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7 days Mount Kenya - Sirimon Chogoria Opt.II

'Moderate paced ascent' up Sirimon route, 'free day' before the summit & 'gradual pace descent' down Chogoria route.

The trip:

Sirimon Route on Mount KenyaThis route uses the gentlest ascent track on the mountain with additional acclimatisation day included at 4,200m - it's also one of the most scenic. Passing up through montane forest, bamboo and heather zones to glaciers, then down past spectacular chasms, jagged peaks and the glaciated "U" shaped valleys and waterfalls and lush rain forest. On the acclimatisation trek to Hausberg col 4,600m you enjoy splendid views of the rocky towers, tarns and suspended glaciers of the west face of Batian peak then have a free afternoon to relax before the strenuous summit attempt. An early morning hike on day 5 gets us to Point Lenana, 4,985m – the hikers summit then a slow paced descent on the Chogoria trail.  

 

Accommodation on this hike is 1 night comfortable hotel, 4 nights mountain huts and 1 night camping. Accommodation is 1 night comfortable hotel, 4 nights in mountain huts, 1 night of camping. Nonetheless, if you prefer to camp you can do so on all nights on the mountain.

 

Day 1: TO MOUNTAIN ROCK LODGE, 1950m.

a.m. Transfer from Nairobi – Mountain Rock lodge (200kms /3.5hrs). 

p.m. Nature hike. (12kms /3hrs).

 

Depart 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: TO OLDMOSES MOUNTAIN HUT, 3340m.

a.m. Transfer to Sirimon Gate, 2,600m. (45kms / 1.5hrs).

p.m. Trek, Sirimon gate  - Old moses (10kms / 3hrs). Ascent: +740m. 

 

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 route 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: SHIPTONS CAMP (4200m)

Emerging from Likii valley, climb and pass over a ridge to enter on a steep descent into the picturesque Mackinder Valley where you join to the normal route from the Old Moses camp. You arrive at Shiptons camp for hot lunch after a 4hour trek. Afternoon at leisure.

 

Day 4: FREE DAY AT SHIPTON'SAcclimatisation trek to Hausberg Col. 4,600m. (approx. 7Kms return. / 4-5hrs).Ascent +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: TO LENANA SUMMIT, 4,985m & DOWN TO NITHI CAMP, 3,300m.

 

Trek via the Summit to Nithi, (approx. 15Kms / 10hrs.)   Ascent: 749m to the summit then descend -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 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: TO MERU BANDAS, 3,000m. Trek to Meru Bandas (approx. 7Kms / 2-3h.)  Descent: -300m. 

 

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: TO NAIROBI OR NEXT DESTINATION.

a.m. Hike to pick up point, 2600m (approx.10kms / 2hrs). Descent: -400m. through Bamboo / Montane Forest zones

p.m. Pick up point – Nairobi by car. (230kms / 4-5hrs).

 

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.

Mt. Kenya summit dash in 3 or 4 Days along Sirimon route.

The Weekender / short holiday special. 

(A similar itinerary is possible following the Naro Moru route).

Route Duration: 3 – 4 days on the Mountain
Total Hiking Distance: Approximately 55Kms. 

 

3 days trek to Point Lenana on Mount KenyaPreamble: A quick trek to Mount Kenya that’s only recommended for the well-acclimatised and energetic mountain hikers. It is a challenging hike to the summit following straightforward paths and making use of accommodation huts located along the way. However, attempting the summit on Day 3 and descending up to the Sirimon road head on the same day will be difficult though achievable.
This is a common itinerary for hikers with limited amounts of time for their hike or those on a weekend break. The routing is quit convenient for larger trekking parties since it follows the same trail up and down allowing those unable to reach the very top to wait behind at the lower camps as the fitter ones attempt the summit.
Optional night spent at our base lodge before the trek allows for a time to prepare and to do a nature hike in the mount Kenya forest kicking off the much-needed acclimatisation. If time does not permit for this, it’s passable.

Detailed itinerary

Day 1: NAIROBI (1,650m) - OLDMOSES CAMP (3,340m.)
A.M transfer, Nairobi to Sirimon Gate (225Kms / 4-5h)
P.M trek, Sirimon Park Gate – OldMoses hut (2,600m – 3,340m). 
Ascent, +740m.
Span, approx. 10Kms. / 2-3hrs. 
Habitat, Montane Forest / Bamboo / Hagenia /Heather zones

D1 Details:
 Drive from Nairobi to our base lodge on the western slopes of Mt Kenya for lunch. After lunch is a full briefing and equipment check before we begin the mountain trek - we’ll meet the crew at this point, each one has a personal porter and there are extra porters for mountain equipment and food. It takes about one hour to get to the Sirimon Park Gate (2600m) crossing the equator en-route. On completion of park entry formalities you begin a 3-4 hour hike through forest, bamboo, rosewood and heather zones to Old Moses camp (3300m). Today we gain 740m on the ascent and begin to truly acclimatise. The forest and bamboo are home to hundreds of buffaloes, elephants, bushbucks and a plethora of bird species. Overnight in the Old Moses hut (3340m). (B,L,D)

Day 2: OLDMOSES CAMP (3,340m.) - SHIPTON’S CAMP (4,236m.)
Trek, Oldmoses - Shipton’s Camp (3,340m – 4,236m). 
Ascent: +900m.
Span, approx.14Kms / 7-8hrs. 
Habitat: Moorland zone.


D2 Details: After an early breakfast we commence a 7-8 hours trek to Shipton's camp (4,236m). Today's trek is long and interesting but also a good test on individual fitness. You’ll ascent close to 900m going 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 hut (4236m), just below the glaciers and jagged peaks of bare rock that surround the main summits. (B,L,D)

Day 3: SHIPTON’S (4,200m) - LENANA (4,985m).
(Summit climb) Shipton’s camp (4236m) – Pt. Lenana (4,985m) – Oldmoses or Shipton’s.
Ascent: 749m to the summit. 
(3 day Option) - Descent: -1645m to Oldmoses Camp. 
(4 day Option) - Descent -749m to Shipton’s camp.
Span, approx. 20kms / 10h from Shipton’s to Pt. Lenana down to oldmoses 
Or, 6kms/6h from Shipton’s to Pt. Lenana and back to Shipton’s
Habitat: Scree / rocky summit / Moorland

D3 Details: Predawn start (3am) for the summit attempt - you’ll need a bright head torch for this. Go up steep screes and a bare rocky track to reach the hikers summit, Pt Lenana at 4,985m in time for sunrise – to add to the exhilaration, Kilimanjaro is usually visible 340kms to the south on a clear day. The climb is tough going through frozen scree and requiring some scrambling on final stretch to reach the summit - this is unavoidable on any route. We aim to reach the summit and witness the magical sunrise over the equator at 6.30am. Descend back to Shipton’s camp for a hefty brunch then continue the descent to Oldmoses Camp (3340m) arriving in a further 4-5 hours. Or relax the rest of the day at Shipton’s and descend on day 4 if time permits. (B,L,D)

3days challenge: Hikers intending to complete this hike in 3 days should be very well prepared and fit enough. The trek today combines a demanding attempt of the summit and descend to Oldmoses camp (or even further down) where you connect with the vehicle for transfer off the mountain. This tusk is really challenging and needs a lot of resilience.

Additional 4th day consolation: Hikers who can spare an extra day on the mountain are strongly advised to spend this extra night at the Shipton’s Camp after the summit attempt to relax the pace of descent. Alternatively, this additional day my be utilised to boost acclimatisation prior to summit attempt then descent directly as in the 3 day option.
 
BLD indicates those meals included. i.e. B-breakfast, L-lunch, D-dinner

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