It’s often said that Kilimanjaro is the biggest free standing mountain in the world us well is the Roof of Africa and one of the largest extinct volcanoes it stand ( 5895M) 19341 feet)
Mount Kenya is steep,craggy and with twin summit us well you can do Technical Climbing to the highest Summit,It’s the kind of peak mountaineers might conjure up when their dream of serious climbing adventures,Mt Kenya is also second highest than MT Kilimanjaro (5199m)17059 feet)
MT KENYA PEAK ARE:
N/B For both Batian and Nelion you must do the technical climbing to get to real summit .
But Lenana is called Tourist Peak because every trekkers focus on this peak.
GOOD SEASONS FOR CLIMBING MT KILIMANJARO AND MT KENYA
There are two climbing seasons in East Africa January through April and Mid-June through Mid-October for even those who do Mt Kenya Technical Climbing ,Both of these period are considered dry season.
THE EQUIPMENT YOU NEED TO BRING FOR CLIMBING THESE MOUNTAIN;
4.Warm sleeping bag
11.Warm pairs of socks
13.Rain cover for your back pack
14.Pairs of T shirts
Day 1: 21/04/2019 Nairobi – Arusha
After breakfast pick up from your hotel around 7:30 and catch the shuttle bus Leave at 8:00am from Nairobi to Arusha via stop over Namanga border for immigration formalities Arriving Arusha in afternoon for Dinner and overnight in Arusha Palms Hotel.
Day 2:22/04/2019 Arusha- Marangu Gate (1980m) – Mandara hut (2700m)
Hiking time: 5 hours
Distance: About 12 km’s
Habitat: Montane forest
The drive from Moshi to the Kilimanjaro National Park gate, takes about 50 minutes. The journey passes through the village of Marangu, which is located on the lower slopes of the mountain. Once you reach the park gate, all hikers are requested to sign in at the Park office and make their final preparations for the climb. Porters will be seen arranging and loading their packs, containing the food, water, cooking gas as well as most of your equipment. Make sure that you have all your daypack items (containing at least drinking water, your lunch pack and extra clothing) with you as the porters ascend a lot quicker than the hikers.i will be available to assist with any additional information or needs you might have. You now leave the Park gate and ascend on a cleared ridge trail through the rain forest. The forest, suffused with mist and dripping with beards of moss, is also where most of Kilimanjaro’s animals are found. (An alternative and more scenic parallel forest trail, branches off the to the left a few minutes after the gate. This trail follows the edge of a stream through the undergrowth and offers you the option to rejoin the main trail either, after 1,5 hours hiking, or 1 hour before Mandara hut.)
Mandara hut, is a group of wooden A-framed huts in a forest clearing. Each hut features 6-8 sleeping bunks with solar generated lighting. The total capacity of the camp is 60 climbers. Water is piped into the camp from springs above and there are flash toilets behind the main hut..
Day 3:23/04/2019 Mandara hut (2700m) – Horombo hut (3720m)
Hiking time: 6 hours
Distance: About 15 km’s Habitat: Moorland
From Mandara hut the trail passes through a short stretch of forest, then skirts the base of the Maundi Crater and then emerges into the transition from rain forest to moorland. It is well worth a short detour to scramble up the rim of the Maundi Crater for your first really impressive view of the Kibo Crater. On a clear day, Kibo and glimman you can spot in the distance, showing off her majestic glaciers in the morning sun. Once you are in the open moorland you will get the chance to see some of Kilimanjaro’s most spectacular plants – the endemic giant lobelia which grows up to 3 m in height and the giant groundsel (Senecia Kilimanjaro), which can reach heights of 5m!6
Lunch served en- route
Dinner and overnight in Horombo Hut.
Day 4:24/04/2019 Horombo hut (3720m) – Acclimatisation day
Horombo hut is a village of huts perched on a small plateau, with buildings similar to Mandara, but with a total capacity of 120 climbers! Normally bustling with hikers, guides, porters and with an atmosphere of adventure and excitement. You will meet both ascending and descending hikers here. This extra day and night at Horombo is for additional acclimatisation. A hike towards the Mawenzi hut, passing the Zebra Rocks on the way (about 3 hours up and 1,5 hours down), is strongly recommended. This hike will further assist with the process of acclimatisation drink enough water and move slowly! All meals for the day are provided at the hut,Dinner and overnight in Horombo.
Day 5:25/04/2019 Horombo hut (3720m) – Kibo hut (4700m)
Hiking time: 6 hours
Distance: About 15 km’s
Habitat: Alpine desert
Kilimanjaro Hikers. After breakfast you now continue your ascent into the Alpine desert habitat. From Horombo there are two trails to the “Saddle” (which refers to the area located between the peaks of Mawenzi and Kibo). There is an upper route (right hand fork) and lower route (left hand fork) to choose from. The upper route (right hand fork) will be very familiar, as you will have climbed most of it the previous day towards Mawenzi hut. It is very stony and eroded. The recommended lower route (left hand fork) is much easier and nearly an hour, and it also passes the last watering point at 4130m. You will have to fill your water bottles on the way the final point of water you will need until your return to Horombo hut. Once again remember to slow down and drink enough water!! Situated in the barren Alpine desert is Horombo hut, a stone build block house which has bunk beds for 60 climbers, but no streams with water nearby. It is however possible There are platform toilets behind the hut. The summit is now a further 1195m up and you will make your Sleeping hikers at Kibo hut. final ascent the same night. Prepare your equipment, ski-stick and thermal clothing for your summit before bed. This should include the replacement of your headlamp and camera batteries and make sure you have a spare set available as well. To prevent freezing it will be wise to carry your water in a thermal flask. Go to bed at roundabout 19h00 and try to get as much rest and sleep as possible.
Kibo hut (4700m) – Uhuru Peak (5895m) – Horombo hut (3720m)
Hiking time: 8 hours to Uhuru – 6 hours to descend to Horombo
Distance: 6 km’s ascent – 21 km’s descent
Habitat: Stone scree and ice-capped summit
You will rise around 23h30, and after some tea and biscuits you shuffle off into the night, and this is where the going really gets tough. The first section of the On the Summit. trail consists of a rocky path to the Hans Meyer Cave (5150m), also a good resting spot. The path then zigzags up to Gillman’s point (5 681m), which is located on the crater rim. This section is very steep with a lot of stone scree, requiring a great physical and mental effort. Probably the most demanding section of the entire route. Do the Kili shuffle and move slowly.
Group at Gilman’s Point. From Gilman’s Point you will normally encounter snow all the way up to Uhuru peak (5895m), the highest point in Africa. Total exhilaration and satisfaction – you made it. Weather conditions on the summit will determine how long you will be able to spend, taking photographs, descent back to Kibo hut for full breakfast, After a short rest you gather all your gear you left behind for the ascent and head down to Horombo hut (3 hours) for your overnight. The return to Horombo hut will seem surprisingly fast compared to the ascent. The total time spent walking on this day is around 14 hours, so be prepared for a very tough day. Later in the evening you enjoy your last dinner and overnight
Horombo hut (3720m) – Marangu Gate (1980m)
Hiking time: 6 hours
Distance: About 27 km’s
After breakfast you continue your descent (6 hours), passing the Mandara hut, down to the Marangu gate.At Marangu gate you sign your name and details in a Register. This is also where successful climbers receive their summit certificates. Those climbers who reached Gillman’s Point (5685m) are issued with green certificates and those who reached Uhuru Peak (5895m), receive gold certificates. You now drive back to Arusha town for a long overdue hot shower, dinner and celebrations!! Overnight in psalm hotel.
Arusha -Nairobi -Airport
After breakfast, leave at 8:00am for Nairobi by morning shuttle bus via Namanga border arriving
Nairobi in afternoon and drop you Home kenyatta Airport for your international flight back home.
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