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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 5 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 to Advanced Hiker Program in brief

4 prep hikes (one every two weeks) carefully selected with increasing difficulty
1 Night’s Hike & Camp trip to Lake Ellis on Mt. Kenya

 

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 5 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.

 

May 16:- Orientation Day – Karura Forest

Goal: Meet the team, orientation to hiking gear and rules

We kick off the program with a four-hour orientation session at Karura Forest, 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. Thereafter, we shall hit the 5 km trail before heading home to prepare for our maiden hike the weekend after.

 

May 29:- 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

 

June 12:- 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

Difficulty: Moderate

 

June 26:- Mt. Longonot Crater Circuit

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

July 10:- 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 6km 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: Altitude acclimatization

Total distance: 12km

Hiking time: 6-8 hours

Difficulty: Hard

 

July 31-August 1:- Trek to Lake Ellis – Camping & Graduation

Our final excursion takes us to the breathtaking Lake Ellis at an elevation of 3,400m above sea level and the enchanting Nithi Fall along the magical Mt. Kenya Chogoria Route.

Day 1:- We begin our trek past the Chogoria Gate 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 Mugi Hill summit (3,550m ASL), from where we will enjoy scenic views of the peaks, and the beautiful Giants Billiard Table. We will then descend toward Lake Ellis. Prepare to be enchanted by the glittering blue-green reflections of the late afternoon sun on Lake Ellis against the beautiful backdrop of the Hindu Valley.

We will pitch camp here and enjoy delicious lunch by the lake. Later on, feel free to wander around the lake as you take unlimited pictures. You may as well try your luck fishing by the shores if you bring your fishing equipment with you. Later on, enjoy a quiet evening by the bonfire as you have dinner and recount your experiences throughout the Rookie to Advanced Hiker Program.
Day 2:- We wake up early to catch the sunrise over Lake Ellis, have breakfast, and then have our graduation and medal-awards ceremony. Next, we head to the magical Nithi Fall before commencing our trek back to the Chogoria Gate for our transfer back to Nairobi.
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.

 

Booking Notes:

  • Full program capacity: 50 participants 
  • Reservation will be made on a first-pay-first-reserved basis.

 

Rookie to Advanced Hiker Packages

  1. Solo Package:- Standard class rates apply. Check tickets for the current rate.
  2. Couples Package (2 people):- 5% off the standard rate. Discount subject to program completion by both participants, otherwise, the ticket reverts to solo package.
  3. Family Package (a group of 4 or more):- 7% off the standard rate. Discount subject to program completion by all participants, otherwise, the ticket reverts to the couples or solo package accordingly.

Early bird offer:- 5% off the solo package if a 50% deposit is paid at least 30 days before the program commences.

 

Rookie to Advanced Hiker Package-Includes

For each day trip

– Transport from Nairobi and back
– Guide services
– Armed ranger services where applicable
– Park fees
– Liter of water and fruits for the day hikes
– Full-board accommodation in a tent at Lake Ellis
– Services of a professional team of porters and cooks at Lake Ellis

 

Rookie to Advanced Hiker Payment Plan

Booking Confirmation: Register and pay a non-refundable deposit of Ksh 4,500/= before May 15
Milestone payments:
  • Pay Ksh 5,500/= on or before June 10
  • Top up Ksh 4,500/= on or before July 1
  • Clear Ksh 4,500/= on or before July 20

Mpesa Buy Goods till 5064783

 

Cancellations & Refunds

  • Ksh 4,500 booking confirmation deposit is non-refundable.
  • Participation in all hikes is mandatory, otherwise, no adjustments will be made to the final cost.
  • The package subscription will be placed on hold as soon as a milestone payment becomes overdue.
  • The package subscription expires as soon as a milestone payment becomes 7 days overdue.
  • If cancellation is requested on or before June 25, a refund of the excess of Ksh 7,500 from the deposits paid up will be issued.
  • Where cancellation is requested on or before July 10, a refund of the excess of Ksh 11,000 from the deposits paid up will be issued.
  • Should cancellation be requested on or before July 24, a refund of the excess of Ksh 13,000 from the deposits paid up will be issued.
  • Should cancellation be requested on or after July 25, no refund will be issued.
  • No-shows forfeit the entire deposits paid up.
  • Payments are non-transferable to a future event or program.
  • Payments are only transferable to a different person in the program before May 28.

Book Event

Solo Package

Ksh 19,000 per Kenyan citizen or resident*. Early bird offer: Ksh 18,050 if you pay Ksh 9,500 before April 15, 2021.

Available Tickets: 50
The Solo Package ticket is sold out. You can try another ticket or another date.
Couples Package

Ksh 18,050 per person for two Kenyan citizens or residents*. Subject to program completion by both participants.

Available Tickets: 50
The Couples Package ticket is sold out. You can try another ticket or another date.
Family Package

Ksh 17,670 per person for a group of 4 or more Kenyan citizens or residents*. Subject to program completion by all participants.

Available Tickets: 50
The Family Package ticket is sold out. You can try another ticket or another date.

Date

10 May 2021 - 01 Aug 2021

Time

*End time is an estimate.
5:00 am - 9:30 pm

Cost

KES 19,000.00
Category

Organizer

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