Mount Kenya Climbing: 6 Days In Chogoria - Out Chogoria (August - December)

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Mount Kenya Climbing: 6 Days In Chogoria - Out Chogoria (August - December)

Technical Climbing,Rock Climbing,Ice climbing on the Main peaks of Mt Kenya (Batian 17,058 ft. Nelion 17,022 ft) Climbing the 'Diamond Couloir', South-East Face Route and North Face route.

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Climbing from base of Normal Route direct to top of Nelion and then crossing the gate of mist to Batian and back to Nelion and descend the same way. to the summit is a challenging technical climb.

For the experienced mountain climber, this peak is one of the world great challenges

Mount Kenya in Mount Kenya National park has unique position on the equator offers climbing seasons and route conditions varying with the sun's Position.
A climber doing one of the best ice routes are on the southern side of the mountain and should climb when the sun is in the North between the months of July and September.
However during the same period the east and north sides are the best condition in rock climbing. Conversely when the sun is in the south, south side offers the best rock routes and the North the better ice climbing condition.

August-December: South-East Face Route. Technical Climbing on Mt. Kenya via the Chogoria approach 5 Days

Day 01: Pick up from hotel at about 0800. It's then about 3 1/2 hours from Nairobi to where we collect the porters and guides (as required). Into the Mt. Kenya forest for the 22 km drive to the Park Gate at 2,850m. Dependent on road conditions, these 22 km have been known to take all afternoon to do and in really wet conditions it is possible that the top four or five km may be impassable. Night, dependent on clients wishes, at the Meru Mt. Kenya Banda's or at roadhead a further 7 km from the Park Gate.


Day 02: After breakfast and sorting of porter loads we set off up the mountain at a nice and easy pace . A slightly longer walk via Lake Ellis gives scenic views of Mugi, Ithunguni and the Giants Billiards Table, whilst if we follow the river near roadhead, upstream for about 3 km, the foreground scenery and flora is particularly beautiful. Lunch by the stream banks then it's time to cut up the left hand hillside to our camp at about 3,600m, well away from any of the more "touristy" areas.

Day 03: From our campsite, we continue to move up through the moorland zone. As this area of the mountain is still off the beaten track, there are no paths to follow, and on each trip we vary the area we walk across. After about an hour, traverse left and join a ridge (slight path to follow) and join the normal Chogoria route to Minto's Hut after about 4 hour walking. Lunch at a small stream crossing then 45 min on to a camp near Minto's Hut and next to one of the tarns. Very short afternoon walk over to superb views across to "The Temple" and down to Lake Michaelson.

Day 04: An early morning departure for the 2½ hour walk to Austrian Hut. Starts gently up the valley for about 2 km. It's then hard left and steeple up for about 45 min (on scree slopes) to Upper Simba Tarn. Another short scree slope leads to the to ridge, right of "The Tooth" before dropping down the other side for about 50m and then contouring across to the Austrian Hut. Leave the hut before noon and cross the Lewis Glacier to the large boulder and scree slope leading to the start of the climb. Arrive Howell Hut on the summit of Nelion before 1700hrs.

Day 05: Up early again, then (weather permitting), across Batian and back to Nelion before heading off down the climb to arrive at Austrian Hut by 1300, Minto's by 1500, and roadhead before 1800. Night at roadhead / Meru Mt. Kenya Bandas.

Day 06: Return to Nairobi at and be dropped at your hotel.

Climb inclusive of:

* Return transfer Nairobi - Chogoria - Nairobi
* 3 meals per day while trekking
* 5 days Mt. Kenya trek
* 4 nights accommodation while trekking
* 2 transfer from Chogoria - park gate - return
* All government park fees at Mt Kenya National park
* English Speaking Mountain Guides and Porters
* Two Man tent.

Exclusive of:

* Gloves, Sun glasses, Sleeping bag, Hats , Rain suits,
* Warm Jacket, Heavy boots, Scarf's, Rain Trousers.
* Price is exclusive of first and Last Night accommodation in Nairobi.

You can hire some of the equipment available at a reasonable cost.