2023 Mount Kenya

2023 Mount Kenya September

Mount Kenya

FUNDRAISING: This charity challenge will be announced shortly.

Together, our goal is to raise USD 20,000. To ensure we achieve our targets, we request each individual to fundraise USD 2,000 so that together, we can succeed.

FITNESS LEVEL: This will be a test of fitness and determination. There is no technical climbing, but there will be some challenging sections. Regular fitness training and long-distance walking is highly recommended. Click here to read more about the challenge difficulty levels.

TRAINING: We run a variety of training sessions throughout the year and our Hiking for Good programme (between mid-Oct to mid-Mar) that we encourage you to take part in before the challenge. 

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COST INCLUDES:

  • A challenge, adventure and charity experience of a lifetime!
  • An opportunity to visit the charity and experience the difference your fundraising will make
  • Access to a range of Gulf for Good hiking and training activities in the UAE 
  • Fundraising approval and advice regarding fundraising events
  • Pre-challenge briefing 
  • Discount with Gulf for Good partner outdoor outfitters
  • Safety, medical and equipment advice
  • Internal ground transfers
  • Accommodation, food and water
  • Experienced Guides who are First Aid certified and Gulf for Good support team
  • In-country medical and vehicle back up
  • Ethical, global standards for in-country guides and porters
  • AED 500 admin fee to GFG and is based on a minimum of 10 pax 

PAYMENT DEADLINES:

Either pay at once or opt for our easy instalment plan below.

  • On registration AED1,000 (USD275) deposit toward the Challenge Expenses (non-refundable and non-transferable) paid to Gulf for Good to reserve your space on the challenge. This includes the non-refundable and non-transferable Inca Trail permit
  • 30th Jun 2023: AED3,000 (USD820), 50% remaining balance towards the Challenge Expenses paid to Gulf for Good
  • 11th August 2023: AED3,000 (USD620), 50% final balance towards the Challenge Expenses paid to Gulf for Good
  • 16th September 2023: AED5,000 (USD1,360) minimum Charity Donation paid to International Humanitarian City

(USD1 = AED3.67)

EXCLUDES:

• International flights
• Visas
• Tips and spending money
• Vaccinations
• Insurance
• Kit items
• Drinks (other than water)

This challenge is pending approval by the Islamic Affairs and Charitable Activities Department 

 

Day1

Saturday 23rd September

Depart Dubai for Nairobi

Transfer to hotel

Afternoon sightseeing

Overnight stay in Nairobi

Day2

Sunday 24th September

Charity Visit

Day3

Monday 25th September

Sirimon Park Gate – Old Moses Camp: 2600m – 3400m

On completion of park entry formalities, begin a 3 to 4-hour hike through forest, ascending 800m in height, through the bamboo, rosewood and heather zones to Old Moses camp (formerly Judmier Camp). The forest and bamboo are home to hundreds of buffaloes, elephants, bushbucks and a plethora of bird species. The hike would be a gentle uphill slope to Old Moses Camp with half- point stopover for lunch.

Overnight stay at Old Moses Camp (3,400 m) in cabins

 

Day4

Tuesday 26th September

Old Moses Camp – Shipton’s Camp: 3400m – 4200m

A long day leading to the base of the peaks. Awake at 6am for breakfast and depart Old Moses Camp by 7:30am for a 6 to 7-hour trail to Shipton’s Camp. Enjoy great views of the Sirimon and Mackinder Valleys up a ridge with surroundings of the vast alpine desert, with fewer trees and more rocks. More alpine vegetation is present in this zone, especially the area just before the campsite - the ‘Garden of the Senecias’ which features many of the huge senecia plant and shorter lobelia plants. A picnic lunch will be served on route.

Overnight stay at Shipton’s Camp (4,200m) in cabins

Day5

Wednesday 27th September

Shipton’s Camp – Austrian Hut: 4200m – 4700m

Today we trek approximately 5 hours up the Simba Col route all the way to Austrian Camp. Passing tarns and rock columns along the way this trek also opens up to beautiful panoramic views of the Eastern part of the mountain with sheer cliffs and valleys. The trek is on a windy path with scree and rock, and Austrian Camp is at the base of the Lewis glacier.

Tents are set up within its reach and one can walk a little into the tunnel under the glacier, formed naturally with melting water seeping from the top. Austrian Camp is within an hour’s proximity from Lenana peak.

Once at Camp, relax and enjoy the stunning views, prepare your layers for the peak ascent, and try to experience the starry night sky before going to bed. Your guide will brief you that evening on the plan for the short hike up Lenana.

Overnight Camp (4,700m) in tents

Day7

Thursday 28th September

Austrian Camp – Point Lenana - Lake Ellis: 4700m – 4985m – 3600m

Awake at 4:30am for a hot drink and snack before embarking on the 1-hour hike (approximately 1.5km ascent to the peak) up the ridge to point Lenana. On your left you will see views of Nelion and Batian opening up as you go higher along the glacier line. On your right views of the western valleys will open up. There will most likely be other groups on the same hike up – please stick with your guides and stay on the path – this is narrow in some places and it may not be possible to give way until it opens up in sections.

Once at the top of the peak, timed for sunrise, enjoy the beautiful views – more will come to sight as it gets brighter on your descent. Take a picture by the sign board and when ready proceed to the Chogoria trek down. At Tooth Col we turn-off to Mintos Camp (for breakfast/brunch) and onward for 19kms (approximately 7 hours) to Lake Ellis for the overnight.

Breath taking views await on the way down this trek over the Gorges Valley, Ithanguni and the northern Moorlands.

Overnight Camp (3,600m) in tents

Day8

Friday 29th September

Lake Ellis – Chogoria Gate: 3600m – 2900m

Today we hike approximately 3 hours along Lake Ellis to a road leading to the park gate. A vehicle will await you for a transfer to Nairobi.

Overnight in Nairobi, with traditional Swahili celebration dinner

Day9

Saturday 30th September

Transfer to the airport

Departure for Dubai

To be confirmed

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