NARO MORU MOUNT KENYA CLIMB
Naro Moru may not be the most scenic but it is a popular route and the fastest route to point Lenana. It approaches from the west side of the mountain. The trek along Naro Moru takes you through a vertical bog and into the wide Teleki Valley beneath the Lewis Glacier. There are 3 principal summit routes (and 4 lesser used routes), namely Sirimon, Chogoria and Naro Moru. These can either stand alone, or together as variations with other routes.
Given the short number of days it is often a very popular route with groups. Because of the 'vertical bog,' gum boots are needed. Because of its steepness, it has less acclimatisation chances and the scent tends to have a lot of loose gravelly paths. The route makes use of Met Station and McKinders Camp for ascent and descent.
OverviewDay-1: Met Station (3050m)
Day-2: Mackinder's Camp 4200m
Day-3: Summit to Met Station (3050m)
Day-4: Naro Moru forest
Your route to summit is lit by the full moonThe majority of a trekking or climbing on Mt Kenya takes place during daylight hours. It is only for the summit attempt you climb at night, starting out just before midnight. A summit attempt done during a full moon means that the entire route will be well lit and you will hardly need to run on your headlamp
Pre and post summit nights around campIf you are aiming to summit during a full moon it means that your nights pre and post summit around camp will be lit by a near perfect full moon, giving you amazing moonlit scenes from camp
Incredible universal energyThe Full Moon is supposed to be a powerful time where the universal energy is highest and the best time to renew positive energy. In some religions a full moon is invocative of the higher energies and creates a channel of contact between soul and spirit.
If the night is overcast, you wont benefit from the full moonThink about it, just because there is a full moon does not mean the skies will be perfectly clear and cloudless. If you happen to catch an overcast night, then you will not benefit much the from full moon, nor the light it creates, and you will still need the assistance of your headlamp.
Busier routesIf you are planning to summit during a full moon for all the positive reasons above, who is to say others wont as well, meaning that your entire route to summit will be crowded with many others seeking to benefit from the full moon too For a list of Full moon dates, click here
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1) trekking or hiking - this may sound strange, but many insurance list that as an exclusion.
2) altitude up to 5,000 meters. Most travel insurance providers do not include this under their standard option and often limit it to 3500m or less.
3) Sprains strains and physiotherapy - yes, many insurers exclude this, though ironically, this is what you will most likely need cover for.
4) personal accident - this is the horrible part of insurance. Yes, you need to be covered in the case of death. We are often told by clients - "if anything happens to me, just leave me there." Bodies need to be brought home or laid to rest overseas, and this can run into thousands of dollars, creating a huge burden on family members.
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A link to Mount Kenya wikipedia
Acute mountain sickness: MedlinePlus Medical Encyclopedia
Note that this route can be done in a minimum of three days but it is not recommended.
This trek to Point Lenana is the shortest route, but also the steepest route.
Day-1: Met Station (3050m)After an early morning breakfast, transfer from Nairobi to Naro Moru Park gate 2400m, where you will meet your trekking crew. There are often baboons and bushbuck wandering around the start of the trek near the gate. We then trek up to 3050m, to Met Station for our overnight stay. It is a good day for acclimatization as the huts are at an altitude of 3,050m. We suggest a short hike in the afternoon to gain and loose altitude.(3-4 hours)
Day-2: Mackinder's Camp 4200mToday, we trek through the Teleki valley towards Mackinders Camp 4200m for our overnight stop. The day heads through the moorland zone covered by tussock glass and into the Heath zone. About half way, we will come across a steep section known as the vertical bog, before finally reaching Mackinders camp after about 5-6 hours or trekking.
Day-3: Summit to Met Station (3050m)Rising early, we will shuffle off into the morning at about 03h00to make our pre dawn attempt of Point Lenana 4985m. The view from the top is incredibly rewarding. The route will take us via two screed sections up to 4600m before the final ascent to Point Lenana. We descend through Teleki Valley for your overnight stop at the Met Station (6-7 hours)
Day-4: Naro Moru forestDescend via the Naro Moru forest to connect with our transfer vehicle at Naromoru park gate.
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Price includesReturn airport transfers
Three meals a day on trek except for last day of trek
All park entry fees
All porter, guide and cook fees
Climb permit for 4 days
Camping/Hut fees for Naro Moru
Tents if required
Sleeping mattresses if required for camping
Price ExcludesMandatory travel and medical insurance
Tips, baggage and porterage
Meals other than those indicated
Visa's and vaccinations
Costs for giving up the expedition (no refunds applicable)
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Scenic easier route
Northern side so drier
Starts from Sirimon Park Gate (2600m)
Sleep in Tents/Huts
Long open valleys
Summit via Shipton's camp (4200m)
Most beautiful route
Longer approach route
Starts at Chogoria Park Gate (2950m)
Sleep in Tents/Huts
Steep craggy peaks and views
Summit via Shiptons Hut (4790m)
Ascent via Sirimon and descend Naro Moru
Starts at Sirimon Park Gate (2600m)
Sleep in Tents/Huts
Steep vertical bog on descent
Summit via Shiptons camp (4200m)
Naro Moru Sirimon Route
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