Mount Kenya Guide

John Mukuruma Ndichu


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.