7 DAYS CLIMBING MOUNT KENYA TIMAU TREK ROUTE
7 DAYS CLIMBING MOUNT KENYA TIMAU TREK ROUTE
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7 Days Climbing Mount Kenya Timau Trek Route; The Timau Track, the main access route on the north side on the mountain lies in a major rain shadow.
Because of this there is a very little forest on this side of the mountain. However since you are inside a low rainfall zone it generally makes for a drier safari and a more pleasant trek.
The slope is gentle and because the peaks on Mt. Kenya line up east to west the views from the north give you the impression you are trekking into a whole mountain range.
This rarely trodden route starts from the northwestern part of Mt Kenya. The climate and vegetation is savannah type and as you hike you will invariably see herds of zebra, eland and gazelles on the lower part of the mountain.
Mount Kenya is Africa’s second highest mountain standing at 5,199m, poised magnificently on the equator.
Her spectacular snow-capped peaks create a stunning backdrop all year- round, and are crowned to be the only snow- blessed point on the equator.
Africa’s most stunning mountain treasures sweeping valleys infused with jeweled streams and lucent- colored birds who will befriend you on sight.
Mount Kenya’s prestigious peaks are prized as the top rock climbing cliffs in East Africa, promising you soaring views from directly over top the equator.
7 Days Climbing Mount Kenya Timau Trek Route Itinerary
Day 1: Nairobi drive to Nanyuki proceed to Marania Camp (3700 Meters)
From Nairobi, drive for 3 hours to Nanyuki where we meet up with our crews for onward transfer to Timau. From the end of the forest line (3000 meters), we hike for 2-3 hours to Marania Camp (3700 meters). Overnight in tents.
Day 2: Marania hike to Majors Camp (4000 Meters)
Early start for a 7 hour trek across gently rolling topography and Savanna type vegetation to Major’s Camp (4000 meters) for overnight in tents. Picnic lunch en-route.
Day 3: Majors Camp to Shipton Camp (4200 Meters)
Today’s trek is mostly through the moors that are habitat for the giant lobelias, giant groundsels and tussock grasses. Today’s is a 5 hour hike and we spend the night at Shiptons Camp where we may, for the first time, meet other trekkers.
Day 4: Shiptons / American Camp (4400 meters)
Breakfast and depart at 0800 Hours for an acclimatization hike on the summit circuit path via Hausberg col (4700m), Two Tarn (4500 meters) and down to American camp (4400 meters) for overnight. It is a trail that offers excellent views of all the major peaks from all angles.
Day 5: American Camp Hike to Point. Lenana (4985 meters) then to Mintos Camp (4300 meters)
Start pre-dawn summit attempt at 0300 Hours, hiking for three hours up to Point. Lenana (4,985 meters), the hiker’s summit, arriving there in time to watch the African sunrise.
From Point Lenana you have good views of Point. Nelion (5188 meters), Point Batian (5199 meters) and other surrounding peaks, and on a clear day the summit of Mt. Kilimanjaro can be seen protruding from the sky over 320 Kilometers to the south.
From the summit descend to Mintos/ Hall tarn campsite (4,300 meters) for breakfast then relax for the rest of the day. Dinner and overnight at Mintos campsite.
Day 6: Mintos Camp/ Meru Mt. Kenya Bandas (2950 meters)
After breakfast, begin a 5 to 6 hour descent to Chogoria Park gate (2950 meters). The descent is gentle and it offers ample time to enjoy the gorgeous landmarks on the lower gorges valley including Vivienne falls, Nithi falls, mushroom rocks and an array of interesting mountain plants.
Dinner and overnight at the bandas with hot shower and fire place.
Day 7: Chogoria Bandas/ Nairobi
After breakfast gradually descend through the Chogoria Forest for 10km to meet your 4×4 jeep to Chogoria for lunch and later transfer back to Nairobi arriving by 1600 Hours.
7 Days Climbing Mount Kenya Timau Trek Route Prices
- We are flexible and willing to accept Tourist suggestions on Food menu and equipments information during our trek
- You have the right to bring your food if you see any need to do so. But on our side, the food will be enough and fresh to avoid any side effects
7 Days Climbing Mount Kenya Timau Trek Route Rates Includes:
- Airport transfers
- All camping equipment
- Start and finish Nairobi
- Transfer to and from the base of the mountain
- Full board accommodation whilst on the trek
- 3 Meals a day ( special diet vegetarian and hallal)
- All park entrance fees to include government taxes
- Accommodations in camps/huts as per the itinerary
- H.F Radio communication for backup in case or rescue
- Service of an English speaking professional guide, porters and skilled cook
- Water – You just need bottled water only the first day. The rest of the days we boil or add purifying tablets then filter using MSR water filtering pump before refilling in your water bottles in the morning
7 Days Climbing Mount Kenya Timau Trek Route Rates Do Not Include:
- Soft drinks
- Visas to Kenya
- No mosquito net
- International flights
- Hiking equipments
- Items of personal nature
- climbing gears (we have them for hire)
- Accommodation before and after the trek
- Any other extras not detailed in the above itinerary
- Personal expenses such as transfers to/ from the airport (supplement airport transfer cost applies for tours starting from the airport)
Climbing Mount Kenya Information Guide
Climbing Mount Kenya Fitness, Altitude And Safety
Generally speaking it isn’t necessary to undergo a grueling fitness regime prior to attempting Mount Kenya, anyone who is trek fit, and is comfortable walking 6-8 hour days should be fine.
It is recommended that you start a training program at least one, if not two months before your safari.“Running, swimming, cycling and stair-climbing is all good ways of toning up muscles.”
Guides, Porters and Cooks
The trekking crew will usually consist of a guide, cook, porter for the cooking gear plus a personal porter per trekker. All our guides and porters are registered with Kenya Wildlife Services and hold a mountain guide park from Mt. Kenya National Park.
They also have wildlife knowledge and experience of dealing with altitude sickness issues
Climbing Mount Kenya Routes
There are 5 main routes to the peak. See below;
Sirimon Route is the most popular ascent as the altitude gain is nice and steady and it offers one of the most beautiful approaches to the peaks. Allow a minimum of 2 nights to peak when ascending, although we recommend spending an extra night at the last camp (Shipton’s) on the way up.
Burguret Route is the best if you want to avoid the crowds then Burguret is the best route. You’ll be hacking through pristine rainforest on this little used route, spending nights at wilderness campsites.
Going up this route is challenging, it is little more than a game track in places, often muddy and rough under foot. Burguret is usually combined with a Chogoria or Sirimon descent.
Naro Moru Route
Naro Moru Route is the most popular descent route, fast and easy (at least on the way down!). Naro Moru passes through the notorious vertical bog section which gets very waterlogged in the rainy seasons.
The vegetation is at its most striking on this route. It can be descended in one very long day, usually done in two days and one night.
Chogoria Route is the best if you have time then choose dramatic Chogoria over Naro Moru for the descent. The Chogoria route passes by tarns, waterfalls and an incredible gorge. Allow two or three days for your descent.
Timau Route is little used nowadays; there is little forest on this side of the mountain and no facilities, just lots of wide open country.
Weather/ When To Go Climbing Mount Kenya
First things first, although Mount Kenya is on the equator, at an altitude of 4,000m it gets freezing at night! You need to be prepared for overnight temperatures well below freezing (a good three/ four season sleeping bag is a must).
Minus 10 or even minus 20 degrees Celsius are not unheard of at Point Lenana. Otherwise expect plenty of hot overhead sun and rain if you are trekking during the short or long rains.
Kenya is subject to two rainy seasons, the long rains from mid March to mid June and the short rains from September to October. Mount Kenya remains trek-able throughout the year, but during the long rains especially, you will need to be prepared for some heavy rain falls and muddy tracks.
The good news is that even in the depth of the long rains, there is usually reliable sunshine for a good portion of the day (10am – 3pm). Outside the rainy season, you can expect plenty of sunshine.
It’s safest to climb Mt. Kenya during the dry seasons: January – February and August to September off the most reliably fine weather. The main routes are likely to be more crowded at this time of the year. If you favor complete solitude over the sunny skies, try going slightly off the peak season.
It’s best to avoid the two rainy seasons from mid March until June and from late October to the end of December.
Mount Kenya Location
From Nairobi, Mount Kenya is around a 4 hours drive (220 Kilometers). We offer round trip transport for guests from Nairobi or from any other part of the country to the Mountain.
Climbing Mount Kenya Accommodation