Climbing Mount Kenya through Sirimon and Chogoria combines the best scenery and accommodation in huts. It is a relatively gentle climb with enough challenge to keep it exciting. Sirimon on the northwest of Mount Kenya is dry making it pleasant to climb with huge trees and rocky landscape. The descent on the Chogoria route offers the most picturesque scenes like the temple, waterfalls, tarns and wildlife
Mt Kenya 5 Days Sirimon Chogoria hike itinerary
Day 1: Nairobi – Sirimon gate- Old Moses camp. (3,300m) 3-4 hrs. 9km.
A drive to Nanyuki town for lunch from Nairobi to the Sirimon Park gate (2660m). We climb up through the towering forest and bamboo before getting to the vast moorland covered with heather that leads to Old Moses (3,300m) for dinner and overnight. This is a gentle trek that takes 3 – 4 hrs. around 680m ascend
Day 2: Old Moses – Shipton camp (4200m) 7 hrs.14km, 900m ascent
We further ascend uphill after breakfast, branching left at the junction. After one hour from Old Moses Camp, the path brings us to Ontulili River where we briefly rest to drink and refill our water bottles. Continue through the Moorland and crossing Liki North up to Mackinder’s Valley; the view of the main peaks is stunning as they are visible from the valley. We settle for dinner and night rest at the Shipton Camp (4200m.)
Day 3: Acclimatization Day at Shipton Camp
For better acclimatization we take a rest day at the Shipton camp. This day consists walking to Hausberg tarns and climbing Oblong gaining an elevation of 370m.we return to the camp for lunch and spend the afternoon relaxing and enjoying the view
Day 4: Shipton – Point Lenana (4,985m) – Mt Kenya Bandas (2,900m) 11-12 hrs. 785 ascent, 2,085 descent.
This day starts before dawn at 3.am taking about 4 hours to reach point Lenana in time for the African Sunrise. On dark nights you’ll need a torch, though at times the moon and stars illuminate the rocky path. The soft light of the sunrise makes the view of Mt Kilimanjaro, glaciers and valleys picture perfect. After, descend to the Minto’s hut for a full breakfast. We descend further to Mt Kenya Bandas through the Gorges valley with memorable scenes of the Temple, Lake Michaelson, Mushroom rocks and Giants billiards table Mountain.
We have Dinner and overnight stay at the Mt Kenya Bandas, with an added luxury of
A hot shower and a warm log fire.
Day 5: Meru Bandas- Chogoria town. 10km
We descend early morning after breakfast, on a wide path sheered by bamboo and rain forest to an awaiting vehicle that will take us to Chogoria town and further to Nairobi arriving early in the evening.
The package includes;
All transportation to/from the mountain (private)
All Park fees.
Meals on the Mountain.
Accommodation in mountain huts/ camps.
All guiding and porter services
The Package Excludes;
Personal clothing and equipment
Tips and gratuities for guides and porters
Beverages while not on the mountain