Africa’s second-highest mountain might just be its most beautiful. Here, mere minutes from the equator, glaciers carve out the throne of Ngai, the old high god of the Kikuyu. To this day the tribe keeps its doors open to the face of the sacred mountain, and some still come to its lower slopes to offer prayers. Mt Kenya hiking day trip is one of the best hikes from nairobi.
Besides being venerated by the Kikuyu, Mt Kenya and Mt Kenya National Park have the rare honour of being both a Unesco World Heritage Site and a Unesco Biosphere Reserve.
The highest peaks of Batian (5199m) and Nelion (5188m) can only be reached by mountaineers with technical skills, but Point Lenana (4985m), the third-highest peak, can be reached by trekkers and is the usual goal for most mortals. When the clouds part, the views are simply magnificent.
As per schedule
Depart for Mt Kenya Hiking Day Trip with an early morning pick up.You will drive through the lush green tea and coffee farms in the early morning hours. You will appreciate the fresh cool air of the higher altitude as you approach Mt Kenya. You will have taken your breakfast or enjoy your packed breakfast on the way.
Arrive at the Naro Moru gate and finalize with park entry formalities. Your vehicle will drive you further on to the first camp the Met station at 3300m above seal level.
The hike starts from the Met station camp walking through a narrow trail through the rain forest. You have a chance to see lots of animals in the rain forest region including buffaloes, elephants, rhinos, antelopes and others.
There are also hundreds of birds to see and the great indigenous trees with very wide girths and very high canopies.
Continue your hike through the rain forest for 4 hours to the alpine moorland walking through the marsh and bog. By now the peaks are clearer and standing majestically up ahead. Continue your hike through the moorland viewing the giant groundsels and lobelia. There are tens of rivers flowing with crystal clear waters through the grassland.
Continue with your hike up to midway point to mackinders camp.
Rest after the ascent and take down your packed lunch at the observation point with the peaks in close sight.
Start your descent after lunch for the Met station.
Reconnect with your driver at the met station and get in the car for the drive out of the park.
Exit the park for drive to Nairobi arriving in the late afternoon. End of your Mt Kenya Hiking Day Trip
Drop off in your hotel after an exciting and inspiring hike on Mt Kenya. Enjoy your dinner and a well deserved good night rest.