What to bring in Mount Kenya N.P.

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Clothing:

Temperatures on top of the Mountain may fall to -10 degrees C, so bring plenty of clothing. Remember headgear and gloves, as well as decent pair of boots an some sandals or light shoes to wear at night. Wearing several layers of clothes is advisable, with waterproof clothing on the outside if the weather is wet. Sun glasses are important to protect your eyes from the bright sun.

Equipment:

If you can’t bring your equipment over to Kenya, everything you need can be hired in Nairobi or around Mt. Kenya. In the capital, try Atul’s (# (02) 225935) on Biashara St or the National Action Mountain Center (# (02) 740214). In Naro Moru go to the Naro Moru River Lodge. They rent out everything from sleeping bags, tents and stoves to wool socks and rain pants. Don’t go without a foam mat.

Food:

Remember that you will eat more food than normal because of the physical strain on your body, so don’t skimp on the food. You will need a small camp stove, as it’s not recommended to pack only dried foods. Bring foods high in carbohydrates, such as pasta, bread, and grains you can boil, such as couscous. Be warned that at high elevations rice and lentils will not cook because water boils at less than 100 degrees. Dry foods can be useful, such as soup mix or dried mashed potatoes. Take some chocolate and fruits also, to keep your sugar levels up.

Most important, make sure to drink a lot of water. Water helps your body adjust to high altitudes, so drink even more that you would trekking at low elevations. I suggest at least four liters a day. Hot drinks such as coffee, tea, or chocolate can be great in the morning or evening, but remember that caffeine dehydrates you.

Maps/books:

Never climb Mt. Kenya without a guide or map. Maps can be purchased at any bookstore.

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