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How to Get There.
Mount Kenya is nearly 200 plus kilometres away north from Nairobi city the capital of Kenya in Nyeri County of central Kenya.
It is accessible by roads on two sides of the mountain the Naro Moru / Nanyuki and Meru Chogoria on the eastern side of the mountain in Meru County. There are a variety of transport options from Nairobi by public or private means.
Buses/mini buses known as Matatus can be found in down town Nairobi along Accra road just at the junction of river road and cross river road the area popularly known as Tea Room.
The ride to the mountain is good and takes about 2 hrs.30 min to nanyuki or narumoru or 3 hrs. To chogoria in meru towns where you may put up for a night or two as you acclimatise to start your adventure climb of the mountain.
As you start your trek from these towns heading to the Mount Kenya entrance gates, the road section is a dirt road and can be rough which may require a 4 wheel drive as the stretch is about 25 km.
There are three main trekking routes leading to the base of Mount Kenya these are Naro Moru and Sirimon on the western side of the mountain and Chogoria route to the eastern side of Mount Kenya.
Main Mount Kenya Trekking / Climbing Routes.
1 Naro Moru:
The Naro Moru route is the easiest and most fastest and it is also the most popular route preferred by many onto the mountain, it is commonly used by many hikers ,schools, scout groups ,independent hickers, tour companies and private guides and potters leading clients up to Point Lenana.
It is not particularly scenic and the rapid ascent profile makes it unsuitable for climbers wishing to acclimatise more gradually and sensibly.
The Naro Moru route also features the steep quagmire of wet moorland that is extremely taxing and unpleasant after rains.
The final climb up to the Austrian Hut tackles a long, loose and uncompromising scree slope up the side of the Teleki Valley.
Basically, you don't want to do this route unless you're in a hurry to bag Point Lenana on a quick 3-day programme.
Descending via the Naro Moru route is fine though.
The Sirimon route is the least used by mountain climbers of the three main routes, but it features the most gradual ascent profile and best for acclimatisation options.
The route passes through very impressive Yellowwood forests in the lower reaches and features abundant wildlife and beautiful alpine scenery higher up.
The Austrian Hut and Point Lenana are reached from the head of Mackinder's Valley via Simba Col.
Climbing from the Chogoria route is said to be the most scenic and interesting of the three main routes on the mountain.
The route passes the enchanting Hall Tarns and looks down sheer cliffs into the spectacular Gorges Valley and onto the beautiful Lake Michaelson.
The Austrian Hut is reached via Tooth Col at the head of the valley.
YHA Kenya Mountain Travel Planners.
Y H A Kenya Mountain Adventure travel specialises in adventure travel activities within Kenya and Eastern Africa region has packages that are very unique for Mount Kenya budget adventure travel programs that run through the year.
YHA Travel works in partnership with African Home Adventure Safaris a travel agency operated by experienced travel professionals operating inbound tourism within Eastern Africa and offering wildlife safaris, mountain trekking, volunteering and lots of adventure travel activities.
Our experience in organising and planning expeditions for hikers up the mount Kenya are most exciting, safe, affordable, good quality adventure travel experiences for mountaineers, hikers, small group safaris, families, independent travel , and all other travellers of every nature.
We offer other travel destination packages within East Africa and educational travel opportunities to budget travellers in Kenya more than any other travel provider.
Please click on the links provided to choose a mountaineering package of your choice we hope that you will experience the best of Kenya and Africa destinations.
We believe that we are Kenya’s best mountain travel specialist with extensive knowledge and passion for the country well known and popular mountain as well as a vast network of staff and a well-established travel partnership across Kenya.
With this experience and professionalism at our finger tips we are well placed to tailor make your mountain trip.
Our dedicated team can prepare an itinerary that best suit your travel wishes you name it and we do it just for you!
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