7days Mount Kenya:Trek Sirimon in-Chogoria out-Route
Day 1: NAIROBI to MOUNTAIN ROCK LODGE -1950m.
Morning: Nairobi – Mountain Rock lodge by car (200kms /3.5hrs).
Evening: Acclimatisation nature hike. (12kms /3hrs).
Habitat: Montane Forest / farmlands
Depart from Nairobi after breakfast and journey north past diverse agricultural lands and landscapes to the slopes of Mount Kenya. After lunch at the base lodge you take part in some easy walks around this predominantly Kikuyu area, exploring local farms and villages and perhaps local schools. We can gain a privileged insight into the lives of the people who live on the slopes of Mt. Kenya and know that our visit is contributing towards their local economy. An extended evening walk through the forest, where a local natural history expert will reveal the medicinal plants, birds and animals found here. We’ll also get to meet and spend some time with our mountain guides.
DAY 2: MOUNTAIN ROCK LODGE to OLDMOSES MOUNTAIN HUT / CAMP – 3340m.
drop off at Sirimon gate (2,600m) - Oldmoses (3,340m) (Span, 10kms/2.5hrs).
Breakfast is followed by a full briefing and equipment check before we begin the trek - we’ll meet the full crew at this point. Each person has a personal porter and there are extra porters for camping equipment and food. Then a short vehicle transfer past the equator to Sirimon park gate. Our ascent of Mt Kenya, following the Sirimon route, this is one of the longest and gentlest on the mountain. It is also one of the most spectacular. We walk up to our first hut at 3,340m, a total ascent of 740m in just 2-3 hours. On this route, we will pass through zones of dense forest, bamboo, giant heather and out onto high open moorland. 3-4 hours.
Day 3: OLD MOSES to SHIPTON’S HUT – 4236m.
Trek, Oldmoses - Shipton’s Camp (3340m - 4236m).
Span, approx.14Kms. / 7-8hrs.
Today's trek takes us up the surreal Mackinder Valley with its strange vegetation of giant lobelia and groundsel, unique to equatorial African mountains. Here we stay at Shipton's Camp (4236m), just below the glaciers and jagged peaks of bare rock that surround the main summits. 7-8 hours, 896m of ascent.
Day 4: SHIPTON’S to MOUNTAIN HUT / CAMP – 4236m.
Acclimatisation to Hausberg Col. (4,600m).
Span, approx. 7Kms. / 4-5h.
Ascent 364m then descent back 364m.
We stay at Shipton’s for two nights, and have a rest day. This is invaluable for acclimatisation and will make the summit day more enjoyable. Highly recommended is a short walk on the summit circuit trail up to the Hausberg col (4,6OOm) OR go farther, passing between Oblong and Hausberg Tarns to Nanyuki and Two Tarns to enjoy panoramic views of peaks Batian (5199m) and Nelion (5188m). Having reached a high altitude of over 4600m the true acclimatisation benefit of this day becomes clear, Climbing high and sleeping low is excellent for acclimatisation.
DAY 5: SHIPTON to NITHI CAMP - 3,300m.
(Summit attempt) Shipton’s camp – Pt. Lenana (4,985m) – Nithi Camp (4236m - 3,300m).
Span, approx. 3kms / 4h to Pt. Lenana and 14 kms / 6h to Nithi Camp.
Ascent: 749m to the summit / Descent: -1,685m to Nithi Camp.
After the rest day comes the highlight of the Mount Kenya trek: the stiff, but exhilarating, scramble by starlight up to Point Lenana, the "trekkers’ summit", in time to see the African dawn from a vantage point of nearly 5,000m. We leave at 4am and climb the 800m to the peak in 3-4 hours. A further 3 hours down to a late breakfast by Hall Tarns in the magnificent Gorges Valley. Then in the afternoon another 3 hours down past spectacular chasms, waterfalls and weirdly eroded lava flows to camp by the track-head in the giant heather zone.
DAY 6: NITHI to CAMPMERU BANDAS - 3,000m.
Trek Nithi Camp - Meru Bandas (3,300m - 3,000m).
Span, approx. 7Kms / 2-3h.
Habitats: Moorland / Giant heather/ Hagenia zones
Short descent through the forest zone to the mountain cabins and afternoon relaxing. Log fires, hot showers, beers, and real beds for overnight. Wildlife viewing in evening - often from your cabin window as the elephant and buffalo graze outside.
DAY 7: MOUNT KENYA to NAIROBI (1965m.)
Morning Hike from Meru Banda’s to Pick up point (3,000m - 2600m).
Span, approx.10kms / 2h.
Habitats: Bamboo / Montane Forest zones
Walk down through the giant bamboo forest to meet our vehicles for the return journey to Nairobi, arriving in the late afternoon. Drop off within the city or at the airport.
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,