Overview

Mount Kenya Naro Moru route

A fantastic but accessible week's climb of Mount Kenya by the beautiful Naro Moru Route on the west of the mountain. A chance to ascend from the equatorial plains through ancient forests of bamboo and hardwood trees, over alpine heath and Afro-alpine moorland and up into the realm of craggy volcanic spires and equatorial glaciers.

The itinerary is based on starting and finishing the journey in Naro Moru but all our Mount Kenya climbs have lots of optional extras if needed, including private transport from Nairobi, accommodation arranged in Nairobi or Naro Moru, extra nights on the mountain, tailor made safari's or visits to our Moving Mountains projects on the lower slopes of Mount Kenya or even the opportunity to sponsor a Moving Mountains Kenya beneficiary to join you on the climb.

Traditionally teams on Mount Kenya are small and the advertised price is based on a minimum of 2 pax. Where we have individuals looking to join a climb we'll do our best to team you up with like-minded people but the ideal option is to join as a pair or more, this ensures that we can run the climb at the advertised prices on either the advertised dates or a custom date that suits.

Mount Kenya is the peak that gave the nation its name and holds great significance for modern Kenya as well for its traditional tribal peoples who saw it as the throne of god on earth. The mountain its self is around 120km in diameter with its main peaks only 15km south of the equator so that it passes right through the massif. Rising to 5195m at its highest point, Mount Kenya is thus high enough to host 11 separate glaciers despite its location in equatorial Africa, read more about the type of terrain you'll encounter on a Mount Kenya trek and the level of fitness required in the 'More Information' section under 'Mount Kenya terrain and fitness'..

The Naro Moru route is to Point Lenana, the mountain's third highest point and the highest point achievable without technical rock climbing. Therefore this trip is achievable for those with past hill walking experience and enthusiasm for the world's high and unique landscapes. The effects of altitude are managed by a carefully planned ascent and a rest and acclimatisation day at the high camp (Mackinders Camp). To successfully summit 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 on the way to the summit. There is a detailed list via the 'More Information' menu under 'Mount Kenya trek kit list'.

The best months to climb Mount Kenya are traditionally January to March and June to October, and these are popular times to climb with temperatures in Naro Moru averaging 25 degrees C and summit temperatures around - 5 degrees C. The rainy seasons tend to be in April, May and November but nowadays climate change has made it more difficult to predict, December is now often warmer and drier with clear skies.

Dates & Bookings

Bespoke Dates
Fixed Itineraries
Start Date
12/07/2017
End Date
14/07/2017
Days
2
Price
£1bn dollars
Bookings
£1bn dollars
Start Date
09/10/2017
End Date
13/10/2017
Days
5
Price
£895.00
Start Date
05/02/2018
End Date
09/02/2018
Days
5
Price
£895.00
Start Date
08/10/2018
End Date
12/10/2018
Days
5
Price
£895.00

Itinerary

Mount Kenya Naro Moru route itinerary

The following is our preferred itinerary to give a good overview of the Naro Moru route and also to promote good acclimatisation to give you an excellent chance of achieving a successful summit. This itinerary is what the quoted price is based on and is our shortest itinerary to successfully summit Point Lenana on Mount Kenya using the Naro Moru route for the ascent and descent, there are lots of other options to tweak the itinerary and offer more days on Mount Kenya and we're more than happy to use different routes for the descent to enhance the full experience and tailor your time on the mountain to suit your own requirements.

You are welcome to adjust the itinerary and add nights in Nairobi or Naro Moru (or Embu if you descend the Chogoria route), please do talk to us directly to discuss options. Ol Pejeta Conservancy is very close to Naro Moru and is a great location for an optional add-on safari, both for day trips and over-nights. It is probably the only place in Kenya (aside from Masai Mara) where you have a chance of seeing the 'Big 5' in one day. It is also the only place in East Africa where you can see chimpanzee and the only place to see the remaining 'northern white rhino', there are only 3 left on the planet... all in Ol Pejeta. We can of course arrange tailor made safari's across East Africa and we're more than happy to build an itinerary to suit your budget and preferences.

Our itinerary is for the climb only, optional extras include airport transfers and accommodation in Nairobi, transfers from Nairobi, extra days accommodation before and after the climb in Naro Moru, where you can visit some of our Moving Mountains projects and enjoy some of the sights that both locations offer, tailor-made safari's or even the opportunity to sponsor a former street child of beneficiary of Moving Mountains to join you on the climb.

BASIC ITINERARY

Day     Summary
1 Transfer from Naro Moru to Mount Kenya National Park Gate. Trek to Met Station Camp
2 Trek from Met Station Camp to MacKinder's Camp
3 Acclimatisation day: Trek from MacKinder's to Hut Tarn &/or Tyndall Glacier and return to MacKinders
4 Trek from MacKinder's to Point Lenana and descend to Met Station Camp
5 Trek from Met Station to Naro Moru Gate and transfer to Naro Moru Town

DETAILED ITINERARY

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    175km 3-4hrs If you are flying in to Kenya then we can help with airport transfers to Naro Moru, evening arrivals will mean at least one night in Nairobi before transferring up to Naro Moru on the West of Mt Kenya to meet the guides and porters who all live around Naro Moru and can meet you whatever day you arrive. There is plenty to see and do in Nairobi and Naro Moru where we can also help to arrange extra nights accommodation, city tours in Nairobi or day trips and Moving Mountains project visits in Naro Moru, we're more than happy to discuss all options to ensure your time in Kenya is everything and more than you expected. 
1 2000-2500-3050m 10km 3-4hrs Today all the guides and porters will meet us in Naro Moru and we will load up the vehicle(s) for the short 15km drive up to the Naro Moru gate of Mount Kenya National Park. There are often baboons and bushbuck wandering around the area as we sign in and then we head off along the vehicle track through the forests of bamboo and hardwood trees. We will stop for a picnic lunch at a convenient spot before continuing on up to our first camp at Met Station, located close to the edge of the forest where buffalo often come out overnight to graze.
2 3050-4200m 10km   5hrs From Met Station we follow the vehicle track a bit further before turning off on a footpath through the Hygenia forest and then out onto the more open heathland. From here you get a fantastic view back over the treetops and down to the plains beyond. The heath and moorland continues and also sports Giant Cabbage Groundsel and Giant Lobelia Deckenii as we make our way up past the over-dramatically named 'Vertical Bog' to the outcrop known as picnic rocks, for lunch. From lunch we continue on the moorland for a bit longer before joining the edge of the Teleki Valley and winding between Giant Tree Groundsel and Ostrich Plume Lobelia and then onto grasses in the valley floor as we cross a river and follow it on a gentle approach to our next camp at MacKinders Hut, on an outcrop of moraine.
3 4200-4500-4200m 2-5km 2-3hrs Today we will take a day-walk from MacKinders Hut to aid our acclimitisation. There are a few possibilities and we are most likely to walk up to a pair of small lakes called Hut Tarn and Nanyuki Tarn and collectively known as two-tarn! From here we get a great view straight across at the south west face of the main summits and the glaciers that hang from it. It is also possible to walk up to the foot of two of these glaciers, the Darwin and the Tyndall, but it is a slightly more difficult route. We will be back at MacKinders for lunch and for an afternoon of relaxing and final preparations for our early morning start to summit Point Lenana for sunrise.
4 4200-4985-3050m 3+10km 5+3+5hrs Today we will be up soon after midnight to start our ascent to Point Lenana. After a short flat section we are onto the frozen screes by torchlight and climbing up and up to reach Austrian Hut at 4790m. At the hut we will take a break, the duration of which will be decided by our speed so far, the idea being that we arrive at Point Lenana just before sunrise and don't have to wait in the cold. From here we follow a ridge all the way to the summit. The ridge is initially quite broad but it does get narrower and we will take our time over the short sections that need hands as well as feet, there are steel cables on the upper two thirds of the route and though they are not really nececssary, they can be reassuring. The sun will rise around 6am and we will drink in its warmth as well as the spectacular view before dropping back down to MacKinders for breakfast. After a short rest we will again set off down, retracing our route back to Met Station where we spend the night.
5 3050-2500-2000m 10km 2-3hrs Leaving Met station we follow the track back down through the forest and bamboo to the Naro Moru gate. There are a couple of short sections where the track goes up-hill and this may try your patience a bit but soon enough we will be at the gate. We will sign out of the park and take the short drive back down to Naro Moru. It is possible to get back to Nairobi on this date, however if you have time then a couple of days in Naro Moru is well worth it. Aside from our own Moving Mountains projects, Naro Moru offers safe and comfortable accommodation at the Blueline Hotel, some great walks and other activities in the surrounding area, including the Mau Mau caves, a number of excellent restaurants and day visits to the curio shops at the Equator.
      Other options include tailor made safari's, climbs on Kilimanjaro, visits to other Moving Mountains projects and Game Reserves around Mount Kenya or transfers back to Nairobi for city tours.

Cost

Mount Kenya Naro Moru Route cost - £895.00

The advertised price is the per person cost based on a minimum group of 2 pax, contact us for the single person supplement cost, or for extra nights, safari options, etc.

The price includes the following but we can help with airport transfers, accommodation in Nairobi, transfers to and from Naro Moru, etc. Full details of the current prices and the extra's that we can provide can be found in the More Information section under 'Mount Kenya optional extra costs'.

INCLUDES

  • Return transport from Naro Moru to the trek start/from the trek end (Mt Kenya National Park gate)
  • Park fees, camping fees and park rescue fees
  • Park certified guides (ratio of 1:4)
  • Porters and cooks, plus equipment for them (porters carry your main bag)
  • All group camping equipment including tents
  • All meals on the mountain - fresh food, 3 meals per day with hot drinks
  • Bottled water when not on the mountain (we use mountain water during the trek)

EXCLUDES

  • International airfare
  • Kenyan Visa
  • Vaccinations and malaria tablets required
  • Personal expenses and travel insurance
  • Airport transfers and / or transfers to and from Naro Moru and any accommodation needed in Nairobi or Naro Moru
  • Mountain Staff Tips paid in local currency to main guide for distribution in Naro Moru after the climb

Why Us

  • All our staff in East Africa and the UK have been climbing Mt Kenya for more than 20 years so we know the mountain and its communities extremely well, we're happy to discuss options on the phone and offer honest advice on what to expect, both on Mount Kenya and in Kenya in general.
  • We do not contract out our trips in Kenya, we employ trusted full time staff who are very experienced and knowledgeable. This arrangement offers job security and good benefits to the staff and gives them very strong loyalty to the company. Our team of Guides and Porters have all worked with us on numerous ascents using all the routes and our Head Guide, Cyrus Maina, has built up a solid team for the mountain and is a trusted upstanding member of his local community, where he sits on the Board at Tigithi Primary School, a rural school on the lower slopes of Mount Kenya that has been developed and renovated by our charity, Moving Mountains.
  • On both the western and eastern sides of Mount Kenya our charity has developed numerous sustainable projects which anyone climbing the mountain is more than welcome to visit, including Primary and Secondary Schools on the lower slopes of Mt Kenya near Naro Moru, the Solio Community Development for internally displaced people on the open plains of the western side of Mt Kenya, the rural Gatwe Primary on the lower slopes of the eastern side, County Primary and Urban Primary School in Embu town, which provide quality education for most of the children in Embu's slum communities, the Embu Rescue Centre for Street Children and our very own 'Black Cats' football club for the street kids of Embu town. Full details on the work of Moving Mountains in Kenya can be found here.
  • We are a company founded and run by people who are passionate about trekking, climbing and exploring in the world's most beautiful wildernesses. We are equally passionate about having the opportunity to share these experiences with others, all our Mount Kenya climbs are carefully designed with our local staff to provide a safe ascent on all of the routes that we use. 
  • We offer small scale, authentic adventures on Mount Kenya using the Naro Moru route, which you can tailor to your personal needs.
  • We have our own license to operate tours in Kenya and are a fully bonded, insured and registered tour operator and a member of the Association of Independent Tour Operators (AITO).
  • Our prices are competitive and good value, and we offer quality, service, security and an ethical stance on tourism in a developing country. We don't want to be so expensive to run fewer trips and have our staff idle, but on the other hand we believe that running cheap trips that promote the practise of skimming budgets would result in the porters getting next to nothing, which is something we cannot consider. Additionally we will only run a minimum of 5 day climbs, since any less is dangerous for a peak just short of 5000 metres. Reducing the number of days may make the price cheaper but the chances of summiting reduce to around 50% and it is potentially dangerous.

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Staff Review

This route starts from Naro Moru and you can walk all the way to the gate or take a jeep, then go up to Met Station for the first night; beware of buffalo roaming the campsite. From Met, the route goes up the infamous Vertical Bog (not vertical, slightly boggy) and then up the beautiful wide Teleki valley with its bizarre flora and overnight at Mackinders Camp.

A rest here and the summit day begins early enough in the dark, following the line of the valley to the start of a scree slope. A series of zigzags gets you eventually to the Austrian hut at the base of the Lewis glacier and from here it's walking and part scrambling up the slope to the summit. There are ropes in place to help, but it's not technical, and the view from the top at dawn is lovely.  

Key Information
  • Duration 5 days
  • Numbers 2-16
  • Altitude 4985m
  • Distance 45km
  • Challenge Moderate
  • Comfort Camping