Challenge level: 5 out of 5
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Prepare for the climb of your life up Mount Kenya, home to Africa’s second highest peak and a roarsome variety of wildlife.
Together, we’ll enjoy the finest climbing on the continent, following stunning trails, tackling technical ascents and finally reaching the third highest peak, Point Lenana, for panoramas you’ll never forget.
The trek may be tough, but the views are more than worth it, with chances to spot a roarsome variety of wildlife, including elephants, buffalos and even leopards!
We’ll venture through dense forests, full of bamboo, cedar and camphor, before reaching rockier terrain and the stunning snow-capped summit.
Hiking higher than most people dream of, we’ll camp amidst clouds, watch out for birds of prey and gain amazing insight into the local lifestyle.
We end our mighty challenge at the very special Sheldrick Wildlife Trust and meet the rescued orphaned elephants and rhinos.
COVID-19 - Keeping you safe
As we hope you know, the health and safety of our participants is always - and has always been - our highest priority.
Our team of experts here at DC has created a brilliant 14-step initiative, to minimise the risk of coronavirus and maximise your safety. Please click here to see our ground-breaking plan and rest assured that you're safe booking with us.
Worried about fundraising? Don’t be…
The Mount Kenya Trek 2022 is an Open Challenge, which means you choose how you fund your adventure.
You can self-fund and pay the challenge costs yourself without the pressure of a minimum sponsorship target; or you can choose sponsorship and commit to raising a minimum amount for a charity, hospice or animal sanctuary of your choice.
We first meet as a group at the airport in London, where we catch our overnight flight to Nairobi. Touching down on African soil in the morning of Day 2, our local ground agents greets us upon our arrival and we transfer together to our hotel in Nanyuki. This approx. three-hour drive gives us a stunning introduction to Kenya, as we drive through the fascinating coffee plantations of the Central Highlands.
Pulling up at our hotel, close to the Mount Kenya National Park, you have the rest of the day free to spend as you wish. You may want to wander around the market town or kick back at the hotel. We meet back up as a group in the evening for our welcome dinner and an exciting briefing from our trekking leader.
After breakfast at the hotel, we transfer (approx. 1 hour) to Sirimon Park Gate, where we sign into the National Park and meet our porters.
After another briefing, we commence our trek through a rainforest, rich in flora and fauna. With birdsong as our soundtrack, we trek along the Sirimon Valley through Podo forests and bamboo bushes, to the Old Moses Camp at 3,300m.
This first day’s trek helps us to acclimatise, before our challenge toughens over the coming week. We settle down at our camp for dinner with a view. From here, we can see the main summits of Batian, Nelion and Point Lenana, our destination!
Breakfast at camp sets us up for a longer day’s trekking. We continue our ascent and before long, cross the Ontulili River.
From here, we head west along the northern slopes of the massif, before reaching the gorgeous heatherland and moorland. Trekking higher amidst giant heather, lobelia and groundsel, we keep our eyes peeled for some of Kenya’s iconic wildlife and a variety of birds.
This beautiful trail leads us down to the Liki North River, which we cross, before climbing out of the valley. Still more stunning views await and we continue on a trail that crests a ridge above the lush green Mackinder Valley. Trekking down into the valley, mountains tower above us as we continue along its eastern side to our overnight camp.
Today’s climb gives us a chance to acclimatise further, as we ascend to Arthur’s Seat, at a whopping 4,500m. We hike up through swooping valleys with breath-taking vistas of crater lakes and glacier fields.
Upon reaching Arthur’s Seat, we catch our breath and make the most of the exquisite panoramas, before descending back to our camp. After a tough day’s climb, we enjoy dinner and a good night’s rest.
Rise and shine to summit day! Waking early, we leave our camp and embark on our climb to Point Lenana, Mount Kenya’s third highest peak at 4,985m.
Ascending across mostly rocky terrain, we also tackle stretches of sand and may well need to scramble at points.
It’s a tough start to the day, but worth every bead of sweat, as we reach the peak in time to watch the sun rise. The time we spend at Point Lenana will depend on the temperatures and winds, but we certainly take a few photos to commemorate our mountainous achievement!
We then trek very slowly down the south side of the mountain, taking care on the steep descent on loose gravel. However, we’re rewarded well with chances to spot some mountain hyrax, which are the size of big moles but belong to the elephant family.
At last, we reach our night’s camp at 4,200m and settle down with an awesome sense of achievement.
We descend further today, but you’ll be glad to know the terrain isn’t as tricky as we reach lower land. Getting our stretch of rock and sand out of the way, we venture further through lush vegetation, including groundsel lobelia, tasalk grass and short trees.
We finally enter thick forest and continue through its myriad of plant-life, until we reach our accommodation at the Met Station.
We’ve made it to our last day trekking! After breakfast at the Met Station, we follow a trail down to cross Percival’s Bridge over the river.
Descending further through the dense forest, we trek between two branches of the Naro Moru River and at last reach the Naro Morou Park Gate – aka. Our finish line! We sign out of the park and rest our legs on a relaxing three-hour transfer to our hotel in Nairobi.
Tonight, we toast to our life changing accomplishment with a delicious celebration dinner.
Our Kenyan adventure ends with a special chance to visit the amazing Sheldrick Wildlife Trust, where rescued elephant and rhino orphans are raised and rehabilitated into the wild. Here, we get to meet some of the orphans, learn loads about these gentle species and most probably fall in love with them!
The rest of the day is then free for you to spend as you wish in Nairobi. Feel free to relax at the hotel or take this final opportunity to explore the city and shop for souvenirs. To give you maximum flexibility with your time, lunch and dinner aren’t provided today, so you’ll need to arrange these yourself.
Today sees us waking early to begin our journey home. Bidding Africa goodbye, we transfer to Nairobi airport and catch our flight to London, arriving in the UK on the same day.
From here, you make your own way home from the airport, already raring to conquer your next Dream Challenge!
Pay your registration fee and your challenge costs yourself.
Pay the balance
Pay your registration fee and raise the minimum target for your chosen charity.
Minimum sponsorship target
As we hope you know, the health and safety of our participants is always - and has always been - our highest priority.
Our team of experts here at Dream Challenges has created a brilliant 14-step initiative, to minimise the risk of coronavirus and maximise your safety. Please click here to see our ground-breaking plan and rest assured that you're safe booking with us.
With even the government unsure how exactly the coronavirus situation will eventuate, we can't make any guarantees; but we can promise you that we will always put your health and security first and will always be just and flexible in any decisions we have to make, regarding postponements and transfers.
Absolutely! As part of our amazing 14-step initiative to minimise the risk of coronavirus and maximise your safety on all our challenges we're delighted to have found a fantastic travel insurance policy, which covers you for COVID-19.
Climbing Mount Kenya is a high altitude trek with some technical climbing and so it's a serious physical challenge. However, the peak we're trekking to, Point Lenana (4,985m) is achievable by any fit trekker. The trek will challenge your physical fitness, powers of endurance and mental strength. Our mountain guides have an excellent track record both in safety and in reaching the summit with this type of group.
Much of the route is on well defined paths although the summit ascent will involve some scrambling on scree covered slopes and boulders. Perhaps the biggest challenge is dealing with the altitude, but we have designed this itinerary to allow for sufficient acclimatisation to the conditions. Two doctors will accompany the group at all times.
Please don't be! The majority of people will sign up on their own and our Dream Challenges are renowned for the amazing camaraderie and life long friendships made as our groups take on these incredible feats together.
Once you've signed up for the challenge, we'll send you a link to a private Facebook group for everyone registered for The Mount Kenya Trek 2022. Please feel free to use this space to swap questions, advice and updates with your fellow trekkers on your training and fundraising.
You may also want to reach out to the other participants in this group to see if there's anyone in your local area you can meet up to train and fundraise with.
Absolutely not! One of the amazing things about the challenge is that people of all ages will come together to do something very special. The age range is likely to be from 18 to 75.
The daytime temperature on the plains and at lower levels will be around 30C. Trekking through the rainforest could as the name suggests be very wet and the temperature will drop significantly as we climb higher. Night time temperatures will be sub-zero and the summit is permanently covered with ice.
You will need a good pair of hiking boots; a 3-4 seasons sleeping bag; warm waterproof clothing and water bottles or a camel back type hydration system. Apart from that no specialist equipment is required. We will supply a full kit list before you go.
We will camp in two-person tents and mountain huts on the mountain and accommodation will be provided in comfortable hotels on our nights in Nairobi on a twin sharing basis.
Porters will carry your luggage, food and water, so you will only need to carry a small day pack, containing essential accessories and equipment.
Yes of course! Please get in touch and let us know if you’d like to do this at least 14 weeks before the challenge by emailing us at firstname.lastname@example.org.
In addition to paying your registration fee (£399) and either paying your challenge costs or raising the minimum sponsorship target, you'll need to budget for your:
You will need to take out your own personal travel insurance covering health, accident, loss and repatriation.
Dream Challenges has a policy that provides appropriate cover for this type of activity and COVID-19. We will send you the details once you have registered. You can, however, take out your own insurance, providing it covers you for a charity trek in Kenya.
Each participant needs to organise their own tourist visa. Full details on how to apply will be provided much closer to the event.
The Dream Challenges team are here to help you achieve your challenge and will support you all the way.
We are on hand from the minute you sign up to answer any questions that you may have about your training or the challenge itself.
Once you have registered, we will send you a realistic training programme to help you get fit for the trek. The programme builds up gradually as our challenge gets closer, so you'll be raring to go by the time we fly to Kenya!
We'll have two qualified doctors accompanying the group for groups of over ten participants, throughout the challenge, along with a team of experienced challenge guides and porters.
We’ll have an event leader, plus two qualified event doctors for groups with over ten participants, who will be with you the whole time.
The group size for this challenge is likely to be around 25-30 people.
Your registration fee of £399 per person is used to administer the challenge and secure your seats with the airline.
Your challenge costs of £2,150 (ie. 50% of the fundraising target if you choose the Sponsorship option) cover:
As we're not medically trained, we're afraid we can't offer you advice on this. We recommend you contact your GP or your local travel clinic, who will have the latest travel health advice.
We also recommend you visit the NHS Fit for Travel website here, to keep up to date with current travel health news and advice on staying healthy abroad.
NHS Fit for Travel website: https://www.fitfortravel.nhs.uk/home
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