m) in middle of the moorland. The trails takes us through a beautiful forest inhabited by a variety of wildlife ranging from zebras, giraffes, impalas and elands.

Accommodation:  Fly Camp

Meal Plan: B, L, D

Day 3 Majors Camp ( 4000m)

After breakfast we continue with the climb heading for Major's Camp (4000m) surrounded by plenty of Senecia and Lobelia. Lunch will be at Allan's point. The hike takes about 6 hours. On clear days after 2 hours hike, the peaks of Mt. Kenya pop up from the clouds.  In the late afternoon we arrive at the Majors camp.  The crew had already pitched the tents and welcomes us with a hot cup of tea and some snacks.

Accommodation:  Fly Camp

Meal Plan: B, L, D

Day 4 Shiptons Camp ( 4200m) or Austrian Hut (4750m)

After breakfast, we proceed with your trek, passing the scenic Terere and Sendeo peaks. At about lunch time before descending a steep escarpment to the Mackinder Valley, the trekkers and the climbers separate:

Trekkers:  They descend the escarpment, cross the Mackinder Valley and head for Shiptons Camp for dinner and Overnight.

Climbers:  They hike round the point Lenana heading for the Austrian Hut at 4750m. They are accompanied by part of the crew which prepares for them the dinner.

Accommodation:  Mountain Hut

Meal Plan: B, L, D

Day 5 On separate ways

Trekker - Mackinders Camp ( 4200m)

Our climb continues taking us round the peaks of Nelion and Batian, via Hausberg and Nanyuki tarn to the Two Tarn Hut. Two screeds up to 4600m will have to be passed. After lunch at the Two Tarn Hut, we continue with our hike down to Mackinder’s Camp at 4200m in the Teleki Valley.

Accommodation:  Mountain Hut

Meal Plan:  B, L, D

Climber – Nelion / Batian ( 5199m))

The crew takes you and your gear to the start of the technical climb. From here you are on your own. The hooks left by previous climbers guide you on own your way. After a 5 hours technical climb up to grade 4 we will be on Nelion or Batian whichever peak we may want to ascend first. We spend the night bivouacking between the main peaks or return to the Austrian Hut.  Please remember to bring along your own gas cooker and lightweight food because you will be on your own.

Accommodation:  Bivouac between Nelion & Batian or Austrian Hut

Mealplan:  B

Day 6 Trekker and Climber meet again at Shiptons Camp

Trekker:

At 4.00 am after a light breakfast we continue our climb towards the Austrian Hut where we stop for a short break before ascending the 3rd highest peak – Point Lenana – via the edge of the Lewis Glacier. The route can be quite slippery because of the ice covered rocks.  At some points ropes to hold on to have been fitted.  At sunrise we are on Point Lenana and enjoy the magnificient view over the palins from there.  Finally we descend through the Simba Cole to Shiptons camp for lunch, rest and overnight.

Climber:

Today you may want to ascend the second peak before returning to the Austrian hut. The descend is quite fast because of the long abseiling passages.  If you had already returned to Austrian Hut the previous day you can join the trekkers in ascending point Lenana.

If the weather the previous day was bad, you can use this day to ascend Batian and descend to Shiptons camp.

Whatever the program of the day was, in the evening over dinner trekkers and climbers can share their experiences at the Shiptons Camp.

Accommodation:  Shiptons Camp

Meal Plan:  B, L, D

Day 7 Back to Nairobi

Today we descend the 14 km to Old Moses camp where our car is waiting to take us back to Nairobi. We bid the crew farewell.  On the way to Nairobi we can opt for a lunch on the way.

Meal Plan: B L


Important

Best months: June to October & December to March

  • Climbers must be prepared to walk for up to 8 hours a day on the day of the Lenana crossover, for up to 12 hours.
  • Crampons may be useful during the rainy season.
  • Climbers must bring along their own climbing gear.
  • During bad weather conditions, climbers may have some distance to walk towards Chogoria as vehicles may not be able to pass
  • The technical option is to be done by the clients on their own and on their own risk, but we can facilitate contact to a local technical guide.

 


Price

From 4 Pax $1,975.00 p.p.s

*Residents and Citizens discount available


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