Altitude sickness, shall I use Diamox?

The best way to prevent altitude sickness is to ascend slowly keep hydrated and eat a well balanced diet.  Guidelines suggest an ascent of no more than 300-500m per day once above 3000m, with a rest day every 1000m or 3 days.  On Mt Kenya it is generally possible to stay fairly close to these recommendations when ascending although this will depend on the route and length of trip you choose.

Some people will still experience symptoms of altitude sickness on Mt Kenya, most commonly headache or mild nausea, but these often settle with rest and other simple measures.  Our guides are trained to monitor you for signs of altitude sickness throughout the trip.

Other simple measures that can improve your chances of good acclimatisation include staying well hydrated, getting enough sleep, resting when you arrive at camp each day, and taking it slowly while walking each day.

Acetazolamide (commonly known as Diamox) is a drug which can be used for prevention and treatment of altitude sickness but it is only recommended in certain situations and usually isn’t needed if you ascend slowly.  It can be useful if you are forced to ascend quickly (for example, in a mountain rescue situation) or if you have a history of altitude sickness.  It has a number of pros and cons and these should be discussed with your doctor before you travel.  It is also worth trying it at home first if possible.

Can I hire equipment?

We have sleeping bags, dry bags and walking poles available for hire. If you have booked a luxury package these itimes will be included. We do have limited stock of wet weather gear and gloves so this needs to be arranged in advance.

Do you provide a sleeping mat?

Yes, a mat is provided for all our packages. On the luxury package a camp cot and 4 inch mattress is provided. On our basic package we provide a roll mat, designed to help insulate you, as well as a thin 1 inch foam pad for extra comfort.

Do you provide all equipment for technical climbing and rock climbing?

Yes, we provide all technical equipment except footwear. This includes Harness, helmet, belay device, safety sling, locking carabiner and all ropes and protection that will be used by the guide.

What footwear do you recommend for technical climbing of Batian and Nelion?

The best footwear for climbing Batian and Nelion are technical alpine boots (B2). These are however expensive if this trip is a one off. Another option is to climb in rock climbing approach shoes like Sportiva Boulder X or 5,10 Tennies. Or we do have a stock of rock climbing shoes in store. Another option is to use a rock shoe 1 sizes to big with thick socks, then carry your walking boots on the climb as well for a warmer descent.

Can I have a gear list for technical climbing trip?

The gear list for technical climbing is the same as the that for trekking. You do not need any clothing that is specific to technical climbing. On the climb itself layering clothing works well, so as you warm up you can shed a layer, and if you cool down you can add a layer. There is a gear list for technical climbing in the Gear section of this website.

Can I bring my own climbing equipment?

Yes, you are welcome to use your own harness, helmet and belay device. We will not guide using your ropes and hardware, as our guides prefer to use equipment that they are familier with.

Do you have a facility to store bags that are not required on Mt Kenya?

Yes, many of our guests climbing Mt Kenya as part of a larger trip to other locations and don’t want their safari clothes on the mountain. We have a store at the office where unwanted luggage will be kept safe for your return. If you are not meeting at our office our vehicles can bring any bags from the road head to the office for you, this is common for groups using the Chogoria route. If you have booked pre and post exped accommodation with us, then the accommodation provider will look after your bags until you return.

What is the luggage limit for Mt Kenya?

Please aim to pack no more than 15 kg of luggage for Mt Kenya.

Do I need to provide a gratuity for the porter team?

It is customary to provide a tip to the members of the porter team. This is normally done at the end of the trip when everyone is gathered together. Tipping recommendations in US Dollars FROM THE ENTIRE GROUP:Headguide: $20 – $25 / Assistantguide: $15 – $20/ Cook: $10 – $15 / Porters: $5 perporter