Our Mount Kenya Challenge is an 11-day adventure taking place from 21st July-1st August 2019* . Raising Futures Kenya are proud to be working with Dig Deep Challenges to offer this exciting experience. Dig Deep Challenges are a highly experienced and respected challenge event company dedicated to responsible and ethical travel.
*the itinerary may change subject to flights
Day 1 – Departure – You’ll assemble with your group at London Heathrow before jumping on your flight to Nairobi International Airport, Kenya.
Day 2 – Hello Kenya! This is where the adventure begins. You will be met at the airport by a Dig Deep Challenges representative. You will take a private bus transfer to your comfortable hotel In Karen a few miles outside of Nairobi where you will stay the night and recover from your journey.
Day 3 – Transfer to Nanyuki. After breakfast, you will get on a private bus and transfer to the town on 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 4 – 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 5 – 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 6 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 7 – 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 8 – Trek Day 5 All things that go up must come back down again, and that is how you’ll spend the day. When you’re back, you will be met by a Dig Deep Challenges staff member.
Day 9, 10 and 11 – Project Visits organised by Raising Futures Kenya
From Raising Futures Kenya
Online fundraising resource folder including how-tos, sponsorship forms, template press releases,
template sponsorship letters, fundraising ideas etc.
National fundraising opportunities
Personal fundraising chat
Peer to peer forums
Regular catch up calls
Personal staff member
Template training plan
From Dig Deep Challenges
Public liability insurance (on request)
Risk assessment and emergency planning policy
Provided by Dig Deep Challenges
Daily medical checks
International flights to and from UK
All ground staff (guide, drivers, cooks, porters – first aid trained)
Full climb briefing before the climb
Entrance fees into national parks
Drinking water on challenge days and transfer days
All relevant transfers – private
Three meals a day on the trek
Accommodation during the challenge
Accommodation a night either side of challenge
In country support staff
24/7 emergency support line
Highest ethical standards
Tent and sleeping mat
Travel to/from airport of departure
Trekking clothing (have option to hire all kit in country
Evacuation (in event of serious medical injury, we will coordinate with your travel insurance company to arrange evacuation)
Meals and drinks other than those mentioned
Tips and gratuities
Items of a personal nature such as souvenirs and telephone calls
Rest and Relaxation Package
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