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Mountain Climbing


The climbing seasons are from mid-December to mid-March and from mid-June to the end of September. These traditional climbing periods are the most predictable, but the chances of good weather on the mountain are equal throughout the year so the timing of your climb is not critical



Mountain Rock Hotel is a clean and comfortable lodge on the edge of Mount Kenya's natural rainforest. Accommodation is in stone built cottages, each with en suite bathroom and fireplace. There is a dining room where plain food is served, a lounge area where wildlife videos can be seen, entertainment by local dancers and musicians and a bar area with its own roaring log fire in the evenings. On the mountain itself, you will be accommodated in canvas tents erected on wooden platforms slightly raised above the ground. There are basic mountain huts in which your meals are cooked and containing wooden tables and seats where you can eat and relax.

While climbing, the food used is either fresh or tinned because of the difficulties of obtaining dehydrated or special mountain food in Kenya. You are advised to bring your own supplies of high energy food such as dried fruit, chocolate or biscuits. Each of the mountain guides serves an apprenticeship in the hotel kitchen. There are options for vegetarians, given advance notice.

You should be moderately fit before attempting a climb of Mount Kenya. Medical insurance is compulsory. Ensure your personal drinking water is clean and stick to the following four simple rules:

  • Take time to acclimatize
  • Stick to your own pace
  • Eat well, approximately 4000 calories a day
  • Drink a lot of fluids - consume three to four litres each day

The following is the minimum requirements that a person should have before embarking on a hiking trip to the mountains.

  • A day bag or backpack to carry yourself with any necessities while hiking such as snacks, water, binoculars, spare clothing, etc.
  • A rucksack to be carried by the porter.
  • A sleeping bag, warm but light.
  • A large polythene sack to protect your clothing from wet conditions.
  • Penknife
  • Light-weight torch with spare sets of batteries
  • Water container
  • Towel, toothbrush, toothpaste and soap
  • Personal first aid kit containing such things as plasters, insect repellent, antiseptic cream, sun block, etc.
  • Light training shoes and 2 pairs of thin socks
  • Large grip walking shoes or climbing boots, preferably water resistant and 2 pairs of thick socks
  • A pair of shorts and a pair of strong trousers such as track suit bottoms, jeans or corduroys.
  • Two T-shirts and `one woolen long sleeved shirt
  • Water resistant light weight jacket /rain parka
  • Balaclava or woolen hat to cover the ears
  • Gloves and sunglasses.
Extra Activities
  • Ballooning over the World’s new wonder, the Maasai Mara. Balloon safaris in Maasai Mara offer a breath taking trip over the Maasai Mara game filled plains. Best done during the early morning hours.
  • Night game drives. This offers the client a unique chance to see the animals not usually seen during the daylight. You may even witness leopards and lions fighting.
  • Rock climbing in Mt. Kenya and Hells-gate.
  • Note: these extra activities are at an additional cost of $400 per activity per person