Glorious Mount Kenya – a picture guide
There is nothing that gives you a greater sense of achievement than reaching the top of Mt Kenya. Its more than physical, it’s an amazing spiritual experience. I climbed last year for the 6th time and it’s always the same – complete sense of WOW! I would like to do it every year!
There’s no way in hell you can carry your own pack unless you regularly climb at altitude. So guys don’t try and be macho or you’ll end up with a serious case of altitude sickness and you’ll screw up the expedition for everyone else. The porters on Mt Kenya are super amazing and worth every penny and more.
The plants and animals of Mt Kenya are unique to this alpine island. They include many species of plants, like giant heather, Giant lobelias, giant brassicas…yes everything gets giant up there for some reason. Sunbirds and mountain chats, starlings and giant hyraxes that are very friendly. There are no giant baboons so don’t worry 🙂
If you are interested in climbing Mt Kenya with a really amazing guide talk to Nicholas Njuguna. He’ll send you an entire itinerary and cost breakdown, and will give you the expedition of your life. Email Nicholas on email@example.com
It costs USD 15 per day on Mt Kenya (min 3 nights), for Kenyans and residents it’s only Ksh 1,000
A proper expedition should take no less than 5 days. Anything faster and you risk serious health issues (water collecting in your lungs and brains – yuk!)
A guide and porters will cost you anything from 500 per person per day – but there are many uselss guides and porters out there. We chose to spend more with Nicholas – Ksh 25k each (for 5 days and it included everything from food, porters, chef, to accommodation and even transport back). Nicholas will negotiate if you’re a large group – but he likes to charge mzungu’s more so if you are melanin deficient be warned.
Porters are limited to 15kg each so pack sensibly.
Books to read – the beautiful coffee table book “Mount Kenya” by John Reader (1989) is now available in Text book Center for only Ksh 890/-!! It gives you history back ground culture and much much more.
Maps and other more serious climbing books of Mt Kenya and routes can be found at Book Stop (Yaya). Maps also available at KWS shop at Langata gate.
Clothes For mountain clothing first ask your friends and enemies to lend you whatever they have,
Mitumba for down jackets, scarves, wooly hats that cover your ears
Nairobi sports house for walking sticks, rucksacks, sleeping bag (it gets to minus 5 deg C so get a warm one), warm thermal underwear (stockings will do even for you guys!), rain jacket, fleecy socks.
Nakumatt also has a lot of gear nowadays including camel backs (convenient watersack with tube to your mouth – anything in water bottles on the side pockets of your pack will freeze – believe me) ,
Extreme Outdoors (Yaya) should be your last stop – they have everything but at horrendous prices (eg. hiking boots for 25k WTF?) and watch out for Chinese sizes (!).
No seriously – Extreme Outdoors should be your last stop – they have everything but at horrendous prices (eg. hiking boots for 25k WTF?) and watch out for Chinese sizes (!).
Safety is a big issue – don’t take medication on the mountain – altitude sickness is no joke and more people die on Mt Kenya than any other mountain ( I just made that up). Seriously, medicine behaves idiotically at altitude so if you feel sick just stay put or go back down if your head feels like it’s about to explode. The only way to do Mt Kenya safely is slowly – which worked just fine for me.
FINAL TIP climb on a full moon with your lover – it’s not only spectacular but super romantic 🙂
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