British charity Team Kenya are appealing for volunteers to join their team of trekkers this October for their fundraising climb up the spectacular Mount Kenya.
At 5,199 meters, Mount Kenya is the second tallest mountain in Africa, surrounded by breath-taking scenery surrounding the designated World Heritage Site.
The trek takes you from the dusty lowlands though ancient forest and unique glacier-sculpted alpine heath, up to jagged volcanic peaks and glistening glaciers. In the 2800sq km National Park there are over 800 recorded plant species with 81 species being endemic to Mount Kenya. You can also see a wide variety of wildlife such as elephant, buffalo, bushbuck, waterbuck, zebra, hyena, colobus monkey and Monte Kenia rock hyrax.
Team Kenya’s Mount Kenya Trek will follow the Sirimon route, which offers the most scenic ascent along the drier side of the mountain.
The Sirimon Route is the most accessible of the routes on Mount Kenya and well within the capabilities of fit and enthusiastic hill walkers.
Following the climb volunteers will have the opportunity to see the impact their fundraising has had first hand by visiting the charity’s projects in Ndhiwa and stay at Karibuni Eco Cottages. Climbers will also visit the nearby Ruma National Park with some of their beneficiaries.
The trip will depart from the UK on 21 October, with a meet and greet on arrival at Jomo Kenyatta Airport before leaving for Nanyuki and accommodation at Simbas Lodge.
The following day, the team will transfer to Sirimon gate and hike to Old Moses camp where they will spend the night.
On 23 October, the hikers will trek to Shipton’s camp (4200m) through Liki and Mackinder’s valley for overnight.
The following day will take them to summit Lenana (4985m) at 0300 hours before descending directly to Old Moses camp. A descent to Sirimon Park Gate will take place the following day with transport to Ndhiwa.
The 26 October will see volunteers taking a walking tour of Ndhiwa village, where they will visit local schools, markets and some of the girls’ homes supported by the charity.
The rest of the trip will include a day of volunteering activities, a trip to Ruma National Park and a fun day at Karibuni followed by dancing, singing and celebrating with beneficiaries and staff members at Karibuni Eco Cottages.
The volunteers will then return to the UK on 30 October.
How much will the Mount Kenya charity climb cost?
The charity estimates the cost per person, based on a group of six, will be £800 per person, which will include:
- Private transport by safari van for the entire trip
- All park entrance fees and government levies
- Service of experienced mountain guide, porters and cooks for the climb
- Mt Kenya rescue fees
- All accommodation
Flights are not included, but the average cost of a return flight from the UK to Kenya is around £500.
The charity is giving potential climbers an ambitious, but realistic target of £1,000. 100% of this fundraising will go directly to Team Kenya’s projects in Kenya.
If you are interested in taking part in the climb, please email Ben at Team Kenya.