Morning spent sorting and organizing personal equipment for the trek. Be driven to the park gate where we start a 3hrs walk through the equatorial rain forest rich of animal and birdlife, parked lunch enroute to the Met Station where we spend the night in the mountain log cabins, a good day for acclimatization for we will be sleeping at an altitude of 3,050m. A short hike is taken in the afternoon to gain and loose altitude.( 3 hrs)
Early start hike up through hagenia zone to the forest line where we start the moorland zone covered by tussock glass and heathers zone. Hike over the Teleki valley where there is a spectacular view of the main peaks, lunch en route. Walking time 5-6 hours, Arrive at teleki lodge late afternoon and overnight (4,100m).
A pre dawn start is made to ensure a successful summit bid and in time for a clear view of majestic summit scenery after sunrise (ascending pt. lenana helps people to acclimatize before climbing nelion and batian), then descend down to the Austrian hut (4750m) just below the main peaks. In the afternoon sort out climbing equipments ready for an early start.
Early start attempt pt. nelion (rock climbing) through normal route standard IV, will take 6 – 7hrs to the top of nelion(5177). For those climbers not attempting batian will turn around and descend. For the climbers attempting Batian peak will overnight on top of nelion at Howell’s hut.
Climbers to traverse through Gates of mist to the highest point- Batian (5188m top of mt.kenya) then turn and descend via nelion down to Austrian hut. Proceed to teleki lodge for overnight in bandas.
After breakfast hike down through the moorland zone, heathers zone, mountain forest to the met. station for a pickup transfer to the lodge for a well earned rest.
Note; technical climbing in Mount Kenya needs a well trained rock climber. For any climber not confident enough we highly recommend you hire a rock climbing guide to lead the climb.
In case of accidents while climbing, we have rescue team managed by kenya wildlife services.
Some of the equipments required;
02 Ropes :- 01 dry treated dynamic climbing rope.(10.5mm x 50m) and 01 sport rope (9mmx50m)
Sitting harness. Repel Device.
Locking carabineers:- D-shaped locking and non locking carabineers. Slings (several)
Ascension ascenders( right and left). Daisy chain
01 Rack:- tri-cam, hexes, nuts, quick draw oval.