Would you like to discover the stunning Naro Moru traverse on Mount Kenya? Then join me on this 5-day program starting from Nairobi!
At 5,199 m, Mount Kenya is the highest mountain in Kenya and the second-highest in Africa after Kilimanjaro. This stunning giant is famous for its breathtaking vegetation and wildlife. The highest peaks on Mount Kenya are Batian (5,199m), Nelion (5,188m) and Point Lenana (4,985m). On this adventure, we will climb to the top of Lenana via the Naro Moru route.
We will set off from Nairobi and drive to Nanyuki Town on the lower slopes of Mount Kenya. After lunch, we will continue driving to the Sirimon Park Gate where our trekking adventure will begin. Every day, we will cover a stretch of the route and enjoy the awe-inspiring flora and fauna that we find on the way. In the evenings, we will stay in mountain huts and campsites where we will prepare to set off early the next day. One of the highlights of our trek will be watching the sunrise from the Point Lenana summit. You can find a detailed itinerary below.
DAY 1: NAIROBI TO OLD MOSES CAMP (3,300 M)
After meeting up at the international airport in Nairobi, we will drive to Nanyuki town, crossing the equator en route to Sirimon Park gate. From here, we will spend 3 to 4 hours trekking to our first camp, Old Moses camp.
DAY 1: NAIROBI-OLD MOSES HUT
We will first drive from Nairobi to Nanyuki Town in time for lunch. From there, we will drive to the Sirimon Park Gate and begin our trek. We will go through forests, bamboo and giant heather zones until we reach the high altitude moorland and the Old Moses Mountain Hut/Campsite.
DAY 3: TO SHIPTON'S HUT
After an early breakfast, we will set off to Shipton’s camp (4200m). A challenging trek will take us through hills, valleys and moorlands where we will catch sight of stunning flora and fauna including Giant groundsels, lobelias and mountain rock hyrax. This park is also home to tree climbing lions, flamingos, ground hornbill and crested eagle.
DAY 3: MACKINDERS HUT/CAMP VIA HAUSBERG COL
We will wake up very early around 3.30am and hike to point Lenana (4985m). Then we will descent to Mackinders hut (4300m) where we will have breakfast and continue on to the Met Station campsite. Dinner and overnight at the campsite.
DAY 4: MACKINDERS HUT/CAMP TO OLD MOSES OR MET STATION CAMP
We will set off early, at 3am and hike up a steep scree slope and glacier to point Lenana (4985m) to catch site of the sunrise. Then, we will descend to Mackinders camp for breakfast and continue down the Naro Moru Trail to Met Station where we will have lunch. We will have the afternoon to relax and stay overnight.
DAY 5: MET STATION CAMP TO NAIROBI
We will enjoy an early breakfast before starting our descent to the Naro Moru park gate where a vehicle will be waiting to transfer you back to Nairobi.