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This is an exciting, non-technical traverse of Mount Kenya, sumiting Point Lenana, 4985m. The majestic peaks of Mount Kenya are truly amazing, with views of its gleaming snow-touched summits, glacier sculpted valleys and alpine moorland riddled with clear tarns and trout-filled streams. Elephant, giraffe and eland roam its lower slopes, while the stunning vegetation - giant lobelias appear like spiky pokers – has made it a UNESCO Biosphere Reserve.

The challenge is to reach Point Lenana, which, at 4985m, is the second highest trekking peak in Africa. Some would say it is a more beautiful mountain than Kilimanjaro and it is away from the busy and well-trodden tourist paths.  The Timau route on Mount Kenya wanders through pristine forest and alpine heathland, giving an opportunity to experience the unique flora and fauna.

The Highlights…

 The Timau Traverse of Mount Kenya to summit Point Lenana (4985m);

A fully supported trek with Kenyan mountain guides, porters and cooks

Led by UK Tribal Tracks leader – Mountain Leader Assessed;

A stunning route through the forest and alpine heathlands;

Camping under massive African skies;

Stay in tented camp inside the Ol Pejeta Conservancy

Safari game drive in Ol Pejeta

A final night celebration to salute the group’s impressive achievement.  

The Detail…

Days 1 and 2 – London to Nairobi

The excitement begins at the UK airport when you meet the Tribal Tracks UK guide and we start our journey to Kenya.  Our Kenyan team will meet you at Jomo Kenyatta International Airport and transfer you to Ol Pejeta Conservancy (approximately 4 hours), the largest black rhino sanctuary in East Africa, and into our tented lodge accommodation at Ol Pejeta Wildlife Camp. This afternoon we can relax, and acclimatise. Evening briefing from the leader and support staff and kit check for Mount Kenya before dinner.

Lunch and dinner. Overnight in Ol Pejeta tented camp shared rooms.        

Day 3 – Mt. Kenya: Wangu to West Marania Roadhead

Today we take a leisurely walk to the high altitude West Marania roadhead. We walk slowly to acclimatise to the altitude. The route is open heathland and we have the chance of seeing some unique mountain wildlife. One thing we are unlikely to see is another group as we are now off the main track. We arrive at our stunning mountain stream campsite and relax in the awesome mountain beauty.

Length: 8km, Time: 4 hours, Ascent: 700m Accommodation: West Marania campsite (3000m)

Full board. Overnight camping in twin share tents. 

Day 4 West Marania Roadhead to Majors Camp

A day to relax and explore a truly pristine mountain area. For those that are keen, today’s walk passes through stunning wilderness terrain with great birdlife. As usual, we will have a sumptuous meal waiting for us back at camp.

Length: 13km, Time: 10 hours, Ascent: 900m Accommodation: Majors camp (3900m)

Full board. Overnight camping in twin share tents. 

 Day 5 – Majors Camp to Icy Mikes camp (or High Col Camp)

A great day that sees us finish at the base of the old volcanic plug that makes up the rocky peaks of Batian, Nelion and Pt. Lenana. On the trek up, the vegetation changes to moorland grass with small flowering plants and the amazing giant lobelias and senecios.

Length: 8km, Time: 5 hours, Ascent: 800m Accommodation: Icy Mikes Campsite (4500m)

Full board. Overnight camping in twin share tents. 

Day 6 – Summit day - Icy Mikes to Pt. Lenana (4985m) to Old Moses (4250m)

An early 3am start sees us on the Summit Circuit Path. Stunning views, tarns, glaciers, ice carved rock formations, precipitous valleys and views! Our goal is Pt. Lenana for a sunrise celebration with spectacular views to the Aberdare Ranges and Mt. Kilimanjaro. After a celebratory cup of tea or coffee, we start our descent via the Sirimon Route to Judameir Camp.

Length: 18km, Time: 16 hours, Ascent: 485m

Full board. Overnight camping in twin share tents. 

Day 7 – Old Moses Campsite to Sirimon Park Gate Length

A leisurely walk through the towering forest where our vehicles will collect and transfer you back to our camp at Ol Pejeta Conservancy for a well-deserved hot shower and a big BBQ night to celebrate!  This afternoon we can meet the team from Ol Pejeta and see where fundraising efforts for rhinos is invested. They have a record of success in rhino population growth: from a starting population of just four Eastern black rhino in the late 1980s, today the conservancy boasts a population of 124 individuals. It is an incredible achievement, but one that comes with much heartache and at great cost, not only financial cost but in human lives too.

Ol Pejeta is playing a key role in creating new habitat for wildlife, and in particular their rhino. This includes bringing additional land into the conservancy, allowing them to continue the region’s most successful black rhino breeding programme and playing a key role in an initiative to open up multiple rhino habitats within the Laikipia region.

Full board. Overnight Ol Pejeta tented camp. 

Day 8 – Early morning Game drive Ol Pejeta and transfer to Nairobi

We will have an early start as we set off on our game drive inside Ol Pejeta Conservancy. Ol Pejeta is the largest black rhino sanctuary in east Africa, and home to three of the world’s last remaining northern white rhino. It is the only place in Kenya to see chimpanzees, in a Sanctuary established to rehabilitate animals rescued from the black market. It has some of the highest predator densities in Kenya, and still manages a very successful livestock programme. Ol Pejeta also seeks to support the people living around its borders, to ensure wildlife conservation translates to better education, healthcare and infrastructure for the next generation of wildlife guardians.

After lunch, we say farewell to our Kenyan team and the staff at Ol Pejeta and head to Nairobi for our evening flight home with a summit under our belts and a greater understanding of the incredible work charities are achieving through continual fundraising to save the rhino.

Breakfast and lunch

Day 9 – Arrive in London

We arrive into London in the morning with memories of a lifetime. 

 

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