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Beginner to Mt Kenya in 90 Days: #Resolutions2022

Everyone deserves a chance to push themselves beyond their normal limits. As part of our #Resolutions2022 campaign, we invite you to take up the challenge in our Beginner to Mt Kenya in 90 Days program, nudge your adventure bug to bite, and walk with us up Mt. Kenya at the end of the program.

In the program, we make the trek step by step towards your goals as we challenge ourselves to set new personal milestones and encourage you to do the same. The Beginner to Mt Kenya in 90 Days program is a 13-week, 7-event outdoor fitness course, specially designed to meet the needs of a beginner, and get them to Mt Kenya Point Lenana in 90 days. The course features six prep hikes with increasing difficulty, targeted toward building resilience.

Summary

2022 Hikes Schedule

January 8 | April 30 | September 17 – Kilimambogo
January 22 | May 14 | October 1 – Kijabe Hills
February 5 | May 28 | October 15 – Mt. Longonot
February 19 | June 11 | October 29 – Table Mountain
March 5 | June 25 | November 12 – The Mackinders Quest
March 19 July 9 | November 26 – Dragon’s Teeth – Mt. Satima
March 24-27 | July 14-17 | December 1-4 – Mt. Kenya Chogoria Route

Cost

Citizen/Resident Ticket – Ksh 48,000/=

Citizen/Resident Payment Plan

Pay 6,000/= non-refundable deposit before the program start date

Pay 14,000/= by February 1 | May 22 | October 9

Pay 14,000/= by March 1 | June 21 | November 8

Pay 14,000/= by March 10 | June 30 | November 17

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Right from the start, we will show you how to walk the outdoors, and everything that is required for your survival and safety — from the basics of keeping yourself safe on the trails to guiding you on how to select proper gear. We’ll be there with you every step of the way. This ensures that you take consistent steps towards harnessing the power of walking outside for your fitness goals, and on the 90th day, you’ll stand on top of Mt. Kenya itself!

 

My only resolution for the year 2021 was: do hard things!

I came across the #beginnertomtkenya program in December 2020, at a time when the pandemic had brought my business to its knees. I badly wanted to sign up for the program amidst these mixed emotions. I decided to not wait for things to get better, so I went ahead. My family and friends… Read more “My only resolution for the year 2021 was: do hard things!”

John Nasio

I got to summit Mt.Kenya, and the experience was surreal!

Before this year, I had never hiked a day in my life; it is something I always wanted to do but never got started. Last year I lost a dear friend who had become family; it hit me hard, as I had never experienced death so close. It made me realize how fragile life is:… Read more “I got to summit Mt.Kenya, and the experience was surreal!”

Ruth Wangari

I did not grow up an outdoorsy child

I barely played any sports in school, and I was the quintessential nerdy introvert, who preferred staying indoors instead of playing ‘Bano’, ‘Brikicho’, Stuck in the mud’ or heaven forbid, ‘Cha Mama na Cha Baba.’ 🙈 Fast forward to adulthood, and I started making small intentional steps toward self-awareness, healing, and self-re-discovery. It is in… Read more “I did not grow up an outdoorsy child”

Nicole Kimani

 

 

Book Beginner to Mt. Kenya Program Online

Beginner to Mt Kenya in 90 Days: #Resolutions2022

Citizen

Ksh 48,000 per Kenyan citizen

Available Tickets: 65
The Citizen ticket is sold out. You can try another ticket or another date.
Resident

Ksh 48,000* per resident**. *Ticket price may change if the resident park fees are reviewed by the relevant authorities before the program ends. ** Valid proof of residency may be required.

Available Tickets: 20
The Resident ticket is sold out. You can try another ticket or another date.
Non-Resident

Ksh 103,500 per non-resident foreigner *Ticket price may change if the non-resident park fees are reviewed by the relevant authorities before the program ends.

Available Tickets: 6
The Non-Resident ticket is sold out. You can try another ticket or another date.

 

Beginner to Mt. Kenya in 90 Days 2022 Q1 Calendar and Schedule

January 4 (8-9 p.m):- Virtual Session | April 26 | September 13

We kick off the program with a one-hour virtual session four days before the first event. The goal of the session is to get acquainted with the team and get a run-through of the program and what to expect. This will include Q&A.

January 8:- Ol Donyo Sabuk - Mt. Kilimambogo | April 30 | September 17

Relive 'Kilimambogo Lockdown Edition'

 

Our maiden expedition to Mt. Kilimambogo is a fair-to-moderate hiking experience meant to spark your interest in outdoor fitness life. The mountain is located along the Thika-Garissa highway, within the Ol Donyo Sabuk National Park. The trail begins at the base of the mountain, covering 9km to the summit at an elevation of 2,145m above sea level.

Goal: Introduction to hiking

Total distance: 18km

Hiking time: 4-6 hours

Difficulty: Fair to moderate

 

January 9 (2-4 p.m):- Orientation Day - The Nairobi Arboretum | May 1 | September 18

Goal: Orientation to hiking gear and rules

We proceed to a two-hour orientation session at The Nairobi Arboretum, where you get to be introduced to the various hiking gear you will need along the way. You shall also be taken through the dos and don'ts of hiking--rules and guidelines to keep you safe, alive, and well on the trails.

 

January 22:- Kijabe Hills | May 14 | October 1

Relive 'Kijabe Hills Hike Lockdown Edition'

 

Hiking the Kijabe Hills presents a good challenge to every adventure-seeking lover of the outdoors. On our second hike, we set out to discover the magic of the Kijabe Hills Hike. Our expedition starts at the AIC Kijabe Hospital, cutting through thick forest vegetation, to get to the caves and hot springs. We shall then proceed to the dark tunnel, an underground man-made water tunnel, with no light at the end. [Pun very much intended.] If you are bold enough, you will attempt to get to the end of the 1km pitch-dark tunnel.

Next, we will conquer ourselves by scaling the three Kijabe Hills, to get to a maximum elevation of 2,688m above sea level. Here, we will enjoy breathtaking views of the Rift Valley, with Mt. Longonot standing gracefully just a few kilometers across. Finally, we shall descend toward the Nairobi-Nakuru Highway, to exit via Soko Mjinga, where we shall connect with our transfer vehicles to Nairobi.

Goal: Introduction hiking

Distance: 11km

Duration: 5-7 hours

Difficulty: Moderate

 

February 5:- Mt. Longonot Crater Circuit | May 28 | October 15

Relive 'Mt. Longonot'

 

Mt. Longonot is a volcano on the Rift Valley floor, located approximately 75km from Nairobi. The Mt. Longonot hike is a moderate-to-hard hike. The trail starts at the base of the mountain, rising steeply on a 3.1km stretch to the crater rim, and then covering 7.2km around the crater. The Mt. Longonot summit stands at 2,776m above sea level, giving spectacular views across the Rift Valley.

Goal: Orientation to steep terrain

Total distance: 13.5km

Hiking time: 4-6 hours

Difficulty: Moderate to hard

 

I started my journey with nothing short of the hope that I will follow through and be strong

I hesitated to share my story because every time I thought of writing it, I got emotional. I am in awe of where I started and, more so, where I am going. I started my journey on a board: no money, no energy — just a heart on fire and a desire to prove to… Read more “I started my journey with nothing short of the hope that I will follow through and be strong”

Stacey Ritho

I did it for my 50th birthday; I climbed Mt. Kenya.

So much more than that, I conquered myself, one hike at a time. When I chanced upon the #beginnertomtkenya program and signed up, I thought I was crazy. My friends thought I was crazy. I had never been active most of my life, let alone setting my feet on a hiking trail. I… Read more “I did it for my 50th birthday; I climbed Mt. Kenya.”

Antonina Kandie

I returned to the big mountain with no expectations. But I won!

I returned to Mt. Kenya precisely one month since my last failed attempt. I was on a mission to deliver a clear message to my epilepsy: I was no longer afraid of it, and I was not going to let it win. These past four weeks have had me working on my pace, breathing, and… Read more “I returned to the big mountain with no expectations. But I won!”

Majid Nderitu

 

Introduction to Tougher Trails

February 19:- Table Mountain, Aberdares | June 11 | October 29

Relive 'Table Mountain'

 

The Aberdares trails deliver unforgettable experiences, filling you with all kinds of emotions, from awe to anxiety, and the Table Mountain trail is no exception. The 4.5km trail starts at the Wanjohi Shopping Center, taking you through an initial steep ascent, before easing onto a gentle trek through the moorland. The trail ends at the Table Mountain peak, at an elevation of 3,792m above sea level.

This is a hard hike, which will introduce you to the unpredictable, harsh weather conditions at higher altitudes and deliver a new experience hiking through the various montane vegetation zones, in preparation for the Mt. Kenya climb.

Goal: Altitude acclimatization, Orientation to steep terrain

Total distance: 9km

Hiking time: 6-8 hours

Difficulty: Hard

 

March 5:- Mt. Kenya Kionjo - The Mackinders Quest | June 25 | November 12

Relive 'Mackinders Day Trek - Naromoru Gate'

 

Slightly under a month to achieving our end goal on the Beginner to Mt Kenya in 90 Days program, we will go on a unique mission to set our eyes on the prize. Our route choice will be the Naromoru route, as the trail is short, making it possible to trek all the way to the Mackinders camp (4,300m ASL) on a day trip, where we will enjoy glorious views of the peaks.

Our 10km trail starts at the Met Camp (3,048m ASL), cutting through the marshy vertical bog in the lower moorland zone, past the upper moorland zone, dotted with lobelias and other beautiful montane vegetation, to get to the magnificent Teleki Valley. The ascent ends at the Mackinders Camp, where we will enjoy scenic views of the peaks -- if the weather will be favorable -- and then descend back to Met Camp for our transfers back to Nairobi.

Goal: Altitude acclimatization, orientation to altitude sickness

Total distance: 20km

Hiking time: 7-9 hours

Difficulty: Tough

 

Mt. Kenya-Ready: Altitude Acclimatization

March 19:- Mt. Satima Dragon's Teeth Trail | July 9 | November 26

Relive 'Dragon’s Teeth Satima Hike'

 

Rising to an altitude of 4,001m (13,126ft) above sea level, Ol Donyo Lesatima is the highest of the Aberdares peaks and the third highest peak in Kenya. It is located on the Nothern side of the Aberdare range and can be accessed via two points: Mweiga and Shamata Gates.

On our final prep hike, we will set out on the Dragon's Teeth trail via the Shamata Gate, hoping to conquer ourselves on Satima Peak.

The gentle 8km trail will take us through a hiker's paradise, trekking through fields of lush alpine vegetation, spotting a few wild animals, and walking past countless rows of magnificent craggy moraines, dubbed “Dragon’s Teeth”. The Dragon's Teeth trail delivers some of the most breathtaking views of all hiking trails in Kenya.

Goal: Altitude acclimatization

Total distance: 16km

Hiking time: 7-9 hours

Difficulty: Hard

 

 

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Beginner to Mt Kenya in 90 Days Climax

March 24-27:- Conquering Point Lenana (4 days 3 Nights) | July 14-17 | December 1-4

Relive 'Mt. Kenya Chogoria Route 2'

DAY 1: Nairobi – Chogoria Gate – Lake Ellis (3,400m asl)

On the first day of our Mt Kenya Chogoria route expedition, we will head straight into the mountain and soak in the beautiful views at the Nithi Fall and Caves and spend the night by the beautiful-beautiful Lake Ellis (3,400m ASL).

5:00 a.m:- Departure for Mt. Kenya Chogoria Gate. Here, we will connect with the Outdoorer Mt. Kenya team, meet and greet, and have brunch before hitting the trail.

Distance:- 7.5 - 9km

Max elevation gain:- 600m

 

Day 2:- Journey to Camp Mintos (4,200m asl)

On the second day, we set out through the beautiful golden heather and moorland on a relatively steep trail, leading us to Camp Mintos, our home on the eve of getting to Point Lenana. Expect breathtaking views of valleys along the way.

Distance:- 9km
Max elevation gain:- 800m

 

Day 3:- Conquering yourself (4,985m asl)

We will wake up at 1:00 a.m, have tea and snacks, and hit the trail by 2:30 a.m. This helps us get to Point Lenana in time for sunrise between 6 and 7 a.m, granting us breathtaking views across the country as far as the eye can see.

With our mission accomplished, we will head back to Camp Mintos for a calm afternoon and evening, reflecting on our journey throughout the Beginner to Mt Kenya in 90 Days program. 

Distance:- 8km
Max elevation gain:- 785m

Note: Camping at Lake Michaelson is no longer included in our itinerary for three reasons:
1. Sanitation - The camp is situated in close proximity to a water body and lacks basic sanitation facilities such as toilets. Even with the best due diligence, the risk of contamination, irresponsible waste disposal, and potential open defacation are all factors against camping at Lake Michaelson for the short term.

2. Rescue & Accessibility - The steep, slippery access trail into and out of Lake Michaelson makes it difficult for ground rescue--which is the first course of action in case of AMS emergencies.

3. Flooding - The camp lacks sufficient level raised grounds for camping. In wet weather, most of the camping grounds floods, thus watering down the experience (quite literally).

Day 4: Exit and Departure for Nairobi

After breakfast, we will have our graduation ceremony, in which we will get our medals and certificates and celebrate our achievements. We will then half-heartedly bid the mountain fare well, as we trek beside the breathtaking Gorges Valley toward the Chogoria Gate, and back to Nairobi. We hope that our hearts will be fuller, our bodies healthier and our souls richer, as we come to the end of our Beginner to Mt Kenya in 90 days program.

Distance: 13.5km

 

I did it for my epilepsy

I had retrieved into a cocoon for far too long, constantly worried about my next seizure, if it would happen in public or if it would kill me. Joining the #beginnertomtkenya program meant that I was putting myself out there — into the public and into the woods, where help might have taken… Read more “I did it for my epilepsy”

Majid Nderitu

I returned to the big mountain with no expectations. But I won!

I returned to Mt. Kenya precisely one month since my last failed attempt. I was on a mission to deliver a clear message to my epilepsy: I was no longer afraid of it, and I was not going to let it win. These past four weeks have had me working on my pace, breathing, and… Read more “I returned to the big mountain with no expectations. But I won!”

Majid Nderitu

When I set out to scale Lenana Peak, nobody believed I could make it

I have always wanted to push myself beyond my physique. When I set out to scale Lenana Peak, nobody believed I could make it — myself included; but what is ambition if it doesn’t scare you? I have been pushed out of my comfort zone and set out a clear plan for fitness, and had… Read more “When I set out to scale Lenana Peak, nobody believed I could make it”

June Mutwiri

 

Beginner to Mt Kenya in 90 Days Program Charges

Citizens: Ksh 48,000/=

Residents: Ksh 48,000/=

Non-Residents: Ksh 103,500/=

***Resident and non-resident ticket prices may change if the relevant authorities review park fees before the end of the program.

Package Includes

- Transport from Nairobi and back for all events

- Park fees & charges at all events

- Armed ranger fees where applicable

- Guide services at all events

- Paramedic services at all events

- A liter of water, glucose, and fruits for the day hikes

- Full-board accommodation in a standard two-man tent and a standard camping mat at Mt. Kenya -- two people sharing a tent.

A private tent may be requested at an extra cost. However, we strongly discourage using a private tent for safety reasons. AMS symptoms commonly develop at night, therefore it is safer to have someone monitoring you.

- Services of a professional team of guides, cooks, and porters at Mt. Kenya

Package DOES NOT include

- Hiking gear, clothes, and other personal effects

- Sleeping bag and porter's backpack

- Mandatory AMREF evacuation cover. If you do not have it, get your cover with AMREF for Ksh 1,600/= (one-month cover) or Ksh 2,500/= (annual cover).

- Anything else not mentioned in the 'Package Includes' list

Note: Gear inspection may be requested. Participants without the requisite gear will not be allowed to undertake the expedition. No refund will be issued to participants whose participation is denied on the basis of inadequate hiking and mountaineering gear.

 

Beginner to Mt Kenya in 90 Days Package Payment Plan

1st Installment - Pay a non-refundable booking confirmation deposit of Ksh 6,000/= (or 12.5% of the ticket cost for non-residents) before the program start date.

2nd Installment - Top up 29% of the total cost by day 30 of the program

3rd Installment - Top up  29% of the total cost by day 60 of the program

4th Installment - Clear the package balance by day 75 of the program

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Other costs you might incur

  • Hiking gear: thrifted hiking gear - Ksh 15,000-25,000; brand new hiking gear - Ksh 45,000-80,000/=
  • Mandatory evacuation cover: Ksh 1,600/= for a one-month cover; Ksh 2,500/= for an annual cover
  • Luxury accommodation: Although we strongly recommend against it, we allow you to book a private tent with a camping bed or mattress. The cost for this is from Ksh 4,000, subject to availability.

 

Cancellation and Refunds Policy

– The booking confirmation deposit is non-refundable and non-transferable to a future event or program.

– The booking and booking confirmation deposit are transferrable to a different person on or before the program start date.

–  Where cancellation is requested on or before the program start date, Ksh 6,000 or 12.5% of the program cost, whichever is higher, will be retained from the sum paid up. Any excess paid will be refunded in full.

–  Where cancellation is requested after the program start date, and on or before day 70 of the program, Ksh 18,000 or 37.5% of the program cost, whichever is higher, will be retained from the sum paid up. Any excess paid will be refunded in full.

–  Where cancellation is requested after day 70 of the program, and before day 80 of the program, Ksh 27,000 or 56% of the program cost, whichever is higher, will be retained from the sum paid up. Any excess paid will be refunded in full.

–  Where cancellation is requested on or after day 80 of the program, no refund will be issued.

– The Beginner to Mt Kenya in 90 Days Program ticket is bundled and may not be split into specific event tickets. Therefore, no-shows may not claim any amount for any event they miss.

– The Beginner to Mt Kenya in 90 Days Program subscription will be put on hold as soon as a milestone payment falls overdue.

– The Beginner to Mt Kenya in 90 Days Program ticket expires immediately a milestone payment becomes seven (7) days overdue. The ticket is deemed canceled on the date of expiry and the cancellation policy applies.

– An expired ticket may be revived by topping up the deposits paid to the sum total of the per-event rate for all events in the bundled ticket.

– Participation in the prep hikes is mandatory, otherwise, no adjustments will be made to the final cost.

No refunds will be issued where participation is denied due to non-compliance with the rules and regulations, safety guidelines, and/or the failure to comply with the minimum gear requirements.

– No-shows forfeit the entire deposits paid up.

 

COVID-19 NOTICE

Help us protect you and others from infection. Please observe the following safety guidelines:
- Wear a mask at all times, especially while on-board a vehicle.
- Observe social distancing at all times.
- Observe proper personal hygiene when coughing or sneezing.

Below are some safety precautions we are adopting:
- Provision of masks during boarding and on-board.
- Requirement of a mask at all times while on-board a vehicle.
- Provision of sanitizers during boarding and on-board.

Note: Vehicles seat at full capacity effective December 15, 2021. You can purchase a preferential seating add-on ticket if you'd rather not sit shoulder to shoulder with other participants.

Book Event

Citizen

Ksh 48,000 per Kenyan citizen

Available Tickets: 65
The Citizen ticket is sold out. You can try another ticket or another date.
Resident

Ksh 48,000* per resident**. *Ticket price may change if the resident park fees are reviewed by the relevant authorities before the program ends. ** Valid proof of residency may be required.

Available Tickets: 20
The Resident ticket is sold out. You can try another ticket or another date.
Non-Resident

Ksh 103,500 per non-resident foreigner *Ticket price may change if the non-resident park fees are reviewed by the relevant authorities before the program ends.

Available Tickets: 6
The Non-Resident ticket is sold out. You can try another ticket or another date.

Date

23 Apr 2022 - 17 Jul 2022

Cost

KES 48,000.00

Organizer

Outdoorer Excursions
Phone
+254 727 001 289
Email
hello@outdoorer.ke
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