MOUNT KENYA DARE – We dare you to ride the ‘impossible’
Mt Kenya is one of the most spectacular mountains in Africa which is regularly trekked, but not in the big numbers of its better known neighbour Kilimanjaro. Because of this, small groups have the mountain to themselves making it ideal for a unique adventure of riding mountain bikes up (where possible) and down.
Mt. Kenya is a broad, largely symmetrical volcanic cone with a diameter of about 120km. and was formed between 2.6 and 3.1 million. It was possible that the original volcano was over 7000m in height, more than 2000 meters higher than today. Of the main peaks to the mountain, Batian 5,199m and Nelion 5,188m are only accessible to technical mountaineers, whilst Lenana, 4,985m, is accessible to trekkers.
The plan is for a small group of adventurers from SA to fly to Kenya together and meet their professional support team from Savage Wilderness in Nairobi for an experience of a lifetime.
Fly from SA to Kenya to be met by a Safari Wilderness Guide at Jomo Kenyatta International airport in Nairobi. The transfer to Sagana Camp on the Tana River takes 1 ½ hrs.
Over evening drinks the team will be extensively briefed on the details of this adventure.
After a leisurely breakfast it’s time to set up the bikes and spend the day riding the local Sagana trails while acclimatizing to the altitude. By the end of the day the team will have bonded and the excitement will be palpable.
After an early breakfast we’ll transfer to Mt. Kenya and the Sirimon route, the team will meet the porters at the base and start up the trail entering through the National Park at 2,440m. This is where the ride begins with the destination for the day at Judmier Camp (3,150m). An evening meal is served around a campfire, and an early night is more than likely on the cards. The riders retire to their tents and to the bizarre sounds of the Mt Kenya moorlands.
Breakfast is served at about 07h00, after which bags are packed and the riders leave the campsite heading up through the moorlands and tussock grass. The heather and proteas are quite exquisite, particularly when some of the other flowers are in bloom – gladiolus, kniphofra and senecio. After lunch the riders continue the ride/walk towards Liki North (4,000m), arriving early afternoon. The remainder of the afternoon is spent relaxing in camp and taking optional short walks/rides up the valley towards Tereri and Sendeyo. After an early dinner, the weary adventurers retire to tents for the night.
After breakfast, riders pack up and leave the camp once again, riding/climbing up to 4,150m crossing over a large ridge and back onto the main tourist track for the rest of the ride/walk. Lunch is served an hour and half from Shiptons camp (the next nights stop), at an idyllic river crossing (4,100m). After a relaxing lunch the riders continue the climb to Shiptons, passing the caves, to the camp at 4200m. The camp is just below the scree slopes of the main peaks. In the late afternoon when all the clouds have hopefully cleared, there are great views of the main peaks, along with the route to the summit for the next day’s walk. It’s an early dinner followed by an early night in preparation for an early start, as the next day is summit day!
The riders are woken up at 5am (If you actually slept at all?) with a cup of tea or coffee and a good breakfast. Summit walk starts by dawn (riding to the summit and on the scree is not really possible or advised). If all goes well the team will be well on the way to Pt Lenana, via Simba Col before the clouds have started to move in. This is the time for celebratory photos of you victorious on the summit! It’s then the start of the thrilling descent down to Mintos, (4985m to 4300m drop). This is the camp for the team’s final night on Mt. Kenya before the climax of the ride, the exciting final descent of the mountain.
After another hearty breakfast the riders leave Mintos and head down the helter skelter descent to the park gate (4300 – 2900m)! Once they have caught their breath, it’s another descent to Transit Motel (1500m). The descent is approximately 35km downhill with maybe max 1km uphill!
After the adrenaline rush has subsided somewhat, the riders meet the vehicles, load up and transfer to Sagana for a night of celebration at achieving what not many have the privilege of even attempting!
Although there may be a few fuzzy heads this morning, the team is in for a day of fun on the Tana River at Sagana white water rafting, kayaking and more! This is the last day to relax, unwind and relive the exciting Mt. Kenya Dare and prepare to head home.
The team transfers back to JKIA in Nairobi, bids farewell to the Savage Wilderness support team and heads home!
Dates: 11th Feb – 19th Feb 2014
Costs: The cost for the tour is R13 000 per person.
All the costs include food, soft drinks while on Mt Kenya, tents, park fees, porters and guide, transport and transfers. Airfares, meals while in-transit, alcohol, compulsory medical insurance and expenses of a personal nature are not included.
If the group size is 10 or more, we can qualify for a group booking discount which can be organized through a friendly travel agent we usually use.
The trip will be confirmed as ‘a go’ once minimum of 5 riders have booked and paid the deposit.
– R2500 non-refundable deposit on booking
– R5000 within 7 days of receipt of confirmation that the trip is ‘a go’
– R5500 before 15th January 2014
– Refunds of any and all payments made should the trip be cancelled by us.
– No refunds of outstanding amount should rider decide not to participate, but they can find a suitable substitute.
Please contact us directly for more information and to book your place at firstname.lastname@example.org