2020 Mount Kenya Challenge

Tribal Tracks is delighted to be working with Helping Rhinos on an exciting challenge trek to summit Mount Kenya. The majestic peaks of Mount Kenya are amazing, with views from far below of its gleaming snowlicked summits, glacier sculptured valleys and alpine moorland riddled with clear tarns and trout-filled streams. Elephant, giraffe and eland roam its lower slopes, while the stunning vegetation - giant lobelias that appear like spiky pokers – have made it a UNESCO Biosphere Reserve.

Our challenge is to reach Point Lenana, which, at 4985m is the second highest trekking peak in Africa. Some would say it is a more beautiful mountain than Kilimanjaro and it is away from the busy and well-trodden tourist paths. The Timau route on Mount Kenya wanders through pristine forest and alpine heathland giving an opportunity to experience the unique flora and fauna away from the busy tourist routes.


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18th to 26th September 2020

£2,245 per person
(plus international flights)

Group size of 10 to 18 people

Celebrate World Rhino Day
on Mount Kenya

See first hand how some of your fundraising will support Helping Rhinos projects at Ol Pejeta

The Highlights...

  • Taking the Timau route of Mount Kenya to summit Point Lenana (4985m).
  • A stunning route, weaving upwards through forest and alpine heathlands.
  • Camping under massive African skies.
  • A fully supported trek with Kenyan mountain guides, porters and cooks and led by a mountain leader.
  • Qualified UK Tribal Tracks leader.
  • Celebrate World Rhino Day on 22 September 2020 while on your trek.
  • Staying in a tented camp inside the Ol Pejeta Conservancy, the largest black rhino sanctuary in East Africa and home to two of the world’s last remaining northern white rhino.
  • A safari game drive at Ol Pejeta.
  • A final night's celebration to salute the group’s impressive achievement!

 

Cost Breakdown

Price Per Person - £2,245

£400 Non-Refundable deposit due by 1 December 2019.

£1,845 final payment due 56 days before departure.

In addition, there is a minimum fundraising commitment of £500 for Helping Rhinos.

This price excludes international flights to Nairobi.

The Itinerary...

Friday 18 – Saturday 19 September: London to Nairobi

The excitement begins at the UK airport when you meet the Tribal Tracks UK leader and we start our journey to Kenya. Our Kenyan team will meet you at Jomo Kenyatta International Airport and transfer you to Ol Pejeta Conservancy (approximately 4 hours). Ol Pejeta is the largest black rhino sanctuary in East Africa, and we will be staying in tented lodge accommodation in Ol Pejeta Wildlife Camp. This afternoon we can relax and acclimatise. In the evening before dinner, we will have a briefing from the leader and support staff and then have a kit check.

Lunch and dinner. Overnight in Ol Pejeta tented camp shared rooms.


Sunday 20 September – Mount Kenya: Wangu to West Marania Roadhead

Today we take a leisurely walk to the high altitude West Marania roadhead. We walk slowly to acclimatise to the altitude. The route is open heathland and we have the chance of seeing some unique mountain wildlife. One thing we are unlikely to see is another group as we are now off the main track. We arrive at our stunning mountain stream campsite and relax in the fabulous mountain beauty.
Length: 8km, Time: 4 hours, Ascent: 700m Accommodation: West Marania campsite (3000m)

Full board. Overnight camping in twin share tents.


Monday 21 September – West Marania Roadhead to Majors Camp

Today is a day to relax and explore a truly pristine mountain area. For those that are keen, today’s walk passes through stunning wilderness terrain with great birdlife. As usual, we will have a sumptuous meal waiting for us back at camp when we return.
Length: 13km, Time: 10 hours, Ascent: 900m Accommodation: Majors camp (3900m)

Full board. Overnight camping in twin share tents.

Tuesday 22 September – World Rhino Day:   Majors Camp to Icy Mikes camp (or High Col Camp)

This is a great day that sees us finish at the base of the old volcanic plug that makes up the rocky peaks of Batian, Nelion and Pt. Lenana. On the trek up, the vegetation changes to moorland grass with small flowering plants and the amazing giant lobelias and senecios.
Length: 8km, Time: 5 hours, Ascent: 600m Accommodation: Icy Mikes Campsite (4500m)

Full board. Overnight camping in twin share tents.


Wednesday 23 September – Summit day. - Icy Mikes to Pt. Lenana (4985m) to Old Moses (4250m)

An early 3am start sees us on the Summit Circuit Path. Stunning views, tarns, glaciers, ice carved rock formations and precipitous valleys and amazing views! We will aim to be at Pt. Lenana for a sunrise celebration with spectacular views to the Aberdare Ranges and Mt. Kilimanjaro. After a celebratory cup of tea or coffee, we start our descent via the Sirimon Route to Judameir Camp.
Length: 18km, Time: 16 hours, Ascent: 485m

Full board. Overnight camping in twin share tents.

Thursday 24 September – Old Moses Campsite to Sirimon Park Gate Length

Today it is a leisurely walk through the towering forest where our vehicles will collect us and transfer you back to our camp at Ol Pejeta Conservancy for a well-deserved hot shower and a big BBQ night to celebrate! This afternoon we can meet the team from Ol Pejeta and see where the fundraising for Helping Rhinos is invested. They have a record of success in rhino population growth. From a starting population of just four Eastern black rhino in the late 1980s, today the conservancy boasts a population of 124 individuals. It is an incredible achievement, but one that comes with much heartache and at great cost, not only financial cost but in human lives too.

Ol Pejeta is playing a key role in creating new habitat for wildlife, and in particular their rhino. This includes bringing additional land into the conservancy, allowing them to continue the region’s most successful black rhino breeding programme and playing a key role in an initiative to open up multiple rhino habitats within the Laikipia region.
Length: 9km, Time: 2 hours, Descent: 600m

Full board. Overnight Ol Pejeta tented camp.


Friday 25 September – Early morning Game drive at Ol Pejeta and transfer to Nairobi

We will have an early start as we set off on our game drive inside Ol Pejeta Conservancy. Ol Pejeta is the largest black rhino sanctuary in east Africa, and home to three of the world’s last remaining northern white rhino. It is the only place in Kenya to see chimpanzees, in a sanctuary established to rehabilitate animals rescued from the black market. It has some of the highest predator densities in Kenya, and still manages a very successful livestock programme. Ol Pejeta also seeks to support the people living around its borders, to ensure wildlife conservation translates to better education, healthcare and infrastructure for the next generation of wildlife guardians.

After lunch we say farewell to our Kenyan team and the staff at Ol Pejeta and head to Nairobi for our evening flight home with a summit under our belts and a greater understanding of the incredible work Helping Rhinos is achieving through continual and substantial fundraising.

Breakfast and lunch.


Saturday 26 September – Arrive in London

We arrive into London in the morning with memories to last a lifetime.