We are your experts for mountains in Africa. Come along and climb Mount Kenya with us:
- Alpine tour at 5000m+
- Enjoyable gneiss, beautiful rock
- Ascent of the "real" Mount Kenya

Climbing

Technical scale in climbing (in rock, mostly alpine) in relation to our climbing trips and expeditions:
 
1 - easy / beginners
2 - little difficult
3 - medium difficulty
4 - difficult / advanced
5 - extreme
 

Stamina - Endurance

A mountain athlete needs endurance above any other specific fitness skill. Cardiovascular fitness is of course always subject to the movement (as climbing rocks or steep ice, you will not be able to transfer your triathlete or running fitness to mountains without being solid in the required mountaineering skills).

1 - Active Tour
Easy treks to EBC or on top of Kilimanjaro. You should be an active person.
 
2 - Sportive Tour
More demanding treks, simple climbs, like the climb of Elbrus. You should be a sportive person regularly exercising (at least 2-3x per week).
 
3 - Demanding Trek / Expedition
Very demanding treks like to the top of Aconcagua, or expeditions at the physical lower level like Ama Dablam. You should be an endurance athlete wit mountaineering experience. You should train endurance at least 3x/week.
 
4 - High Endurance - Expedition
To climb Everest (with oxygen-support) or some of the "easier" 8000m peaks you need a strong endurance. You should train specifically at least 4-5x per week.
 
5 - Very high Endurance - Expedition
Some of our special self-supported 8000m+ peak climbs as on Makalu, or to climb Everest (without oxygen-support) fit into this category. Your endurance should be near the level of a professional mountain athlete. 

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Groups: On request we organize your desired customised tour to Mount Kenya: expedition or event. If you climb the Naro Moru Route, there is a possibility to reduce cost. Please contact us.

Tips: For the organisation of our moving camps, we hire an average of three local helpers per participant for the seven days spent on the mountain (depending on the size of the group). For the week, each participant is expected to contribute US$100 of tips to the team and US$50 to the guide.

Basic package: The offer is valid for alpinists/climbers with joint registration as an independent roped party with their own equipment.

Services - Mount Kenya Climb

Full Service: 

  • Organization of the trip from Europe, including flight
  • Expedition leader:
    - smaller groups with 2-7 participants led by one of our experienced Kenyan guides
    - larger groups with 8-12 participants led by SummitClimb expedition leader, accompanied by Kenyan guides
    - max 12 participants in the group
  • Scheduled flights to Nairobi and back with at least 30 kg free baggage allowance
  • Airport transfers in Nairobi
  • 2 nights in ***hotel in Nairobi with breakfast
  • Transfer from Nairobi to the mountain and back
  • 4x4 drive to the National Park gate / end of the road, depending on conditions
  • All camp equipment: dining tent, kitchen tent and kitchen material
  • Catering by our experienced kitchen team, full board on the mountain
  • Porters for our group material and food
  • Team on the mountain incl. guide
  • Personal porter up to 18 kg during the trekking
  • Emergency assistance
  • Full first-aid kit
  • Local mountain guide for the ascent of Batian (2 guests per guide)
  • Group material for climbing: ropes & rack 
  • Satellite telephone/radio
  • Overnight stay in a sleeping tent (2 persons)
  • Overnight fee for Austrian Hut / Shipton's Hut
  • National Park fees (US$ 360 per person / 5-day package)
  • National Park (US$20 per person, each night)

Not included: Personal equipment, private expenses (such as telephone calls, alcoholic beverages, snacks, gifts etc.), travel insurance (health, accident, travel cancellation), visa fees for Kenya, tips.

Planned itinerary - Mount Kenya Climb

Day 1 - 2 • Arrival in Kenya 
Arrival by flight and transfer to hotel in Nairobi, bed & breakfast. Full day to relax, sightseeing in Nairobi (National Park, Bomas), last shopping (snacks, etc.) and climbing training in Lukenya, approx. 1 hour drive outside of Nairobi. In the evening dinner together with tour briefing and meeting of all group participants.

Day 3 - 5 • Trekking and acclimatization 
Together with the SummitClimb Mount Kenya Trekking Group, we will hike along the trekking route. On the way, mountain guides and participants of the climbing trip will discuss the ascent and practice the theoretical basics (belay techniques, commands).

Day 6 • Climbing on Mount Kenya
Winter: We hike up to Austrian Hut and from there we can climb Point Lenana (4985m). 
Summer: From Shipton's Camp we can do a training tour or try the ascent of Batian.

Day 7 • Mount Kenya ascent
today we plan to climb Batian (5199m). We get up early in the morning to be at the start of the route by the first sunlight. 
Winter: The ascent along the Nelion Normal Route begins easily, so we gain altitude quickly. Past MacKinder's Gendarme the key rope length is waiting for us, then we follow block terrain with two spots of UIAA 3rd degree of difficulty to the summit of Nelion (5189m). Before we traverse to Batian, we have to abseil into the Gate of the Mists and then climb up a third ridge to Batian (5199m). For the descent from Nelion we abseil over the Austrian rescue line.
Summer: The very first rope length offers a key passage (UIAA 4) and is the first challenge with numb fingers. After that it is easier to go through a couloir to the amphitheater (until then there is a significant risk of falling rocks), over Firmin's Tower to the west ridge. The ridge runs long past Shipton's Notch to the main summit of Batian (5199m). The descent is along the ascent route by abseiling and climbing down.

Day 8-9 • Descent
We plan to descend together with the trekking group, flight back home.

Below, you will find the list for personal equipment that is recommended for our Mount Kenya climb.

Temperatures

down to - 10°C
with wind chill factor down to - 15°C

General conditions of the climb

Rock and alpine climbing, occasionally snow and ice, technically demanding.

Travel documents/visa

Kenya ETA: All travelers, including infants and children (except for citizens of Kenya and partner states of the East African Community), entering Kenya must apply for the ETA (Electronic Travel Authorization). This electronic travel permit replaces the e-Visa from Jan 4, 2024, and can be applied for online: https://www.etakenya.go.ke/en

Preparation - Mount Kenya Climb

Requirements (Normal routes): Experience in belaying techniques, independent abseiling, and climbing skills up to UIAA grade IV / french 4c (as a second) should be brought along for the ascent of Nelion / Batian. The routes are multi-pitch climbs at high altitudes around 5,000 m / 16,500 ft. The appropriate fitness is required.

Other climbs: For ascents of more demanding routes, we will be happy to advise you individually.

Endurance: An average physical condition and a strong will are sufficient to reach the summit of Point Lenana, and you will hike for a maximum of 6 hours a day (longer excursions optional) during the trekking. The summit day for Nelion / Batian involves an evaluation gain of approx. 1,000 meters / 3,300 feet, of which 400-500 meters (depending on route) climbing alpine rock.

Timing (Summit day): Generally, we plan with 2 hours for the approach to the base of the climb, 6-8 hours for the ascent, 4-6 hours for descent (total 12-16h).


Kenya Travel Information (Covid-19 Rules)

Since spring 2021, we have been conducting tours to Kenya again. Entry and return rules have been increasingly relaxed since early 2022, since 2023 (valid: 15. 03. 2024):

  1.  For travel to Kenya: NONE
  2. For return (EU):NONE

Changes: We do not expect any tightening. A PCR test with results within a few hours is available in Nairobi for approximately EUR 50, if necessary.

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Samburu Safari

Short safari to the wild north of Kenya (3 days, 2 nights)

The Samburu and Buffalo Springs National Reserves usually have a high density of animals. The Ewaso Nyiro River, which meanders like a green ribbon between the two reserves, is the lifeline. Never-ending springs in the Buffalo Springs Reserve provide animals with water even in the dry season. The area lies between 800 and 1,500m, so warm to hot temperatures are to be expected, especially during the day. Located north - only 100km as the crow flies - of Mount Kenya and far from the masses of safari tourism (Nairobi, Coast, Masai Mara), this safari is suitable as a winding down and warming experience after our Mount Kenya climb.

Details on request.

Amboseli Safari

Experience this classic Safari after climbing Mount Kenya. We will drive to the foot of Kilimanjaro and observe Africa's fascinating wildlife. Beside many elephants a pool of the lodge is waiting for us, where we can recover from all exertions. Some participants will travel on to Kilimanjaro afterwards. However, you can "only" enjoy this exciting and interesting 3-day safari at the end of the Mount Kenya Tour and then travel back home via Nairobi (or to the coast).

Safari itinerary

Day 1 - Drive to Amboseli National Park.

Drive to Amboseli National Park. At noon we arrive at the lodge. After a short rest follows the evening wildlife safari with a chance to see nocturnal animals such as hyenas. Overnight stay in a nice safari lodge, foreseen the Sentrim Lodge (B&B/VP).

Day 2 - Amboseli Safari

A full day of wildlife viewing. Amboseli Park is famous for the large herds of elephants that roam in front of Kilimanjaro. We can also observe many other animals and visit a Masai village if we wish. We will spend the evening at the lodge - with a view of Kilimanjaro on a clear day. Lodge (bed and breakfast).

Day 3 - Amboseli Safari - Nairobi / Kenya

Early in the morning with sunrise, we go on a game drive. With a little luck, we will observe herds of elephants in front of Kilimanjaro, zebras, hippopotamus, wildebeest, and lions. Afterward we drive back to Nairobi, respectively organize your/your connecting program.

Services & Costs:

  • Safari in minibus or Landcruiser
  • Experienced, English speaking driver/guide
  • Unlimited mileage on game drives
  • Overnight stays/meals at Sentrim Lodge
  • All park entrance fees

Not included:

  • Drinks
  • Activities not mentioned such as village visit, etc.
  • Gratitutes 

Cost per person: USD 1,050.- / EUR 875,- (min. 4 participants)

Single room supplement: USD 170 / EUR 140,- 

Swiss safari guide on request - timely booking necessary.

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