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Rookie to Advanced Hiker: The Beginner’s Hiking Course

When was the last time you learned a new skill?

If you ever wanted to start hiking but did not know where to start, or you were afraid that it would be too difficult, our Rookie to Advanced Hiker program is specially crafted just for you.

Hiking is a sport, and being a hiker is a skill of its own. There’s the gear, preparation, mental aspects, and much more. The Rookie to Advanced Hiker Program is a 12-week course designed to instruct and inspire you to walk the great outdoors. No prior hiking experience is required. By strategically walking the 6 core events of the program, you will become a competent hiker by the end of the course.

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 a guide 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.

 

Rookie 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

Package Cost

Citizen Ticket – Ksh 18,000/=

Resident Ticket – Ksh 18,500/=

Non-Resident Ticket – Ksh 44,500/=

Q1 2023 Citizen/Resident Payment Plan

Pay 6,500/= non-refundable deposit before January 7

Pay 7,900/= by February 5

Clear the balance by March 7

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The Rookie to Advanced Hiker Program is for you if:

  • You have no prior hiking experience.
  • You want to start hiking but have absolutely no clue where to start.
  • You want to learn hiking with no short-term goals to climb Mt. Kenya as in the Beginner to Mt. Kenya Program.

 

Rookie to Advanced Hiker 2023 Q1 Calendar & Schedule

The Rookie to Advanced Hiker program features a series of six hikes, one every two weeks, with increasing difficulty, targeted toward building resilience. The program runs thrice every year from January to March, May to July, and September to November. The current schedule is as follows.

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

 

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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

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”

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I don’t think I have had as many conversations with God as I did while on this trek

Climbing Mt. Kenya in 2021 was nowhere in my plans for 2021. In fact, I remember on my birthday in January, a friend suggested to a few of us that we climb Mt. Longonot and I thought that was so funny! This must have, however, stuck in my mind, as towards the end of January,… Read more “I don’t think I have had as many conversations with God as I did while on this trek”

Serah Chavangi

 

Introduction to High-Altitude Hiking

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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.

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

Next, we will go on a unique mission to set our eyes on future goals: the big mountain. 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 program. Here, we experience altitude sickness symptoms to enable us to identify and report the symptoms long before they become severe during a mountaineering expedition.

Goal: Altitude acclimatization, orientation to altitude sickness

Total distance: 20km

Hiking time: 7-9 hours

Difficulty: Tough

 

Climax: Unveiling the Competent Hiker in You

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 all have a good chance at getting to the summit.

Goal: Altitude acclimatization

Total distance: 16km

Hiking time: 7-9 hours

Difficulty: Hard

 

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We hope you enjoy the journey and trust that your hearts will be fuller and your souls richer, as you march out of the mountain as confident hikers, ready to take on the great outdoors with pride.
 

Rookie to Advanced Hiker Program Charges

Citizens: Ksh 18,000/=

Residents: Ksh 18,500/=

Non-Residents: Ksh 44,500/=

 

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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

- Park fees & charges

- Guide services

- Paramedic services

- A liter of water, glucose, and fruits for each day hike

 

Package DOES NOT include

- Hiking gear, clothes, and other personal effects

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

 

Rookie to Advanced Hiker Program Payment Plan

1st Installment - Pay a non-refundable booking confirmation deposit of Ksh 6,500/= (0r 35% of the program cost for non-residents) before the program start date (January 7, 2023).

2nd Installment - Top up 44% of the total cost by day 30 of the program

3rd Installment - Clear the package balance by day 60 of the program

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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 6,500 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 the program start date, and on or before day 50 of the program, Ksh 12,000 or 65% 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 50 of the program, and before day 60 of the program, Ksh 14,400, or 80% 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 60 of the program.

– The Rookie to Advanced Hiker 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 Rookie to Advanced Hiker Program subscription will be on hold as soon as a milestone payment falls overdue.

– The Rookie to Advanced Hiker Program ticket expires a milestone payment immediately 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-shows forfeit the entire deposits paid up.

Date

07 Jan 2023 - 25 Mar 2023
Ongoing...

Time

*End time is an estimate.
12:00 am - 9:30 pm

Cost

KES 18,000.00
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Organizer

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