6Days Mt.Kenya Trekking Sirimon in-Chogoria out-Route
Sirimon route is considered by many to represent Mt Kenya one of the easiest route to reach Point Lenana.The route is on dry side of the mountain and affords walks through old growth forest on lower slopes and giant heather,alphine flowers and lobelia in higher elevations.
Chogoria is on the wetter (east) side of the mountain and the Chogoria Forest offers some exceptional walking. We always suggest starting low-down by the Forest Gate or half way giving you a half day of walking before reaching the Park Gate. This is important for acclimatisation not to mention spectacular walking beneath the Podocarpus and Cedar. The track always liberally marked with elephant and buffalo spoor. The bamboo forest is also thickest on this side of the mountain. Beyond the Park Gate Mount Kenya National Park & Reserve we usually access the mountain via Lake Ellis and its remote campsite before climbing up through the Tussock Grass to Mintos, from which point we launch our attack on Peak Lenana. The Chogoria Route can be combined with a decent of the Sirimon Route for best effect.
Day 1- Leave Nairobi at 8.00 am to Nanyuki, which normally takes 4hrs drive, arriving at 12.00, then proceed to Mt Kenya National Park Sirimon gate, picnic lunch will be provided. After lunch, follow the track uphill for10 kms, forking left at the junction to reach Old Moses camp which is situated at 3,300m. The ascent from Sirimon gate to Old Moses is 690m. Dinner/overnight.
Day 2-After breakfast, leave at 8.00 am, follow the directions for the direct route, until you reach the fork after one hour. The track becomes a path, and swings right and south round the head of a large valley, crossing several small streams to reach the crest of the ridge between the Otulili and Liki North Valleys. A walk of 3 to 4 hours walk to Liki North hut at 3,993m. Dinner/overnight.
Day 3- After breakfast, ascend the west side of the Valley, over a ridge, then down into the Mackinders Valley to meet the direct route, taking one to two hours. From here, follow the Mackinders Valley to reach Shipton camp, a total of 4 hours from Liki to Shipton camp at 4,250m. Dinner/overnight.
Day 4- Wake up at 2.00 a.m., have tea and biscuits, then leave at 3.00 a.m. for the Lenana summit. This section is a long, hard slog, and the path is indistinct in places. Continue walking across a tough scree, until you come across Harris Tarn. From Harris Tarn, continue up the north face of Point Lenana 4,985m, reaching the summit after approx., 45 minutes for the sunrise at 6.30 a.m. After enjoying the views and taking your pictures,descend down to Mintos hut for your overnight.
Day 5- After breakfast continue descending down to Meru Mount Kenya Bandas above Chogoria, following the Gorges Valley. It will take 5 hours to reach the bandas, Dinner/overnight.
Day 6- After morning breakfast, continue walking down through the bamboo and indigenous forest to reach Bairunyi to meet up with your transport back to Nairobi.
None Resident Cost per person Sharing
Price for 1 person = US$ per person sharing
Price for 2 person = US$ per person sharing
Price for 4 person = US$ per person sharing
Price for 6 person = US$ per person sharing
Included in the Budget Safari Cost;
• Transfer to and from Mt. Kenya
• Full board accommodation camping whilst on the trek.
• Accommodations in camps/huts as per the booking
• All park entrance fees to include government taxes
• Service of an English speaking professional guide, porters and skilled cook,
Excluded in the Budget cost:
• tips, sleeping bags while camping,the personal trekking gears and climbing gears,
• International flights,
• Visas to Kenya,
• Items of personal nature,
• Any other extras not detailed in the above itinerary,
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