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Mount Kenya Technical Ascent

Climb Africa's 2nd highest mountain

Mount Kenya is the 2nd highest mountain in Africa. Most visitors who climb the mountain use the standing hiking route to the sub-summit, Point Lenana (4,985m).

This itinerary uses the technical South-east face MacKinders ascent route to the summit proper, Batian (5,199m), and requires prior technical climbing skills up to a difficulty of 5.7. 

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7 days




Nairobi, Narobi


Easy Moderate Challenge Hard


  • Technical climb on the South-east face of the Nelion Peak on Mount Kenya to the Batian summit (5,199m)
  • Experience the unique and varied Mount Kenya landscape, including rain-forest, moorland and the iconic Giant Lobelia fields!
  • Excellent acclimatisation profile for high summit success rates.



Due to the unpredictable weather around the Summit, you should allow for an extra Summit day, which would extend the climb to 8 Days. Kindly be aware that an additional day on the mountain attracts a fee of US$165 pp, which if required can be paid in country.

This is a Class 5 rock route to a maximum difficulty of 5.6. Around 17 pitches are belayed. Descent is by the same route, with a few of the rappels taking more direct lines down cleaner rock. This is a fun route on generally good rock. Rock climbing shoes are required. Approach boots can be left at the base of the route. Though still long, this route is considered to be easier than the North Face Standard Route on Batian.

  • DAY 1
  • day 2
  • day 3
  • Day 4
  • DAY 5
  • DAY 6
  • DAY 7



Lunch, Dinner


Mountain Huts


Drive: 3.5 hours. Hike: 10km


Nairobi (1,795m) to Mt. Kenya Bandas (2,900m)

mount kenya day 1

Collection from your hotel in Nairobi at 8:00am. We will drive through agricultural country up to Chogoria town for lunch. After lunch we'll take a 4x4 and drive up to the edge of the forest where we start the trek though dense bamboo to the camp at Mt Kenya Bandas (2,900m). We overnight here.

Dates & Prices

The climbing season is usually November through March when the South East face of the Nelion peak is relatively snow-free and climbing conditions are best.

If the dates below don't suit, please get in touch as we can open a new group on any day as long as you have at least 2 people in your party.

What's Included


  • Transfer from Nairobi to the mountain and back
  • All National Park fees
  • Full support crew, including an experienced English-speaking guide, cook and porters
  • Accommodation in mountain huts / camping tents
  • 3 delicious and nutritious meals a day while on the mountain

Not Included

  • Personal trekking gear i.e. sleeping bag, warm hiking clothing etc.
  • Accommodation in Nairobi
  • Crew tips


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Packing List

  • 2 x hiking shirt + 1 x long-sleeve hiking shirt
  • Base layer
  • Mid-weight fleece jacket
  • Hard shell rain jacket
  • Insulating down or synthetic jacket / gilet
  • Light gloves and warm insulating gloves
Climbing gear
  • 1 x harness with gear loops
  • 1 x standard belay device
  • 2 x carribiners (screw gates)
  • 1 x sling
  • Rock climbing shoes
  • Helmet
  • Mid-weight hiking boots
  • 4 x hiking socks
  • 1 x warm thermal socks
  • Trainers for camp
  • 20-25L daypack
  • 50-60L Backpack (carried by porters, needs to be no heavier than 22 lbs)
  • Plastic bags to protect sleeping bag and other gear from rain
  • Optional: 90L duffel to carry all gear to and from Kenya. This bag can be left at your hotel in Nairobi for collection after the trek.
  • 4-season sleeping bags
  • Sleeping mat
  • Sun hat + Sunglasses
  • Beanie for the nights
  • Neck warmer
Other Essentials
  • Hiking poles
  • Snacks
  • Water bottle / hydration bladder
  • Water treatment tablets
  • Camera
  • Sun cream

Travel Insurance

We highly recommend getting travel insurance for your trip. We recommend World Nomads as they provide comprehensive cover for adventurous activities and are very affordable. Get a quote below.


Accommodation options in Nairobi are wide and varied. Here are a few hotels we recommend. For more options check



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Go To Mount Kenya are one of the best local trek operations on Mt. Kenya. The company is run by professional mountain guide, Evans Mwangi, who was born in a small village on the slopes of Mt. Kenya and has been climbing the mountain since 1989. Evans and his team offer a very personalised and professional service. With Go To Mount Kenya you're in for a safe, fun and super memorable adventure.


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Fantastic climb to the summit!

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February 13, 2020

We had a fantastic time on the mountain and enjoyed every step. Zachary and Chris did an outstanding job and were very professional. We are hopeful that they enjoyed our company as much as we enjoyed theirs.

Brad Pickering

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