4 Days Mt Kenya Climbing Sirimon Route


Mount Kenya has been thought of and held in reverence by the local communities as God`s residence. The snow on the peaks astonished the explorers who could not figure out its existence right at the equator. The roads were initially dug for military purposes to help access the forest to flush out Maumau freedom fighters. The mountain has not escaped the attention of notable filmmakers who shot awarding cinemas and documentaries. {Nowhere in Africa, The Night Climbers of Cambridge, No Picnic on Mt Kenya, are just but a few.} Book writers have also written with some best-selling titles “The Ascent” 

Mt Kenya was recognized as a UNESCO Biosphere Reserve and later to UNESCO World Heritage Site. Mt Kenya is regarded as the most visually stunning of the ice-capped African peaks and is home to a great diversity of wildlife, including leopard, elephant, and buffalo. The ascent is an exhilarating and diverse trek, with relatively few hikers compared to Kilimanjaro. Many would argue that Mt. Kenya, whilst not being as high as Kilimanjaro, is certainly the more enjoyable, interesting, and dramatic of the two mountains.

Sirimon route is considered by many to represent one of the easiest routes to reach point Lenana. The route is on the dry side of the mountain and affords walks through old-growth forest on lower slopes and giant heather, alpine flowers, and lobelia at higher elevations.

Day 1:  Nairobi – Old Moses Camp.

Pick up from your City hotel/ residence at 07:00hrs. The drive to Nanyuki will take four and a half {4½} hours. Here we meet the crew for the hike. Consequently, we replenish our supplies before heading to Sirimon park gate, 2,650m.  As park formalities and payments are finalized, we prepare and serve picnic lunch. We hike for nine {9km} to Old Moses camp 3,300m for dinner and overnight in bunkhouses.

Day 2:  Old Moses – Shipton’s Camp                                                                   

After breakfast, leave at 07:00hrs for Shipton’s camp 13km away. We cross several small streams to reach the crest of the ridge between the Ontulili and Liki North Valleys, then into Mackinder’s valley. Lunch will be served en route. Dinner and overnight at Shipton’s Camp 4,200m asl.

Day 3:  Shipton’s – Point Lenana – Old Moses camp                                 

 Wake up at 02:00hrs have tea and biscuits then leave at 03:00hrs for the Lenana summit. This section is a long, hard slog, and the path is indistinct in places. Expected to reach point Lenana 4,985m asl at 06:30hrs and catch the sunrise.
After enjoying the views and taking your pictures, descend down to Shipton’s camp for hot brunch at 9:00 am. A short rest of approximately one hour, before a further descent to Old Moses camp for dinner and overnight.

Day 4:  Old Moses – Sirimon gate – Nairobi                                           

 Breakfast then departure for Sirimon gate where we meet our transfer vehicle to Nanyuki.  After lunch, we proceed to Nairobi after a very memorable climb up Mt. Kenya! Expected to be back in Nairobi by 17:00hrs.

What to bring:

Sleeping bag; one rated four (4) season is fine. The bag should be a snug fit since if it is too large there will be more cool air for the body to warm

  • Rain Trouser
  • Rain Jacket [Poncho]
  • Balaclava [Hat Woollen]
  • Warm Clothes down jacket
  • Thermal underwear
  • Fleece Jacket
  • Hiking Boots
  • Gloves
  • Walking Sticks
  • Head Torch
  • Sunglasses
  • First Aid box
  • Ruck Suck 65L (duffel bags are unacceptable) to be carried by porters
  • Day Pack 35 [For your personal effects]
  1. Optional comfort accessories;

Walking poles, hot water bottle, Bivy bag

Wet wipes; ideal for those who want to stay fresh but are unable to bear dips in the freezing mountain weather

4: Passport/Identification Card {ID}

5: Personal travel/ medical insurance

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