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Mount Kenya, 1 Week Guided Ascent

Join KMGA certified guide Andrey on a week long adventure to the summit of the amazing Mount Kenya, the second highest mountain in Africa after Kilimanjaro.

Duration7 days
Offer periodJan, Feb, Mar, Dec
Skill LevelIntermediate
Fitness LevelFit
Type of tripNot specified


Second in Africa to only the mythical Mount Kilimanjaro (5,895m) in terms of size, Mount Kenya (5,199m) is an immensely impressive peak.

For 7 days, I would like to guide you on a journey that will take you from the beautiful city of Nairobi, to the highest summit of Mount Kenya, the Batian summit (5,199m) and back. This journey will be full of unforgettable natural sights. It will also be full of arduous, and at times, technically difficult climbing. However, the rewards you will get not from just one, but two of the peak’s glorious summits (the other being the Nelion Tower at 5,188m) are absolutely worth it.

During the climb itself, we will be ascending by way of the normal south east face route. This route will take us to Nelion. From Nelion, you will get to pass through the breathtaking Gate of mists on the way to the Batian summit. During the climb you will be staying in tents, as well as different huts, including the Austrian hut and the Howell hut.

As a result of the technical aspects inherent in this climb, it is important that participants have prior mountaineering experience. It is also crucial that you are in good enough physical condition to handle the rigours of this excursion.

The climb to the top of Mount Kenya is amazing. And if the day is clear, you can even see the summit of Kilimanjaro from the Batian summit! To experience this adventure for yourself, just send me a request, I would be happy to guide you.

Are you looking for a longer climbing expedition? Then come and join me on this 21 day ascent of the beautiful Khan Tengri in the Tian Shan mountains of Kyrgyzstan.


Tents, The Howell's bivvy hut, the Austria hut, Judimier, old Moses camp.

Meeting point

Nairobi Airport or your hotel in Nairobi




Day 1: Arrival in Nairobi

After your pick up from the Nairobi airport or your hotel, we will transfer to the Mount Kenya national park. Upon arrival, we will take a 3-4 hour hike to the Naro Moru river lodge (3,040m). We will spend the night in tents.

Day 2: Mackiners camp (4,300m)

Today we will hike for approximately 5 to 7 hours, with an altitude gain of approximately 1,300 metres, to the Mackiners camp, where we will spend the night in tents.

Day 3: Austrian hut (4,790m)

Today we will hike for approximately 2 to 3 hours, with an altitude gain of approximately 490 metres, to the Austrian hut, where we will spend the night in tents.

Day 4: Nelion Tower (5,188m)

We will make our way to the summit of the Nelion tower today. We will take the South East Face standard route. The climb will take anywhere from 10 to 16 hours. At the summit, we will spend the night in the Howell’s bivvy hut.

Day 5: Batian (5,199m)

Today we will climb through the Gates of Mist to the summit of Batian. The ascent should take approximately 3 to 4 hours. Afterwards, we will go to the Austrian hut where we will spend the night.

Day 6: Moses camp (3,300m)

Today we will trek along the Sirimon route via the gorges valley to the Judimier/old Moses camp where we will spend the night.

Day 7: Sirimon gate (2,600m)

On the final day of this trip we will eat breakfast and descend to the Sirimon gate and leave the Mount Kenya national park. Afterwards, we will drive back to Nairobi.

About the guide

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I was born in what is now Bishkek, the Capital City of Kyrgyz Republic (used to be Frunze, the Capital of Kyrgyz Soviet Socialist Republic) and live there ever since.

I started guiding professionally in 2004. I guide groups and individuals in technical and high altitude climbing, ski-tours, backcountry skiing, rock-climbing, ice climbing. I can also provide training facilities and organize trekking programs.

My main priorities in guiding are client safety and expedition success and therefore, my professional motto is “Never climb with strangers”.

In 2011, I finished my training with the Kyrgyz Mountain Guide School. The school is supported by Mammut and the Swiss and British Mountain Guide Associations and follows the IFMGA standards. Upon completion of the course and passing necessary tests I was qualified as a Mountain Guide. I am also qualified in mountain rescue and first aid by Mountaineering Instructor School in Kyrgyzstan (2012) and a member of the Kyrgyz Mountain Guide Association (KMGA) since the Autumn of 2009 where I serve as an instructor and examiner for the National Mountain Guide courses.

In my 13 years of guiding, I have worked all over Tien-Shan and Pamir in Kyrgyzstan, Kazakhstan and China and East Sayan and Lake Baikal areas in Russia. I have arranged several ski tour and backcountry skiing programs in the Ala Archa national park, Suusamyr valley, Kyrghyz Ala Too, Chong Kemin gorge, Kumtor glacier, and Terskey Ala Too.

In 2009-2016 I worked as a high altitude guide at the Lenin Peak (7134 m), Khan Tengri Peak (7010 m), Pobeda Peak (7439 m), and Muztag Ata Peak (7546 m). As a mountaineering expert, I also have participated in 6 expeditions.

Presently I have over 100 ascents of different difficulty. The most significant of them are: Pobeda peak (7439 m) 1 ascent; Lenin peak (7134 m) 13 ascents; Muztag Ata (7546 m) 1 ascent; Khan Tengri (7010 m) 1 ascent; Korona peak 1st tower ED2 Smirnov route, winter conditions; Free Korea peak ED1 George Lowe route, winter conditions; Bachachekey peak 4 routes ED1 Kusmenko, Shwab, Polik, Ilyshenko; Ak-Too peak TD route, first ascent, winter conditions; Tarasova(Slovenia) TD route, winter conditions; Simagina peak TD+ route, winter conditions.

My sport climbing level: 7a-7b on sight, 7c-8a red point.

Please get in touch with me if you are interested to come and discover the mountains of my region.

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Prices per person

Group of 1

USD 5877 each

Group of 2

USD 4846 each

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Price includes

• Guiding fee

• Accommodation

• Transport during the trip

• Permit and entrance fees

• Group porters (transport of tents, cooking equipment, etc. for the group)

• Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Price details

• The price includes private transfers to Mount Kenya from Nairobi and back, National park entry fees, accommodation, porters, camping fees, camping equipment, meals, and government taxes and levies. However, the price does not include hotel costs in Nairobi, visa fees and international flight costs.

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