The Altomatum Challenge

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Three Weekends of Madness

We reimagined the way mountain traverses can be done and redesigned the way any hiker can test their endurance. Previously, The Altomatum Challenge was a preserve for only the fittest, most accomplished hikers who could go the farthest in the shortest time.

The New Altomatum gives everyone who understands hiking a chance to see how far they can go--or go all the way if they can!

We restructured the Nyandarua traverses to include a single point for entry and exit without dampening the challenge. And, because the challenge is not complete without a big mountain, we threw in a Mount Kenya day dash to replace the Mount Kenya Peak Circuit. This way, you can try to go all the way and unleash the beast hiker in you, or you can go the farthest you can and push your limits next time.

How Far Can You go in The Altomatum Challenge?

Table Mountain X Seven Ponds Traverse

We kick off the new Altomatum challenge by traversing two notoriously steep trails in the Northern Nyandarua moorlands, Table Mountain and Seven Ponds. This one is a softer, never less deserving traverse, which any intermediate or advanced hiker can confidently undertake.

We depart Nairobi at 3:30 in the morning, aiming to hit the trail by 7:00 a.m. Our hike takes us up the new Table Mountain trail to the summit in 6.5km. It then continues 3km on a fairly gentle trek through the golden Northern Nyandarua moorlands to get to the Seven Ponds point (3,831m). Finally, we descend 5.5km down a steep trail back to our starting point.

Hiking Distance: 15km

Maximum Elevation: 3,831m

Total Elevation Gain: 1,300m

Hiking time: 8-10 hours

Mode of hiking: Time target-based

You shall receive targets to evaluate your progress throughout the hike. The turn-back time before Table Mountain summit is 1:00 p.m.

2024 Dates: Feb 10

Elephant Hill X Mt. Kinangop Southern Breach

We march on in the new Altomatum challenge by traversing the unequally yoked Southern Nyandarua twins with the worst reputation. Whether this is your first time attempting either Elephant Hill or Kinangop, you have heard of the notoriety of the two trails.

We leave Nairobi at 3:30 in the morning and drive to the Njabini Forest station, aiming to hit the trail by 6:00 a.m. Our hike takes us 9km to the Elephant Hill summit, down and up the treacherous climb to the Kinangop peak in 6km, back up a steep climb to the Elephant Hill Summit, and down to exit the Njabini Gate.

Hiking Distance: 30km

Maximum Elevation: 3,906m

Total Elevation Gain: 2,009m

Hiking time: 12-14 hours

Mode of hiking: Time target-based

You shall receive targets to evaluate your progress throughout the hike. The entire group's turn-back time is 1:00 p.m.

2024 Dates: Feb 17


The Climax: Mount Kenya Day Dash on Naromoru Route

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 9 a.m, aiming to get to the Mount Kenya Naromoru gate (2,400m) by 1 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

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.

2024 Dates: Mar 1-2

Mount Kenya Dash Gear Requirements

– Thermal top and bottomquick-dry pants and tshirt

– Rain pantsrain jacketfleece jacket, and fleece-lined hiking pants

– Warm, windproof hat, balaclavafleece-lined glovesheadlamp, and sunglasses

– Leg gaiters and waterproof hiking boots

– Sleeping bag or camping quilt

 

The Altomatum Ticket Includes

- Transport from Nairobi and back

- Park fees

- Armed ranger fees for the Elephant Hill x Kinangop traverse

- Guide services

- Paramedic services

- A liter of water, glucose, and fruits

- One night's accommodation in mountain huts at Mt. Kenya, including dinner and breakfast

- The Altomatum Finisher Medal & Certificate

 

The Altomatum Challenge Package Cost

Kenyan Citizens & EAC Citizen - Ksh 37,500/=

Kenyan Residents & Rest of Africa - Ksh 38,000/=


Booking Deposit

2nd Installment

Kenyan & EAC Citizens

12,000

25,500

Kenyan Residents & Rest of Africa

12,000

26,000


Cancellation and Refunds Policy

– Ksh 12,000/= from the booking confirmation deposit is non-refundable and non-transferable.

– No refund will be issued for cancellations within 5 days preceding noon on the eve of the Mount Kenya Day Dash.