Some Decisions

 

You are about to make a big decision for one of the best holiday adventures of your life. It will be amazing and you will make and endure relationships for a lifetime. There is something about Africa . . .

  • So, who is coming to Kenya with you – men, women, older children?
  • Are you all reasonably fit?
  • What do you fancy? Most people like to climb a mountain and then take a safari.
  • What type of Safari appeals to you – driving or walking? Where would you like to stay – tents or a camp?
  • Do you have the time to finish with a few days on the beach? Mombasa or somewhere more remote?
  • Are you crazy people who want to try something wild – two or three mountains, remote walking safari, maybe a couple of days in one of our villages helping out?

Now you have permission to dream! Chat with your friends and work out what appeals and we will suggest an itinerary and quote.

Some reality checks and FAQs

1: How Do I Choose an Operator?

There are literally hundreds of companies who service the mountain. Selecting an operator can be a daunting task. You want to be sure that your operator staffs are experienced, competent guides, who practice high safety standards and treats porters well. You want an operator that has proven expertise and track record of successfully serving a wide range of client over many years. Go to Mt Kenya has lead climbs on Mt Kenya and Kilimanjaro over the last decade and has helped many climbers realize their dream of reaching the peak

2. How Much Does it Cost?

Please resist the temptation of selecting an operator solely based on price!

Price should be only one component in your overall decision. Prices vary significantly between operators as well as in the length of the climb. Do not come all the way to the mountain just to encounter hidden costs lying in wait.

Go To Mt Kenya offers quality climbs at reasonable rates. Our prices are a great value from about $700 per climber, excluding tips. At this price level, we can satisfy all park fees, pay decent wages to staff, and supply fresh and adequate food as well as equipment, while still maintaining great service to our clients.

3. When are the Best Months?

The best times to climb Mt Kenya and Kilimanjaro tend to be the warmest and driest months – January, February, and September. June, July, and August are also good months. However, temperatures and weather are quite unpredictable, and can change drastically based on the time of day and altitude. It’s best to avoid the long rainy season, from the end of March to early June, and the short rainy season, from November through the beginning of December.

4. Which Route should I take?

Each route have different characteristics which may or may not appeal to you. However, to get the most out of your trek, consider the difficulty, scenery and traffic when you select your route. Other factors that should be considered are your age, fitness level, medical conditions, backpacking and hiking experience, experience at high altitude, degree of motivation, and any other special considerations. We recommend the Sirimon and Chogoria routes for Mt Kenya while Lemosho and Rongai go for Kilimanjaro. Please kindly consider your guide’s advice regarding this.

5. How Many Days do I Need?

There are minimum days recommended for each route or combination of routes. The more days you spend on the mountain, the better your chances for successfully reaching the summit. Statistics show that each additional day you spend acclimatizing increases your probability of success. Do not book the minimum number of days. Chances are, you will not enjoy your climb nor will you reach the top. Again, the guide’s advice will come in handy.

6. Should I Join a Group?

A private, small-party climb is the way to go. Naturally, a small – party climb ensures individualized attention, added flexibility and increased safety. Most climb operators run large group departures. Once they add the support staff, a “small” group of climbers becomes a crowd! That’s hardly the way to enjoy the mountain.

7. What Do I Need For the Climb?

Follow the gear list and resist the temptation to bring more. You won’t need it and it is just extra weight that you or the porters must carry. Upon completion of the climb, you’ll be surprised to realize that what you needed is not that much anyway. Try to limit all of your gear to less than 40 lbs. It can be done.

8. What about Altitude Sickness.

Altitude sickness is potentially fatal. However, most climbers will get some form of mild acute mountain sickness (AMS) while on the mountain. Our guide will monitor you closely during the duration of your climb. However, you should be aware of the symptoms of mild, moderate and severe AMS, and you must inform your guide of any symptoms immediately. Never try to hide your symptoms in order to continue climbing. There is always the possibility that the impact of AMS will ultimately sabotage your summit attempt.

9. What Do I Need Before I Arrive?

Not many people have been to such high altitudes before. Therefore, climbers should have a medical check prior to attempting to climb Mt Kenya and Kilimanjaro. Consult your health-care provider to determine which immunizations and medications to obtain for your travels to East Africa. A valid passport, six months prior to the expiration, is required for entry into East Africa. Most travelers will need a visa to enter this region. Climbers should also obtain travel insurance that covers trip cancellation.