Mt Kenya climbing vacation, Kenya

“Four days to trek to 5000m following the Burguret and Sirimon routes as you ascend to Point Lenana on Africa's second largest mountain, Mt Kenya.”

Highlights

Nairobi | Giant Bamboo Camp (2600m) | Highland Castle Camp (3700m) | Shipton's Camp (4236m) | Point Lenana (4985m) | follow the less frequently used Burguret and Sirimon routes | Batian and Nelion peaks (5000m+) | marshlands, forests and glacial landscapes |

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Responsible tourism

Mt Kenya climbing vacation, Kenya

Carbon reduction

Your vacation will help support local people and conservation. We must also reduce CO2. Learn about the CO2 emissions of this vacation and how to reduce them.

Environment

Activity:
As this is a walking / camping trip our carbon footprint is comparatively small. We promote community and environmental issues and aim to give clients a good understanding of local life and nature with briefings throughout the tour. We operate on a strict ‘leave no trace’ basis and are aware of erosion on popular paths so try to use other routes to minimise this. For example, this trip ascents the mountain on the little used Burguret route rather than the main trail.

Water:
Water is a really important issue with trekking trips and whilst we must stay hydrated, it is also vital that we have a system for providing clean water without causing lots of waste with plastic bottles. We suggest that instead of repeatedly buying bottled water, guests should re-fill a singular bottle. Water purifier is used to treat all water for drinking and cooking and clients are encouraged to bring their own to reduce waste.

UK Office:
It all starts at home so we have first worked at reducing our carbon footprint in our UK Offices. Through energy conservation measures and recycling policies, we are proud to be actively reducing the waste produced and our impact on the environment. We support various projects all over the world to try and give something back to the places we visit.

Community

Accommodation and Meals:
We will spend one night in a basic lodge and whilst on the mountain four nights camping with full service from the trekking crew. All accommodation used is locally staffed and locally owned, which helps to keep money within the community and to provide employment opportunities. Buying our fruit, meat and vegetables fresh from local markets, stalls or farms wherever possible is another way to support smaller businesses. We are even careful to ensure that cooking oil, tea and sugar is produced in Kenya. Expect nutritious meals cooked by a local chef, like vegetable stew with rice, fish fillets with buttered potatoes, oat porridge and fruit.

Charity:
We use the earnings from our Bantu Mountain Lodge to sponsor academically capable, but impoverished children to continue with their education in the local area. Currently at Oloorganayio in Masai Mara, with the help of tourist volunteers, we have built 3 classrooms and lavatories for Maasai children in a primary school. If clients want to get involved with donations for local school children, we can help to arrange a sponsorship for school fees, or there is the possibility to substitute the forest walk on the first day with building a classroom in the local neighbourhood. In terms of environmental charity, we also make contributions to Mount Kenya Conservation Forum, which creates awareness about conserving the water catchment and forest.

A Fair Deal:
We work closely with our local operator and ensure that the vast majority of our guides are local and that in exchange for their expertise they are paid and treated well. All of our guides, cooks and porters belong to the Burguret Youth for Conservation- an association dedicated to encouraging young people in the area to find work and conserve the Mount Kenya forest. These leaders are trained to give briefings on responsible tourism issues which can help reduce your environmental impact and maximise benefits to the local community.

Group Size:
This small group tour has a maximum of 16 participants, meaning that we have a low impact on the environments and communities we visit and are able to ensure that we do not disrupt or lead to the displacement of local people. The small number also allows us to stay in unique, family-run hotels that cannot benefit from coach tours and other mass tourism due to their limited sizes.

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1. What was the most memorable or exciting part of your vacation?


Definitely reaching Lenana Point, the summit for our trip

2. What tips would you give other travelers booking this vacation?


Go now. It's a really good trip. We had a nice group of very different personalities but we worked really well together.

3. Did you feel that your vacation benefited local people, reduced environmental impacts or supported conservation?


I believe our trip benefitted the support staff in terms of employment, I think we were very diligent and many times saw our staff picking up litter around the route.

4. Finally, how would you rate your vacation overall?


Excellent. A great comparator trip to Kilimanjaro, less popular, but equally as tough and I would thoroughly recommend it.

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