We offer safe, experienced five to seven-day expeditions up both peaks for a once-in-a-lifetime adventure few have experienced. Let’s learn more about each summit and how to prepare for your climb up one of the world’s highest mountains.
Mt. Kenya – The Country’s Tallest Peak
A journey up Mt. Kenya will give you a window into Africa’s various climates – from a sub-tropical bamboo forest at the base to cooler wooded slopes, onto alpine meadows, and finally a moonscape of glaciers, rock, and snow at the peak.
You’ll even have a chance to spot some wildlife on your first days of the climb, like elephants, monkeys, buffalo, and antelope. And you’ll hike past scenic high-altitude lakes during your ascent. The mountain has three peaks but as first timers, you’ll be summitting at Point Lenana, 16,354 ft (4,985 m) above sea level.
To reach the top you’ll have a choice of three routes: the Sirimon, Chogoria, or Naro Moru – each takes about five days for the climb and the return back down.
Mt. Kilimanjaro – Africa’s Tallest Peak
Higher and more famous than its cousin, Kilimanjaro, or Kili is a dormant volcano, the sixth highest mountain in the world and the highest free-standing peak, clocking in at 19,340 ft (5,895 m).
You can choose from seven routes up the mountain, each ranging from four to seven days for the climb. As a general rule, know that the more time you spend on Kili, the more time you will have to acclimate to its high elevations, and the better your chances are of reaching the top.
Prepping For Success
Obviously, the better the physical shape you’re in, the easier you’ll find the climb. So how best to get fit for an upwards trek in regions where the air gets very thin?
Think aerobic exercise. If you haven’t already, start hiking and increase the length of your hikes as you get nearer to your climb date. If you can, add cycling, swimming, and/or running to your daily routine to enhance your cardiovascular function.
Now a Word About Gear
You’ll need plenty of specialized clothing for your climb that will keep you warm and dry. Plus, the temperature range will be extreme, starting at about 770 f (250 c), but as you go up, the temperatures will go down to around 140 f (– 100 c) at the summit.
Layers are the best way to dress – go for woolen items, not cotton as wool will keep you warm even when wet.
We have a complete packing list here to properly get yourself outfitted for this very “peak” experience.
Mt. Kenya or Mt. Kilimanjaro – either is the opportunity of a lifetime for success, exhilaration, and discovery… both without and within. Let us take you there as part of your African safari tour.
Take advantage of all East Africa has to offer and we’ll make sure you have a magnificent and safe adventure!