Hours before hiking Mount Kipipiri, Kenya.
While I’m no stranger to hiking and wellness in general, the approach I took with Mount Kipiriri was absolutely the worst.
Here’s to top ‘Adulting fails’ of that week. I was attending a friends housewarming around Galana the evening before and decided I’d arrive earlier . The reason was so that I could leave early, prepare for my hike and get enough rest that night.
Well thought out right.
I got to the house among the first guests and chatted the evening away holding onto my bottle of water. The house filled up soon after, the energy was great, laughter all over the place. It was great and I was making new friends. Naturally it felt time for that one drink. And you know how the rest goes. Hours flew by and the next thing I knew it was nearly time to head out for our hike. My things were ready so I decided to nap while waiting on my roommate to get up. It must have been the shortest nap in history because when Tong woke me it felt like I had only blinked. We headed out at 4am on that chilly Nairobi morning to meet the rest of the group .
Moral of the story- eat well, sleep well, pack well in order to enjoy that hike.
Also. DO NOT DRINK AND HIKE
On arrival at the starting point, Geta Forest station, we did a warm up, received our security briefing and headed out with our ranger. It was necessary for safety and protection as the mountain is within the Aberdare range with wild animals roaming about.
The first half hour of the hike was naturally the most difficult painful thing I had done in a while. But I was determined seeing as I had done that to myself following a ‘fear of missing out’ the night before. After that my pace picked up and I sweat out the ‘weakness’. It got sunnier and warmer too. What else could anyone ask for to brighten up their hike?
The trails had disappeared by this time and we were walking through a beautiful thicket. One would wonder if it was aimless wondering about the forest,but we had a pro-guide with an automatic assault rifle. We got to some very stunning instaworthy viewpoints. The surrounding was a nature-lovers dream. A completely quiet , green, dramatically scenic and impressively ever changing environment was something to look forward too. It was necessary to take a couple breaks to catch out breathe, eat, take in the moment and talk to each other. The summit had the best spectacle of Mount Kipipiri and the whole journey was worth it. Most of us were sore as we got to the exit but definitely rated it a top hike.
And when we looked up we thought we were going to die. Little did we know of the extraordinary view we would be met with on the top.
Elephants viewed below shot by KWS
Summit is 3345 metres above sea level.
Complete hike estimated to take 8-9 hours (we took longer)
Great views of Lake Ol Bolosat and Lake Naivasha from the rocky summit
Watch out for the stinging nettle. (and dress well-skin covered and raincoats necessary)
Beyond the starting section there are no real trails to follow and some ribbons have been used as markers for direction.-DEFINITELY NEED A GUIDE
Most concerning wild animals to meet: elephants or buffaloes
Look out for warning signs indicating bush fires.
Slim chance of being able to turn on the hike if in large group as transport may have circled over to the Exit gate
There’s loads of cows.