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Mt Kenya Glacial Lakes Expedition

7 June, 2023

Mt Kenya Glacial Lakes Expedition

Available Date: 14th – 17th July 2023 | Any other private day


Mount Kenya is the second-highest peak in Africa and is home to several glacial lakes and tarns, hundreds of wildlife species, and indigenous plants. This remarkable hike offers an unforgettable experience of hiking through rugged terrain, lush valleys, and ancient glaciers that lead you to a series of stunning lakes by size and beauty, nestled in the heart of Mt Kenya.

Day 1: Nairobi to Mackinder’s Camp: 14th July
Begin the day with a transfer to Naromoru Park Gate early in the Morning from Nairobi. After gate clearance drive onward to Met station where the hike begins. Hike through the vertical bog towards the edge of the moorland and into the rocky desert of Mackinder’s camp. If time allows tour Teleki and Lewis Tarns.
Dinner and overnight stay at Mackinder’s Huts

Day 2: Hobley Valley: 15th July
Today we explore the Lake rich Hobley Valley.
Departing from Mackinder’s explore Lake Hohnel and Hidden Tarn which stands at an elevation of 4,398m. We also take a tour of the Thompson Tarns then follow the Valley down to Enchanted Lake and onwards to Carr Lakes which sits at an elevation of 3,958m above sea Level.  Return to Mackinder’s for the second night.

Day 3: Mackinder’s to Shipton: 16th July

After breakfast, hike to Two Tarns, which is a beautiful pair of small lakes. Enjoy the scenic surrounding before continuing to Tyndall another picturesque lake. After a short rest head toward Nanyuki Tarn and Emerald Tarn at an elevation of 4,605m. Continue with your trek and make your way to Hausberg Col. This is a high mountain false summit pass that offers panoramic views of the peaks. Descend from Hausberg and reach Oblong Tarn and Kami Tarn. This scenic spot is surrounded by rugged cliffs and offers a peaceful ambiance.  Leaving Kami Tarn behind we proceed to Shiptons Camp our home for the night.
Dinner and Overnight at Shipton Camp.

Day 4: Shipton to Michaelson: 17th July

Start early in the morning from Shiptons Camp, located at an elevation of around 4,200 meters.Begin your hike by heading southeast from Shiptons Camp towards Lower Simba Tarn and continue towards Upper Simba Tarn. The trail gradually ascends, offering breathtaking views of the valleys and peaks of Mt Kenya. From Upper Simba Tarn, the trail descends through a rocky terrain to reach Harris Tarn situated at an elevation of 4,630m. Take a short break, enjoy the panoramic views, and replenish your energy.
After resting at Harris, continue your hike towards Lake Michaelson. The trail winds through beautiful valleys, offering glimpses of unique flora and fauna. After spending some time at Lake Michaelson, retrace your steps and head back towards Harris. From Harris, continue your descent towards Oldmoses Camp. The trail gradually descends, and you’ll enjoy scenic views as you make your way down.
Arrive at Old Mosses or onward transport to Nairobi to arrive in the evening.


Due to the nature of the exercise, you need to prepare your body well. It is recommended you do daily cardio-based exercises before the hike. Pre hikes are organized every weekend and private on weekdays and it would be great to attend them. Contact the Bucketlist team for the calendar on this. We have prep hikes lined up every weekend for your support.


Meals will be provided, as well as basic snacks like cookies, biscuits, and fruits. You should also bring your own energy snacks for the duration of the hike. Based on your preference, you can consider nuts, candy, energy bars, soda/beverage, Energy Sachets, Apples, and fruits. Main meals are prepared and served at camp. They include common starch, vegetables, soup, and meat. Any special dietary requirements such as diabetic, vegetarian, lactose intolerant, non-beef must be communicated in advance.


No. Item Quantity
1 Backpack/rucksack for porters (At least 60Ltrs) 1 Pc
2 Day pack Bag properly padded 1 Pc
3 Sleeping bag (-7 to -20 degrees rating) 1 Pc
4 Waterproof Hiking Boots 1 Pair
5 Balaclava 1 Pc
6 Sunglasses 1 Pc
7 Thermal Pants and Tops 2-3 Pc each
8 T-Shirts – Polyester/quick dry. 3-4 Pcs
9 Wind Proof Rain Jacket /Raincoat 1 Pc
10 Walking Poles 1 Pair
11 Walking pants 2 Pcs
12 Warm Summit/Ski Pants 1 Pc
13 Waterproof windbreaker & Rainproof Trousers 1 Pc
14 Heavy woolen socks 4 Pcs
15 Warm Summit/Ski gloves 1 Pc
16 Light woolen gloves 1 Pc
17 Warm Polar Fleece 1/2 Pcs
18 Camelbak Hydration pack /Water Bladder 2-3 litres bag
19 Bathroom Kit (Recommended Wet Wipes, Sunscreen, Toothpaste, Toothbrush etc.)
20 Headlamp with Extra Batteries 1 Pcs
21 Emergency Evacuation Card Valid
22 Wide Brimmed sun hat 1 Pc
23 Limited snacks (See the guideline above on food) 5 Small packs in Ziplocs
27 Passport/National ID/Alien ID
28 Slim hot water flask 1 Pcs
29 Snow gaiters 1 Pair
30 Tips for Crew

Expedition Charges

Full Package – Kes. 42,200
Self Drive – Kes. 35,000

Package Includes:

  • All meals on the Mountain.
  • Accommodation in mountain huts
  • Statutory park fees for Citizens/Residents
  • Guides and staff entry fees.
  • Experienced Guides.
  • Group porters for meals, supplies.
  • Experienced Mountain chef and catering team.
  • Porter to carry your personal rucksack.
  • Transfers from Nairobi to the Mountain and back for the Full Package

Package Excludes:

  • Transport Logistics for the Self Drive Package
  • Tips for guides and porters (Recommended tip values – $30-$100)
  • Non Resident Park Entry Fees
  • Personal Climbing Gear as per the above list.
  • Water and Drinks (Though clean spring water is available for refills you may consider these)
  • En-route meals on the first and last day

Payment and Booking

Make payments via MPESA Paybill 695596 Account (Your Name-Glacial Lakes)

Confirmations and queries must be confirmed with 0729 995 059 | [email protected]

All Booking Terms and Conditions apply

Guided tour
At a glance
  • Kes. 42200
  • Kes. 35000
Jemoh Maina,

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