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North Face Climb Batian 5199m

7 Days

Mount Kenya is a ‘twin-peaked’ volcanic spike. Reaching the highest of the three peaks on Mount Kenya requires technical expertise, but the third highest peak of Point Lenana offers the finest six-day trek on the continent. Our hike will take our trekkers through dense rain forest, which encircle the lower slopes of the mountain, which is home to Elephant, Cape buffalo, Leopard and primates. We then traverse the vast moorlands, past undulating grassy valleys and deep rocky gorges, through some of the most fabulous vegetation on our planet. We arrive at the summit of Lenana early enough to be rewarded by views of the new day dawning across East Africa.

  • Extreme
  • FB
  • Technical Climb
  • 5188m
  • 18
  • 42

Overview

Mount Kenya is a ‘twin-peaked’ volcanic spike. Reaching the highest of the three peaks on Mount Kenya requires technical expertise, but the third highest peak of Point Lenana offers the finest six-day trek on the continent. Our hike will take our trekkers through dense rain forest, which encircle the lower slopes of the mountain, which is home to Elephant, Cape buffalo, Leopard and primates. We then traverse the vast moorlands, past undulating grassy valleys and deep rocky gorges, through some of the most fabulous vegetation on our planet. We arrive at the summit of Lenana early enough to be rewarded by views of the new day dawning across East Africa.

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Itinerary

Leave Nairobi at 0645am for a 3.5 hour trip to Nanyuki where you will link up with the porters and make final preparations and continue the journey to the mountain park Gate. We start out trekking at the Sirimon Gate and walk up to Old Moses Camp Site. The zone is in a lush mountain rainforest with Hagena rose wood, St. John’s Wort, giant Camphor trees, Yellow Wood trees, ferns, orchids and other epiphytes. Along the Way as you walk there is good chance of seeing various species of monkey, antelopes and birds. Buffalo, zebra and elephant can often be seen in forest glades and well as warthog. As we gain altitude the forest merges into bamboo that can reach over ten metres in height. This first day is approximately 2.5 hrs walking. Diner and Overnight at the Old moss Camp site or you may opt to sleep in Bandas

After breakfast proceed across Ontulilli River straight to Liki North River We backtrack a little up to a ridge and drier ground. Now we have the feeling of approaching the high peaks. As the moorland valley opens up there is often a profusion of white and yellow alpine flowers. If we are lucky we may see Verreaux eagle and maybe Auger buzzards. Continue to the top ridge and down to Mackinder's Valley and Shipton's Camp at 4200m. This is a 9kms walk which takes 4 hrs, picnic lunch is served upon arrival at the Shiptons Camp. You have the option of staying in the hut, or sleep in your own tents. The tents offer a bit of privacy and quiet from the often busy hut. Either way, our cook will use the hut's facilities and we will take our meals at tables and benches inside the hut..This Night you will be Joined by the Technical Guide/s and you will do a Briefing and a Kit/ Technical Gear Check

We start our trek to Point Lenana in the early hours of the morning 3am so that we can enjoy the early morning sun on the summit of Lenana and view the spectacular main peaks. Most early mornings are very clear in the high mountain area but you can expect the clouds to roll in by mid-morning. Before that happens we want to be back at camp after enjoying our summit time to the full. Rest after Lunch and at 3pm climbing a short route on either Point Peter (this is also technical) or Point Dutton But you can also opt to rest and Spare the Energy. In either case, you also prepare for the climb of Batian the following morning by visiting the base... just to get acquainted with the start point.

Ascent of Batian by the North Face Standard Route. Starting before dawn, usually between 4 and 5 am, you may climb the first couple of pitches by headlamp. The route initially follows a wide contour which you ascend for some 7 pitches, never harder than 5.7. A bit of easy scrambling brings you to the Amphitheatre, a small basin of easy rock part way up the route. Ideally you arrive here by about 7.30am and enjoying a late "breakfast" and a short break.
Above this is the crux of the route, Fermin’s Tower. There are about 3 difficult pitches, all fairly short, but all in the 5.8 to 5.9 range. Above this, easier terrain leads to a few more pitches and finally, the west ridge.
From this point, you continue on easy, but still exposed, rock to Shipton's Notch, a prominent gash in the summit ridge. Another pitch, then mixed 4th and easy 5th class rock leads to the airy summit of Batian. Descent is by the same route, with a few minor variations. If we are quick we can arrive back in Shipton's Camp before evening dusk. If you are slow be able to go up and down the Same Day,
NB:
Please plan for Seven days in case you spend the Night at the Top Hut,

Spare Date Just in Case of Bad weather or Otherwise

After Spending the night at Shiptons we will Use the Chogoria route, because we believe it is the most scenic on the Mountain. The trek out begins with a climb up to Simba Col, then a quick descent to the Hall Tarns. From here we follow the backbone of a ridge, overlooking the beautiful Gorges Valley.
Loosing elevation we leave the high moorlands and enter into the forest belt which surrounds Mount Kenya. As we approach the rustic cabins of Meru Mount Kenya Lodge (our destination for the night) we are likely to see Cape buffalo, as well as Bush Buck or Water Buck, and tracks of other wild animals.
The Bandas, as the cabins are called, are a welcome luxury after our stay on the mountain. With hot showers (after the water is wood-fire heated) and a fine evening fire, we enjoy dinner and the thick, fragrant air of the jungly lower elevations. In the evening we can make a short hike with our Kenyan guide, looking for additional wildlife and exploring the immediate area around our cabins.

We may choose to hike the first hour or so, enjoying the thick bamboo forest. We often see elephant tracks, and signs of many other wild animals.
After a bit of time, our Vehicle catches up with us, for the rest of the Journey through the forest we continue to drive to Chogoria town on the east side of Mount Kenya. Transfer to Nairobi to Reach by 230pm
End of Safari

The Trip Cost Includes

  • · Pick up from the Airport/ Nairobi and Transfer to Park Gate
  • · 6 Days on the Mountain
  • · All Park fees, Government Taxes and Levis
  • · All food while on the Mountain.
  • · Accommodation in mountain huts
  • · Camping Gear where applicable. (Tents)
  • · English speaking guiding services
  • · Porter support for the climb.

The Trip Cost Excludes

  • Personal clothing and equipment (see equipment list)
  • · Tips and gratuities for guides and porter
  • · Technical Guide

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North Face Climb Batian 5199m
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  • Extreme
  • FB
  • Technical Climb
  • 5188m
  • 18
  • 42