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An interesting comparison with the Kilimanjaro trip I did 3 years ago. Mount Kenya is prettier and certainly less crowded. The final ascent of Mount Kenya is just as hard as Kilimanjaro but took 3 hours compared with Kili's 5-6 plus the extra altitude. Overall then because of the altitude, length of climb and number of walking days Kili is a tougher challenge. Mount Kenya is an excellent alternative though and worth doing on its own or as preparation for Kili.
Getting to the top. A lovely morning.
Peter was a great group leader. Interesting information and stories, particularly about Kenya and its tribes.
Get plenty of hill walking in before your trip. Its the best kind of preparation. You can leave bags at the Lodge so
bring a larger airline bag to put the Exodus one into if you want.
Lovely camp fires on the first two nights. Good for drying out wet things! EXCELLENT food. Thank you for the drinks during a stop over en route back to Nairobi where we were given our certificates. Unexpected and appreciated.
Mount Kenya is a far more inspirational mountain than her big sister Kili. The setting is fabulous with austere peaks all around, languid tarns and rich vegetation. The climb on summit day is hard work but very doable - the reward at the top of the view to Batian and Nelion is worth every drop of sweat.
The climb over to the MacKinder valley past two tarns, up a steep scree leading to a col and then down a zig -zag slope with the crags of Batian and Nelion constantly looming to our right leading to the first sight of our final route.
Peter was cheerful and attentive and ensured that the pace suited all the members of our group. His side-kick Cyrus was a staunch and protective backstop for the slower walkers and was always willing to share his extensive knowledge of the mountain.
The cook, first-aiders and porters were cheerful and willing at all times.
Follow the packing advice carefully and take only what you need but don't skimp on layers - summit day can be cold at first.
Ensure you have a water-proof kitbag (or dry liners) and day sack cover - we did get a little rain and wet kit would have been miserable.
Ensure you carry spare camera batteries or a power pack for recharging = also head torch batteries.
Take it easy - it's not a race - enjoy the scenery!
There are many routes - we did the Burguret up Sirimon down route which involves 3 full and 2 half days hiking including summit day. For those with time on their hands the Chogoria route up is potentially more attractive and involves an extra day hiking through an impressive gorge.
Read 'No Picnic on Mount Kenya' before you travel or even during your climb. The route in the book is the Burguret route.
Just wonderful. The trip notes and photos cannot do justice to what is one of the most special journeys in the world. Habitats change everyday. Views of the different peaks of the mountain gently reveal themselves. Before you finally ascend to the summit and watch the sun-rise across the plains, with Kilimanjoro in the distance. And every step of the way the Exodus team provide perfect commentary, from the flora and fauna to the history of the place. A perfect combination of place and people.
Inspiration and moments to remember don't come much better than stepping onto the summit just before sun-rise. Then all we needed to do was sit back and watch as one of the most wonderful sights unfolded before our eyes - with the added wonder of the summit of Kilimanjaro being visible in the distance. Wonderful.
Peter (and the rest of the support team) was nothing sort of amazing, and made sure that our trip was memorable for all the right reasons - a great guide; a wonderful host; and a new found friend. Bravo !
We use basic mountain huts and refuges throughout this trip as we make our way to Point Lenana. Mountain Rock Lodge offers basic twin share rooms. The mountain huts used on the ascent are basic with shared facilities, often with multiple beds in each room. Each room may accommodate both female and male trekkers.
No bed linen is provided so you must bring your own sleeping bag. With regard to toilet facilities, Old Moses Camp and Shiptons camp have flush toilets. Mackinders Camp use pit latrines.
Tom Bowring - Africa Operations
Lightweight clothing for the day time, as the sun can be quite strong. Bring warmer layers for the cooler evenings and early mornings, when temperatures can drop surprisingly due to the altitude a lot of Kenya sits at.
Tom Bowring - Customer Operations
Unfortunately we are not qualified to answer all your questions in regards to travel health, so we strongly recommend you contact your GP or a Travel Health Clinic at least 8 weeks prior to departure for up-to-date information. There will be limited information in the trip notes but you should always seek further qualified medical advice.
Nomad Travel Clinics are experts in preparing people for travel, providing advice on vaccinations, anti-malarial and staying healthy whilst overseas. We have arranged a special 10% discount for Exodus passengers on any vaccinations that you may require! Take along your Nomad discount card, sent with your confirmation pack, or call Exodus for your special discount code.
Visit www.nomadtravel.co.uk/exodus for further information.
For additional information please visit: www.fitfortravel.scot.nhs.uk
Charlotte Taylor - Customer Operations
Just taking Sterling cash will be fine, and there is no need to change in US dollars. The local currency is the Kenyan Schilling, and you will be changing your money into this and spending with schillings only. Some services will accept dollars as payment, but it is not legal tender. It is best to change money at the airport in Nairobi and ATM machines are availabile there as well. Credit Cards are accepted at most points on the trips if you get stuck as well!
Tom Bowring - Africa Operations
No, from September 2015 it is no longer possible to get your visa on arrival in Kenya. You must arrange for an eVisa online via Kenya Visa applications.
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