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6 Days Rock Climbing, Batian via Nelion Peak

6 Days Rock Climbing, Batian via Nelion Peak

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6 DAYS ROCK CLIMBING Batian via Nelion Peak


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Because of Mt. Kenya’s unique position on the equator, climbing seasons and route conditions vary with the sun’s position. For example, a climber interested in doing one of the best ice routes, which are on the south side of the mountain, should climb when the sun is in the north, between the months of June and December. However, during the same period the east and north sides are in the best condition for rock climbing. Conversely, when the sun is in the south, the south side offers the best rock routes and north the better ice climbing conditions.

Recommended routes:

  • December-March

Normal Route, Standard IV (rock: South West Ridge, Standard V (rock routes).

  • June-September

North Face, Standard IV (rock Route).

Tour Plan


Day 1

Morning spent sorting and organizing personal equipment for the trek. Be driven to the park gate where we start a 3hrs walk through the equatorial rain forest rich of animal and birdlife, parked lunch enroute to the Met Station where we spend the night in the mountain log cabins, a good day for acclimatization for we will be sleeping at an altitude of 3,050m. A short hike is taken in the afternoon to gain and loose altitude. (3 hrs).

Day 2

Early start hike up through hagenia zone to the forest line where we start the moorland zone covered by tussock glass and heathers zone. Hike over the Teleki valley where there is a spectacular view of the main peaks, lunch en route. Walking time 5-6 hours, Arrive at teleki lodge late afternoon and overnight (4,100m).

Day 3

A pre-dawn start is made to ensure a successful summit bid and in time for a clear view of majestic summit scenery after sunrise (ascending pt. lenana helps people to acclimatize before climbing nelion and batian), then descend down to the Austrian hut (4750m) just below the main peaks. In the afternoon sort out climbing equipments ready for an early start.

Day 4

Early start attempt pt. nelion (rock climbing) through normal route standard IV, will take 6 – 7hrs to the top of nelion (5177). For those climbers not attempting batian will turn around and descend. For the climbers attempting Batian peak will overnight on top of nelion at Howell’s hut.

Day 5

Climbers to traverse through Gates of mist to the highest point- Batian (5188m top of Mt. Kenya) then turn and descend via nelion down to Austrian hut. Proceed to teleki lodge for overnight in bandas.

Day 6

After breakfast hike down through the moorland zone, heathers zone, mountain forest to the met. Station for a pickup transfer to the lodge for a well-earned rest.

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