Mount Kenya climbing holiday, Kenya
Description of Mount Kenya climbing holiday, Kenya
Climbing Mount Kenya over the course of a week as part of a small group is an adventure experience to remember for the rest of your life. As Africa's second highest mountain, Mt Kenya offers climbers and trekkers the chance to challenge themselves at high altitude and within a much less crowded environment than, for example, Kilimanjaro.
Climbing Mount Kenya off the beaten track means you experience more diverse scenery including the beautiful lakes on the mountain, with the added bonus of meeting fewer trekkers. Travelling in small groups results in less impact on the environment - for example the fragile flora on the edges of trails is less likely to be damaged. It’s also a more enjoyable experience, as the pace tends to be slower and more relaxed, giving you the opportunity to chat with your guides and fellow travellers.
Staying in Kenya after climbing Mt Kenya is well worth considering and there is a great choice of lodges and tented camps within a couple of hours’ driving distance from the mountain. We seek out the properties which support community projects, employ local people and have good eco credentials.
Mount Kenya is located in the vast wilderness landscapes of Laikipia, a region at the forefront of promoting responsible tourism in Kenya. We particularly recommend lodges which involve the local communities in their management, resulting in greater protection of the area’s wildlife, including its many endangered species.
Planet and peopleWe are a small company based in Nanyuki town just near Mount Kenya. Our dedicated team, who will be leading and supporting you on your trek, take pride in their team spirit. Together, we discuss every aspect of our mountain trips, from camp and tent preparation to recipes and menus, and we encourage feedback and input from our core group of guides and cook. We have all walked together every step of the mountain trails, and stayed at every camp site, on and off the beaten track. Your safety and enjoyment are our primary concerns, and we hope you will have a memorable mountain experience with our friendly crew who look forward to getting to know you and exchanging views.
Your trip will be supporting our locally based mountain team and their families. We make all our financial arrangements directly with our Guide, so we can guarantee our team is paid in full on the day, or day after, your trip ends.
Our Cook is very skilled at producing delicious meals, even in the most remote locations. All the fresh food for our trips is bought from Nanyuki’s market and other supplies from locally owned shops. Our Cook aims to support the local shopkeepers first and foremost.
The lodges in Laikipia employ local people and some lodges are managed and/or hosted by local Maasai communities. All lodges that we recommend support community projects.
We can organise temporary membership of AMREF flying doctors to give you added reassurance and to support the charitable work of the flying doctor service. Your membership is in addition to, but not instead of travel insurance.
Our Guides will give you plenty of tips on high altitude trekking techniques and chat to you about the mountain’s flora, fauna and the history of its exploration. The team understand the importance of preserving the mountain environment for the future and they are well versed in ‘leave no trace’ principles, collecting any litter left on the trails by others, as well as removing their own kitchen waste.
Your Mount Kenya park fees support the work of the Kenya Wildlife Service in preserving the pristine wilderness of the mountain and the surrounding national park. Your lodge conservancy fees support local community projects, including conservation of some of Africa’s most endangered species.
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