To successfully climb Mount Kenya you'll need kit which keeps you warm, dry, protected from the sun/rain and comfortable in the various environments that you'll find yourself in, below is a general summary of what you should be thinking about;

  • Bags - a medium-large rucksack for a porter to carry your kit on the mountain and a smaller pack for you to carry essential items during the trek. You can leave suitcases or other bags with travel clothes at the base of the mountain safely.
  • Shell - Waterproof layer to keep off wind/rain. An umbrella can be very useful and gaiters, particularly when climbing during the rainy seasons.
  • Warmth - Layers of clothing including base layer/Tshirt, fleece/shirt, warm jacket/top
  • Feet - Good quality trekking boots, sandals, trekking socks
  • Sleeping - Warm sleeping bag which is 3 or 4 season, plus a sleeping mat
  • Extremities - gloves, warm hat and sunhat
  • Miscellaneous - Trekking poles, water bottles, flask, favourite high-energy snacks, headtorch, power pack, book etc
  • Personal care - Suncream, anti-malarials, small 1st aid kit, wash kit

This list below is much more detailed and includes optional items and personal medical kit ideas, remember that synthetic clothing will dry much quicker than cotton.

BAGS
65-75 litre rucksack (for a porter to carry your main gear) with cover
35-45 litre day sack (for you to carry each day)
Dry bags of different sizes for clothes, sleeping bag and so on.

SHELL
Waterproof jacket and trousers
Waterproof gaiters
Umbrella (optional)

WARMTH
Warm jacket - could be fleece or down jacket, potentially ski jacket. Make sure you can put the waterproof jacket over the top.
2 or 3 Fleece tops or hiking shirts/sweatshirts
2 or 3 base layers or T-shirts
Pair of trekking trousers and shorts
Leggings or thermal bottoms or running tights
Several sets of underwear - cotton best avoided. Sports bras and cycling shorts are good.

EXTREMITIES
Warm hat and a buff or scarf
Sun hat
Warm gloves or mitts, and thin liner gloves are also useful

FEET
Several pairs of good quality trekking socks
Waterproof trekking boots
Trainers or flip flops/sandals

SLEEPING
3-4 season sleeping bag (comfort -5degC or lower)
Sleeping bag liner cotton/fleece/silk (optional)
Stuff sack for sleeping bag
Thick foam mat or self-inflating mat (like a Therm-A-Rest)

PERSONAL
Sunglasses
Walking Poles
Some favourite snack bars
Headtorch
Power pack for charging phones etc
Wash kit - no showers on the mountain but you can have a bucket wash
Papers - passport, money, insurance
2 water bottles
Flask for hot drinks - useful on summit night
Earplugs
Wet wipes, tissues
Anti-bacterial hand gel

FIRST AID suggestions
Paracetamol - temperature, colds
Ibuprofen - headaches, very good for altitude related symptoms
Antiseptic wipes and a few plasters and tape, antiseptic cream
Blister Plasters
Oral rehydration Sachets
Sunblock and lipsalve
Knee/Ankle Support
Personal Medications eg anti-malaria tablets, inhalers, anti-histamine

Mount Kenya - Chogoria Route
A high-alpine lake along the Chogoria route.

Routes on Mount Kenya:


Naro Moru and Sirimon trek - both on the west side of the mountain, normally five days and either camping or a combination of camping and huts.

Mount Kenya Traverse - up the Naro Moru or Sirimon route and down the Chogoria on the east side, five days camping or combination with huts.

Summit Circuit - up the Naro Moru route, round the climbing peaks of Batian and Nelion and down the Chogoria route, six days camping with option to use huts.

Burguret Route - up the little used Burguret route on the west side and down the Chogoria route. Five days wild camping.

Batian Peak - a highly technical rock climb to the top of the highest peak on the mountain

Nelion Peak - a technical route to the second highest peak on the mountain.

 

TECHNICAL CLIMBING GEAR for Nelion and Batian peaks (Recommended minimum items)

The weather can vary hugely but commonly you would climb in quite a few layers. For example a base layer, insulated Gilet, softshell jacket, hardshell jacket, thin softshell trousers, hat under your helmet, liner socks inside your climbing shoes and possibly close-fitting fingerless gloves. You may also need a warm belay jacket at stances.

CLIMBING HARDWARE
Pair of 50m half or twin ropes
Climbing Harness
Helmet (& warm hat/balaclava to fit under it)
Rock shoes (recommended not to have too tight a fit and consider wearing thin socks inside)
Belay/rappel plate to suit double rope above
3 HMS Karabiners
2 locking Karabinas
4+ short slings
2x Prussic loops
Nuts/wires size 1-9
Cams size approx 0.5, 1.5, 2.5 (more if you have them) to suit cracks approx 20-50mm wide
5 long quickdraws/extenders with snap gates
Small (~25L) climbing pack - Large enough for a spare warm belay jacket, gloves/mitts, emergency bivvy/blizzard bag, ~1 Litre of water, sweets, chocolate, camera.

Note, for a crossing of the gate of the mists between Batian and Nelion, B1 boots, crampons and an ice axe may be required subject to snow/ice conditions. Please talk to us directly for details.