Trek to Mackinders — 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 (4,200m ASL) on a day trip, where you enjoy glorious views of the peaks.
Our 9km 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.
Our 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 pickup back to Nairobi. This is a tough hike. You will need to be reasonably fit.

Mackinders Hike Distance & Stats

Distance: 18km

Duration: 7-10 hours

Difficulty: Tough

Beginner/child-friendly: No


Mackinders Hike Itinerary

4:45 a.m Meet up at International House Parking, City Hall Way. Boarding opens.

5:00 a.m Departure for Mt. Kenya Naromoru Gate.

09:00 a.m Arrival at Mt. Kenya Naromoru Gate for registration.

09:30 a.m Departure for Met Camp

10:00 a.m Hike Starts

02:00 p.m Mandatory turn-back and descent in order to beat the curfew

EST 05:30 p.m Departure for Nairobi


Itinerary Notes:

  • Please be punctual; latecomers will be left behind and forfeit the entire amount paid up.
  • Thika Road pickups should make arrangements with the team lead by 8 p.m on the eve of the event. Pickup stops will be no longer than 5 minutes.
  • There will be no shopping stops in the morning. Please stock your supplies by the eve of the event.
  • Please adhere to the set turn-back time. Punctual departure for Nairobi means everyone gets back to Nairobi before curfew. 



Adult residents: 3,699/=
Self-drive: 1,900/=
Non-Residents: 5,399/=


How to book the Mackinders Hike

Pay at least 2,100/= to Mpesa buy goods till 5064783 and clear the balance by January 21.

Booking Notes:

  • Total Number of Tickets: 40
  • Reservation will be made on a first-pay-first-reserved basis.



– Transport from Nairobi and back
– Park fees & charges
– Armed ranger fees
– Guide fees
– A liter of water and 4 fruits



– Valid identification document
– Comfortable, well-treaded waterproof hiking boots or shoes. No sneakers or rubber shoes, please.
– Comfortable, warm appropriate hiking clothes. No jeans, please.
– Snacks e.g lunchbar, crisps, nuts, dates, raisins, or fruits.
– Enough water (at least 2L)
Raincoat or rain jacket and pants

*** Note: KWS parks no longer allow plastics in. Please carry your supplies in reusable containers.



Balaclava (monkey hat)
Marvin hat or baseball cap
– Sunscreen
Hiking pole

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Cancellations & Refunds

– Cancellation requested more than 48 hours before the event date: 50% refund of the booking confirmation deposit.
– Cancellation requested within 48 hours or less: booking confirmation deposit non-refundable.


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.
– Taking temperature readings while boarding a vehicle.
– Provision of sanitizers during boarding and onboard.

Book Event

Adult Resident Per Kenyan citizen or resident.

Ksh 3,699 per Kenyan citizen or resident.

Available Tickets: 24
The Adult Resident ticket is sold out. You can try another ticket or another date.
Non-Resident Per Kenyan citizen or resident.

Ksh 5,399 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.

Ksh 1,900 per Kenyan citizen or resident on private transport.

Available Tickets: 9
The Self-Drive ticket is sold out. You can try another ticket or another date.
Group Offers

5% off per Kenyan citizen or resident in a group of 2 or more participants

Available Tickets: 30
The Group Offers ticket is sold out. You can try another ticket or another date.


13 Mar 2021


*End time is an estimate.
4:45 am - 9:30 pm


KES 3,699.00


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


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+254 727 001 289
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