Mt Kenya Peak Circuit — 4 Days 3 Nights, Bandas Accommodation
Summit Point Lenana and Go Round All Mt Kenya Peaks
Sirimon Gate – Old Moses – Shiptons – Point Lenana – Austrian Hut – Mackinders Camp – Shiptons – Old Moses – Exit
Whether you’ve been to Point Lenana or not, whether you used the Sirimon Route or otherwise, whether you’ve been to tougher hikes than this one, you are reading this because you have never done the Mt Kenya Peak Circuit. So, sit back and read through this action-packed tour, then you can decide when to come on board; we strongly recommend that you do!
If you are one of our Beginner to Mt. Kenya Program graduates, you will be delighted to know that completing this challenge will see you cover the three popular Mt. Kenya routes. And if you are just joining us, you will be stoked to learn that you are one of the few Kenyans to undertake this challenge — it is a rarely traveled path.
Note: The Mt. Kenya Peak Circuit is a highly physically and mentally exerting hike. For this reason, we require pre-qualification through high-altitude endurance training. See pre-qualification requirements.
Mt Kenya Peak Circuit Itinerary
Day 1: Nairobi – Old Moses
We hit the road mid-morning and drive north on the A2 Highway, past Nanyuki to get to the Sirimon Gate (2,650m ASL). We then proceed straight into the park through the enchanting Mt. Kenya forest to get to the Old Moses camp (3,300m ASL). We shall spend the night in the not-so-called bandas (mountain huts) to acclimatize to the high altitude, before hitting the trail early the next morning.
Hiking Distance: Nil
Maximum Elevation: 3,300m
Maximum Elevation Gain: 650m
Day 2: Old Moses to Shiptons Camp
We rise early, have breakfast, and hit the trail toward Shiptons Camp (4,200m ASL). Prepare to be blown away by the beautiful valleys such as the Likii and Mackinder Valleys, gushing rivers, and the non-stop glorious view of the peaks throughout the trek. The circuit is only beginning.
When we get to Shiptons, we’ll immediately freshen up, have our dinner, and proceed to bed [in the bandas]. No time to waste at camp; we have an early rise to look forward to.
Hiking Distance: 14km
Maximum Elevation: 4,200m
Maximum Elevation Gain: 900m
Day 3: Shiptons – Mackinders Camp (Naromoru Route)
We wake up by 1:00 a.m to continue our journey to Point Lenana (4,985m ASL). If you have been to Point Lenana before, the journey is all too familiar. We target to get to Point Lenana by sunrise. Of course, nothing prepares you for the magical sunrise on Mt. Kenya. Remember to savor the moment.
Once we’ve conquered ourselves on Mt. Kenya’s third-highest peak, the Mt. Kenya Peak Circuit begins. We shall proceed down toward Austrian Hut (4,790m ASL) and then further down to the Lewis Glacier. If we are lucky enough to find the opening clear, we shall attempt to go under the glacier. We shall then trek back up toward Austrian Hut, down a shockingly steep descent into the Teleki Valley toward Mackinders Camp (4,300m ASL), our home for night 3.
Hiking Distance: 6.5km
Maximum Elevation: 4895m
Maximum Elevation Gain: 700m
Day 4 – Completing the Circuit: Mackinders Camp – Shiptons
Home Sweet Home: Shiptons – Old Moses – Nairobi
We rise early, have breakfast, and hit the steep trail from Mackinders Camp toward Two Tarn (4,490m ASL) by 6 a.m. We will have the cold wind and freezing temperatures to battle — as we did the morning before — so you better save your summit clothes and windproof wear. Nothing prepares you for the breathtaking closeup of the glaciers and the peaks from this side (Point Piggot, Batian, Nelion, and Point John) throughout day 4, and the epic view across Two Tarn, a beautiful-beautiful tarn that features Point John in the backdrop.
Just when you think it couldn’t get better, Emerald Tarn shows off all her beautiful colors shortly after, as the shimmering rays of the morning sun warm up her frozen waters. A short trek further welcomes you to the breathtaking Hausberg Valley, with the small Nanyuki Tarn sitting shyly on the floor just below the entrance. Savor the view–you earned it!
Next, we continue on a steep, rocky ascent over one side of the oblong-shaped Hausberg Valley before taking another dip into the other side. We come to the top of the cliff and suddenly see the Oblong and Hausberg Tarn beckoning us deep in the valley. Things are about to get thick! Prepare your heart, mind, soul, and knees (especially the knees), for the next near-vertical 1km descent will shatter your spirits. Thankfully, the reward of a beautiful view across the two tarns awaits.
Finally, we take on a final near-vertical ascent up the cliff, out of the Hausberg Valley and into the Mackinder Valley toward Shiptons Camp. Prepare your body, mind, soul, and especially your knees for yet another painstaking descent. Once you get to Shiptons, give yourself a pat on the back. You did it; you conquered yourself around all the peaks of Mt. Kenya!
After lunch, we continue on the trail back to Old Moses and connect with our ride back to Nairobi late in the evening. We walk out as knighted beasts with chests out, having completed the most brutal hiking challenge ever crafted by Outdoorer.
Hiking Distance: 21km
Maximum Elevation: 4700m
Maximum Elevation Gain: 400m
Mt Kenya Peak Circuit Charges
Citizens: Ksh 48,500/=
Residents: Ksh 48,500/=
Non-Residents: Ksh 96,800/=
– Transport from Nairobi and back
– Park fees & charges
– Guide services
– Paramedic services
– Full-board accommodation in mountain huts at Mt. Kenya
– Services of a professional team of cooks and porters at Mt. Kenya
Ticket 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 ‘Ticket Includes’ list
Other costs you might incur
- Hiking gear: thrifted hiking gear – Ksh 30,000-45,000; brand new hiking gear – Ksh 80,000-120,000/=
- Mandatory evacuation cover: Ksh 1,600/= for a one-month cover; Ksh 2,500/= for an annual cover
How to Book The Mt Kenya Peak Circuit
Pay a booking confirmation deposit of Ksh 29,000/= at least 10 days before the start of the expedition.
Clear the balance no more than 48 hours before the start of the expedition.
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Due to the high exertion levels linked to this expedition, we may only accept participants who:
- Completed the Outdoorer Beginner to Mt. Kenya Program within the past year AND undertook at least four events in the High90 Program in the quarter preceding this expedition; or
- Completed the Outdoorer Rookie Program within the six months preceding this expedition AND Outdoorer High90 Program in the quarter preceding this expedition; or
- Are advanced hikers who have independently climbed Mt. Kenya or Kilimanjaro in the past and satisfactorily completed the Outdoorer Southern Nyandarua Traverse within the month preceding this expedition.
Cancellation and Refunds Policy
– Where cancellation is requested more than 5 days before the event date, a 50% refund on the booking confirmation deposit will be issued. Any excess above the booking confirmation deposit will be refunded in full.
– Where cancellation is requested 5 days or less before the event date, the booking confirmation deposit will be forfeited. Any excess above the booking confirmation deposit will be refunded in full.
– 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 amount paid up.
– The booking confirmation deposit is non-transferable to a future event.
– The booking confirmation deposit is transferable to a different person at the same event.