Sana Highlands Trekking Expeditions

Sirimon – Narumoru Route 4 Days

 

Day 1: Nairobi – Old Moses camp (3,300m)

We drive to the Sirimon Park gate from Nairobi. From the gate, we climb through forest, bamboo and wide spread heather zone after which we get to Old Moses camp at 3,300 m on a moorland for dinner and overnight stay. The climb is gentle gaining a 680m ascent

Day 2: Old Moses – Shipton camp (4,200m).

We further ascend uphill after breakfast, branching left at the junction. After one hour from Old Moses Camp, the path brings us to Ontulili River where we briefly rest to drink and refill our water bottles. Continue through the Moorland and crossing Liki North up to Mackinder’s Valley; the view of the main peaks is stunning as they are visible from the valley. Hyrax, birds and monkeys can be seen on this route. We settle for dinner and night rest at the Shipton Camp (4200m.)

Day 3: Shipton – Pt. Lenana (4,985m) – Met Station

At 3am new leave the camp onto the rocky path that leads to point Lenana. We get there at 6:30am after 3hrs, to enjoy the sunrise. The soft lighting of the sun at dawn is picture perfect. It will leave you awestruck as it ignites everything else leaving new life along its path. Descend down to Mackinder’s camp to rest and have breakfast .We continue to descend through the vertical bog unique to the Naromoru route to Met station for lunch. Later have diner and spend the night at the Met station cabins.

Day 4: Met station (3,000m) – Nairobi.

After breakfast we descend Naromoru Park gate, a journey that takes 3 hours. There is a vehicle ready for a drive us back to Nairobi arriving early in evening.

Narumoru Route 4 Days

 

This route is popular and often has a lot of hikers since it is the fastest to get to peaks. The vertical bog unique to this route, gives hikers a hard time especially in rainy seasons. It leads into the Teleki Valley beneath the Tryndall, The Lewis Glacier. Though the route is less scenic, it has plenty of vegetation and a home to wildlife.
We recommend spending an extra night at the Naromoru River Lodge, which is at the base for acclimatization. This can be arranged for at an extra fee.

Day 1: Nairobi/Meteorological Station 3-4 hrs. 10km, 400m ascent

Naromoru is closer to Nairobi so it takes less time to get there. After clearing at the Park Gate we trek to the Met station which takes about 4 hours. Passing through the tropical and bamboo forests. The common animals around this area are the Columbus monkeys, buffaloes and elephants. After crossing the Percival’s bridge we continue for a few hours to get to the Met station for dinner and overnight stay.

Day 2: Met Station/Mackinder’s Camp 5-6 hrs. 10km, 1200m ascent

After breakfast continue uphill on the path, pass by the radio repeater station your right half an hour later. After getting to the forest line the vertical bog starts, rainy seasons are unbearable it gets damp and sticky. It also gets chilly so your warm gear will come in handy. A picnic lunch is served on the rocks, the journey continues to Mackinder’s Camp for dinner and overnight.

Day 3: Mackinder’s Camp/Point Lenana/Met Station 8-10 hrs. 11km, 785m ascent

We leave for the summit before daybreak at 2 am it is a 4 hour walk. The sunrise is a view to behold as it illuminates the other peaks and the plains beneath it. Descend down to Mackinder’s Camp for breakfast, and continue further to the Met Station for dinner and overnight.

Day 4: Met Station/Naromoru/Nairobi 3hrs, 9km, 400m

From the Met station we descend to Naromoru Park Gate after breakfast, where we get our transport back to Nairobi.

 

 

CHRISTMAS  CAMPING TOURS @ USD 120 PER DAY PER PERSON

We have daily departures over the month of December 2018 to March 2019 to the following national parks/ reserves.

3 DAYS MASAI MARA @ USD 360 PER PERSON
3 DAYS AMBOSELI @ 360 PER PERSON
3 DAYS SAMBURU @ USD 360 PER PERSON
4 DAYS MASAI MARA ONLY @ USD 480 PER PERSON
4 DAYS MASAI MARA/ LK. NAKURU @ 480 PER PERSON
4 DAYS NAKURU/ SAMBURU @ USD 480 PER PERSON
4 DAYS NAKURU/ AMBOSELI @ USD 480 PER PERSON
4 DAYS MASAI MARA/ NAIVASHA @ USD 480 PER PERSON
5 DAYS MASAI MARA/ LK. NAKURU @ USD 600 PER PERSON
5 DAYS MASAI MARA/ LK. NAKURU/ NAIVASHA @ USD 600 PER PERSON
6 DAYS MASAI MARA/ NAKURU/ AMBOSELI @ USD 720 PP
6 DAYS MASAI MARA/ NAKURU/ SAMBURU @ USD 720 PP
6 DAYS MASAI MARA/ NAKURU/ BOGORIA @ USD 720 PP
7 DAYS/ MASAI MARA/ NAKURU/AMBOSELI @ USD 840 PP
7 DAYS MASAI MARA/ NAKURU/ SAMBURU @ USD 840 PP

Package includes:

  • 1 Complimentary Airport transfer
  • Transport in a specialized safari vehicle with open roof
  • Game Drives in Reserve/ National Park
  • Full board accommodation in camp
  • Game Park Entrance Fees
  • Services of a professional driver/ guide

Package excludes:

  • Transfers within Nairobi (Can be arranged on request)
  • Accommodation before/ after safari
  • Optional activities like a balloon safari, a boat ride, a visit to a Village, market, etc.
  • Tip for your professional driver/ guide/lodge staff
  • Alcoholic and non-alcoholic drinks
  • Any other activity/ service not outlined in the itinerary

Contact us for more information on your preferred tour.

 

MOUNT KENYA CLIMBING @ USD 130 PER DAY

Enjoy great discounts this season between December 2018 till March 2019 on all Mount Kenya climbing routes. Below are the suggested routes for mount Kenya climbing:

4 DAYS UP SIRIMON – DOWN SIRIMON ROUTE
4 DAYS UP SIRIMON – DOWN NAROMORU ROUTE
4 DAYS UP SIRIMON – DOWN CHOGORIA ROUTE
5 DAYS UP SIRIMON – DOWN NAROMORU ROUTE
5 DAYS UP SIRIMON – DOWN CHOGORIA ROUTE
5 DAYS UP CHOGORIA – DOWN SIRIMON ROUTE
6 DAYS UP SIRIMON – DOWN NAROMORU ROUTE
6 DAYS UP SIRIMON – DOWN CHOGORIA ROUTE
6 DAYS UP CHOGORIA – DOWN SIRIMON ROUTE

PRICE INCLUDES:
WHAT IS INCLUDED IN THE COST

-Public transport from Nairobi and back (private transport available at extra cost)
-Park entry fees.
-Accommodation- camping or in huts
-Guide, Cook & porters
-3 meals a day including vegetarian.

NOT INCLUDED
– Mountain climbing gear (available for hire)
-Accommodation in Nairobi
-Personal effects
-Drinking water, snacks & Drinks
-Tips & Gratuities

List of gear required:
–Warm trouser
–Warm jacket
-Rain jacket
-Rain trouser
-sleeping bag
-sleeping mat
-Boots
-Balaclava
– 70 liter bag
-Gloves
-A pair of walking sticks ( not very necessary if you’re experienced)
-Headlight
-sun glasses (we don’t rent, please buy)

Contact us today for professional advise on your preferred route.


The Sirimon route is more scenic than Naromoru and is on the drier side of the Mountain hence offers some of the finest walking. The Sirimon route features the most gradual ascent profile and best acclimatization options.
Day 1: Nairobi/Sirimon/Judmier Camp (Old Moses Camp) 3-4 hrs, 9km, 860m ascent
Pick up from your hotel within the city at 7am. Leave Nairobi at 7.30am to Nanyuki town for lunch, taking about 3.5 hours. Meet your porter and cook, pick the required climbing gear then proceed to Sirimon Gate, 1 hr, 2440m. From the gate follow the track as it winds uphill though the forest which becomes heath land after about 3 hrs. About 3½ hours from the gate the track veers right to Judmier Camp, 3300m for dinner and overnight.
Meal Plan: lunch & Dinner

Day 2: Judmier Camp/Shipton Camp 6-7hrs, 14km, 900m ascent
After breakfast, follow the track uphill, forking left at the junction. After one hour from Old Moses Camp, the track crosses Ontulili River. Go right contouring through the Moorland and crossing Liki North and continue uphill to Mackinders Valley for panoramic views up the valley towards the main peaks. Dinner and overnight at Shipton Camp, 4200m.
Meal Plan: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 3: Shipton Camp/Point Lenana/Judmaier Camp (Old Moses Camp) 9-10hrs, 21km
Leave at 3am up a steep stony quarry that cuts through a cliff clearing visible part towards lower Hall Tarns arriving point Lenana at 6:30am, taking about 3hrs. After the sunrise, descend down to Shipton Camp, 2hrs, for breakfast and further, 4hrs, down to Old Moses Camp for dinner and overnight.
Meal Plan: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 4: Judmaier Camp/Sirimon/Nairobi 2-3hrs, 9km
After breakfast, walk down through the rainforest for 2 hours to connect with your transport vehicle back to Nairobi, arriving at your hotel around 4pm.

Climb Includes:

  • Pick up & drop off your hotel within the city
  • Public transfer to and from the mountain (private transport available on request)
  • Park Entry fees
  • Accommodation in huts or tent
  • Food including vegetarian
  • Services of experienced staff (guide, porter, cook)

Climb Excludes:

  • Accommodation before/ after the trek (we can arrange on request)
  • Climbing gear (available for hire) see our list, sanatrekkingkenya.com/mountain-climbing-gear
  • Water purifying tablets
  • Tips for the staff (guide, porter, cook)
  • Insurance
  • Transfers outside Nairobi.

Day 1: Nairobi – Mount Kenya National Park

The 8 Days Mt. Kenya/ Sweetwaters/Nakuru/Naivasha/ Masai Mara Safari departs from Nairobi at 8am (OR EARLIER). Drive Northwards to the lush foothills of snow-capped Mount Kenya – Africa’s second highest mountain, arriving at the Lodge in time for lunch, you will relax in the balconies and lounges which provides superb vantage point (Viewing Bunker) for game viewing at the water hole.

Nestled in the foothills between Aberdare and Mount Kenya National Park, the lodge is famous for its high perches and balconies, overlooking a salt lick and waterhole. Here we will enjoy the finest in high-altitude game viewing. Overnight at the Serena Mountain Lodge, www.serenahotels.com

Meal Plan {Lunch & Dinner}

Day 2: Mount Kenya – Drive to Ol Pajeta/ Sweetwaters Conservancy

After breakfast, travel to the exotic Ol Pejeta Ranch and Rhino Reserve called Sweet waters Game Reserve. Here you meet the primates’ face-to-face. The camp also overlooks one of the busiest waterholes in the area and offers elephant, giraffe and myriad plains game.

Special activities such as escorted game walks, horse-back rides are available here at an extra cost. Overnight at Sweetwaters Serena Camp, www.serenahotels.com

Meal Plan {Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner}

Day 3: Ol Pajeta/ Sweetwaters – Nakuru
Enjoy an early breakfast and then Drive south to Lake Nakuru National park, enter the park through Lanet gate and proceed with game viewing en-route to the lodge for lunch. Afternoon game drive in the park that is home to black and white rhino. It is also a home for more than 450 species of birds including the lesser and greater flamingos, pelicans, African fish eagles and many others. Dinner and overnight at Lanet Matfarm Resort, www.lanetmatfamresort.co.ke /  Lake Nakuru www.lakenakurulodge.com lodge.

Meal Plan {Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner}

Day 4: Lake Nakuru – Lake Naivasha

0600 Hours: Early morning safari game drive in Lake Nakuru National Park followed by breakfast. Thereafter drive to Lake Naivasha a boat ride with a picturesque view of Mount Longonot, hippos, over 400 species of birds on the island including pelicans, African fish eagles, African darter, cormorants and the lesser flamingos which are migratory). Dinner & overnight at Taphe Guest Resort, www.tapheguestresort.com / Lake Naivasha Sopa Lodge, www.sopalodges.com

Meal Plan {Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner}

Day 5: Lake Naivasha —Masai Mara Game Reserve
After breakfast drive through the sceneries of The Great Rift Valley to the Maasai Mara National Reserve. After lunch proceed to a game drive to see the Big Five: Lion, Elephant, Leopard, Buffalo and Rhino.  Residents ain this reserve are Masai Giraffe, Buffalo, Eland and thousands of plain game including Impala, Zebra, Topi, both Thomson’s and grants Gazelles.

Overnight at AA Mara Lodge, www.aalodges.com  / Rhino Tourist Camp, www.rhinotouriscamp.com

Meal Plan {Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner}

Day 6: Masai Mara Game Reserve
After breakfast set out with picnic lunch for a full day game drive. On the plains are enormous herds of grazing animals plus the elusive cheetah and leopard hiding amidst acacia boughs. Masai Mara remains the most exciting wildlife eco-system in the world.

Picnic lunch is served at the Hippo and crocodile pool after which you will continue with game viewing until you return to the Lodge/ Camp for overnight.

Overnight at AA Mara Lodge/ Rhino Tourist Camp.

Meal Plan {Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner}

Day 7: Masai Mara Game Reserve
A full day in Masai Mara with morning and evening game drives. This is the day you can take a hot Air balloon (US$ 450 to see wildlife on a bird’s eye view. In between the meals you can opt for a Masai Village visit or a nature walk with the Masai Warriors, all at an extra cost.

Overnight at AA Mara Lodge/ Rhino Tourist Camp.

Meal Plan {Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner}

Day 8: Masai Mara Game Reserve –Nairobi

Early morning tea/coffee or Hot chocolate then depart for a morning game drive. Breakfast will be served at the camp/ lodge, depart by road to Nairobi with game viewing en-route. Arrive at around 1 pm having enjoyed  8 Days Mt. Kenya/ Sweetwaters/Nakuru/Naivasha/ Masai Mara

Meal Plan: {Breakfast}

Visit, www.sanatrekkingkenya.com for more of these itineraries

 

Why choose climbing Mount Kenya? Mount Kenya is the second highest mountain after Mount Kilimanjaro. The chances of one getting to the highest peak, Batian, 5,199m, without developing altitude sickness are high. The equator runs through Mount Kenya National Park and most trekking route cross it! Here are reasons you will choose climbing Mount Kenya:

  1. Captivating Scenery

Mount Kenya’s pristine wilderness with lakes, tarns, glaciers, dense forest, mineral springs and a selection of rare and endangered species of animals, high altitude adapted plains game and unique montane and alpine vegetation.

The rising and falling of the sun creates ever-changing colours and shadows, which the moonlight only enhances. Mount Kenya’s jagged, icy summit is in sight from the very first day of hiking, making it much more visible and enticing. Its panoramic views from any one of the summits inspire awe, and even allow a peek at Kilimanjaro’s distant summit on clear mornings.

  1. Fair Pricing

You may want to save money to visit other places. Kenya is a very beautiful country, you wouldn’t want to miss on Masai Mara, The Rift Valley Lakes, Samburu National Reserve or even Amboseli National Park.

Fact is a standard 5 Day trek on Mount Kenya costs between USD 600-650. Planning an entire trip in vibrant Kenya saves on additional visa costs.

  1. Ease of Access

Kenya is the gateway to East Africa. You will first land to Kenya before you get to other neighbouring countries like Tanzania or Uganda. Once you arrive at the Jomo Kenyatta International airport, Mount Kenya is only 3hrs away driving on tarmac road to the base town, Nanyuki.

Staying in Kenya is less stressing trying to cross to other countries to climb their mountain!

  1. Technical Climbing Opportunity

Climbing the highest peak on Mount Kenya, Batian, 5199m is a thrill that even Mount Kilimanjaro can’t offer. After the trek in and acclimatization, the technical climb is completed in one long day as a series of up to 21 individual pitches. We offer private climbs with dates to suit.

  1. Less Crowded

Less people means less litter, noise, and competition for bunks at the camps. Each hiker can move at their own pace on summit day, a luxury that other always crowded mountains cannot provide. Trails are less worn, and visitors may experience moments where they feel they are the only person in a beautiful African mountain wilderness! The reason you will choose climbing Mount Kenya!

 

You have chosen and booked your climb through your Trekking Company. You have the route, the next essential is for you to choose the best mountain climbing gear. Always inspect your gear before climbing—whether you own it or rent it. Frequent use inevitably results in some wear and tear.

Mountain Climbing Gear:

Wear clothing that is not restrictive and won’t get in the way of you or the rope. Your clothing should breathe, wick sweat and dry fast so that you can stay warm and comfortable while climbing. If you’re climbing in the outdoors, also carry clothes for changing conditions.

  1. Shoes

These protect your feet while providing the friction you need to grip footholds. Most styles are quite versatile, but your climbing ability and where you climb are both factors in choosing the correct shoe. Rock shoes should fit snugly but not painfully tight. The general rule is that closer-fitting shoes are the norm for more technically challenging climbs.

  1. Helmet

Wear a helmet made specifically for climbing. Climbing helmets are designed to cushion your head from falling rock and debris, and some (though not all) are designed to provide protection in the case of a fall. A helmet should feel comfortable, fit snugly but not too tight and sit flat on your head. Helmets usually have a hard protective shell and an internal strapping system.

3.      Harness

A harness consists of two basic parts:

  • Waist belt: This sits over the hips and must fit snugly.
  • Leg loops: One loop goes around each leg. Many harnesses conveniently offer adjustable or removable leg loops.

Your harness allows you to tie into the rope securely and efficiently. All harnesses have two front tie-in points designed specifically for threading the rope and tying in, one at the waist and one at the leg loops. Generally the tie-in points are different than the dedicated belay loop. Buckling your harness correctly is essential for safety.

4.      Chalk

Chalk absorbs perspiration on your hands thus improves your grip. To lessen environmental impact, it’s good form to use a chalk that matches the colour of the rock you’re climbing. Chalk is carried in a small pouch slung from your waist by a lightweight belt.

  1. Carabiners

 

These strong, light metal rings with spring-loaded gates connect the climbing rope to pieces of climbing protection such as bolts, nuts and cramming devices. They are also used to make quick draws (used in lead climbing) and to attach your gear to the gear loops on your harness.

 

  1. Belay Device

 

This is used to help the belayer control the rope. Used correctly, a belay device increases friction that helps the belayer catch a fall, lower a climber, pay the rope out gradually as the climber advances, or reel in slack smoothly.

 

  1. Dynamic Rope

This is a rock climbing rope because it has elasticity worked into it. It’s designed to absorb the energy of a fall—even though the force of a fall can be very large.

 

Mountain Hiking Gear:

Moisture-wicking underwear

Moisture-wicking T-shirts

Quick-drying pants/shorts

Long-sleeve shirts for sun and bugs)

Lightweight fleece or jacket

Boots or shoes suited to terrain

Socks (synthetic or wool)

 

Extra clothes

Additional items for rainy and/or cold weather:

Rainwear (jacket and pants)

Long underwear

Warm, insulated jacket or vest)

Fleece pants

Gloves or mittens

Warm hat

 

Optional:

Trekking poles

Experience The Finest Level Of Luxury Safari Riverfront Accommodations And Dining On Mara River.

Book your 3 day/ 2nights Safari with us and let your dream of an African Safari come true! Come sunbathe in open veranda chaises lounges, dine along the river frontage of the camp as hippos wallow in the nearby river, and experience elegant haute cuisine on your own unique African wilderness safari.

Your Tented Safari Camp is in the best location to most readily discover the Big 5 mammals.

All game drives are conducted in 4WD Toyota Land cruisers, under the guidance of our expert certified guides. Watch breath-taking savannah sunsets from specially selected scenic viewing points on an afternoon game drive highlighted by a complimentary sundowner.

Your riverfront accommodation guest suite facilities include: hand carved super-size king or double beds, double vanity sinks, carved desks, dining sets, en suite bathrooms with flush toilets, bidets, and showers, electronic safe deposit boxes and lounge areas. Wifi internet connectivity is available in all guest riverfront suites (and at the dining lounge area) so that guests with IPhone, android smartphones, or PC/MAC laptops may enjoy complimentary internet access from the comfort of their riverfront room.

Itinerary:

Day 1: Nairobi – Masai Mara Game Reserve

Pick up from your hotel to depart for Masai Mara at 7.30am. After the briefing, your safari adventure will start immediately you board the safari vehicle, you will drive via the Great Rift Valley View Point where you stop briefly for photography then proceed to Masai Mara Game Reserve.

Lunch at the lodge, relax then an evening game-drive in search of Masai Giraffe, Buffalo, Eland and thousands of plain game including Impala, Zebra, Topi, both Thomson’s and grants Gazelles. Dinner and overnight at the Royal Mara Safari Lodge, www.royalmara.com

Meal Plan {Lunch & Dinner}

Day 2: Masai Mara Game Reserve

After breakfast proceed on a full day of game viewing within the reserve. The landscape here is scenic savannah grassland on rolling hills. The reserve is the best park for game in Kenya as it has an extensive road and track network which allows for close range viewing and photography. Break for your picnic lunch at the hippo pool, looking out for hippos and crocodile. Continue with game drive till 1700hrs time for visit to the Maasai village which is optional. Dinner and overnight at the Royal Mara Safari Lodge.

Meal Plan {Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner}

Day 3: Masai Mara Game Reserve –Nairobi

Breakfast at the lodge then depart Masai Mara with an en-route game drive to return to Nairobi. Arrive in the evening, drop off at your hotel.

Meal Plan {Breakfast}

End of our Travel Arrangements

Bon Voyage

COST: USD 650 PER PERSON SHARING

Inclusions

  • Transport to/ from Masai Mara Reserve
  • Game Drives in Masai Mara Reserve in 4X4 Land cruiser
  • Full board accommodation at Royal Mara Safari Lodge, royalmara.com
  • Game Park Entrance Fees
  • Services of a professional driver/ guide

Exclusions

  • Transfers from hotel
  • Optional activities like, a visit to a Masai Village, balloon safari, etc.
  • Tip for your professional driver/ guide/lodge staff
  • Alcoholic and non-alcoholic drinks
  • Any other activity/ service not outlined in the itinerary

More tours and safaris on www.sanatrekkingkenya.com 

 

Mount Kenya is the second tallest mountain in Africa at 5,199m. One can climb Mount Kenya any time of the year. The highest rainfall occurs between late March and the middle of May, and slightly less between late October and mid-December. Maximum rainfall occurs in the forest belt and on the south-east side of the mountain where it reaches 2500mm. per year at 3000m.

Rain and, higher up, snow can however be encountered at any time of year – even in the driest periods (January and February). Normally the drier seasons are associated with clear, dry weather which can last for many days on end. The best weather is generally in the mornings, and convectional rainfall, if any, tends to come in the mid-afternoon.

Temperatures vary considerably with height and with time of day. At 3000m frosts can be encountered at night while day temperatures range from 5 to 15°C. Night time temperatures on the summit are well below freezing. The south-facing side of Mount Kenya receives more sunshine in the December to March period. During this time rock climbs are “in-condition” and snow and ice climbs gradually deteriorate. In the June to October period the north-facing rock climbs and south-facing ice climbs are best.

During the dry seasons: January – February and August to September off the most reliably fine weather is the best time to climb Mount Kenya. The main routes are likely to be more crowded at this time of the year. If you favour complete solitude over the sunny skies, try going slightly off the peak season. It’s best to avoid the two rainy seasons from mid-March until June and from late October to the end of December.

As you climb Mount Kenya you will enjoy views of pristine wilderness, lakes, tarns, glaciers and peaks of great beauty, geological variety, forest, mineral springs, rare and endangered species of animals, High altitude adapted plains game, Unique montane and alpine vegetation with 11 species of endemic plants.

Visit our website www.sanatrekkingkenya.com  for more information on the routes and gear required to climb Mount Kenya.