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Beginner to Mt Kenya in 90 Days: #Resolutions2023

‘New Year New Me’ — A Brand New You Awaits at the end of the Beginner to Mt Kenya Training Program

Everyone deserves a chance to push themselves beyond their normal limits. As part of our #Resolutions2023 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 see yourself walk to Point Lenana at the end of the Mount Kenya training 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 Mt Kenya training course features six prep hikes with increasing difficulty, targeted toward building resilience.

Beginner to Mt Kenya Program Summary

2023 Jan-Mar Hikes Schedule

Jan 14 – Kilimambogo

Jan 28 – Kijabe Hills

Feb 11 – Mt. Longonot

Feb 25 – Elephant Hill

Mar 11 – Mackinders

Mar 25 – Dragon’s Teeth

Mar 30–April 2 – Mt. Kenya Chogoria Route

Package Cost

Citizen Ticket – Ksh 52,000/=

Resident Ticket – Ksh 52,500/=

Non-Resident Ticket – Ksh 110,000/=

Q1 2023 Citizen/Resident Payment Plan

Pay 7,000/= non-refundable deposit before January 7

Pay 15,000/= by February 5

Pay 15,000/= by March 7

Clear balance by March 16

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Right from the start, we will show you how to walk outdoors, and everything that is required for your survival and safety–from keeping yourself safe on the trails to selecting 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 Assumption that we Could Walk Straight to Point Lenana With no Preparation was Misguided and Naïve

My idea to scale Mt Kenya was initially pegged on leveraging this momentous landmark to draw public attention to the teenage pregnancy menace in the country. Armed with a theme ‘Scaling the Heights to Save Girls,’ a meeting with Robert from Outdoorer to get some insights on what was required was held.   The meeting… Read more “My Assumption that we Could Walk Straight to Point Lenana With no Preparation was Misguided and Naïve”

Muthoni Kamau

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 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

 

Phase 1 Beginner to Mt Kenya Program: Introduction to Hiking

January 10  (8-9 p.m):- Virtual Session

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

 

hikers on mt kilimambogo hike

January 14:- Ol Donyo Sabuk - Mt. Kilimambogo

Our maiden expedition to Mt. Kilimambogo is a 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.

Goal: Introduction to hiking

Total distance: 18km

Hiking time: 4-6 hours

Difficulty: Moderate

 

January 15 (2-4 p.m):- Orientation Day - The Nairobi Arboretum

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 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.

 

Kenya hiking trails - Hiker balances on one foot on the railway line at Kijabe.

January 28:- Kijabe Hills

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. Next, we will conquer ourselves by scaling the three Kijabe Hills. Finally, we shall descend toward the Nairobi-Nakuru Highway, to exit via Soko Mjinga.

Goal: Introduction hiking

Distance: 11km

Duration: 5-7 hours

Difficulty: Moderate

 

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A female hiker in red cap and red jacket takes in the scenic view across the Mt. Longonot crater on a rare foggy day - kenya hiking trails

February 11:- Mt. Longonot Crater Circuit

The third hike takes us to our first mountain, Mt. Longonot. The trail starts at the mountain's base, rising steeply on a 3.1km stretch to the crater rim, then covering 7.2km around the crater. Our hike ends back at the gate, covering 13.5km in total.

Goal: Orientation to steep terrain

Total distance: 13.5km

Hiking time: 4-6 hours

Difficulty: Moderate to hard

 

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 did a thing; I summited the third highest peak in Kenya, Point Lenana.

I did a thing; I summited the third highest peak in Kenya, Point Lenana. At the summit, my emotions had the best of me! I cried deeply; tears of gratitude — of unlocking my mountain, my emotions, and my courage! On my last birthday, I told myself that I would start hiking to get to… Read more “I did a thing; I summited the third highest peak in Kenya, Point Lenana.”

Fatma Said

My childhood experiences were holding me back from going out there

Hiking and being in the outdoors was never my thing. The first time I went hiking was back in campus, which was 100% inspired by peer pressure. While I discovered that I loved adventure, I knew I would only enjoy this while in my ‘safe space’ — something that curtailed my adventurous spirit. It was… Read more “My childhood experiences were holding me back from going out there”

Grace Nyoro

 

Phase 2 Mount Kenya Training: Introduction to High-Altitude Hiking

elephant hill hike outdoorer ke

February 25:- Elephant Hill, Aberdares

As we graduate to the high-altitude trails, our first expedition takes us to the notorious Elephant Hill in Southern Nyandarua. This strenuous hike 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: 19km

Hiking time: 7-10 hours

Difficulty: Hard

 

Mackinders Hike - Outdoorer KE

March 11:- Mt. Kenya Kionjo - The Mackinders Quest

Slightly under a month to achieving our end goal on the Beginner to Mt Kenya training 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--if the weather permits.

The Mackinders hike is a crucial event in the Mount Kenya training program. Here, we get to experience altitude sickness symptoms to enable us to identify and report the symptoms long before they become severe at the Main Mt. Kenya climb.

Goal: Altitude acclimatization, orientation to altitude sickness

Total distance: 20km

Hiking time: 7-9 hours

Difficulty: Tough

 

Mt. Kenya-Ready: Altitude Acclimatization

March 25:- Mt. Satima Dragon's Teeth Trail

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. On our final preparatory hike, we will set out on the reasonably gentle, magnificent Dragon's Teeth trail, hoping to conquer ourselves on Satima Peak. We save the best for last--and the relative ease ensures we are all adequately acclimatized before the Mt Kenya expedition four days later.

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

Hiker in orange jacket sitting on a cliff overlooking a lake - Outdorer quarterly mt kenya climb

March 30--April 2:- Conquering Point Lenana (4 days 3 Nights)

DAY 1: Nairobi - Chogoria Gate - Lake Ellis

We depart Nairobi for Chogoria Gate early in the morning. Upon arrival at the Mt. Kenya Chogoria Gate, we will connect with the Outdoorer Mt. Kenya team, meet and greet, and have brunch before hitting the trail.

Trek to Lake Ellis (3,455m ASL)

Distance:- 8km

Elevation gain:- 600m

After registration at the gate, we begin our trek through the beautiful Hargenia forest, past a fisheries station. As we approach Road Head camp, we will take a detour on the right toward Lake Ellis. Prepare to be enchanted by the glittering blue-green reflections of the late afternoon sun on  Lake Ellis against the Hinde Valley’s beautiful backdrop.

We will pitch camp here by the lake. Feel free to wander around the lake as you take unlimited pictures. Later, enjoy a quiet evening by the lake, as you have dinner and recount your experiences.
 

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

Distance:- 9km
Elevation gain:- 800m
 
After breakfast, we will embark on our journey through the heather and moorland towards Camp Mintos on an initially relatively steep trail. Expect breathtaking views all along the way. We shall carry a packed lunch at a picnic point along the trail.
 
After the lunch break, we continue our trek through a rocky, steep stretch. Altitude sickness symptoms may start appearing at this point; therefore, we will maintain a very moderate pace the rest of the way. If heights don’t scare you, you will have the opportunity to catch a beautiful glimpse of the entire Lake Michaelson from atop a cliff.
 
Soon enough, we reach our final destination, Camp Mintos. Here, you will give your feet a well-deserved break by letting them breathe. Feel free to slip on your sandals or walk on bare feet around the beautiful Mintos Tarn. Later on, we will have our dinner and retire early in readiness to attempt the summit push to Point Lenana early in the morning.
 

Day 3:- Conquering ourselves

Distance:
- Mintos to Point Lenana - 4.5km
- Point Lenana to Road Head Camp - 12.5km
Max elevation gain:- 785m
 
We wake up at 1:00 a.m, have tea and snacks, and immediately begin our trek to Point Lenana (4,985m ASL) by 2:30 a.m. An early ascent guarantees magical views of sunrise at dawn from the summit if we make it on time. Set yourself to take it all as far as the eye can see: Simba Tarn, Harris Tarn, Square Tarn, Hanging Tarn, and the view across the divide.
 
With our mission accomplished, we will head back to Camp Mintos for breakfast and an awards ceremony. (Bring your best dress and pray for good weather!) Later, we shall set out to our next destination, Road Head camp, where we shall spend the last night. In good weather, we shall enjoy magical views of the Gorges Valley all along the way.
 

Day 4: Exit and Departure for Nairobi

Distance: 7km
After breakfast, we descend 1km from the camp to the magical Nithi Fall, preparing our hearts and minds to bid the mountain farewell. Thereafter, we shall hit the road back to Chogoria Gate, where we shall have a packed lunch and board our transfer vehicles back to Nairobi.

 

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

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

Through adventure, I have found myself

I grew up as a reserved little girl who would not leave her comfort zone. I was shy but cheeky. I wanted life as stipulated by society—go to school, find a job, settle down, and have kids—in that order. However, life happened. I fell into depression; lost a lot of weight. The gym became my… Read more “Through adventure, I have found myself”

Phanice Olasia

 

Beginner to Mt Kenya in 90 Days Program Charges

Citizens: Ksh 52,000/=

Residents: Ksh 52,500/=

Non-Residents: Ksh 110,000/=

 

Package Includes

- Progressive training throughout the course of the program:

  • Training materials and discussions in a WhatsApp group
  • Three virtual Q&A group calls
  • Two one-on-one hands-on gear sessions at the Nairobi Arboretum
  • Unlimited consulting with various Outdoorer Champions

- Transport from Nairobi and back for all events

- Park fees & charges at all events

- Guide services at all events

- Paramedic services at all events

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

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

- 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. Altitude sickness commonly develops at night, therefore it is safer to have someone with you.

 

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

See this detailed gear guide as well.

 

Beginner to Mt Kenya in 90 Days Package Payment Plan

1st Installment - Pay a non-refundable booking confirmation deposit of Ksh 7,000/= (or 13.5% of the ticket cost for non-residents) before the program start date (January 7, 2023).

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 in the Mount Kenya training program

  • Hiking gear: second-hand hiking gear - Ksh 25,000-40,000; brand new hiking gear - From Ksh 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, subject to availability.

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Beginner to Mount Kenya Training Program 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 7,000 or 13.5% 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 35% 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 29,000 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.

– No refund will be issued when cancellation is requested on or after day 80 of the program.

– 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 expiry date, and the cancellation policy applies.

– An expired ticket may be revived by topping up the deposits paid to the 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.

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Ksh 52,000 per Kenyan citizen

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Available Tickets: 41

Ksh 52,500 per resident* * Valid proof of residency will be required.

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Available Tickets: 20

Ksh 110,000 per non-resident foreigner

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Date

07 Jan 2023 - 02 Apr 2023

Cost

KES 52,000.00

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Email
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6 thoughts on “Beginner to Mt Kenya in 90 Days: #Resolutions2023”

    1. Hi Joy. The full package includes six prep hikes between January and March, and the final Mt. Kenya climb over Easter weekend. This is specially crafted for a total beginner who has never undertaken any hiking activities. The advanced beginner package includes only one prep hike on March 27 and the Easter weekend climb. This is meant for active hikers who would be looking to climb Mt. Kenya over Easter weekend.

    1. Hi Fred. The full details are provided in the program above. The program cost includes:
      – Transport from Nairobi and back for all events.
      – Guide services for all events.
      – Armed ranger services where applicable
      – Park fees for all events.
      – Liter of water and fruits for the day hikes.
      – Full-board accommodation in a tent at Mt. Kenya
      – Services of a professional team of porters and cooks at Mt. Kenya.

  1. Hello , going through the entire read am enticed to be part of this, My concern is, i am working monday to friday will your dates favour me moreso on the easter weekend? Ooh just to mention i work in Nairobi.

    1. Hello Fridah. We’d be happy to have you on the program. We provide the dates ahead, so that participants can adjust their schedule where necessary. All the events in the program happen on Saturdays, except the Mt. Kenya climb, which runs from Thursday to Sunday.

      Because our January-April 2021 program is sold out, please look out for the next program which will run from May 1, 2021 to August 1, 2021. Booking will be open on March 1, 2021 and reservation will be on a first-pay-first-reserved basis.

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