Mount Kenya Climbing Safari (Naro Moru Base)
Mt Kenya National Park is a high altitude park lying at an altitude of between 3100 and 5300 meters. It is home to a wide variety of exotic Kenyan plants as well different species of wildlife. Most famous as the home of Mt Kenya, the second-highest mountain in Africa, many visitors return here each year for the excellent climbing opportunities this park offers and the breathtaking scenery that includes moors and glaciers and tarns and glades and peaks.
According to local legend, Mt Kenya, also known as Kirinyaga, is the hallowed abode of Ngai, the God of the Kikuyu ethnic group. Many different types of climbing expeditions, some amateur and others professional, occur here each year from the base camps of Naro Moru, Timau, Sirimon, or Chogoria. Some of the routes are more difficult than others and it is always recommended that visitors consult and seek more professional information from the Mountain Climbing Club of Kenya or be accompanied at all times by professional guides.
At the lower ranges of the mountain are some of Kenya's most fertile farmlands lush green and laden with coffee and tea, wheat and maize, and bananas and green vegetables, making a trip to these parts well worth a visit for the splendid scenery that it offers.
The three-day safari is designed for those who are reasonably fit and healthy and who wish to take a trek up to Point Lenana, the third highest peak of Mt Kenya. The trek starts in the afternoon.
Morning at leisure in the lodge sorting out climbing gear and other personal preparations for the climb ahead. In the afternoon, depart, accompanied by knowledgeable guides for your drive to the Naro Moru Track road head. From here you may walk or you can be driven up to the Met Station (10,000ft). Check-in at the Log Cabins at the Met Station. Spend the rest of the afternoon on short hikes designed to get you to acclimatize to this altitude in preparation for the start of the challenging climb the following day. Dinner and overnight at a Cabin log at the Met Station.
Start your trek after an early breakfast. A good brisk walk should get you to MacKinders Camp ( 14,000ft) after 5-6 hours. From here, enjoy the beauty of the Teleki Valley and the spectacular view of the mountains' main peaks. Stop at Mackinders for your well-deserved rest, dinner, and overnight.
Start at dawn for an attempt to reach Point Lenana summit (16, 400ft) before the clouds cover the majesty of the mountain. On successfully attaining the summit, you begin your descent back to the base station from where you are driven back to the Naro Moru River Lodge.
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