The 11 day Mount Kenya climb and safari to Kenya’s Masai Mara and Lake Nakuru is an amazing way to get the best out of Kenya’s top attractions. Mount Kenya is a very beautiful and scenic mountain beyond reasonable doubt.  It is the highest in Kenya and the second-highest after Kilimanjaro in the whole of the African continent.  Most climbers prefer to climb Mount Kenya through the Sirimon Naro-Moru route a very popular route on Mount Kenya that has successfully led many climbers to its summit at Point Lenana (4,985m). The combination of the very scenic trail to Sirimon and the quick and easy descent via Naro-Moru makes this route a perfect blend for trekking Mount Kenya. It would take you a minimum of 4 days to climb Mount Kilimanjaro via the Sirimon – Naro Moru route but we do recommend the 5 days Sirimon Naro Moru route variation that offers an extra day for proper acclimatization at Shipton’s Camp to avoid altitude sickness.

The safari side of this mountain climbing and safari combo takes you to the best safari destination in Kenya. The Rift Valley Lakes of Nakuru and Naivasha sandwiched half-way between Mount Kenya and Masai Mara are well worth a visit after a vigorous mountaineering expedition.  Lake Nakuru national park and Lake Naivasha boast of abundant wild animals that include big game and a handful of bird species. The Maasai Mara National Reserve, on the other hand, is a big wig when it comes to African safaris. The park gives you the opportunity to sample each and every member of the big 5 animals, to explore the endless plains of the Masai mara and the crocodile-infested Mara River where the Great wildebeest migration takes centre stage.

Mount Kenya trek & Maasai Cultural Tour

Climbing Mount Kenya and taking a game drive adventure to Lake Nakuru National Park are the highlights of this 11 Day Mount Kilimanjaro climbing and safari adventure but the adventure does not just end there. A visit to Masai mara gives you a great cultural immersion opportunity. As you tour the Maasai land and camp in the Masai Mara you will get a chance to interact with the natives, the Maasai tribe and learn a thing or two about their way of life by visiting Maasai villages, schools and tour the Maasai wilderness.

How to get to Mount Kenya

To get to Mount Kenya, you have to fly into Kenya first through the International Airports that serve as Kenya’s entry points like the Jomo Kenyatta International Airport in Nairobi and the Mombasa Moi International Airport in Mombasa. Many air companies fly into Kenya from all over the world e.g Virgin Atlantic, British Airways and Kenya Airways fly regular direct flights to Nairobi. There are other airlines that offer competitive prices for air tickets that make a stop from Qatar Airways, Ethiopian and Emirates.

Nairobi Jomo Kenyatta airport is a ½ hr drive away from the capital city of Kenya, Nairobi with a distance of about 16km.

Best time for Mount Kenya & Safari Tour

You can visit Kenya any time of the year, whether it is to climb Mount Kenya or to do a safari but it has 2 rainy seasons and one busy season that his a high peak for tourism and that is the dry summer season of July and August. During the months July and August, it is the best time for both Mount Kenya climbing and safari because the weather is dry during this time, perfect for mountain climbing and the Masai Mara is always full of wild animals due to the dense population of wildebeest in the Masai Mara.

July and August receive high traffic of tourists from Europe and North America because it is during their summer break.

September and October is the short rains season. The weather is usually unpredictable at this time of the year, rain usually falls for only a couple of hours in the afternoon or morning, so you shouldn’t let it stop you.

November, December, January, February and the better part of March are the dry seasons. Expect hot weather and quiet parks.

The least favourable time of the year for Mount Kenya climbing or Masai mara safari is during the rainy season of March, April, May and June plays host to the long rains. Though it is possible to do a safari or a mountain climb, sometimes roads become inaccessible, slippery and the long grass is not recommended for wildlife viewing.

Is the 11 Day Mount Kenya & Masai Mara Safari for me?

If climbing Mount Kenya is on your bucket list and you have extra time on your hands to explore the best side of Kenya, then this tour is for you. A safari extension to Masai Mara, Lake Nakuru and Naivasha which offers you the chance to taste the best of safari Kenya! if time is not on your side and you have little time we can customize this trip to include only a 3-day safari to Samburu or Amboseli National Park.

As for the Mount Kenya trekking part, all you need is to follow your mountain guides advice while on the mountain and drink as much water as possible to combat altitude sickness. To climb Mount Kenya, you do not need to be superhuman fit, if you can comfortably walk for 6-8 hours a day with ease then you can climb Mount Kenya. Remember, age is not a limiting factor, children as young as 10 and adults as old as 80 have climbed Mount Kenya.

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Nairobi to Old Moses Hut

Drive Nairobi – Sirimon Gate (250km / 4 hours)
pm. Walk 10km / 2.5 hrs from Sirimon Gate (2,600m) – Old Moses Hut (3,340m)
Your 11 day Mount Kenya climb and safari to Masai Mara, Lake Nakuru National Park and Lake Naivasha begin with early breakfast before Tranquil Kilimanjaro staff pick you up from your hotel, lodge or airport. A drive to the slopes of Mount Kenya starts and on reaching the Sirimon Gate, you will go through the paperwork and a brief introduction to your mountain crew that includes your guide, porters and cook/chef.

Trekking ensues with a short walk to Old Moses hut, the first hut that you encounter along the Sirimon trail, reaching there after a 2-4 hour hike, gaining an ascent of 740m at an elevation of 3,340m. the trail traverses various vegetation zone of Mount Kenya, among them, rainforest, bamboo, giant heather zones then reaching an open field of moorland. The trail condition is dusty but well maintained by the Kenya Wildlife Service (KWS) for better efficiency during emergencies on Mount Kenya. The trail surroundings are a dense rainforest that is rich in wildlife and a ton of bird species. You might spot some elephants, buffaloes, monkeys or a variety of birds.. (L, D)

Day 2

Old Moses Hut to Shiptons Camp

Walk 14km / 8 hours from Old Moses Hut (3340m) to Shipton’s Camp (4236m)
You cook will prepare energy-giving breakfast before you leave camp in the morning for a days trek along the open filed of grassland that is favoured by grazers like buffalo and Eland. The view is amazing as the sun shines over the plains below and trek over a gently sloped trail that cuts across two valleys. After trekking for an hour you reach the first valley that is gradual and easy to cross then onto the second valley that is somewhat challenging. It involves descending dramatically then rising to climb out of it dramatically at an average height of about 100m. It may be challenging but worth the challenge as you are rewarded with beautiful views of twin peaks shining in front of the sun overlooking the glacial valley.

The trek progresses for another 2-3 hours towards a broad valley beyond some medieval-like vegetation of giant lobelia and Senecios. This region on Mount Kenya is home to a variety of birds and the timid Hyrax, a close relative of the elephant. You end the day with a brief trek past Mackinders Caves before reaching your resting camp of the day at Shiptons Camp for coffee/tea, rest then dinner and overnight. (B,L,D)

Day 3

Shiptons Camp Acclimatisation Day

Walk 7km / 4-5 hours from Shipton’s Camp (4,200m) to Hausberg Col (4,600m) and return.
Shipton’s camp will be the accommodation and base for 2 days, providing enough time for resting as you prepare for summiting. This aids in acclimatizing tom minimise the risk of altitude sickness and with the summit withing sight, we would want anything to hamper our efforts. We take the highly recommended hike on the summit circuit trail that leads up to the Hausberg col (4,6OOm) Or go advance past Oblong and Hausberg Tarns to Nanyuki and Two Tarns where you will be rewarded with panoramic vistas of peaks Batian (5199m) and Nelion (5188m). This gives enough room for proper acclimatization methods of “Climbing high and sleeping low” which is very beneficial in acclimatization efforts. (B,L,D)

Day 4

Summit Day

Climb 749m up and 3km in length to Point Lennana (4985m)
Descend 685m and 3.5km to Mackinder’s Camp (4,300m) or onto Met Station (4hrs) to decrease the walking distance on the last day.
D-Day is here and we wake up early for the summit attempt to the peak of Mount Kenya, Point Lenana.  At around 3 am, we begin our push to the summit after a cup of tea and some snacks. It is usually in total darkness, chilly and windy so layering of clothes for extra warmth is highly recommended. The reason for beginning the summit attempt in the wee hours is to make it to the summit just in time for sunrise as the climb takes at least 3 hours on a scree filled trails and rock outcrops. making it to the summit at sunrise also is a great way of avoiding the cloud cover that usually appears mid-morning. After a steady climb, we reach the summit of Mount Kenya to astonishing views of the sunrise, shimmering glaciers, tarns and jagged peaks. On a clear sky, you may catch a glimpse of Mount Kilimanjaro from a distance. At the summit, it may be windy and chilly with temperatures dropping to a low -20 degrees C. We spend a brief moment at the summit to take some pictures and cherish the moment of making it to the top of Kenya’s highest mountain then descend afterwards. A 2-hour descent past the glacier down loose scree takes us to Mackinder’s Camp for proper breakfast. optionally if you have the energy you can descend further for another 9km to the Met Station for overnight, if not you can choose to rest and overnight at Mackinder’s. (B,L,D)

Day 5

Descend and rest at Mountain Rock Lodge

Am. Walk 22km / 6 hours from Mackinder’s Camp (4,300m) to Naro Moru Gate (2,600m)
Pm. Drive from Naro Moru park gate to Nairobi 210km / 4-5 hours
Descending from the mountain carries on traversing attractive vegetation on the windward side of the mountain. The trail meanders across various vegetation of the infamous vertical bog, dense bamboo and virgin rain forest towards Naromoru gate at the park’s headquarters. You reach Mountain Rock Lodge just in time for a hearty lunch, take a proper shower, have a rest for the rest of the day. Dinner and Overnight at Mountain Rock Lodge (B,L,D)

Day 6

Mountain Rock Lodge to the Rift Valley

Am. Drive 200km / 3 hrs from Nairobi to Rift Valley
Pm. BBQ lunch, wildlife walk in tea plantation, evening game drive
Early in the morning, you will take breakfast then our driver will take you for a coffee and tea plantation tour close to Lake Nakuru.  The plantation is an evergreen, lush environment, perfect for farm lunch that blends in with the fresh air. After lunch, you will be taken around for a walk whereby you will experience birding tours before finishing the coffee/tea tour with a visit to the see how coffee/tea is processed.  The tea/coffee estate features an old colonial guesthouse that will be your accommodation for the night. The estate has an evocative colonial guesthouse where you will be staying the night. You can opt for a night game drive safari around the estate grounds where you can spot hyenas or leopards by chance. Dinner and Overnight at Sunbird Lodge (B,L,D)

Day 7

Lake Nakuru

Am. Long morning game drive
Due to abundant wildlife and strategic location, the flamingo filled Lake Nakuru is one of Kenya’s most popular wildlife parks. The small park engulfs a lake in the middle that is home to thousands of pelican and flamingos as well as other wild animals around it like Lions, Zebras, Rhinos, buffaloes, giraffes among others. Lake Nakuru packs a punch for a park its size as it boasts abundant wildlife, good sightings and a beautiful landscape filled with classical African Acacia Woodlands and grasslands. After a long morning game drive accompanied by boxed lunch, you will rest in the afternoon at Lake Nakuru Lodge which is great for relaxing at the pool in the afternoon.

Dinner and Overnight at Sunbird Lodge (B, L, D)

Day 8

Hippos in Lake Naivasha and Wilderness Camp

Am. Lake Naivasha boat safari
Pm. Drive 300km / 5hrs from Naivasha to Loita Plains
Rise and shine, early in the morning for breakfast then a boat ride on the expansive lake Naivasha afterwards. Alake Naivasha is a freshwater lake surrounded by most lakes that are soda lakes. It is breeding ground and a natural habitat for a handful of birds like fish eagles, pelicans and love birds. After the boat ride, you will be taken to the Loita plains on the edge of the Masai Mara Game Reserve with a lunch break mid-way for lunch. Accommodation for the day will be at the lush green Olanganayo wilderness camp that is located by a small stream. On reaching the campsite, you may take a short walk to familiarise yourself with the endless plains of the Masai mara as your camp crew set up camp. The area around the campsite is part of the corridor by which Wildebeest migrate to and from the Maasai Mara National and the Serengeti national park in Tanzania. The area is blessed with plenty of wildlife sightings. After setting camp, you will be accompanied by a Maasai host for an early evening walk to the nearby Maasai village and watch over through the night for lions. After dinner at Olanganyo Wilderness Camp, you will spend the evening away around a camp bonfire then overnight Olanganayo Wilderness Camp (B, L, D)

Day 9

Loita Plains and Maji Moto Eco Camp

Am. Short bush walk & drive to Maasai Mara
Pm. Sunset walk or night game drive
Day 9 begins with the lively sights and sounds of the bush and of course, some lovely breakfast then you will embark on a 2-3 hour walk following a small river course curring through the open savannah for game viewing. Your guide for the day will be the native Maasai that will take you through the wilderness as you view some animals like the giraffe, impala, zebra and wildebeest. A drive to the Maji Moto Camp, an interesting community-run eco camp nearby a hot spring will give you the much-needed lunch break for lunch. As part of cultural immersion tours, you will get to visit the Widow’s Village & School for Girls rescued from female genital mutilation (FGM) afterwards you will proceed to the Maji Moto Eco camp in masai mara, a permanent tented camp. You will drive into the game reserve for a late afternoon game drive in the Siana Conservation area then participate in an evening hike up to the Naumare Hills to for a sundowner as you watch the beautiful sunset over the Mara plains. Dinner and Overnight at  Ilkeliani Camp (B, L, D)

Day 10

Maasai Mara National Reserve

Your 11 day Mount Kenya and safari tour is almost coming to a close and on this day you will spend the whole in the Masai mara reserve doing game drives in our customized safari jeeps. This tour will be conducted by a professional naturist guide and driver and while on the game drive you will have the chance of spotting plenty of wild animals among them, elephant, buffalo, lion, leopard, Cheetah, Rhino, hippo, crocodile and many others. Then the main attraction of the Masai Mara, the Mara river, where the wildebeest migration takes place, attempting to close between the Serengeti national PArk and the Masai Mara in Kenya, a crocodile-infested river stands between them.

Dinner and Overnight at Ilkeliani Camp (B, L, D)

Day 11

Back to Nairobi

Early game drive in the Mara
250km / 4-5hr drive back to Nairobi
We end the 11 days Mount Kenya trek and safari to Masai mara with an early morning game drive in the Masai mara game reserve. Early game drives are the best because predators are more active in the really mornings and late evenings when the sun is not so hot and they can use their energy fully for hunting. Apart from wildlife viewing, the mara is home to plenty of birdlife. After the game drive, you’ll return to camp for a late breakfast then drive for about 4 hours back to Nairobi City where you will dropped at your hotel or airport.

The cost for the whole 11 days Mount Kenya trek and safari to masai mara, Lake Nakuru National park and Lake Naivasha includes and excludes the following items

Mount Kenya & Safari Price includes

All National Park fees

Camping & mountain Huts fees where applicable

Camping equipment EXCEPT sleeping bags, mattresses

English speaking guide(s)

Porters & Cook(s).

Meals while on the mountain (breakfast, lunch, dinner).

Transfers from and back to base hotel/lodge.

Pick up and drop off at either Nairobi airport, hotel or residence

Government taxes and local levies

Price Excludes

Tips & Gratuities

Meals/drinks not mentioned as included



Any increase in National Park fees or other fees/taxes charged by National Park and/or other government authorities.

Sleeping bag / mattress and other personal equipment (a limited selection of hire equipment is available – please pre-order).

How much does it cost to climb Mount Kenya?

Mount Kenya climbing costs depend on a few factors. These are the number of days you will spend on the mountain, the number of people in your group among other factors. Currently, the entrance fees into the Mount Kenya National Park are $150 per adult for a three-day itinerary, $220 per adult for four days or $300 per adult for 5 days. This includes the entrance fee plus camping fees. 

Can you climb Mount Kenya?

Yes, you can climb Mount Kenya with the help of guides and porters. There are designated routes to the summits of Mount Kenya and each route can be accessed by all types of people, from first-timers to experienced mountain climbers.

What animals live on Mount Kenya?

There are many wild animals roaming around Mount Kenya and the Mount Kenya national park. They include, elephants, bushbucks, buffaloes, duikers etc.

Can you see Mount Kenya from Nairobi?

At an altitude of about 17,057 feet and being the second-highest mountain in Africa, Mount Kenya can be seen from Nairobi, on a clear sky but from the top of a tall building in Nairobi which is about 85 miles away.

How hard is it to climb Mt Kenya?

By comparison, MtKenya is easier to climb than Kilimanjaro because it is lower and you get to spend much less time in the cold, thin-air zone.

How many days does it take to climb Mt Kenya?

It would take you between 4 to 8 days to climb Mount Kilimanjaro depending on the route that you choose and your mountain climbing expertise.

How high is Mount Kenya?

The Elevation of Mount Kilimanjaro is 5,199 m above sea level from the base of the mountain to the peak.

Does Mt Kenya have snow?
Due to the high altitudes, the peak of Mount Kenya that lies on the alpine zone is constantly covered with snow and ice. This is mainly because of the sub-zero temperatures at the top that can fall to as low as 14 degrees Fahrenheit (-10 degrees Celsius). 

How much higher is Mount Kilimanjaro than Mount Kenya?
Mount Kilimanjaro measuring 5,895 meters above sea level is about 695m higher than Mount Kenya, standing at 5,199 meters above sea.
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