Mt. Kenya Naromoru Dash
The Climax: Point Lenana in a day
We wrap up the new Altomatum challenge by attempting to get to Mt. Kenya Point Lenana in a day. It’s been done before, and if you have made it thus far, it’s certainly worth a try!
We depart Nairobi on Friday at 11 a.m, aiming to get to the Mount Kenya Naromoru gate (2,400m) by 3 p.m. We shall then drive 9km into the park to get to Met Camp (3,048m), where we shall spend the evening. We arise at 1 a.m and have breakfast, targeting to hit the trail by 2 a.m.
Our trek takes us 10km to Mackinders Camp (4,300m), where we shall have a light breakfast before continuing on the brutally steep climb towards Austrian Hut (4,790m) and, finally, Point Lenana (4,895m) in 4km. We shall then descend all the way back to Met Camp, where we shall board our buses back to Nairobi.
Hiking Distance: 28km
Maximum Elevation: 4,895m
Total Elevation Gain: 1,984m
Hiking time: 14-16 hours
Mt. Kenya Naromoru Dash Itinerary
10:30 a.m Meet up at International House Parking, City Hall Way. Boarding opens.
11:00 a.m Departure for Mt. Kenya Naromoru Gate.
03:00 p.m Arrival at Mt. Kenya Naromoru Gate for registration.
03:30 p.m Departure for Met Camp
01:00 a.m Wake up and have breakfast
02:00 a.m Hike Starts
01:15 p.m Mandatory turn-back and descent to avoid encounters with wild animals after dusk
EST 07:30 p.m Departure for Nairobi
Mode of hiking: Time target-based
You shall receive targets to evaluate your progress throughout the hike. The turn-back time before Mackinders Camp is 2:00 p.m. The latest time by which the last person must get to Point Lenana is 12:30 p.m
Mount Kenya Dash Gear Requirements
– Sleeping bag or camping quilt
Mpesa Till 989985