The Chogoria route comes highly recommended due the breath taking views like valleys the temple, harns, rivers and water falls accommodation on this route are mainly camps. The descent down the Sirimon route is easy with a view of different vegetation and wildlife. There are huts for accommodation on this route though camping is allowed if one desires.
Chogoria Sirimon route 5 days Mt Kenya Itinerary
Day 1: Nairobi- Mt Kenya Bandas (2,900m) 3hrs, 10km.
A drive from Nairobi to Chogoria town for lunch after which we take a 4*4 vehicle to drive up where we start our hike via the bamboo forest. The vehicle helps in cutting most of the lower ground. We walk for 3 hours to the Meru Mt Kenya Bandas for dinner and an overnight gaining a 680m ascent.
Day 2: Mt Kenya Bandas – Lake Ellis Campsite (3,600m) 3hrs, 9km, 700m ascent.
The journey up the mountain begins after breakfast. We have an optional of using the route via Lake Ellis though we walk a little longer, the sight of the Mugi hill, Ithanguni and they are worth every extra mile. On the other hand we follow the path near the river, all is not lost there is plenty of vegetation and wildlife to enjoy. We stop for lunch and rest then continue to left of the hill where we have dinner and pitch tent for the night.
Day 3: Lake Ellis – Minto’s Camp. (4,200m) 12km, 600m ascent.
After breakfast we continue our journey up the mountain re-joining the normal Chogoria route.It is about a 4 hour hike to our next camp. The Gorges Valley offers the best views of the peaks and when you turn behind the Mugi hills and the Giants Billiards Table are amazing. Close by the Minto’s camp is the temple with a spectacular view of Lake Michaelson beneath it. Dinner and overnight
Day 4: Minto’s – Point Lenana (4,985m) – Old Moses camp. 785 ascent, 1,685 descent, 24km,
This is a busy day that starts at three am in order to enjoy sunrise at the peak of point Lenana .after that rewarding experience, we descend to the Shimpton’s camp for breakfast and continue further to old Moses where we spend the night. Descending via Sirimon route is gradual and exciting as you enjoy the Flora and Fauna through the Mackinder’s valley. We spend 11-12 hours walking
Day 5: Old Moses camp – Nairobi- 2 hrs.
After the much needed rest and breakfast in the morning, descend to the Sirimon Park gate for about 2-3 hours 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 Mount Kenya.
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 while not on the mountain