Naro Moru Route - 5 Days

In the Central Highlands, east of the Great Rift Valley, Mount Kenya National Park is a UNESCO World Heritage Site encompassing the country’s namesake highest mountain at 5,199 meters and providing the rare sight of equatorial snow. Formed by a series of volcanic eruptions, Mount Kenya is actually comprised of three glacier-cloaked peaks. The highest is Batian, although Nelion, the next highest, is a tougher climb. The lowest peak, Lenana, is considered the easiest climb, although unpredictable weather can pose challenges.

Scenery varies from glaciers, lakes, and mineral springs to alpine forest and dense pockets of bamboo. The diversity of flora and fauna provides rewarding opportunities for safaris. Among the wildlife here, you may spot black and white colobus monkeys, buffalo, elephant, tree hyrax, leopard, and hyena.

Naro Moru Route

On the south side of the mountain this route is well marked through forest from the park gate at 2400m, initially along a track for 10km to the Meteorological Station at 3000m which can be accessed by vehicle.

After a night at the Met, where buffalo often visit the campsite, the route enters the forest and up the Vertical Bog which can often be muddy and wet. Red and white marker posts show the way onto the shoulder of the mountain and a drier ridge which looks down onto the Teleki Valley (4000m). Two possible trails lead up to Mackinders Camp at 4200m, either high or low, which is a flat area near the head of the valley. Camping is good here, although it gets cold at night, and there is a Ranger post nearby.

Now follow a steepish trail up from the Ranger Post and traverse the northwest side of the valley to cross the stream at the base of the scree slopes which are at the head of the valley. Once on the scree slopes, the trail zig zags steeply uphill to eventually reach a ridge and Austrian Hut where people can rest or sleep or even camp. From the Hut the path becomes indistinct on rock and ice, and it is important to follow the cairns along the route towards the summit on the northwest side of the Lewis Glacier. A final short scramble leads onto Point Lenana.

Itinerary

Day 1
Nairobi/Meteorological Station 3-4 hrs, 10km, 400m ascent

Transfer to Mount Kenya National Park at Naro Moru Gate for registration and where the hike starts, 2600m From the gate, keep to the park track, which follows the crest of a board ridge between the Northern and Southern Naro Moru valleys. The going is easy and it’s a pleasant walking through the forest. About two thirds of the way up after the bridge there are good views to the left north down into the Northern Naro Moru valley. The trek ends at Met station 3,000m where dinner and overnight rest will be.

Day 2
Met Station/Mackinders Camp 5-6 hrs, 10km, 1200m ascent

Head uphill on the track to pass the radio must on your right after about half an hour. The trek runs into a path and after another 30 minutes, you will reach the end of the forest belt and enter the moorland. This is the vertical bog conditions range from damp to glutinous depending on when it last rained. Continue through until the going improves and you reach a fork overlooking Teleki Valley to reach Mackinders Camp, 4,200m. Dinner and overnight at Mackinders Camp.

Day 3
Mackinders Camp

Rest day and acclimatization walk

Day 4
Mackinders Camp/Point Lenana/Met Station, 8-10 hrs, 14km, 785m ascent

The normal approach is to start at 2 am in order to reach point Lenana taking about 4 hr walk by sunrise at 6:30am. After sunrise, descend down to Mackinders Camp for breakfast, 2hrs and walk further 4hrs, way back to Met Station for dinner and overnight.

Day 5
Met Station/Naro Moru/Nairobi 3hrs, 9km, 400m

After breakfast, descend through the rain forest which is 9km to Mount Kenya National Park’s Naro Moru Gate at 2,600m. Here, you will connect with your transport back to Nairobi arriving at approximately 3pm.

Included in the price

  • • Guarantee price/guarantee trek on confirmation
  • • Transfer to and from the base of the mountain
  • • Full board accommodation whilst on the trek.
  • • Meal plan on FB
  • • Accommodations in camps/huts as per the itinerary
  • • All park entrance fees to include government taxes
  • • Service of an English speaking professional guide, porters and skilled cook
  • • Start and finish Nairobi
  • • Treated water on the trek.
  • • On completion, successful climb Certificate

Excluded

  • • Laundry, tips, sleeping bags, drinks, accommodation before the trek and climbing gears
  • • International flights
  • • Visas to Kenya
  • • Items of personal nature
  • • Any other extras not detailed in the above itinerary

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Naro Moru Route
36% Off
From $ 700.00 $ 450.00
per Adult

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