Mt. Kenya National Park - Sirimon Gate
Arrival and unpacking for Day 1 trek
Career porters on Mt. Kenya may scale these peaks 3 to 4 times a month. Most times, they pack anywhere between 20 to 35 kgs.
Buffalo tracks demonstrating the flora and fauna that enrich the Mt. Kenya ecosystem.
Old Moses Camp - our destination for Day 1.
Twilight from Old Moses
Glowing fluorescent lights from flower and horticultural farms in Timau.
Old Moses campsite - trekkers spend the evening telling stories and keeping warm.
Departure for Day 2 - getting dressed to stay warm.
Single file and away we go! Changing vegetation as we climb higher in altitude.
Looking back and waving farewell at Old Moses.
A meteorological weather station just above Old Moses Camp.
Water break - hydration is one of the most important factors in successfully scaling Mt. Kenya.
Amidst the sea of green on Mt. Kenya, color is always welcome.
A collection of rocks that closely resemble a tortoise - Kobe, in Swahili.
Mt. Kenya's many streams and brooks provide portable water for trekkers and their guides.
During the day, this plant opens its leaves for water to collect. At night, as temperatures drop below freezing, the petals fold over.
A mountain bird - one of the many animal species that have learnt to share the habitat with humans.
As you approach 4200m, the cliffs are much higher, more grueling, and hence more dramatic.
Although Mt. Kenya is on the Equator, due to its altitude it has snow all year round. In the last few years, however, guides have noted the steady decline of ice on these peaks.
Shipton's Camp - our destination for Day 2 trek.
A silhouette of Point Lenana. The night sky is extremely lively, and the stars seem close enough to touch.
Sunrise on Day 3 trek.
Beyond 5000m, the vegetation is all but non-existent. The peaks are barren and mainly populated by rocks and gravel.
Mentally, the last 500m are the toughest; you can almost see the peak, but you have to maneuver across cliffs to get there.
Snow and ice - a permanent fixture at this altitude.
The low Oxygen content only make the hike more challenging. It is thus twice as exhilarating when you successfully get to the top.
Approaching the Chogoria gate on the Meru side of Mt. Kenya.
Mt. Kenya National Park - Chogoria Gate. We traversed the mountain from one side to the other.
James, in the orange t-shirt, was our guide. He is flanked by fellow trekkers and porters.