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Mount Kenya and Kilimanjaro

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There is such diversity in scenery, people and geography in East Africa that it seems almost impossible to create an itinerary that does not leave out too much. We feel that an itinerary which includes the great peaks of Mount Kenya and Kilimanjaro, Africa's highest, provides one of the best ways to appreciate this wonderful diversity within a reasonable period of time.

The Chogoria route is scenically the most rewarding way of ascending Mt Kenya. There are beautiful views into the Gorges Valley, lined with dramatic cliffs, with the head waters of the Nithi River cascading over a series of waterfalls. At the head of the valley the main peaks of Lenana, Nelion and Batian dominate the skyline while the emerald green waters of Lake Michaelson glisten below the vantage point near Hall Tarns, a sheer cliff some 300m high. 6 days allows more time for acclimatisation and the opportunity of completing the high level walk around the main peaks. This walk provides spectacular views of the main summit area. We aim to climb to Point Lenana, the highest of Mount Kenya's peaks which can be reached without technical climbing. Mount Kenya.

Then, after a night in Nairobi, we drive across into Tanzania to tackle Kilimanjaro, the highest mountain in Africa. It comprises two main summits, the craggy Mawenzi, 5149m, and the 'flat-topped', glaciated Kibo, 5896m. Our route, although not the easiest, can be tackled by a fit mountain walker and it takes in some of the best scenery Kili has to offer. It approaches Kibo from the south-west, up beautiful ridges overloooking deep valleys (Barrancos) and then traverses along the "Southern Circuit" beneath the the cliffs, screes and glaciers of Kibo. On the Machame route you will sleep in tents and eat in a mess tent.

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The Chogoria Route on Mt. Kenya takes us up through natural forest and moorland to walk around the peaks area and ascend Pt Lenana. Our ascent of Kilimanjaro is by the Machame Route. 
In towns we use high standard hotels, on the mountains camping in two-man, double-skin tents. The walking is generally tough and at high altitude but it is fully porter supported. 
Optional safari extensions available. 

Kilimanjaro from the south
Outline Itinerary
Day 1Overnight flight to Nairobi.
Day 2Arrive in the early morning and drive to Chogoria.  From Chogoria the track climbs steadily through the forest reserve. Colobus monkeys, elephant and buffalo are often seen on the way up to the park gate at 3000m. The night is spent in huts. These are simple but provide beds with fresh linen and a hot shower. A short afternoon walk is possible in the beautiful surrounding parklands.
Day 3 - 6Walk up the Chogoria route, circumnavigate the main peaks, climb Point Lenana, the third highest summit. 
Day 7Descend to the roadhead and drive to Savage Camp. Possibility of White Water Rafting in afternoon. 
Day 8Drive to Nairobi then shuttle bus to the Springlands Hotel near Moshi.
Day 9Drive a short way to the Kilimanjaro Machame Park Gate, walk up to Machame Hut.
Day 10 - 13Climb Kilimanjaro by the Machame Route ascending Kibo from Barafu.
Day 14Return to the park gate, drive back to our hotel.
Day 15Transfer to airport for flight back.

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