Sirimon to Naro Moru is the most common traverse on Mt. Kenya. Although the trip offers reasonably good chances of reaching the summit, those unable to make it to the summit may cross-over through the easier summit circuit trail and join up with other hikers at the Mackinder’s Camp or optionally return back on the Sirimon trail.
Accommodation is available in mountain huts throughout the trip.
Transfer from Nairobi to Nanyuki the base of the mountain where you meet your mountain climbing crew, having crossed the equator. Drive to the Sirimon Park Gate for registration and formalities, then trek through forest, bamboo, rosewood and heather zones to our Old Moses Mountain Camp.
Day 2: OLD MOSES CAMP (3,300m) – SHIPTON’S CAMP (4,200m.)
Trek to Shipton’s camp. The hike is awesome but a good test on individual endurance. The exciting trek up takes you across hills and valleys through the entire stretch of the sprawling moorlands where you see several unique and interesting plants and animals including the giant groundsels, lobelias and the mountain rock hyrax.
Day 3: SHIPTON’S CAMP to PT. LENANA (4,985m.) – MACKINDER’S CAMP (4,300m.) – MET STATION (3,000m).
Pre-breakfast is served at 2:30 am and start summit attempt at 3:00 am. The route goes through steep screes and a bare rocky track to reach the hikers’ summit, Pt Lenana in time for sunrise – Kilimanjaro is usually visible 340kms to the south. The climb is on frozen scree going through the Harris tarn and requiring some scrambling on the final stretch to reach the summit. This is unavoidable on any route but we aim to reach the summit and witness the magical sunrise over the equator at 6:30 am. Descent via Naromoru route on the opposite end of the peaks to reach Mackinder’s camp for hot breakfast. We feel tired but absolutely ecstatic. After an hour’s rest, we proceed our descent on a trodden trail past the famous vertical bog to Met Station in approximately 4 hours
Day 4: MET STATION – NAIROBI
After breakfast, you descend further on a broad track through bamboo and virgin rain forest to meet vehicles at the park gate for your return journey to Nairobi arriving by early evening.