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Climb the highest peaks in Africa: Mount Kilimanjaro & Mount Kenya, 15-day Itinerary

Join a certified mountain guide for this unforgettable 15-day trip to the iconic landscapes of Kenya and Tanzania. Climb the highest peaks in Africa – Mount Kenya and Mount Kilimanjaro – while enjoying some simply incredible scenery and seeing some of the continent's iconic wildlife.

Mountain RangeEast African Mountains
Duration15 days
Offer periodJan, Feb, Mar, Apr, May, Jun, Jul, Aug, Sep, Oct, Nov, Dec
Skill LevelIntermediate
Fitness LevelFit
Type of tripPrivate and Group

Highlights

  • Enjoy the stunning scenery of Mount Kenya and Mount Kilimanjaro.

  • Climb both of the highest peaks in Africa.

  • Get the chance to see some of Africa's most iconic wildlife along the way.

Description

Come to East Africa for the adventure of a lifetime! Over the course of 15 days, we will climb the highest peaks in Africa: Mount Kilimanjaro (5,895 m) and Mount Kenya (5,199 m).

The adventure begins when we land in Nairobi and transfer to the foot of Mount Kenya, the second highest peak in Africa. Over the course of the next 4 days, we will climb through various climate zones, enjoying stunning views of our surroundings and getting the chance to see some of Africa’s most iconic animals.

The highlight of the climb is summit day, in which we will head to one of the peak’s minor summits and watch the sunrise over the serengeti, a real treat.

After we’ve descended Mount Kenya, the fun continues. We will head to a wildlife sanctuary and head out on two wildlife watching expeditions: one at night and one during the day, in order to see as many of Africa’s most unique animals as we can.

From here, we return to Nairobi for a night before transferring to Kilimanjaro National Park. The second half of the trip will be spent summiting the highest mountain in Africa. We will again enjoy a stunning sunrise from its summit before returning to Arusha and heading to the airport.

There is no shortage of incredible scenery and nothing like the feeling of climbing the two highest peaks in Africa!

So what are you waiting for? Book now for this once-in-a-lifetime experience climbing to the top of Mount Kenya and Mount Kilimanjaro, while enjoying a safari in between!

If you like the look of this trip, but do not have 15 days to spare, then we think you may also enjoy our 8-day ascent of just Mount Kilimanjaro via the Lemosho route!

Meeting point

Jomo Kenyatta International Airport

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Itinerary

Day 1: Arrival

We will meet at the international airport in Nairobi and drive to Nanyuki, near the base of Mount Kenya, where we will spend the day acclimatizing and stay for the night.

Day 2: Nanyuki - Old Moses Camp

We will get up first thing in the morning and check into the national park. From here, we will drive to the trailhead then hike for 2 to 3 hours up to Old Moses camp, where we will spend the night.

Day 3: Old Moses Camp - Shipton Camp

We will spend 6 to 7 hours hiking up through the scenic Mackinder Valley en route to Shipton camp, where we will spend the night.

Day 4: Summit day

Getting a pre-dawn start, we will hike for three hours up to Point Lenana (4,985 m), one of the minor summits of Mount Kenya. After watching the sunrise and taking the stunning views from the top, we will hike back down to the Chogoria Bandas campsite.

Day 5: Chogoria - Sweewaters park

From Chogoria Bandas we will hike to the entrance fo the park and transfer to the Sweetwaters game reserve where we will go on an evening wildlife-watching drive, before returning to the hotel.

Day 6: Sweewaters park - Lake Nakuru National Park

We will start the day by heading out on another wildlife-watching drive before driving past Lake Nakuru and on into the national park, where we will spend the night at a hotel.

Day 7: Lake Nakuru National Park – Nairobi

We will drive from the national park back to Nairobi with the option of visiting the hippo-filled Lake Naivasha (for an extra $40 per person). We will spend the night at a hotel in Nairobi.

Day 8: Nairobi - Arusha

We will drive from Nairobi on to Arusha, crossing the border en route. From Arusha, we will continue on to Moshi, where we will spend the night in a hotel.

Day 9: Marangu Gate (1,980 m) – Mandara hut (2,700 m)

We will drive from Moshi to Kilimanjaro National Park. After signing in at the park gate, we will start by hiking up to the Mandara hut.

Day 10: Mandara hut (2,700 m) – Horombo hut (3,720 m)

We will hike from Mandara hut through the forest surrounding Kilimanjaro and around the rim of the Maundi Crater, before entering the moorlands of an elevated plateau and on to Horombo hut. If we have the time, we can make a detour to climb to the rim of the crater.

Day 11: Acclimatization day

We will spend the day hiking around the Horombo hut, possibly up to Mawenzi hut or the Zebra rocks, in order to acclimatize, before turning in nice and early.

Day 12: Horombo hut (3,720 m) – Kibo hut (4,700 m)

We will hike up out of the moorlands and enter the mountain’s alpine desert habitat. We will continue hiking on to Kibo hut, where we will spend the afternoon relaxing and get to bed nice and early for summit day.

Day 13: Summit day

Getting a pre-dawn start, we will head out onto the trail and make a steep and rocky ascent up to Hans Meyer Cave (5,150 m). From here, the most challenging part awaits. We will ascend another 500 meters through a field of steep and loose scree and snow, which becomes gradually less steep until we reach the summit. After watching the sunrise and enjoying some time at the top (5,895 m), we will descend back down to Horombo hut.

Day 14: Horombo hut (3,720 m) – Marangu Gate (1,980 m)

We will spend the day hiking down the mountain and out of the park. We will then transfer to Arusha, where we will have a celebration dinner and stay in a hotel.

Day 15: Departure

We will drop you off at Kilimanjaro International Airport and say goodbye.


Equipment you will need to bring

Sunglasses

Backpack

Water bottle

Other gear: Hiking boots


About the guide

Claudious Tours and Safaris is an East Africa based firm offering Mountain climbing tours and services in East Africa including Mount Kenya climbing safaris, Mount Kilimanjaro Hiking, Mount Elgon walking tours and Mount Rwenzori Trekking. Climbing Africa Mountains offers you an experience of a lifetime. We provide you with Africa Mountain Climbing Safari Packages accompanied by experienced mountain guides, cooks and potters: ensuring that you have safe and adventurous hikes up to some of the highest and most challenging mountains in Africa which includes Mount Kenya, Mount Kilimanjaro in Tanzania, Mount Rwenzori in Uganda and Mount Elgon. These hikes offer an opportunity to sample some of the most exciting Mountain climbing safaris in Africa. We design mountain packages for solo travelers, small and large groups looking at trekking in Africa.


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Prices per person

Group of 1

USD 2836 each

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Price includes

• Guiding fee

• Accommodation

• Transport during the trip

• Permit and entrance fees

• Personal porters

• Clean, drinkable water during the trip

• Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

• Camping equipment: Tents, Sleeping bag, Sleeping pad, Cooking utensils

Price details

• Please note this price is for the low season.


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