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. 

Looking for a non-technical ascent? If you're looking to trek to the summit of Mount Kenya then click here.



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.


Important! 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



Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner


Mountain Huts


Scrabbling 400m, Climbing 300m


Austrian Hut (4790m) to Batian (5,199m) back to Austrian Hut

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With a pre-dawn start, we reach the base of the route in about an hour. Crampons are generally used to cross the small glacier and the Gate of Mist. It is not steep, but the snow is often quite firm. It will take one full day to reach the summit of Nelion, cross the Gate of Mists to Batian. The summit day is fairly long, from 10 to 12 hours for the round trip.

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.

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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


  • 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


  • Mid-weight hiking boots
  • 4 x hiking socks
  • 1 x warm thermal socks
  • Trainers for camp

Travel Insurance

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This tour is operated by Go To Mount Kenya, 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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