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7 Days Mt Kenya Rock Climbing: Nelion Peak


Nelion is the Second highest summit on Mount Kenya at 5,188m (17021ft). The south east side normal route tackling Nelion peak it is in condition from December – Mid March from Austrian Hut base camp at 4,790m.

The rocks hold granite rock which runs vertically and horizontally with weathered fissures but they offer good holds and friction. Helmets are recommended. Although the guide leads, it is important to have good belaying skills when following and be familiar with all types of belay devices. Controlling the risks and hazards relies highly on your skills and experience as well of those of the guide.

Climbing Nelion peak normal route takes 2-3 days which are additional from the normal hiking itineraries from base camps. Adding more days is possible regarding that the weather changes.

This route is about 400 meters vertical and don’t follow a direct line. Much of climbing on this route is not above Grade III. This climb is completed in one long day in a series of up to 18 solo pitches with longest pitches around 50-60 meters. Well acclimatized and fit climbers climb swiftly and reach the summit of Nelion in about 8 hours. It is possible for them to cross the Gate of Mists [Grade IV] to Batian peak in another 3 hours, though sometimes is difficult because of snow or ice while on transverse. Making a bivouac on the summit of Nelion at Howell’s hut is possible and decent next day. Equipping with you ice axe and crampons are recommended.

Abseiling follows a slightly different route to the ascent using bolted rings on the rock. It is important to be completely familiar with rope work and all associated skills.

At Spiky Tours, we provide technically qualified and experienced guides, porters service support, transports to hotel bookings. Discuss with us for a comfortable solution and itineraries that will suit you on this real life adventure.


No of Pax Sharing

Non Residents

1 pax

$ 1750

2 pax

$ 1540

3+ pax

$ 1520

Price Includes

  • Private comfortable transport from Nairobi and back.
  • Paying of all park and camping fees.
  • All Government taxes.
  • Good mountain tents with sleeping mats.
  • Professional rock climbing Guide.
  • 3 meals a day whilst on the mountain.
  • Support of porters and cook services

Price Excludes

  • Accommodation prior the hike and after in Nairobi hotel.
  • All gear equipments like; Helmets, Harness, Ropes, Sleeping bags etc.
  • Health and travel Insurance
  • Personal snacks.
  • Tips for the service crews.
  • Anything else not listed above.

Day 1:Nairobi - Chogoria Mount Kenya Lodge (2,950m).

Depart Nairobi at around 8.00 am driving towards the Central part of Kenya arriving Chogoria town at around 12 pm. Have lunch, meet the rest of your climbing crew [porters] and continue driving through Mount Kenya rain forest with high chances of spotting wildlife and aright your vehicle at Clearance point. Start hiking along the road through African bamboo forest reaching your camp in 2 – 3 hours. Dinner and Overnight at the Camp.

Day 2:Mt Kenya – Lake Ellis Camp (3,400m).

Have an early breakfast at around 7 am and leaving the Camp trekking along the trail through rush alpine vegetation passing Urumandi Hut and Nithi Falls reaching the camp in 5 – 6 hours. Lunch would have been packed for you. In the afternoon local explore around the lake. Dinner and Overnight at the Camp

Day 3:Lake Ellis - Mintos Hut (4,300m).

After breakfast and packing, leave the camp trekking along a single trail with a relatively inclined ridge through alpine moorland and heather vegetation reaching Mintos hut in 5 – 6 hours. Make sure you have enough water 2½ – 3 litres each. Lunch will have been packed for you. Later in the day local explore around your Campsite. Dinner and Overnight at the Camp.

Day 4:Mintos Hut - Austrian Hut (4,790m).

Have breakfast at around 7.30 am, commence with the trekking along the marshy fields to bare rocks and scree looping over Tooth Col reaching Austrian Hut in 3 – 4 hours. Dinner and overnight at Austrian.

Day 5:Austrian Hut - Nelion - Batian - Howel Hut

Have an early breakfast at around 0430 hours, pack you gears and head out in the dark crossing Lewis Glacier up to the base of Nelion, which normally takes 2 hours walk. Start your climb at 7:00 am, arriving Nelion peak (5,188m) at around 1:00 pm. Traverse the Gate of Mist [note here you need ice axe and crampons] to Batian summit (5,199m). At this point, you are now at the highest summit in Kenya and second highest in Africa. After photos, return to Nelion peat at spend the night at Howel bivouac in 3 – 4 hours.

Day 6:Howel Hut - Austrian Hut - Old Moses Camp (3,300m).

Abseil down to the bottom about 9 ropes and then walk to Austrian Hut for breakfast, leave Austrian hut passing Lenana peak [4,985m]. After taking photos, start your descent towards Sirimon route passing Shiptons Camp for Lunch and short rest. Commence with your trek along Mackinders valley and crossing Likii and Ontulili valleys reaching Old Moses Camp in 6 hours. Dinner and overnight at the camp.

Day 7:Old Moses Camp - Nairobi.

After breakfast, start your descent on a paved road passing bamboo and rain forests with high chances of spotting wildlife reaching to Sirimon gate in 2 hours. Check out of the park, Make a little cerebration with your team and board your vehicle back to Nairobi or onward destination.

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