Mackinders Upsweep

A Short Story About Mackinders Upsweep:

In your quest for Mt. Kenya, Mackinders Upsweep gives the closest experience. At 4300m ASL, Mackinders Summit has a 595m elevation difference with point Lenana, our ultimate goal for these preparatory hikes. The hike starts at Met Station at 3048m ASL and moves through a thicket region before you hit the Moorlands. After you start the open moorlands, there is a boggy section as you climb to the clearing, where you see the peaks of Mount Kenya. This section is so friendly, unlike the bogs at Dragon’s Teeth, since this one is so passable and easy to navigate. Past this section, the peak of Mount Kenya is visible and the moorlands become rich, making them more attractive as you approach the Teleki valley. Teleki Valley has beautiful vegetation and involves no steep sections as you cross to the other side of the valley where the Mackinders Cam is located. However, it is a hub of altitude. One might need to engage in several coping measures, such as reduced pace, and resting when needed if symptoms such as lightheadedness, headache, or blurring vision to beat the remaining short distance.

The camp (summit) is visible from Teleki Valley, and you will be more motivated to complete it. The experience at this zone when approaching the summit is incomparable. While it gets tiresome, your desire for conquest will push you to the Mackinders Camp, the summit. The last stretch is after you cross the river. In this section, you understand that you are close to the summit and have the encouragement to get you there. After beating the 9+ kilometers,t you could be already tired and a board that says you are 200m away from the camp will be one of the million things that gave you trust issues, hahaha. This is the last marchy section on this trail and within no moments, you will be at the camp, all fulfilled and glad you made it. If you are not yet on the Mt. Kenya budget and want to experience it, Mackinders upsweep is also the best place.

Approximate distance: 20km

Approximate time: 10 hrs

Difficulty: Tough

What to Wear and Carry During Mackinders Upsweep:

  • Fleece Marvin/hat or a baseball cap
  • Proper hiking clothes (polyester t-shirt, hiking pants, fleece jacket)
  • Raincoat/poncho
  • Comfortable hiking boots (should be one size bigger than your standard shoe size)
  • Sunscreen

In your Backpack:

  • Snacks such as biscuits, nuts, fruits, crisps, etc.
  • At least 2 liters of water (use a water bladder or a reusable bottle). Disposable plastic bottles are not allowed inside parks.
  • Valid identification document.
  • A set of clothes to change into after the hike.
  • Sunglasses and sunscreen.
  • Hiking pole.


  • Citizens (C)/residents (R)- Kes.3800
  • Non-residents (NR)- Kes.12900
  • Self-drive C/R- Kes.2200


  • East African (EA) Citizen: A native East African countries (Kenya, Uganda, Tanzania, Rwanda, Burundi, South Sudan, and the Democratic Republic of Congo) with valid identification documents or passport.
  • Kenyan Resident: A person of another nationality residing in Kenya, and has a valid documentation from the Kenyan government.

N/B: The Kenya Wildlife Service (KWS) recognizes the three categories using Identity Cards (IDs) and identification documents issued by a government. Ensure you identify yourself with the card you already hold.

What is in the Cost:

  • Transport to the trail and back.
  • Park entry charges for citizens and residents.
  • Professional and friendly guides.
  • Assorted fruits

N/B: Our package excludes anything else not mentioned above.

Booking Mackinders Upsweep:

Book by paying at least Kes.2000 to M-Pesa Buy Goods Till number 9754473 (Hikers Arena Limited) and clear the balance before departure.



Meeting point: Opposite outside International House Kencom (Nairobi CBD)

  • 4.00 am: Boarding opens
  • 4.15 am: Departure for Naromoru
  • 8.00 am: Hike starts
  • 2.00 pm: Mandatory turnback time
  • 6.00 pm: Departure for Nairobi

N/B: The departure time is subject to the day’s team and could be earlier or later than estimated.

Convenience for Everyone:

Your ‘food’ could be the other person’s ‘poison.’ Therefore;
🚫If you like music while hiking, carry earphones or headphones to listen at your volume and convenience.
🚫Smoking, alcohol, and other non-prescribed drugs are prohibited during the hike.
✅While we have a list of what is needed above, we provide an extra liter of water to refill your valves and fruits as part of the package. The fruits are clean, but you should wash your hands and the fruits too to observe hygiene. Your health is paramount.

We value you and welcome you to the Arena. See you on the trails. See you on Saturday.

Readiness Checklist:

✅Wear your boot, especially if you have not for a while, and ascertain that it is still comfortable.
✅Take no vigorous or no exercises later than 2 days before the hike to reserve energy to carry you up the ascent.
✅Hydrate beyond often starting 3 days until the end of the hike.
✅Cut your toenails short for comfort in socks and the boot. When descending, you create a stronger grip, whose effect lasts on the toes. Doing this will make your experience more comfortable and memorable.
✅Ensure you stock your supplies the day before the hike, so we stop only for emergencies.
✅Empty your bowels before leaving in the morning.

After Hike

  • Engage in post-hike stretching exercises to improve flexibility and prevent muscle tightness. Focus on stretching major muscle groups such as the calves, quadriceps, hamstrings, and hips. Hold each stretch for 15-30 seconds without bouncing.
  • Replenish fluids lost during the hike by drinking plenty of water. Proper hydration is essential for muscle recovery and overall well-being. Consider consuming a sports drink or electrolyte-rich fluids to replenish electrolytes lost through sweat.
  • Consume a balanced meal or snack within a few hours after your hike. Include protein, carbohydrates, and healthy fats to aid muscle recovery and replenish energy stores. Foods like lean meats, whole grains, fruits, vegetables, and nuts are good options.
  • If you experience muscle soreness or inflammation, apply ice or cold therapy methods such as cold packs or ice baths to reduce swelling and alleviate discomfort.
  • Ensure adequate sleep supports your body’s recovery process. Aim for 7-9 hours of quality sleep each night. Good sleep is crucial for repairing and rejuvenating your muscles.
  • Allow your body sufficient time to rest and recover after a hike. Take it easy for the next couple of days and avoid overexertion. Proper rest is essential for repairing muscles and preventing injury.
  • Consider getting a massage or using self-massage techniques like foam rolling to relieve muscle tension and improve circulation. Massage can help reduce muscle soreness and promote faster recovery.

Cancellation and Refund Policy:

If, for any reason, you decide to cancel the ticket, the following applies;

  • At least one week before the event: 100% refund.
  • At least 72 hours to the event: 50% refund.
  • Less than 72 hours to the event: No refund.
  • No shows & late coming: No refund.

Postponement Policy:

If you decide to postpone your ticket, please notify us at the latest 48 hours before the event. We will carry your ticket to another event. Postponement tickets attract an 8% charge if they must be refunded in the future.

Note: Postponement terms differ from prepayment terms. Prepayment is a loyalty strategy; the ticket fee prepaid in excess is refundable at the end of the calendar at no charge.

Inquiries and Updates;

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Dec 09 2023


The departure time is subject to the day's team and could be earlier or later than estimated.
All Day


KES 3,800.00


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