Our Mount Kenya Challenge is a 9-day adventure taking place around the 19/20th July 2020 (subject to change depending on participant availability). Exact dates will be confirmed by January 2020. Raising Futures Kenya are proud to be working with Heritage of African Jungles to offer this exciting experience.Heritage of African Jungles are a highly experienced and respected travel company dedicated to responsible and ethical travel.
Day 1 – Hello Kenya! This is where the adventure begins. You will be met at the airport by a Raising Futures Kenya representative. You will take a private bus transfer to your comfortable hotel a few miles outside of Nairobi where you will stay the night and recover from your journey.
Day 2 – You will visit Raising Futures Kenya projects in the morning and see for yourself the impact your fundraising will have. After lunch, you will get on a private bus and transfer to the town of Nanyuki in the foothills of Mount Kenya National Park. You’ll stay the night here and be met by your Head Guide who along with his team will be leading you up the mountain. That evening your Head Guide will give you a short briefing on what to expect on the trek before you enjoy a delicious dinner and spend the night in twin shared rooms.
Day 3 – Trek Day 1 After a good breakfast, you will be transported up to the Mt Kenya National Park Gate – watch out for the baboons emerging from the cloud forest. This day is about finding your feet with a beautiful 4-5 hour gradual ascent through the forest to your camp at 2600m. The path follows the crest of a board ridge between the Northern and Southern Naromoru valleys. The going is easy and it’s a pleasant walk through the forest. The trek ends at Met Station 3000m where dinner and overnight rest will be waiting.
Day 4 – Trek Day 2 – You will awake bright and early in your cabin and set off after a team breakfast. You’ll venture out of the forest and enter exotic Kenyan moorlands, known as the Vertical Bog. Conditions range from damp and glutinous depending on when it last rained. It is all about taking your time, until you are rewarded with the amazing view of the Teleki Valley. Expect snow capped mountains ahead. You will reach your second hut on the trek, Mackinders Camp (4,300m). This day involves 6-7 hours trekking in total
Day 5 Trek Day 3 – Time to acclimatise! After breakfast, you will spend a day trekking around the mountain without going further up in order to get used to the altitude. Mount Kenya is renowned for its flora and fauna and your guides will point out anything to be seen and talk about the geology of Mt Kenya. Afterwards, you will return to camp for dinner and rest.
Day 6 – Summit Day! The normal approach is to start at 2am in order to reach the summit in about 4 hours in time for sunrise at about 6.30am. You have done it! At 5199m and the African Plains rolling out as far as the eye can see, the feeling of achievement is overwhelming. After sunrise, descend down to Shipton’s Camp for breakfast in about 2 hours and then walk a further 4 hours, all the way back to Old Moses Camp for dinner and overnight stay.
Day 7 – Trek Day 5 All things that go up must come back down again, and that is how you’ll spend the day – descending Mount Kenya and celebrating!
Day 8 – More project visits to see our Seed of Hope vocational training centre in Kariti. Meet staff and students and learn all about how your hard work will change the lives of young people in Kenya.
Day 9 – Fly home or continue your adventure. We’re very happy to offer guidance should you wish to continue your trip with further volunteering or even a safari!
This is an indicative itinerary and is subject to change.
“Climbing Mt Kenya for Raising Futures Kenya has been the highlight of my life so far, it was a thrilling adventure and a trip full of highs and lows! I’d do it all again in a heartbeat for such a wonderful charity”.
From Raising Futures Kenya
From Heritage of African Jungles
To make the trip as accessible as possible, you have the option fundraise towards the cost of your trip. Let us know if this is an option you’d like to discuss.