Mount Kenya Guide

John Mukuruma Ndichu

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What to bring on Mount Kenya

Clothing: It may be hot at the base of Mount Kenya and freezing temperatures when you reach 4000meters above sea level. In windy conditions, the chill-factor makes it extremely cold at the top of Point Lenana and plenty of clothing is needed to enjoy the time at the top.

 

Therefore, it is a good idea to wear layers that can be added and removed as the temperature varies. Also, remember warm gloves and cap (or balaclava), as well as a sun-hat to protect against the sun.

 

Footwear: Preferably trekking boots with room for thick socks. It is absolutely essential that you break them in prior to the trek.

 

Socks: Bring two pairs of thermal socks.

 

Thermal underwear: Transports moisture and keep you warm (during the day and during the night).

 

Fleeces: Make sure they are large enough to fit on top of each other.

 

Trekking trousers: Not jeans, which are heavy and dries slowly.

 

Rain wear: Light showers are frequent on Mount Kenya.

Backpack/duffel bag: For the porter to carry most of your gear.

 

Day-pack: A small backpack for you to carry, to hold water, rain wear, extra layer of clothing, camera, and valuables.

 

Head torch: Essential if you plan to peak Point Lenana at sun-rise. Also convenient in the camps, to find your way around during the night (and for reading, etc).

 

Sleeping bag: It is COLD during the nights - also in the camps. Depending on the amount of clothing you will be sleeping in, a three-season (comfort temperature around -5 -> 0 degC) may be a good choice.

 

Sleeping mat: Is not needed. The camps have good matresses and if we have agreed on nights in tent, we will provide a sleeping mat.

 

Sunglasses: May be nice, especially if the ground is covered with snow.

 

Sunscreen: A high factor (30-50) to protect the face and neck.

 

Toiletries: Tooth brush/paste, toilet paper, towelettes, tampons, ...

 

Towel: A small one - there are no showers available on the mountain

 

Water: There is plenty of water sources on Mount Kenya and a single one-litre (or two) container should be adequate. Some clients drink the water as it is and some clients bring purification tablets or similar.