After sitting on our bums in a minivan on safari for over a week, we decided to get some exercise. We thought we should climb at least one mountain in Africa so we decided on Mt Kenya, partly because it was on the way and also because it is much less costly than Kilimanjaro. We decided to do a full tour with porters and guide although we realised on the mountain that it would be very manageable for independent trekkers particularly in September when there is little snow and ice. It is worth getting recommendations for good companies because we found ourselves having to look after our porters and guide rather than vice versa. It is also possible to hire a national park guide for the summit day only, when navigation can be difficult in the dark. We ascended via the Sirimon route which starts at the Sirimon gate of the park, staying in the huts at Old Moses and Shipton camps. We climbed to Point Lenana at 4895m (the trekking peak of Mt Kenya) in plenty of time for a beautiful sunrise and descended via the Naro Moru route the same long day.