Mountaineering Safaris

Mountains: Mt. Kenya and Mt. Kilimanjaro.

Location: Kenya

Duration: 6 days / 5 nights

Type of Safari: Mountain Climbing, Basic camping.

MOUNT KENYA

Tour Itinerary:

Day 1 Nairobi – Nanyuki – Old Moses Camp

Upon arrival at Jomo Kenyatta International Airport, you will be met by Wanderlust representatives and drive from Nairobi proceed south towards the cool slopes of Mt. Kenya to Nanyuki town for lunch, Crossing the Equator en route to the Sirimon Park gate (2660m). From the gate, we trek up through magnificent montane forest, bamboo and giant heather zone before reaching the high altitude moorland and our first hut (Old Moses Camp) for dinner and overnight.
This is a gentle trek that takes 3 -4 hrs gaining an elevation of 680m.

Day 2 Old Moses Camp – Shipton Camp

After an early breakfast you will ascend to Shipton Camp via Mackinders Valley with picnic lunch en-route arriving Shipton Camp late afternoon (16kms which is 7-8hrs hiking duration).This is a surreal setting below the towering peaks and glaciers, with its resident populations of bizarre rock hyrax and beautiful sunbirds. Dinner and overnight at Shimpton Camp (4,200m).

Day 3 Shipton Camp – Full Day acclimatization.

For better acclimatization you can take a rest day at the Shipton Camp. Short walks/day hikes are possible on the summit climb to Oblong and Hausberg turns gaining an elevation of 370m before returning to the camp for lunch. Afternoon is at leisure.
N.B: Climbing high and sleeping low is excellent for acclimatization – but you can do that almost as well toughing in the sun watching the eagles!

Day 4 Shipton Camp – Mackinders Camp

From Shipton’s Camp the trail leads to Kami Camp below the north face of Batian. Continuing west – southwest the trails climbs up switchbacks in the fine snow before reaching Hausberg Col at 4590M. We will descend into the upper Hausberg Valley and rest at the oblong and Hausberg turns. Ascending to the crest of a ridge known as Arthur’s seat we see the trail winding along a beautiful series of rock ledges. We will descend to Mackinder’s Camp for the night.

Day 5 Mackinders Camp – Point Lenana

Early climb to point Lenana 4,985m – The climb takes 4 hrs and to add the exhilaration, Kilimanjaro is also visible from the horizon. Descend to mintos hut for full breakfast. After a short rest descend further to Mt Kenya Bandas through the gorges valley for dinner & overnight. You can enjoy log fires, hot showers and bed at the bandas!

Day 6 Meru Bandas – Chogoria town - Nairobi

After breakfast, descend on a broad track through bamboo and virgin rain forest to meet vehicle for the return to Nairobi – usually arriving mid to late afternoon.
Fly out to the next destination.

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Mount Kenya rates:

Number of pax 1 2 3 4 5 6
Total price in USD per person 1,824 1,597 1,477 1,458 1,427 1,395

Inclusive

• All transportation to/from the mountain.
• Full accommodation at Mountain Huts/ Camping while hiking
• All food while on the mountain.
• All park entrance fees
• All guiding services.
• Porter support for the climb.

Not inclusive

Gloves, Sun glasses, Sleeping bag, Hats, Rain suits, Warm Jacket, Heavy boots, Scarf's, Beverages while not on the mountain and Tips and gratuities for guides and porter (recommended to be 10 – 15 of climb costs).
* It is recommended that trekkers bring their own personal sleeping bag as bags available may not be warm enough. A four season’s sleeping bag is recommended.

TREKKERS TIPS:

It is good indeed to line all rucksacks and duffel bags with a large polythene bag and the contents into small Individual polythene bags. It is also advisable to have a small day sack to carry your raincoat, camera, packed lunch and items of a personal nature.

GREAT IDEA:

A poncho is a good idea as it covers you and your day sack keeping everything dry if it rains.

Remember to bring with you:

Headache tablets, - Torch with extra batteries, Sun-protection cream - Some sweets and chocolates.

HEALTH REGULATIONS:

An anti-malaria drug is strongly recommended. Yellow Fever vaccine and any others that your doctor may recommend.

VISA:

Can be obtained from your respective embassies/high commissions in your country or upon point of entry on arrival.

INSURANCE:

Medical Travel Insurance is best purchased from your country of origin. Often you can get these details from the Travel Agent where you are purchasing your air ticket - they often have agreements with various insurance programs.

ALTITUDE SICKNESS

is what causes most people to fail to accomplish their goal to reach the top. It is normal for climbers to feel symptoms caused by high altitude sickness. These include headaches, weakness, nausea and even vomiting. Many climbers do not go beyond a certain amount of discomfort, yet all must be aware of the risk of PULMONARY OEDEMA. This is an abnormal accumulation of liquid in the lungs and is usually fatal if it is not treated. Luckily it does not strike many climbers. The symptoms are:
- A greater shortness of breath than expected plus a general feeling of weakness.
- An irritating dry cough which is frequently accompanied by blood stained sputum.
- bubbling noises in the chest.
- A change of face colour, lips, tongue, nose, ears and nails may be tinged with pale blue.

TIPS FOR SUCCESSFUL CLIMB:

- Anybody with a respiratory infection, sore throat, cold, cough or high temperature should never climb above 2750m.
- Use the recommended tourist routes and climbing schedules suggested by your organizer. Overnight stops at huts along the route allow your body time to acclimatize to the increasing altitude. To add an extra night to acclimatize is highly recommended.
- Do not underestimate the effect of high altitude. Rushing the climb exhausts the climber, diminishes his chance of achieving his goal and increases his chances of being struck by a serious attack of high altitude sickness. Walking at a slow, steady pace is definitely recommended.
- It is important to keep dry and to take regular rests. When resting, use extra garments to maintain warmth.
- Carry no less than 1.5 litres of fluid with you. Drink regularly and as much as possible. It is better to drink more than you feel like having. This is because the increased breathing in the thin dry air of the mountain sucks water out of the body along with the perspiration engendered by the exercise. Your water intake should be between 4 to 6 litres per day, depending on altitude. Listen to the advice of your guide.

Mt Kilimanjaro

Location: Tanzania.

Duration: 6 days / 5 nights

Type of Safari: Mountain Climbing, Basic camping.

MT. KILIMANJARO

Day 1 Mountain Inn

Pick up from Arusha/Kilimanjaro Airport and transfer to Moshi. Dinner and overnight at Mountain Inn. Situated about 6 kms out of Moshi Town on the way to Marangu. Mt. Inn is a budget standard lodge. Accommodation consists of 14 doubles and 4 single rooms each of them having a private bath with hot water showers. The hotel is surrounded by a beautiful garden. Facilities include a bar and balcony restaurant, a swimming pool and sauna.

Day 2 Mandara Hut

Drive to Kilimanjaro National Park Gate at Marangu for the first section of the climb through the montane forest to Mandara Hut at 9000ft/ 2750m. Taking 3 to 4 hours.
Meals and overnight at Mandara Hut

Day 3 Horombo Hut

Leaving the forest, you trek along a good path through open grassy moorland to reach Horombo Hut at 12000ft/3700m. Taking 5 to 7 hours. Meals and overnight at Horombo Hut

Day 4 Horombo Hut

Acclimatization at Horombo Hut.

Day 5 Kibo Hut

Continue ascending past ‘the last water point' traversing the saddle between Kibo and Mawenzi to Kibo Hut at 15000ft/4700m. Taking 5 to 7 hours.
Meals and overnight at Kibo Hut

Day 6 Depart

Descend the mountain to the Park Gate taking 5 to 7 hours to be met and transferred to Kilimanjaro Int. airport for your flight out of Tanzania for next destination.

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Mount Kilimanjaro rates:

Number of pax 1 2 3 4 5 6
Total price in USD per person 2,155 1,892 1,815 1,762 1,587 1,541

Cost includes:

• All transportation to/from the mountain.
• Full accommodation at Mountain Huts/ Camping while hiking
• All food while on the mountain.
• All park entrance fees
• All guiding services.
• Porter support for the climb.

Cost does not include:

Climbing gear, sleeping bags, items of personal nature, laundry, tips and gratuities, Mineral water, drinks, visas, travel insurance and any other services not mentioned above.
• It is recommended that trekkers bring their own personal sleeping bag as bags available may not be warm enough. A four season’s sleeping bag is recommended.

TREKKERS TIPS:

It is good indeed to line all rucksacks and duffel bags with a large polythene bag and the contents into small Individual polythene bags. It is also advisable to have a small day sack to carry your raincoat, camera, packed lunch and items of a personal nature.

GREAT IDEA:

A poncho is a good idea as it covers you and your day sack keeping everything dry if it rains.

Remember to bring with you:

Headache tablets, - Torch with extra batteries, Sun-protection cream - Some sweets and chocolates.

HEALTH REGULATIONS:

An anti-malaria drug is strongly recommended. Yellow Fever vaccine and any others that your doctor may recommend

VISA:

Can be obtained from your respective embassies/high commissions in your country or upon point of entry on arrival.

INSURANCE:

Medical Travel Insurance is best purchased from your country of origin. Often you can get these details from the Travel Agent where you are purchasing your air ticket - they often have agreements with various insurance programs.

ALTITUDE SICKNESS

is what causes most people to fail to accomplish their goal to reach the top. It is normal for climbers to feel symptoms caused by high altitude sickness. These include headaches, weakness, nausea and even vomiting. Many climbers do not go beyond a certain amount of discomfort, yet all must be aware of the risk of PULMONARY OEDEMA. This is an abnormal accumulation of liquid in the lungs and is usually fatal if it is not treated. Luckily it does not strike many climbers. The symptoms are:.
- A greater shortness of breath than expected plus a general feeling of weakness.
- An irritating dry cough which is frequently accompanied by blood stained sputum..
- bubbling noises in the chest..
- A change of face colour, lips, tongue, nose, ears and nails may be tinged with pale blue.

TIPS FOR SUCCESSFUL CLIMB:

- Anybody with a respiratory infection, sore throat, cold, cough or high temperature should never climb above 2750m.
- Use the recommended tourist routes and climbing schedules suggested by your organizer. Overnight stops at huts along the route allow your body time to acclimatize to the increasing altitude. To add an extra night to acclimatize is highly recommended.
- Do not underestimate the effect of high altitude. Rushing the climb exhausts the climber, diminishes his chance of achieving his goal and increases his chances of being struck by a serious attack of high altitude sickness. Walking at a slow, steady pace is definitely recommended.
- It is important to keep dry and to take regular rests. When resting, use extra garments to maintain warmth.
- Carry no less than 1.5 litres of fluid with you. Drink regularly and as much as possible. It is better to drink more than you feel like having. This is because the increased breathing in the thin dry air of the mountain sucks water out of the body along with the perspiration engendered by the exercise. Your water intake should be between 4 to 6 litres per day, depending on altitude. Listen to the advice of your guide.