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Thrilling Mount Kenya 4-day hike - Chogoria Sirimon Route Itinerary

View of Mount Kenya from Chogoria Sirimon hiking route showing a mountain stream in the distance.

Climbing Mount Kenya through Chogoria is a hike safari combo with breathtaking sites like the gorges, loud and splashing Nithi falls, clean and sparkly rivers and springs, the Mugi hills perfect for bird watching and the magnificent lake Michaelson with the Temple above it.  The Chogoria route is less crowded hence perfect for couples and loners. The Sirimon route used for descending is not only easy and relaxing but has the perfect view of the giant groundsels and lobelia.

NOTE: though hiking Mount Kenya in 4 days is possible, we highly recommend adding another day. The second day is very demanding and tedious as we climb up to Minto’s camp. There is an option of spending an extra day at Mintos to better acclimatize to the highest mountain in Kenya. We can relax and enjoy the view or better still spend the night at Nithi Camp that is halfway to Minto’s. A short walk to Nithi Falls or climb Mugi hill for better acclimatization is advised.

Mount Kenya Chogoria Sirimon Itinerary

Day 1: Nairobi – Mount Kenya Bandas (2,900M) 10Km 950M Ascent. 

A drive from Nairobi to Chogoria town for lunch after which we take a 4*4 vehicle to drive up where we start our Mount Kenya hike via the bamboo forest. The vehicle helps in cutting most of the lower ground. We then do a 3-hour Mount Kenya hike to the Bandas for dinner and an overnight.

Day 2: Mount Kenya Bandas – Mintos Campsite (4,200M) 8-9 Hrs. Distance 17Km, 1,400 Ascent.

The day starts early after breakfast in order to climb Mount Kenya to the Mintos camp before its dark yet not sacrificing the magical sceneries the Chogoria route is famous for; the Giant billiards table, Mugi hills, the Gorges Valley and the view of the picks ahead and the vast plains below. A picnic lunch and occasional stop overs to drink and refill the water bottles. Dinner and an overnight stay at the Mount Kenya Minto’s campsite.

Day 3: Mintos – Pt. Lenana (4,985m) – Old Moses Camp (3,300m) 11-12 Hrs. 785M Ascent, 24Km, 1,685M Descent

This is a busy Mount Kenya hiking day that starts at three am in order to enjoy sunrise at the peak of point Lenana. After that rewarding experience at the Pt. Lenana Mount Kenya summit, we descend to the Shipton’s camp for breakfast and continue further to judmier camp where we spend the night. Descending the highest mountain in Kenya via Sirimon route is gradual and exciting as you enjoy the Flora and Fauna through the Mackinder’s valley. We spend 11-12 hours hiking down Mount Kenya.

Day 4: Old Moses Camp – Nairobi, Hiking Time (2-3 Hours)

After the much-needed rest and breakfast in the morning, descend for 2-3 hours to the Sirimon Park gate at the foot of Mount Kenya to catch a vehicle for a drive back to Nairobi arriving late afternoon.

The package includes;

Private transportation to/from the mountain
All Park fees.
Meals while on the Mountain.
Accommodation on the mountain huts/ camps
All guiding and porter services

The Package Excludes;

Personal clothing and equipment
Tips and gratuities for guides and porters
Beverages off the mountain

Hiking Mount Kenya charges for Chogoria Sirimon 4 Days Upon Request