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When are the best Months to climb Mt. Kenya and Kilimanjaro?

The best times to climb Mt. Kenya and Kilimanjaro tend to be the warmest and driest months January, February and September June July August are also good months. However temperatures and weather are quite unpredictable and can change drastically based on the time of the day and altitude.its best to Avoid the long rainy season, from end of March to early june.

Which Route Should l Take?

Each Route has different characteristics which may or may not appeal to you. However to get the most out of your Trek, consider the difficulty, and Scenery. Other factors that should be considered are your Age, fitness level. Medical condition, experience at high altitude; degree of motivation and any other special consideration. Please kindly consider your guides Advice regarding this.

How many Days do l need to hike Mt. Kenya?

There are minimum days recommended for each route or a combination of routes. The more days you spend on the mountain, the better your chances for successfully reaching the summit. Do not book the minimum number of days, chances are, you will not enjoy your climb nor will you reach the top. Again, the guide’s advice will come in handy.

What do l need for hiking Mount Kenya?

Follow the gear List and resist the temptation to bring more. You won’t need it and it is just extra weight that you or the porters must carry. Upon completion of the climb, you’ll be surprised to  realize that what you needed is not much anyway.

What about Altitude mountain sickness on Mt. Kenya?

Altitude sickness is potentially fatal. However, most climbers will get some form of mild acute mountain sickness (AMS) While on the mountain. Our guide will monitor you closely during the duration of your climb. However, you should be aware of your of the symptoms of mild, moderate and severe AMS. And you must inform your guide of any symptoms immediately. Never try to hide your symptoms in order to continue climbing. There’s always the possibility that the impact of AMS will ultimately sabotage your summit attempt.

What do l need before l arrive?

Not many people have been to such high altitudes before. Therefore, climbers should have a medical check prior to attempting to climb Mt. Kenya and Kilimanjaro. Consult your health care provider to determine which immunizations and medications to obtain for your travels to east Africa. A valid passport, six months prior to the expiration, is required to East Africa. Climbers should also obtain medical insurance cover and travel insurance cover that covers trip cancellation.

Can you climb Mount Kenya without a Guide?

Hiking Mount Kenya and Mount Kilimanjaro with a professional and experienced guide is highly recommended.

Is climbing Mount Kenya Dangerous?

Climbing Mount Kenya is safe. However, preparing for high altitudes, long treks and steep ascent is important.

Does it Snow on Mt.Kenya?

Yes, rainfall and snow are common during the wet seasons March to May.

Can beginners climb Mt. Kenya?

With preparation, climbing to point Lenana is visible for beginners. However, if you want to summit Batian or Nelion, you’ll need rock climbing experience.

Do I need to tip guides, porters and cooks?

Tipping is not required, however it is always received. We don’t publish our tipping guidelines here, however when you book a trek with us we will discuss tipping protocols and provide a written overview on what is appropriate so you and others in your party can be prepared to tip if the trek meets your expectations.

How should l train for a trek to summit Mt.kilimanjaro or Mt. Kenya?

Early and often. Although you don’t need to be an Olympian a trek is no walk in the park. Your trek will be more pleasurable the more effort you can put in to preparing if you are not a regular athlete (or out of practice). Exercise physiologists suggest five aerobics workout of 30-60 minutes a week, coupled with strength training with focus on legs and core for these treks, in the gym a stair-master, treadmill on an incline, or elliptical machine can be a great workout. Of course, a day on the trails is not an hour at the gym, so ideally on weekends or whenever you a large block of time you should go on an extended hike with a 15-20 lb pack on your back. Start with 2–3-hour hikes and work up to 5-6 hours or more.

Which mountain gear do I need for climbing?
  • Thermal base layer
  • Quick-dry t-shirts and pants for hiking
  • Fleece jacket for keeping warm
  • A windproof, waterproof jacket for hiking
  • A pair of fleece pants for the nights
  • A puffer jacket
  • A pair of fleece-lined hiking pants for summit morning
  • A pair of waterproof, fleece-lined gloves
  • A pair of waterproof hiking boots
  • A 3L water bladder
  • Hiking bag (20‑40L)
  • Torch or headlamp
  • A pair of woolen gloves or mittens
  • A balaclava or hiking buff for wind protection
  • 4-6 pairs of woolen hiking socks
  • A pair of fleece socks
  • A pair of sunglasses
  • A hiking poles
  • A porter’s rucksack that fits all your items (at least 65L)
  • A sleeping bag with a subzero temperature rating


Mount Kenya Quick Facts

Below are some interesting facts about Mount Kenya to help inspire your future hike.

  • Elevation 5,199m (17,057 ft)
  • Co-ordinates 0*9’03”S 37*18’27”E
  • Mountain type: Extinct volcano
  • Shortest Route: Naro Noru to Naro Moru
  • Easiest route: Sirimon to Sirimon
  • Hardest Route: Chogoria to Sirimon (to Point Lenana) and North face standard route to Batian.
  • First to summit: Halford John Mackinder’s, Cesa Ollier, and Joseph Brocherel (September 13, 1899)
  • Famous Kenyan Climber: Kisoi Munyao for hoisting the Kenyan Flag on the eve of independence (December 12,1963)
  • Summit Temperature: Day time 0* to 14*C, Nighttime below 0*
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