Mount Kenya and Kilimanjaro
Day 1: Rendezvous at the group hotel. Complimentary airport transfers are provided.
Day 2: Drive to the Mount Kenya National Park and then transfer to 4WD vehicles for the final 25 km track up to the Chogoria Gate (2730m). Overnight in a 'banda' (cottage).
Day 3: Morning game viewing walk early morning. After breakfast trek to our camp at Lake Ellis (3390m). Optional afternoon acclimatisation walk up Mugi Hill (3640m).
Day 4: Trek across moorland to join the main Chogoria Trail. Great views of Vivienne Falls and Gorges Valley. Descend to the most picturesque campsite in the range, at Lake Michaelson. Camp (4000m).
Day 5: We ascend into the alpine zone, above the treeline, and head towards the north side of Point Lenana. A short, sharp scree slope takes us to our camp at Simba Tarn (4620m).
Day 6: Early start for the relatively easy ascent to Point Lenana (4985m), the trekkers summit on Mt. Kenya. Sunrise over Africa and descend via the Sirimon Route to Old Moses Camp (3400m).
Day 7: Trek down to the to park gate and then drive to Nairobi. Afternoon at leisure beside the swimming pool. Hotel.
Day 8: Heading south, drive to the Namanga Gate border crossing into Tanzania. Continue to Arusha. Hotel.
Day 9: Drive to the Machame Gate entrance into the Kilimanjaro National Park.Trek to Machame (3000m). Camp.
Day 10: Trek through forest and then across the open moorland of the Shira Plateau to our camping place at the Shira Caves. Camp (3850m).
Day 11: Cross the south-west slopes of the mountain beneath the 'Lava Tower' to reach Barranco and the 'Western Breach'. The Breach Wall of Kibo rises spectacularly above our camp (3950m).
Day 12: Ascend the Great Barranco onto the southern slopes of Kibo. We pass beneath the Heim and Kersten glaciers as we head up the Karanga Valley to the Barafu Hut. Camp (4600m).
Day 13: An early start to climb to the crater rim at Stella Point. Following the crater rim we ascend to Uhuru Peak (5894m) to the highest point of all Africa. We descend to Roule Camp (2950m).
Day 14: Trek through rainforest to the park gate and then drive to Arusha. Hotel.
Day 15: Drive to Nairobi. KE complimentary transfer to the airport, where KE Land Only services end.
This holiday involves going to very high altitude. During the course of your trip you will be spending at least one night above 4000 metres and/or trekking to 5000 metres or above. This is not something that you should worry about; the human body is quite capable of adapting to a very wide range of altitudes, but it is important that we follow some simple rules in order to acclimatise successfully. Before coming on this holiday you should read the advice on trekking at high altitude.