Climbing Mount Kenya, Sirimon & Chogoria route, 7 days

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Responsible tourism: Climbing Mount Kenya, Sirimon & Chogoria route, 7 days

This long but gentle trek is more expensive than shorter climbs but we believe good acclimatisation is a responsible approach, as your enjoyment, satisfaction, and achievement should take priority over a cheap, stressful and possibly dangerous climb. It is very rarely that climbers do not make the Point Lenana summit this way.

All our guides are qualified and certified by the National Park operating authorities and we enjoy an excellent relationship with them, built up over many years working together. They adhere strictly to the codes of conduct set out by the Park authority. They have training in First Aid and treatment of altitude sickness. They carry radios and/or mobile 'phones.

Our staff are paid well above average wages and have contracts of employment with agreed conditions of service and receive annual profit-share bonuses. We provide good equipment for carrying loads, all food and hut accommodation on the mountain.

We also offer insights into the way of life of the Kikuyu people living on the lower slopes of the mountain - so many trekkers just drive past without any appreciation of the fascinating culture there. Our Kenyan Director (Patrick Wanjohi) was born here and he can arrange visits to farms, local villages (with home-stays), schools and clinics - all providing an income those people directly.

We provide our clients with advice on responsible travel behaviour and encourage them to share their cultures with the peoples they meet as a way of improving understanding of our two very different life-styles.

Reviews of Climbing Mount Kenya, Sirimon & Chogoria route, 7 days

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I am reborn! Simply the best holiday I have ever been on
Some great stories to tell the grandchildren. Would recommend to a friend
Very enjoyable
It was OK
A bit disappointing really

Reviewed on 09 Aug 2012 by

1. What was the most memorable or exciting part of your holiday?


The summit, with the climb up under a crystal clear sky with an amazing view of the night sky full of bright stars and shooting stars, followed by a gorgeous sunrise visible from the peak. That night we stayed in a campsite tucked away in almost a rainforest “like setting.

2. What tips would you give other travellers booking this holiday?


Be sure to remember to put your sleeping bag in a trash bag, or water proof bag. We forgot this one, but luckily the rain cover on our packs kept the bags dry. Also trekkers may want to consider staying in a tent in Shipton's camp. Some noisy trekkers and those rising early to reach the summit, can make it hard to get a good nights sleep. Especially on the day you are going for the peak.

3. Did you feel that your holiday benefited local people, reduced environmental impacts or supported conservation?


Yes.

4. Finally, how would you rate your holiday overall?


Excellent! I would use this operator and Responsible Travel again.

Reviewed on 02 Nov 2012 by

1. What was the most memorable or exciting part of your holiday?


I really enjoyed climbing Mt Kenya. The day was perfect, and the scramble to the
summit a bit different to other mountains I have climbed.

2. What tips would you give other travellers booking this holiday?


Take some clothes or equipment you no longer need, and leave them behind.

3. Did you feel that your holiday benefited local people, reduced environmental impacts or supported conservation?


I thought the trip was rally well balanced- it was good for me, but it was also
good for the local economy and the people who helped me along the way.

4. Finally, how would you rate your holiday overall?


Overall, it was a good blend of experience and adventure. I am glad I did it,
but also glad to be home.

Reviewed on 27 Aug 2006 by

1. What was the most memorable or exciting part of your holiday?


We managed to summit Mt Kenya and the views from the top were absolutely awesome!! The National Park is surely hikers paradise. Secondly we enjoyed the safari in the Masai Mara, managed to see massive amount of wildlife. Guess that the lion cubs must have been the best.

2. What tips would you give other travellers booking this holiday?


For the mountain climb you can't go without a warm sleeping bag, be ready for artic temperatures...

3. Did you feel that your holiday benefited local people, and minimized impacts on the environment?


The tour food purchases where made locally, benefiting the individual and local enterprises. In the parks we stayed on exciting tracks and paths. Also contributions where made to a local school. Yes I think the operator does its best to look after our planet and the local community.

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