Mt Kinangop Hike on 7th July
Mt. Kinangop Expedition (Aberdares 2nd Highest peak)
Date: 7th July 2018
A. About Elephant and Kinangop Peak
Elevation: 3906 AMSL
Difficulty: Very High
Trekking Time: 15 Hours
Elephant hill and Kinangop are in the Aberdare ranges, which host the Aberdares National Reserve. It is located to the North-south of Nairobi and in between Nairobi and Thomsons falls. It forms part of the Rift valley on the east of its escarpments. Kinangop is about 3906M altitude and is the second highest point in the Aberdares range, this makes it a suitable if you intend to climb higher mountains like Mt.kilimanjaro, Mt.Kenya, Mt.Meru or Mt.Elgon.
Day One: Friday
Travel to Njabini at 1800hrs and sleep over night at the Base awaiting your early morning summit bid. Bring packed dinner for the drive.
Day Two: Saturday
Wake up early to light breakfast at the Guesthouse before heading to Njabini forest station at 0300hrs. This will be our starting point. The first part of the hill is basically flat and bushy; most of this part has been inhabited by human pastoralists who graze their herd.
Then chlorophyll shadows of the exotic giant grass of the bamboo forest will be the next part. The path can be muddy and one can easily fall off. Support from the bamboo trees can be of help to avoid minor accidents.
The last part will be the Alpine zone. This is mainly rocky with the beautiful scenery of the moorland. At the Kinangop peak, one can see Lake Naivasha and the Mau escarpment. The temperatures are lower here, more misty and presence of mosses.
After summit we walk all the way down to start point for early dinner before departing for the journey back to Nairobi arriving late in the evening.
C. What to Carry
1. Proper Comfortable hiking Boots. Sneakers and other shoes not allowed.
2. Rain Coat
3. Head lamp /Flash light with good batteries
4. Water (At least 4 litres)
5. Mkeka hat or sun screen
6. Warm Jacket and or warp around: It gets chilly and cold there
8. Snacks eg. Crisps, biscuits, Sweets, cookies
9. Power bank and GPS phone
11. Warm Sleeping Bag
13. Tip for guides and porters
14. Identification card or passport
Citizen- KES 5,450
Residents - KES 6,450
• Accommodation at the base at Guesthouse, Breakfast and Lunch
• KWS Park fees
• Guides, game rangers and staff fees
• Transport to and from Nairobi CBD
• Tips for guides and service staff
• Personal items as in “C” above
• Medical costs, Insurance
E. Payment and Booking
Make payments via MPESA Paybill Business Number 695596
Account number: Your name
PS: Confirmations and queries MUST be confirmed with 0725 157 834
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