The trip can start from either Nairobi, Naivasha or Nakuru depending with the location of the clients. Pick up from either point is as early as 0600am before the sun raise to avoid trekking in the hot sun during the day. The drive offers you beautiful views of the great rift Valley and at some point you will have a stop over for few minutes to witness the early morning sun rise. On arrival report to the Rangers who will give you an over view of the trek, at this point you can leave behind anything that you may not require on the trek but water is an essential commodity which is a must as well as rain cloths. the trek starts right at the gate.
The first few kilometers are over relatively flat forest covered terrain, with the occasional herd of cattle grazing the glades in the forest a testament to the growing push by human settlements into the receding forest boundary. To be seen here best views of Great rift valley, lake Naivasha, Longonot Ndakaini dam, sasumua dam, Wildlife expect to see, elephants/tracks, Antelopes, Columbus monkeys and for Bird watching over 250 species birds has been recorded here.
On ascending further up, the forest gives way to the Bamboo zone. The narrow trail, punctuated every few steps by treacherous mud, at this point is covered by a canopy of towering bamboo with the filtered light enhancing the jungle feel as you continue trudging up the now steeper path. The occasional elephant footprint and droppings from various animal species are a constant reminder that you are in a game reserve teeming with wildlife, with the armed escort your only shield from possible danger.
The rest of the hike goes over slightly rocky terrain at an altitude of over 3500m above sea level, with the temperature dropping significantly, as you pick you way across the elephants back. The trail first descents into a clamp of trees before turning back upwards out of the small valley. It then gets pretty steep as it meanders past gnarled giant heather trees adorned with spanish moss offering handholds when you need to pull yourself up the slope. Mercifully it soon levels off to give you your first view of the summit. Youll recognize it by the saddle between two knolls, with the summit to the right. Kinangop, the second highest peak on the Aberdares, can easily be accessed from this point.
The descent is just as trying as the ascent, taking a big toll on the knees, and another 3 to 4 hours to the Forest station and then celebrate the successful Hiking as you look forward in attempt Mount Kenya or Kilimanjaro
Included in the package above:
1. Private Transport from Nairobi and Back
2. All the park fees
7. Drinking Water
Excluded in the package above:
1. Soft drinks
2.Tips for the cook, guide and porters.
What to bring on trekking
1. Waterproof rucksack with day pack
2. Comfortable hiking boots, light walking trainers thongs (flip – flops)
5. Gaiters (useful when encountering snow),Wooden walking stick / ski pole,Sunglasses or snowÂ goggles, sun hat, balaclava or woolen hat,Warm scarf, gloves,
6. Sweaters / jumpers, anorak / raincoat, water and windproof pants, jackets, t-shirt, several pairs of socks
7. Long sleeved shirt with collar, small towel, toiletries and toilet paper
8. Sunscreen and lip salve
9. Water bottle
10. Camera with spare film and batteries