Rookie to Advanced Hiker: The Beginner’s Hiking Course
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 both 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.
September – December 2021
September 18 – Kilimambogo
October 2 – William Hill
October 16 – Mt. Longonot
October 30 – Table Mountain
November 13 – Trek to Mackinders
November 27 – Dragon’s Teeth – Mt. Satima
Citizen/Resident Ticket – Ksh 18,000/=
Citizen/Resident Payment Plan
Pay 6,500/= non-refundable deposit
Pay 7,900/= by October 14
Pay 3,600/= by November 3
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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 simply 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 2021 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.
Sep 12:- Orientation Day – Nairobi Arboretum
Goal: Meet the team, orientation to hiking gear and rules
We kick off the program with a four-hour orientation session at Nairobi Arboretum, where you get to meet the team and get introduced to the various 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.
Sep 18:- Ol Donyo Sabuk – Mt. Kilimambogo
Our maiden expedition to Mt. Kilimambogo is a fair-to-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. The trail begins at the base of the mountain, covering 9km to the summit at an elevation of 2,145m above sea level.
Goal: Introduction to hiking
Total distance: 18km
Hiking time: 4-6 hours
Difficulty: Fair to moderate
Oct 2:- William Hill
William Hill is part of the Rift Valley escarpment on what’s commonly known as the Kikuyu Escarpment. The hiking trail starts at the old Italian Church along the Mai Mahiu highway. This is a moderate hike. The terrain is fairly flat, with a few steep rocky stretches. You get to enjoy amazing views of some features of the rift valley, such as Mt. Longonot, Kijabe Hill and Forest, and Mt. Margaret, as you ascend the one-way trail, to get to the peak near the highway at an elevation of 2,281m above sea level.
Goal: Introduction hiking
Total distance: 14km
Hiking time: 5-6 hours
Oct 16:- Mt. Longonot
Mt. Longonot is a volcano on the Rift Valley floor, located approximately 75km from Nairobi. The Mt. Longonot hike is a moderate-to-hard hike. The trail starts at the base of the mountain, rising steeply on a 3.1km stretch to the crater rim, and then covering 7.2km around the crater. The Mt. Longonot summit stands at 2,776m above sea level, giving spectacular views across the Rift Valley.
Goal: Orientation to steep terrain
Total distance: 13.5km
Hiking time: 4-6 hours
Difficulty: Moderate to hard
Introduction to Tougher Trails
Oct 30:- Table Mountain, Aberdares
The Aberdares trails deliver unforgettable experiences, filling you with all kinds of emotions, from awe to anxiety, and the Table Mountain trail is no exception. The 4.5km trail starts at the Wanjohi Shopping Center, taking you through an initial steep ascent, before easing onto a gentle trek through the moorland. The trail ends at the Table Mountain peak, at an elevation of 3,792m above sea level.
This is a hard hike, which 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: Introduction to High Altitude
Total distance: 9km
Hiking time: 6-8 hours
Nov 13:- Trek to Mackinders
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.
Our 10km trail will start 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. The ascent ends at the Mackinders Camp, where we will enjoy scenic views of the peaks — if the weather will be favorable — and then descend back to Met Camp for our transfers back to Nairobi.
Goal: Orientation to high altitude
Total distance: 20km
Hiking time: 7-9 hours
Climax: Unveiling the Competent Hiker in You
Nov 27:- 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. It is located on the Nothern side of the Aberdare range and can be accessed via two points: Mweiga and Shamata Gates.
On our final hike, we will set out on the Dragon’s Teeth trail via the Shamata Gate, hoping to conquer ourselves on Satima Peak.
The gentle 8km trail will take us through a hiker’s paradise, trekking through fields of lush alpine vegetation, spotting a few wild animals, and walking past countless rows of magnificent craggy moraines, dubbed “Dragon’s Teeth”. The Dragon’s Teeth trail delivers some of the most breathtaking views of all hiking trails in Kenya.
Goal: Conquering the third-highest mountain in Kenya
Total distance: 16km
Hiking time: 7-9 hours
Rookie to Advanced Hiker Program Charges (Sep-Dec 2021)
Citizens: Ksh 18,000/=
Residents: Ksh 18,000/=***
Non-Residents: Ksh 36,000/=
***Resident ticket price may change if the relevant authorities review park fees before the event date.
– Transport from Nairobi and back
– Park fees & charges
– Armed ranger fees where applicable
– Guide services
– Paramedic services
– A liter of water, glucose, and 4 fruits for each day hike
Ticket DOES NOT include
– Hiking gear, clothes, and other personal effects
– Sleeping bag and porter’s backpack
– Travel insurance and evacuation cover (we strongly recommend and can arrange for evacuation cover)
– Anything else not mentioned in the ‘Ticket Includes’ list
Rookie to Advanced Hiker Program Payment Plan
Pay a non-refundable booking confirmation deposit of Ksh 6,500/= (0r 35% of the program cost for non-residents)
Top up to 80% of the total cost by day 40 of the program
Clear the package balance by day 60 of the program
Mpesa Buy Goods till 989985
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 10,000 or 55% 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 14,000, or 78% 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 on or after day 60 of the program, no refund will be issued.
– 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 put on hold as soon as a milestone payment falls overdue.
– The Rookie to Advanced Hiker Program ticket expires immediately a milestone payment becomes seven (7) days overdue. The ticket is deemed canceled on the date of expiry and the cancellation policy applies.
– An expired ticket may be revived by topping up the deposits paid to the sum 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.
Help us protect you and others from infection. Please observe the following safety guidelines:
- Wear a mask at all times, especially while onboard a vehicle.
- Observe social distancing at all times.
- Observe proper personal hygiene when coughing or sneezing.
Below are some safety precautions we are adopting:
- Limiting sitting capacity in our vehicles:
* a 28-seater sits 15 people
* a 40-seater sits 22 people
- Requirement of a mask at all times while onboard a vehicle.
- Provision of sanitizers during boarding and onboard.