Mt Kenya December Climb 2021
⚠️⚠️⚠️ Although government regulations now allow the sitting of PSVs to capacity, we shall be maintaining 50% vehicle occupancy until the end of 2021. We understand the weight of responsibility placed upon us to ensure you get to enjoy the great outdoors safely.
Itinerary – Mt Kenya December Climb
DAY 1: Nairobi – Chogoria Gate – Lake Ellis
5:30 a.m:- Departure for Chogoria Town
10:00 a.m:- Arrival at Mt. Kenya Chogoria Gate. Here, we will connect with the Outdoorer Mt. Kenya team, meet and greet, and have brunch before hitting the trail.
11:30 a.m Trek to Lake Ellis (3,400m ASL)
Distance:- 7.5 – 9km Max elevation gain:- 600m
After registration at the gate, we begin our trek on a muddy trail through the beautiful Hargenia forest, past a fisheries station to get to the moorland. Our excursion first takes us to the magical Nithi Fall and Caves.
Later on, we will head back toward Road End camp and take a detour toward Lake Ellis. Prepare to be enchanted by the glittering blue-green reflections of the late afternoon sun on Lake Ellis against the Hindu Valley’s beautiful backdrop.
Day 2:- Journey to Camp Mintos (4,200m)
Day 3:- Conquering ourselves
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
- 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.
- Three meals a day while at the mountain;
- Park fees;
- Services of a professional team including guides, cooks, and porters; and
- Transfers to and from Nairobi.
- Sleeping bag.
- Porters Bag.
- Accommodation before or after the expedition.
- Personal effects, including clothes, shoes, and daypacks.
- Mandatory evacuation cover. If you do not have it, we can organize for your cover with AMREF for Ksh 1,600/= (one-month cover) or Ksh 2,500/= (annual cover) at no extra cost.
- Anything else not mentioned in the “Price Includes” list
Other costs you might incur
Hiking gear: thrifted hiking gear – Ksh 10,000-15,000; brand new hiking gear – Ksh 35,000-60,000/=
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.
How To Book the Mt Kenya December Climb Package
Cancellations & Refunds
– 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-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.