“Come touch the sky”
Mount Kenya is a popular destination for hikers and climbers, offering a variety of routes to the summit, including the challenging and technical routes on the mountain’s main peaks, Batian and Nelion. The mountain is also home to several un ique and endangered species of animals and plants, and visitors can explore the beautiful alpine forests and see the high altitude adapted plains game. Additionally, the mountain is a designated World Heritage Site, recognized for its unique natural beauty and ecological importance. Visitors can also enjoy activities like camping, caving and trekking
Statistically about 15,000 people climb the mountain every year and the vast majority go to Pt Lenana at 4985 metres, the third peak on the mountain which is moderately easy to reach. The technical peaks of Nelion and Batian attract just a few hundred each year.
Of the walkers, about 90% climb via the Naro Moru, Sirimon and Chogoria routes. They therefore have staffed park gates and facilities at the camps including huts and Rangers.
Mt Kenya Technical Summits (Nelion and Batian) 1 $1,932
Summit Mount Kenya’s highest peaks, Nelion and Batian, on this 8-day fully supported climb itinerary. Please note that this is a demanding technical climb. We also offer guided treks to Point Lenana, Mount Kenya’s trekking summit.
Pick up from Nairobi airport to your arranged hotel for overnight.
In the afternoon, take a nature walk (3-4 hours) through the forest to the MauMau caves, the former hideouts for Kenya's pre-independence guerrillas. You’ll be accompanied by a naturalist guide who will explain more about the flora and fauna of the forest. Dinner and overnight at Bantu Lodge.
Leave the hotel/ lodge by 10:00am together with your guide and porters and drive for approx. two hours to the Sirimon park gate (2,600m). After completing the park entry formalities and enjoying a picnic lunch, begin a 3-4 hour hike through the forested foothills of the mountain.
Today’s walk will see you climb 700m through the bamboo, rosewood and heather zones to Old Moses camp. The forest and bamboo are home to buffalo, elephant, bushbuck and a plethora of bird species.
Dinner and overnight at Old Moses Camp (3,300m).
A long day leading to the base of the high peaks, as you trek through the moorland of Mackinder Valley, with good views of the main peaks and a brief stop for picnic lunch.
Total walking time today is approx. 7 hours, gaining 900m in altitude.
Dinner and overnight at Shipton's Hut (4,200m).
Acclimatisation day with optional trek to Hausberg Col.
Today will see you ascend to Point Lenana, Mount Kenya's trekking peak. Thereafter, the route taken will depend on which of the technical peaks you are tackling: Nelion, Batian, or Nelion and Batian in combination.
NELION: Early morning trek (3-4 hours) to reach Point Lenana (4,985m), the trekkers’ summit, in time to watch the sunrise. On a clear day you can see the snow-capped summit of Mount Kilimanjaro miles away to the south. Then, continue round and down to Austrian Hut (4,790m) where we spend the rest of the day preparing for the technical climb of Nelion peak.
BATIAN: Either choose the early morning trek (3-4 hours) to reach Point Lenana in time to watch the sunrise, then return to Shipton’s; or trek up Hausberg Col and then climb Point Peter.
The climb begins with an early AM short crossing of the glacier and then a trek over very rocky, glacial moraine to the start of the first pitch. Trek poles are advised for this section – you can leave them at the base of the climb. Nelion and Batian are technical peaks with sport grades ranging from grade 3, 3+, through 4a and 4b. Overall climb grading is hard to fix but assume V.Diff to Severe (UK) or IV+ (UIAA) for Nelion. There are plenty of running belays and scrambling while roped up. This is a long climb of 20+ pitches, some of them 50 Meters and others 60 Meters long. There are fixed bolts for abseiling from Nelion.
Any climber wishing to cross the Gate of Mists to Batian summit from Nelion summit must be prepared to bivouac at Howell Hut. It is very cramped and sleeps only 4 or 5 people. Bivvy bag and very good sleeping bag required for those sleeping outside the hut.
This morning, begin your technical attempt to cross the Gate of Mists with a short traverse before abseiling down to the Gate and climbing on and up to Batian Summit. The return to Howell Hut involves a steep snow climb, with substantial exposure. So good ice axe and crampon work required. After a short break at Howell Hut, begin the long descent with climbing down and abseils, returning to Austrian Hut for overnight.
Descend to Met Station and gate to connect with your transfer vehicle and other services.
CLIMB RATES with Bantu Mountain Lodge as the Base:
Technical Guide to be paid locally in US dollars cash:
- 2 pax US $550 per person
A second guide is required for groups of more than three climbers. Please contact us for more detail on our Mt Kenya technical climbs. For information on required equipment, please refer to our Mt Kenya Technical Climb Guide and Kit List.