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Mackinders Hike - Outdoorer KE

The Mackinders Quest — Mt. Kenya Day Hike

If you want to experience Mt. Kenya on a tight budget, the Naromoru route is your perfect choice. The trail is short, making it possible to trek all the way to the Mackinders camp (4,300m ASL) on a day trip, where you enjoy glorious views of the peaks. Our 10km Mackinders Hike 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.

Our ascent ends at the Mackinders Camp, where we will enjoy scenic views of the peaks — if the weather is favorable — and then descend back to Met Camp for pickup back to Nairobi.

This is an important altitude acclimatization hike for the Beginner to Mt. Kenya program participants, as it simulates altitude sickness symptoms that may appear on the main Mt. Kenya climb. The experience will help you understand, identify, and communicate your altitude sickness symptoms long before they become severe.



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Mackinders Hike Distance & Stats

Distance: 20km

Maximum Elevation: 4,300m

Maximum Elevation Gain: 1252m

Duration: 7-10 hours

Difficulty: Tough

Beginner-friendly: No

Child-friendly: No


Mackinders Hike Itinerary

4:15 a.m Meet up at International House Parking, City Hall Way. Boarding opens.

4:30 a.m Departure for Mt. Kenya Naromoru Gate.

08:30 a.m Arrival at Mt. Kenya Naromoru Gate for registration.

09:00 a.m Departure for Met Camp

09:30 a.m Hike Starts

02:30 p.m Mandatory turn-back and descent to avoid encounters with wild animals after dusk

EST 06:30 p.m Departure for Nairobi


Itinerary Notes:

  • Our pickup point is typically on City Hall Way. Please be punctual; latecomers will be left behind and forfeit the entire amount paid up.
  • Pickups should be requested by 10 a.m on the eve of the event. Pickup stops will be no longer than 5 minutes. Only pickup is guaranteed; drivers use the best route based on traffic conditions on the return commute.
  • There will be no shopping stops during the commute. Please stock your supplies by the eve of the event.
  • Please adhere to the set turn-back time (where applicable). Punctual departure for Nairobi means everyone gets back to Nairobi in good time. 


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Mackinders Hike Charges

E.A Citizens: 3,900/=

E.A Citizen Self-drive: 2,800/=

Kenyan Residents: 3,900/=

Non-Residents: 12,600/=


How to book the Mackinders Hike

Pay at least 2,400/= to Mpesa buy goods till 989985 and clear the balance before boarding.


Booking Notes:

  • Reservation will be made on a first-pay-first-reserved basis.
  • Your ticket gives you 5% off purchases from Outdoorer Shop until the end of the quarter. Proof of booking confirmation may be required.

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From your ticket payment, Outdoorer guarantees:

  • 10:1 hiker to community guide ratio -- because getting lost is never funny.
  • Additional guidance and support from Outdoorer staff team (at least 4 per event). 
  • At least one skilled paramedic (up to 4 depending on the group size).
  • Other ticket-includes as detailed below.



- Transport from Nairobi and back

- Park fees & charges

- Armed ranger fees

- Guide services

- Paramedic services

- A liter of water (bring your reusable water bottle), glucose, and 4 fruits


Earn it, get it. Click to buy your Mackinders Unlocked Souvenir Badge.




  • Engage in active cardio exercises such as aerobics, walking, running, cycling, and swimming among others the week prior to the event.
  • Set aside the day before the hike for resting -- take a break from exercises.
  • Increase your hydration by at least two days to the hike.
  • Purpose to get enough rest the night before the hike. 
  • Increase your carbohydrate intake two days before the hike. This helps boost your energy reserves. If on intermittent fasting or on a diet, take a break in the period one day before and after the hike.
  • Cut your toe nails, please, cut your toe nails!
  • Have a generous breakfast before stepping out of the house -- or at least 3 hours before the start of the event. This ensures that most of the food has been digested by the time you begin the hike, giving you the much-needed energy while ensuring your stomach is not too full for comfort.
  • Use the bathroom before leaving the house. This avoids unnecessary bathroom breaks on the commute and during the hike.
  • Set your mind up for conquering yourself. Hiking is 90% mindset, 10% physical preparation. Once you win the battle in your mind, everything else contributes less than 10%. You can do it!


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– Valid identification document
– Comfortable, well-treaded waterproof hiking boots or shoes.
– Comfortable warm hiking clothes: quick-dry pants, quick-dry t-shirt, fleece jacket, and a baseball cap or sun hat. Jeans and cotton materials are highly not recommended.
– Snacks e.g lunchbar, crisps, nuts, fruits
– Enough water (at least 2L)
Rain poncho, rain jacket and rain pants

*** Note: Plastics are prohibited. Please carry your supplies and water in reusable containers.


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- Balaclava 
- Marvin hat or baseball cap
- Sunscreen
- Hiking pole



- For your and others' protection, we shall require you to wear a face mask while riding the bus on the to and fro commute. Please bring enough masks with you.

- It is your responsibility to protect yourself before you require the enforcement of COVID-19 protocols. If you can hike in a mask, by all means do it. Otherwise, we urge you to ensure you are socially distanced on the trails.




– Where cancellation is requested more than 48 hours before the event date, a 50% refund of the booking confirmation deposit will be issued. The excess paid above the booking confirmation deposit will be refunded in full.

– Where cancellation is requested 48 hours or less before the event date, no refund will be issued on the booking confirmation deposit. The excess paid above the booking confirmation deposit will be refunded in full.

– Latecomers and no-shows forfeit the entire amount paid up.


Book Event

E.A Citizen

Ksh 3,900 per East African citizen

Available Tickets: 50
The E.A Citizen ticket is sold out. You can try another ticket or another date.

Ksh 12,600 per foreign national without a certificate of residency.

Available Tickets: 10
The Non-Resident ticket is sold out. You can try another ticket or another date.
E.A Citizen Self-Drive

Ksh 2800 per Kenyan citizen or resident on private transport.

Available Tickets: 20
The E.A Citizen Self-Drive ticket is sold out. You can try another ticket or another date.
Kenyan Resident

Ksh 3,900 per Kenyan resident. Proof of residency will be required.

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


26 Nov 2022


*End time is an estimate.
4:30 am - 11:30 pm


KES 3,900.00


Mt. Kenya Naromoru Gate
Mt. Kenya National Park, Nyeri County


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