Let's hike Mt Kenya (and cycle a bit)!

Mount Kenya, Kenya

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Mount Kenya: Let's hike Mt Kenya (and cycle a bit)!

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Let's hike Mt Kenya (and cycle a bit)! starting at Mount Kenya, KenyaMount Kenya's jagged peaks are crowned by Point Lenana (4,985m), Nelion (5,188m) and Batian (5,199m).
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Hello! Let's hike Mount Kenya (and cycle a bit) this July/August! Commonly known as the little brother of Mount Kilimanjaro, Mount Kenya is the second-highest mountain in Africa.

Upon arriving in Nairobi, we will first travel to Lake Naivasha, where we will be doing some cycling, trekking and sightseeing at Hell's Gate National Park, home of the landscapes featured in the Lion King and Tomb Raider.

Let's hike Mt Kenya (and cycle a bit)! starting at Mount Kenya, KenyaThe gorge at Hell's Gate National Park.
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Let's hike Mt Kenya (and cycle a bit)! starting at Mount Kenya, KenyaAs this park has little or no predators, it is safe to cycle or walk down the valley to the gorge. Along the way, we may see animals like zebra and giraffe nearby.
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More information on Hell's Gate National Park can be found in Africa Safari Reports and on Trip Advisor.

After 1.5 days at Lake Naivasha, we would stay overnight at Nanyuki, to acclamatise for the ultimate Mt Kenya hike.

We will traverse through a myraid of terrains on this 5D4N hike from Sirimon to Chogoria, one of the most scenic routes. You will experience trekking through the plains, bamboo forest, hardwood forest, alpine heath and volcanic screes and peaks alongside equatorial glaciers.

Let's hike Mt Kenya (and cycle a bit)! starting at Mount Kenya, KenyaShipton's camp (4,200m)
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Let's hike Mt Kenya (and cycle a bit)! starting at Mount Kenya, KenyaMost of the plants on Mt Kenya are unique, and cannot be found anywhere else in the world. The forest and bamboo are home to hundreds of buffalos, elephants, bushbucks and a plethora of bird species, which we may get to see along the way.
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Let's hike Mt Kenya (and cycle a bit)! starting at Mount Kenya, KenyaThere might be some heart-stopping moments while scaling Pt Lenana, the 3rd highest peak (4,985m).
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Let's hike Mt Kenya (and cycle a bit)! starting at Mount Kenya, KenyaThe ascend is gradual through Sirimon and the descent has amazing views through Chogoria.
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Let's hike Mt Kenya (and cycle a bit)! starting at Mount Kenya, KenyaThe hiking trails.
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This creative climb joins two of the most scenic routes up Mount Kenya, Sirimon and Chogoria, producing a remarkably diverse and spectacular trek. Sirimon coming off the west of Mount Kenya passes through the dry side of the mountain with its giant trees and rocky terrain, and the descent onto the Chogoria path is exactly different with its lush bamboo and highland forests.

The final night time ascent to Point Lenana can be as difficult as any ascent in East Africa, but the rest of the trek is generally considered easier than either Kilimanjaro or the Rwenzoris. This is also the most likely climb for actually seeing big game.

Accommodation on this hike is in mountain huts. A guide, cook and porters would be following us. 

Trip Itinerary

Day 1, 28 Jul 18
Fly to Nairobi
Singapore – Addis Ababa – Nairobi
SIN-ADD-NBO. 2:15AM-10:15AM (-5 hours difference)
Travel 2.5 hr to Hells Gate National Park. Stay for the night at Lake Naivasha.

Day 2, 29 Jul 18
Cycle and trek in Hells Gate National Park. Transfer to Nanyuki for the night, a town at the base of Mt Kenya.

Day 3, 30 Jul 18
2000-3300m, 9km, 3-4hrs
Transfer from Nanyuki to the Mount Kenya National Park Gate. Trek to Old Moses Camp.

Day 4, 31 Jul 18
3300-4200m, 13.5km, 7-8hrs
Trek from Old Moses Camp to Shipton's Camp.

Day 5, 1 Aug 18
4200-4590-4200m, 2-4km, 2-4hrs
Acclimatisation day: Trek from Shiptons to Hausberg Col and back to Shiptons.

Day 6, 2 Aug 18
4200-4985-2950m, 18km, 11-13hrs
Trek from Shiptons to Point Lenana and descend to Mintos Hut for breakfast. Continue down to Mount Meru Bandas via Nithi Falls and Lake Ellis.

Day 7, 3 Aug 18
2950-1800m, 16km, 2hrs
Hike down Chogoria Bandas to Chogoria Village and take 4x4WD land rover to Chogoria Town, from where you are driven back to Nairobi.

Day 8-9, 4-5 Aug 18
You can choose to either join our safari tour, return to Singapore or extend your trip.
Option 1: Join another group on our extended Safari Tour to catch the Great Migration for S$2,293 – S$3,105.
Option 2: Return to Singapore
Nairobi – Addis Ababa – Singapore
NBO-ADD 5:40PM-7:40PM
ADD-SIN 11:20PM-2:50PM (+1 day)
Option 3: Extend your trip.

Trip Cost
This trip to Hell's Gate National Park and a 5D4N Mt Kenya trek will cost US$1,000 (S$1,340) per person.

The price includes:
• Road transfers from Nairobi 
• Road transport from Chogoria back to Nairobi
• All accommodation in the mountain camps or huts as per the above itinerary
• Full board accommodation on the mountain
• Meals on the mountain
• All Mount Kenya trekking permits and local government taxes
• An expert English speaking Mt. Kenya climb guide, cook and porters
• Boiled and treated water during the hike on Mount Kenya
The price excludes:
• Tipping to Mt. Kenya guides, cook and porters (10-15% of climbing cost)
• Sleeping bags and climbing gear (available for hire)
• Accommodation and meals in Nairobi
• Drinks
• International return flight
• Passports, visas and personal items and spending
• Any other items not detailed in the below itinerary
Things to Bring
• Down sleeping bag -15°C (4 season) (available for hire)
• Clothes (2 non-cotton absorbent t-shirts, water/wind proof soft shell jacket, hiking shorts, water/wind proof hard shell jacket and pants, fleece/synthetic waterproof jacket)
• Thermal underwear
• Balaclava (hat woolen)
• Gloves
• 2 thick and 2 thin socks
• Hiking boots (water proof)
• Gaiters
• Sandals
• Sunblock (SPF 50+)
• Sunglasses
• Walking sticks (available for hire)
• Toiletries
• Lip Balm
• Earplugs
• Personal first aid and drug kit
• Towel
• Head torch
• Water bottle
• Water treatment tablets
• Ruck suck not more than 10kg to be carried by porters
• Day pack 20-30L for your personal items.
• Medium duffel bag: to store your non-mountain gear
• Baggage tags: makes identifying your bags easy at the airports or hotels
• Plastic and garbage bags for waterproofing clothes during afternoon rains
• Binoculars: essential for game-viewing; 7×20 to 10×40 recommended (magnification x field of view)
• Camera

Physical Fitness
This is a challenging hike, suitable for strong hikers without any climbing experience, with a hiking grade of 2B+. It requires prior training in climbing conditioning, strength, endurance and flexibility. Trekkers with little or no experience are welcome! We would be trekking for about 3-5 hours on all days except day 4, to properly acclamitize to the altitude.

Let's hike Mt Kenya (and cycle a bit)! starting at Mount Kenya, KenyaFor more information, read more at Ace Adventure's website.
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Things to Note
• We aren’t visiting zoos nor bird parks, as such there is no guarantee that wildlife will appear during the trip duration.
• This is a confirmed trip, as we have already purchased air tickets.
• Please read through the following terms of participation before RSVP:

You would be travelling as a travel buddy. Your safety and well-being during the trip are your sole responsibility. By RSVP for this event, you have confirmed that you have read, acknowledged, agreed and accepted the terms and conditions of participating this trip.

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