Mount Kenya and Kilimanjaro

Trekking holiday to the summits of Mount Kenya and Kilimanjaro




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Holiday Overview


  • Chogoria route on Kenya and Machame route on Kilimanjaro
  • Stunning variety of African landscape and wildlife
  • Superb summit success rate on Kilimanjaro
  • Great Value - All park fees and all meals included

Climbing Mount Kenya and Kilimanjaro present very obvious challenges to the world's adventure travellers. We begin this exciting East African trekking holiday by heading north from Nairobi to Mount Kenya, where we undertake a superb 6-day traverse of Kenya's highest mountain via the Chogoria and Sirimon routes. KE groups encounter few other trekkers on this excellent and much under-rated peak, which also provides perfect acclimatisation for the ascent of Mount Kilimanjaro. Travelling overland to Tanzania, we have chosen to climb Kilimanjaro (5895m) by way of the Machame Route, which leads through luxuriant rainforest and then across alpine tundra, to the glaciated crater rim of Africa's highest peak. Although these are not technically demanding mountains, they do involve a combined ascent (and descent) of 6000m and even fit and experienced hikers will find this to be a challenging adventure holiday. In our opinion, this is the ultimate African high adventure holiday.

We offer several alternative treks to Mount Kilimanjaro including a 8-day trek to Kilimanjaro via the Rongai Route or a 12-day holiday combining Mount Meru with Kilimanjaro via the Machame Route

Is this holiday for you?

This is a challenging trekking holiday, simply in terms of the altitude gain which is involved in climbing Mount Kenya and Mount Kilimanjaro - a combined total of more than 5000 metres. However, the climbing on the first of our objectives, Mount Kenya, involves rather shorter days than the Kilimanjaro climb and so provides excellent fitness and acclimatisation training for the group. Generally, there are excellent trails to follow, although high up on Kilimanjaro we do have to negotiate some sections of scree where the path will not be so well-marked. The summit days on both peaks are long days, and you should be prepared for this.  It is all part of the experience!

Kilimanjaro Porter Assistance Project
We also make every effort to look after our local crews, who are, of course, fundamental to the success of our Kilimanjaro holidays. KE works with the Kilimanjaro Porter Assistance Project and, in recognition of the quality of care we provide for our local staff, we are listed as a partner on the International Mountain Explorers Connection website. 

Brief Itinerary

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  • Meet at the group hotel in Nairobi. Transfers from Nairobi Airport are provided.
  • Transfer to Mount Kenya National Park and trek to traditional banda at Chogoria Gate (2730m).
  • Trek - Early morning game walk. Trek across open moorland to camp at Lake Ellis (3390m).
  • Trek to join the Chogoria Route. Views of Vivienne Falls before descent to Lake Michaelson (4000m).
  • Ascend to the northern side of Point Lenana (4985m). Short, steep ascent to Simba Tarn (4620m).
  • Steady climb to the trekkers’ summit of Point Lenana (4985m). Descend to Old Moses Camp (3400m).
  • Trek to park gates. Transfer to Nairobi for afternoon of rest and relaxation.
  • Drive to Namanga Gate and cross border into Tanzania. Continue onwards to Arusha.
  • Transfer to Kilimanjaro National Park. Trek to Machame Camp (3000m).
  • Trek through forest and moorland to Shira Plateau. Hike onwards to Shira Caves Camp (3850m).
  • Trekking beneath Kilimanjaro’s Lava Tower and Western Breach arrive at Barranco (3950m).
  • Ascend the Great Barranco onto slopes of Kibo. Continue to Barafu Hut (4600m).
  • Trek via Stella Point to Kilimanjaro summit (5895m). Descend to Roule (2950m).
  • Trek to the road head and transfer to Arusha for a welcome shower.
  • Departure Day. A single transfer to Nairobi Airport is provided.
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Map & Itinerary

The Route

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Holiday Itinerary

  • Meet at the group hotel in Nairobi. Transfers from Nairobi Airport are provided.

    KE Land Only package services begin with the overnight stay at the group hotel. Complimentary airport transfers are included for clients arriving on this day. As most flights into Nairobi arrive late evening, dinner is not included on this night.

    • Accommodation Hotel with swimming pool

  • Transfer to Mount Kenya National Park and trek to traditional banda at Chogoria Gate (2730m).

    We drive north from Nairobi into the Mount Kenya National Park. En route we have good views of the mountain ahead of us. Arriving at Chogoria, we have lunch, before transferring to four-wheel-drive vehicles for the final 15 miles drive up a rough and muddy road to our overnight halt. An early start means that we will have time to walk some of this rough road if the vehicles get stuck. We stay overnight in a "banda" (cottage) in woodland near to the Chogoria Gate (2730m).

    • Accommodation Mountain Hut / Refuge

    • Meals bld

  • Trek - Early morning game walk. Trek across open moorland to camp at Lake Ellis (3390m).

    We have an easy start to the day, with a game viewing walk in the early morning in the area around our overnight lodge. If we are lucky, we may see elephant, cape buffalo, antelope and colobus monkeys in this area, as well as many species of impressive birds, such as the augur buzzard and Verreaux's eagle. After a late breakfast, we start our trek up towards Mount Kenya - walking initially through forest, we pass the Urumandi Falls to reach a higher moorland area with fewer trees. On our walk, there are excellent views back towards the plains. We camp at Lake Ellis at an altitude of 3390m. This is a blissful campsite in full view of the main peaks of Mount Kenya and well away from the main trail. 3 hours walking. In the afternoon, there is the option of an acclimatisation walk to the summit of Mugi Hill at 3640m. - a round trip of 2 hours.

    • Accommodation Camping

    • Meals bld

  • Trek to join the Chogoria Route. Views of Vivienne Falls before descent to Lake Michaelson (4000m).

    We continue our ascent, climbing away from Lake Ellis on its west side, across moorland to a ridge which eventually joins the main Chogoria Trail. We have views of Vivienne Falls and the Gorges Valley as we descend to the most picturesque campsite in the range, at Lake Michaelson (4000m). Above the camp are the impressive cliffs of the "Temple." Exotic bird species, including the tacazze sunbird, can be seen close to the camp amongst the bizarre giant plants - principally groundsel and lobelia.

    • Accommodation Camping

    • Meals bld

  • Ascend to the northern side of Point Lenana (4985m). Short, steep ascent to Simba Tarn (4620m).

    Today we ascend into the alpine zone, above the last of the trees and giant vegetation species. Our route follows Lake Michaelson’s main feeder stream. Initially, we head towards “The Tooth,” a rocky promontory at around 4700m, high up on our left-hand side. Rather than camping at the usual Austrian Hut, we head towards the north side of Point Lenana and climb a short, sharp scree slope to Simba Tarn (4620m), where we find great views, good water and usually no other trekkers. This is a simply superb setting for a mountain camp.

    • Accommodation Camping

    • Meals bld

  • Steady climb to the trekkers’ summit of Point Lenana (4985m). Descend to Old Moses Camp (3400m).

    An very early start for a cup of tea and a relatively easy 2-hour climb up to Point Lenana (4985m), which is the trekking summit of Mount Kenya. As dawn breaks over Africa, we are treated to a remarkable spectacle - a thin purple line becomes brighter on the eastern horizon, bursting above the morning clouds which lie in the Rift Valley and brightly illuminating the nearby peaks of Nelion and Batian. In the far distance, we can even see the snow-capped summit of Kilimanjaro over 200 miles away. Retracing our steps towards Simba Tarn, we descend as far as Shipton’s Camp for a hearty breakfast. We continue the descent by an entirely different route which will give us the complete traverse of the mountain. This is the 'Sirimon Route' which now crosses the heather moorland of the northern slopes of the Mount Kenya to the “Old Moses” campsite at 3400m.

    • Accommodation Camping

    • Meals bld

  • Trek to park gates. Transfer to Nairobi for afternoon of rest and relaxation.

    After breakfast we continue descending with great views and then enter the forest where we have the chance to spot the wildlife. Reaching the Park Gates, we say goodbye to our crew over a lunch, before boarding our waiting vehicles for the drive back to Nairobi. We check into the hotel for a well earned shower and change and this evening we will no doubt wish to celebrate our success.

    • Accommodation Hotel with swimming pool

    • Meals bld

  • Drive to Namanga Gate and cross border into Tanzania. Continue onwards to Arusha.

    The second part of our African mountain odyssey begins with a drive south to the Tanzanian Border at Namanga. After completing the border formalities, we continue to Arusha, which is one of the most attractive towns in Tanzania. Arusha sits at the base of Mount Meru an inactive volcano, and is the starting point for game safaris in Northern Tanzania. Today's journey will take approximately 6 hours including time spent at the border. We stay overnight at a comfortable hotel in Arusha.

    • Accommodation Hotel with swimming pool

    • Meals bld

  • Transfer to Kilimanjaro National Park. Trek to Machame Camp (3000m).

    In the early morning we drive to the Kilimanjaro National Park and there are more formalities to complete as we pass the Machame Gate. Inside the park we meet our porters and trek crew and we are then free to climb the mountain as a self-reliant unit. Initially, we have to negotiate a bit of "jungle bashing" on an overgrown trail and we reach the Machame Camp at around 3000 metres after 5 to 6 hours walking. We will now be fit and well-acclimatised after our climb on Mount Kenya and we should be in much better shape to enjoy the ascent of Kilimanjaro.

    • Accommodation Camping

    • Meals bld

  • Trek through forest and moorland to Shira Plateau. Hike onwards to Shira Caves Camp (3850m).

    Today's route starts out in the forest before emerging to cross open moorland with wide ranging views. After climbing for around 3 hours we reach the Shira Plateau, from where there are spectacular views of Kilimanjaro in front of us and of Mount Meru away to the north west. We reach our camping place at the Shira Caves after a total of 4 or 5 hours walking. Altitude at the Shira Caves – 3850m.

    • Accommodation Camping

    • Meals bld

  • Trekking beneath Kilimanjaro’s Lava Tower and Western Breach arrive at Barranco (3950m).

    We traverse the south-west slopes of the mountain, passing beneath the "Lava Tower" and the "Western Breach" to reach our camping place at Barranco (3950m) after a climb of approximately 6 hours. The awesome Breach Wall of Kibo rises spectacularly above our camping place.

    • Accommodation Camping

    • Meals bld

  • Ascend the Great Barranco onto slopes of Kibo. Continue to Barafu Hut (4600m).

    A very interesting mountain day. We descend into the start of the Great Barranco and then exit steeply, following a weakness in the rock barrier which takes us up onto the southern slopes of Kibo. We pass beneath the Heim and Kersten glaciers and head up to the Karanga Valley, the last place where we can find water below the summit. A final push across scree takes us to the Barafu Hut at an altitude of 4600m.

    • Accommodation Camping

    • Meals bld

  • Trek via Stella Point to Kilimanjaro summit (5895m). Descend to Roule (2950m).

    A predawn start enables us to take advantage of the best surface conditions (frozen scree and occasionally snow) for our trek up to the summit of Kilimanjaro. The angle of climb is steeper today as we tackle the cone of the volcano up to the Crater Rim at the place known as Stella Point. There are tremendous views of the ice cliffs inside the crater and also across to Mawenzi summit and "the saddle". We may even be able to see distant Mount Kenya. Now on easier terrain, we follow the crater rim for a further hour to reach the highest point in Africa - Uhuru Peak (5894m). Having watched the dawn flood the surrounding lands with colour, and after taking the classic photo beneath the summit signs, we begin our descent by a different route. Today we drop almost 3000 metres to the Roule Camp at 2950m. This is a long and challenging trekking day of around 12 hours, but the extra acclimatisation and fitness provided by our ascent of Mount Kenya will make this easier for us than many others on the mountain today.

    • Accommodation Camping

    • Meals bld

  • Trek to the road head and transfer to Arusha for a welcome shower.

    We end the trek with a walk down through beautiful rainforest (at times boggy underfoot) to the roadhead, which we should reach in around 5 hours of trekking. Here we pick up our certificates of ascent, have a beer and reflect on the successful completion of two challenging climbs. We then return to the hotel in Arusha for a welcome shower, some dinner and a soft bed.

    • Accommodation Hotel with swimming pool

    • Meals bld

  • Departure Day. A single transfer to Nairobi Airport is provided.

    After an early breakfast we drive back to Namanga and cross back into Kenya. Arriving in Nairobi in the early afternoon, we take lunch at the group hotel. Depending on flight schedules, there may be some time after lunch to relax by the pool or to buy some last minute souvenirs. The group will have the use of shared 'day rooms' at the hotel to shower and change before transferring to the airport where KE Land Only package services end.

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Holiday Information

  • A professional English-speaking leader
  • All Park Fees and permits (worth $925)
  • Nairobi Airport transfers on day 1 and day 15
  • All land transport involved in the itinerary
  • All accommodation as described in the trip dossier
  • All meals
  • A full service on trek including food and all equipment (excluding personal equipment)

  • Travel Insurance
  • Visa fees for Kenya and Tanzanian
  • Tips for staff
  • Miscellaneous expenses - drinks and souvenirs etc.

For each holiday there is a minimum number of participants required to enable it to go ahead. Once the minimum number is reached, the trip status will change from 'Available' to 'Guaranteed to run'. You can check the trip status for each departure in ‘Dates and Prices’ table. Other than in exceptional circumstances, we will not cancel a trip once it has achieved this guaranteed to run status and so you are free to proceed with your international flight booking and other travel arrangements.

Airport transfers are provided free of charge for all clients arriving on day 1 and departing on day 15. The KE leader or a representative of our local agent will assist with the transfers between the airport and the group hotel. For these arrangements to be made, land only clients must provide KE with their full international flight details.

A typical day starts with an early morning cup of tea or coffee brought to your tent. After a hot breakfast, during which camp will be struck and porters given their loads, we start walking in the pleasant cool of the morning. Lunch usually takes about an hour or so and we aim to reach our overnight camp well before dusk. This leaves plenty of time for exploring around camp and for catching up on your diary or for reading. Dinner is served in the mess tent at around 6 p.m. and is a three course meal. This is a great time of day for relaxing and for discussing the events of the trek so far. There are well-established camping places on the routes which we will be climbing on both Mount Kenya and Kilimanjaro. On some days we will only be walking for 3 to 5 hours, whilst on the longest day to the summit of Kilimanjaro we can expect to have a 12 hour day.

During this trip the group will spend 2 nights at a comfortable tourist class hotel in Nairobi, which has a swimming pool and all amenities. (Note: at the end of the trip, the group will also have use of a shared day room at this hotel to enable you to shower and change before the evening departure). Whilst on trek there will be a total of 9 nights camping and 1 night in a 'banda' (cottage). The itinerary also includes 2 nights at the Hotel Impala in Arusha, a three star hotel with swimming pool and cyber cafe. All accommodation is based on a twin sharing basis. If you are travelling by yourself you will be paired up with another single client of the same sex. It is possible to hire a single tent while on trek for an additional cost (please note single tent hire does not include single rooms in hotels). It is also normally possible to book a single room for the hotel nights in Nairobi and Arusha, or extra nights if you plan to arrive early or depart later than the group trip dates (subject to availability). For single tent hire cost, single supplement, and additional hotel night costs please refer to our website.

View the gallery below for images of the style of accommodation used

On trek, the food is a mixture of local and European, all purchased in Africa and cooked for us by highly trained trek cooks. The emphasis is on a high carbohydrate and largely vegetarian diet, which we have found to be easily digestible especially at high altitude.

Fully-inclusive, from breakfast on day 2 to lunch on day 15

Approximately £200 - £250 should be allowed for miscellaneous expenses, including around £100 for tips to your local crews and guides. There will be opportunities to buy soft drinks and beers. Souvenirs can be bought in a number of places, some of which will accept credit cards. If you are intending to buy expensive items, you should budget accordingly. Your travel money should be carried in the form of cash and you should change approximately half of your spending money into Kenyan shillings at the airport on arrival. Money can also be changed at the group hotel although the rate may not be as favourable. You will change the rest of your money into Tanzanian shillings at the border or at the hotel in Arusha. Sterling, Euros and US dollars are all readily exchanged for Kenyan and Tanzanian shillings, but US dollars in small notes can also be used in emergencies where change facilities are not available. Tips to trek staff can be paid either in local currency or in US dollars, or a mix of both. Credit cards can be used to purchase some goods and services.

The entrance and camping fees for the Mount Kenya and the Kilimanjaro Notional Parks form a considerable part of the cost of climbing these mountains and are also prone to increase. We include these fees in your holiday price so there are no hidden costs or last minute surprises.

Local leader(s) provided by EARVS

Tips are the accepted way of saying thank you to your local guides and porters. They do not form part of their wages. KE always pays local crews the best rates of pay, no matter what country they are in and any tips they receive are seen as a personal thank you from group members. For our part, we advise local teams that tips are not a duty or a prerequisite but are a bonus and entirely dependent on the service that was given. Tipping should be decided and given by the group as a whole rather than from individuals. As a rough guide we suggest that a total contribution of £100 (£50 for each trek) in local currency or US dollars from each group member, should provide an appropriate pot to divide between the guides and support staff for both the Mount Kenya and Kilimanjaro treks.

Your baggage on trek will be carried by porters. The packed weight of your trek bag whilst trekking should be no more than 14kg (31 pounds). It is possible to leave clothes or other items not required on trek at the group hotel. You will also bring a small daypack to carry the things you need during the day.

All KE clients will receive a FREE KE trek bag.  These have been specially made to stand up to the rigours of adventure travel.  Your KE bag will be posted to you when your trip is guaranteed to run or on receipt of your booking if the trip is already guaranteed.  If you have travelled with us before and already have a KE trek bag you can select an alternative free gift in the booking process.

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. Unless you have previous experience of trekking above 4000 metres you should consult one of our trekking experts before embarking on this holiday. On this trip we carry a portable altitude chamber (PAC-bag) and/or bottled oxygen for use in emergencies.

All nationalities will need a valid passport and visas to enter Kenya and Tanzania. Please note that your passport must have at least 6 months remaining validity at the time of your trip.

Please note a current Yellow Fever vaccination certificate is required for travel to East Africa if you are arriving from a Yellow Fever infected country.


UK and Irish citizens should apply for their visas in advance of arrival in Kenya via the e-visa portal,

Until September 1st 2015 it is also possible to get your Kenya visa on arrival at Nairobi Airport. You will need to fill in a form and supply one passport photo. Note that a single entry visa is valid for reentry into Kenya from Tanzania and Uganda. The fee for a single entry visa is $50 and must be paid in cash. Sterling is accepted. After September 1st 2015, the facility to obtain Kenyan visa on arrival will be withdrawn.

Non UK or Irish citizens, please check the visa fee and application procedure directly with the Kenya in your own country.


The easiest way to get your Tanzania visa is at the Kenya/Tanzania border. The fee for a single-entry tourist visa is approximately US$50 (please note visa fees are subject to change by the Tanzanian Authorities without notice to KE). The fee can be paid in US dollars or Tanzanian Shillings. Please ensure you have a sufficient amount of cash in US dollars. A passport sized photograph is also required and we recommend you travel with four passport sized photographs for emergencies.

If you prefer to obtain your Tanzania visa in advance this is also possible. Please refer to the website of the Tanzania Embassy or High Commission in your own country for details.

We do keep our information up to date but be advised visa requirements are subject to change. It is recommended that you contact the relevant commission in the case of recent alterations.

The following checklist should help you with your packing. As a general rule, you should always try to keep the weight of your equipment to a minimum.

You must bring the following items:

  • Sleeping bag with comfort rating of -10C/14F*
  • Thermarest or similar sleeping mat*
  • Water bottles 1 Litre / 1 quart (x2)
  • Daypack c.30 litres – 2000 cu in
  • Hiking boots (waterproof)
  • Gaiters
  • Trainers / sneakers for camp
  • Socks
  • Technical walking socks
  • Spare laces
  • Trekking trousers/pants
  • Lightweight waterproof overtrousers / rainpants
  • Underwear
  • Shorts
  • Long johns (thermal underwear)
  • Thermal baselayer shirts
  • T-shirt and/or casual shirt
  • Fleece jacket or warm jumper
  • Lightweight windproof/waterproof jacket
  • Warm jacket (down)
  • Thermal gloves
  • Warmer over-gloves or mittens
  • Headtorch / headlamp with spare batteries
  • Basic First Aid Kit including a broad spectrum antibiotic, antiseptic cream/spray, throat lozenges, diarrhoea treatment (Imodium), altitude (Diamox), painkillers, plasters and blister treatment, insect repellent, and re-hydration salts (Dioralite).
  • Selection of dry bags (to keep trek bag contents dry)
  • Antibacterial handwash
  • Washbag and toiletries
  • Trek towel
  • Sunhat
  • Eyewear - sunglasses
  • Warm hat
  • Sun protection (including for lips)


The following items are optional:

  • Sleeping bag liner
  • Nailbrush
  • Trekking poles
  • Camera, film, batteries
  • Pen-knife (remember to put all sharp objects in hold baggage
  • Travel clothes
  • Small padlock (to lock your KE trek bag)



Equipment hire / rental

  • Items marked * can be hired / rented through KE Adventure Travel. Please make all requests at least 6 weeks prior to the trip departure date. Hire / rental equipment is issued in Kenya and Tanzania.
  • Note that the hire sleeping bags are not suitable for people over 6 feet in height.


A passport with 6 months remaining validity at the end of your stay is generally required. The information that we provide is for UK passport holders. Please check the relevant embassy or consulate for other nationalities. It is your responsibility to ensure that you have the correct travel documents and visas for your holiday. Visa requirements and charges are subject to change without notice. If you are travelling outside the EU you should have at least 2 blank pages in your passport.

Visa Tanzania

UK and USA passport holders do require a visa. The visa fee is $50 and is obtainable on arrival or prior to departure online at . You will require 1 passport photo, and we recommend you travel with 4 passport photos just in case. Payment must be in cash.

Visa Kenya

UK and USA passport holders do require a visa. The visa fee is around US$55 and you need to apply for this online prior to departure at . Please download the detailed information document: Visa PDF Kenya.

We recommend you check if you require an adaptor for your electrical items at:

It makes a lot of sense to spend some time before coming on a trekking trip getting some additional exercise. The fitter you are, after all, the more enjoyable you will find the experience. We suggest that you adopt a weekly exercise regime. Regular hiking in hill country is the best preparation but jogging, squash and swimming are also good for developing better stamina and general cardio-vascular fitness. Before departure, we suggest that you try to fit in a number of long walks in hilly country.

You should contact your GP or travel clinic to check whether you specific require any vaccinations or other preventive measures. You should be up to date with routine courses and boosters as recommended in the UK e.g. diphtheria-tetanus-polio and measles-mumps-rubella), alnog with hepatitis A and typhoid. Malarial prophylaxis are required. There is risk of yellow fever and you should carry a current vaccination certificate. On holidays to more remote areas you should also have a dentist check up. A good online resource is Travel Health Pro.

As a reputable tour operator, KE supports the British Foreign & Commonwealth Offices ‘Know before you go’ campaign to enable British citizens to prepare for their journeys overseas, and we recommend that all KE travellers take a look at the FCO Travel Advice for their chosen destination on the official FCO website: North Americans can also check out the U.S. Department of State website: for essential travel advice and tips.

KE treat the safety and security of all clients as the most important aspect of any trip we organise. We would not run any trip that we did not consider reasonably safe.  Should the FCO advise against travel for any reason, we will contact everyone booked to travel to discuss the situation.  We receive regular updates direct from the FCO and are in constant touch with our contacts on the ground.  If you have any questions about government travel advice, please call our office.

The highland areas of East Africa, including the part of Tanzania which we will be visiting have a pleasant, temperate climate throughout the year with a long rainy season from mid March to June and a second, shorter rainy period from October to late December. The maximum daytime temperatures that we will encounter at the foot of Kilimanjaro at the time of any of our scheduled departures will be around 25 to 28°C/77 to 82°F, dropping to 15°C/59°F at night. Once we are climbing, we can expect the temperatures to be rather lower, with daytime temperatures at 3000 metres or 10000 feet being around 15°C/59°F. Higher up (above 4000 metres or 13,000 feet) the night-time temperatures will fall below freezing and it will also be no more than 10°C/50°F during the day, although in the heat of the sun it will feel warmer than this.

East Africa. Lonely Planet.

Guide to Tanzania. Briggs.

Trekking in East Africa. Else.

Mount Kenya and Kilimanjaro - Climbing Guide.

Mount Kenya - Map and Guide, West Col productions 1: 50,000

Double-sided sheet combining three maps of the mountain at various scales, drawings of its peaks annotated with hiking and climbing routes, and information on for hikers and climbers.

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