- DatesCan be booked any time
- Departure timeFlexible
- Hiking via scenic Kamweti Route
- Mount Lenanana Peak
- Descent via scenic Chogoria or scenic routes
- Option to customize your hike
About 7 Days Mt Kenya Hike via Kamweti Route
7 Days Mt Kenya Hike via Kamweti Route from Nairobi. “Climbing Mount Kenya through the adventurous “Kamweti” route starting from Castle Forest Lodge.
Located at the slopes of Mt Kenya and still part of Mt Kenya in the less known route to the summit of Mt Kenya the
Kamweti route. The drive takes you over two hours road trip from Nairobi to the forest station. Your adventure will start from the Forest Station’s gate, and you will walk through the serene forest to an enchanting Kamweti waterfall, and back. The trail up is fairly challenging: rough underfoot, with dense montane forest, lush stands of giant bamboo and muddy when wet.
“Climbing Mount Kenya through the adventurous “Kamweti” route starting from Castle Forest Lodge will lead you on old elephant pathways through dense rain- and bamboo forests to the highland swamps and moorlands of Mt. Kenya.
At McKinders camp the route meets all other routes for the final climb conquering point Lenana.
On average you will walk 5-6 hours per day and guides will prepare a camp in the evening either in the bush or in the neighborhood of a cabin. The “kamweti” route will take you from 5 to 7 days depending on the route descending.
Whilst highest mountain tops of the Mount Kenya – Batain and Nelion – can only be climbed by experienced mountaineers and using the right gear, Point Lenana, the third highest summit, can be climbed by anybody provided you are in the right condition for climbing. Although the mountain top can be reached relatively easily, you should be well prepared, not only for varying weather conditions, like cold, snow and rain but also for problems, like altitude sickness.”
More about Mt Kenya Kamweti Route
The journeys up the adventurous Kamweti route commences at Castle Forest Lodge on the southern slopes of Mount Kenya. The trail up is fairly challenging: rough underfoot, with dense montane forest, lush stands of giant bamboo, muddy when wet, no huts and a forest track more used by wild animals than humans. At Mackinder’s camp 4,300m you might, for the first time, meet other trekkers since the Kamweti route connects with the more commonly used trails at the Teleki Valley en-route to the hiker’s summit (Lenana peak – 4,985m). On average you will be walking for 5-7 hours per day. The crew will set our overnight camps in the wild campsites or in the neighborhood of available cabins located along our trail.
Mt Kenya Climbing Gear
- Dried fruit
- Trail mix
- Glucose sweets
- Energy gel sachets
- Sports drink powder
- Some recommend vitamin C fizzy tablets to improve the water’s taste and added vitamin benefit
- If you prefer de-caf tea, it’s best to pack a few bags
Equipment check list
- Walking pole(s)/
- Sleeping Bag,
- Gaiters: To keep mud, rocks, and snow out of your boots.
- Water purification: This is essential as water for drinking is taken directly from mountain streams.
- Hiking Boots: This is the most important item on the list. You’ll need a comfortable/waterproof pair of hiking boots that offer plenty of support. Make sure they are broken in before you get to Kilimanjaro/Mt. Kenya!
Other Check list (limit yourself)
- 1 set of thermal underwear (top & bottom).
- 1 sleeping bag (rating 0 C or four seasons).
- 1 warm jersey/sweater (wool).
- 1 sleeping pad/mat.
- 1 pair of tracksuit top & bottom.
- 1 light towel.
- 1 polar fleece/down vest.
- 1 pair of light loose-fitting cotton trousers.
- 1 waterproof jacket (with a hood) & pants.
- 1 to 2 long sleeves shirts (cotton/wool).
- 4 pairs of thermal hiking socks.
- 2 to 3 T-shirts/shirts.
- 2 pairs of thermal socks liner.
- 2 to 3 pairs of shorts (with pockets).
- 1 pair of hiking boots
- 1 wide-brimmed hat/baseball cap
- 1 pair of sneakers/trainers/takkies
- 1 pair of warm heavyweight gloves/mittens
- 1 pair of gaiters
- 1 pair of lightweight gloves (inner gloves)
- 1 bandana
- 1 pair of sunglasses/mountaineering glasses
- 1 balaclava
- 1 wool hat
- 1 warm scarf
NB: Make sure that your boots are waterproof
- 2 x 2 liters water bottles (camel bags preferably)
- 1 headlamp (plus spare batteries & bulb)
- 1 pair of walking/ski poles
- 1 pocket swiss army knife
- 2 – 3 packets of moist towelettes.
- 1 travel pillow (optional)
Personal Items & Toiletries
US dollars, toothpaste & toothbrush, body lotion, toilet paper, and other personal hygiene items. (Ladies, please carry some sanitary toiletries as being at high altitude may alter your cycle).
- 1 camera (plus spare batteries),film & tripod stand,different lenses,
- 1 pair of binoculars, video camera, videotapes, battery packs.
- Miscellaneous (Optional):
- Notebook, pencil, sketchbook, masking tape, zip loc plastic bags, ear plugs, address list for postcards, map of Kilimanjaro/Mt Kenya (the trip leader will have one).
Yellow Fever: This is compulsory and a certificate might be requested on arrival at the airport. Please make sure that you have the shot in time.
Malaria: There are various types of medicine on the market today used for the prevention and treatment of malaria. We recommend that you consult your doctor on which prophylactics to take.
Water purification tablets: On the mountain, we use water from the streams. Although drinking water will be boiled first, it is advisable to add a tablet or two – to be on the safe side.
Acute Mountain Sickness (AMS): This is a condition commonly experienced at high altitudes. In most cases, this can be avoided by following guidelines on hiking pace, eating, resting and fluid intake. We recommend that you familiarise yourself with the various effects that altitude can cause.
(Please consult your doctor on the use of Diamox – tablets used by some mountaineers to help them cope with the effects of altitude).
Personal medical supplies (optional): As your tour leaders, we will carry a group medical kit.
Some items that you might want to carry would include; aspirin, Imodium, laxatives, antibiotics, bandages, malaria tablets, gauze, adhesives, betadine, throat lozenges, eye drops, sunblock, lip balm, moleskin antihistamine tablets, and cream.
We have qualified porters who have wealth of experience with Mt Kenya Trek for more than five years each. They have good communication skills and first aid handling. Friendly and dedicated team. Our porters are participants in Mt Kenya clean up Campaign every year.
OUR MOUNTAIN GUIDES
Our guides are qualified with long experience in treks and climb graduating from outdoor leadership school and Kenya wildlife Service and have participated in Mountain rescue operations and are members to Mt Kenya Guides
Our Mt Kenya Guides and Porters will help you in sorting the gears.
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