5 days Mt Kenya climb, Chogoria route

Mt Kenya Trekking Sirimon – Chogoria Traverse

Day 1: Nairobi – Sirimon gate- Old Moses camp. ( 3,300m) 3-4 hrs, 9km, 680 ascent.

After pick up in Nairobi, drive to Nanyuki town for lunch crossing the equator en route to the Sirimon Park gate (2660m). From the gate, we trek up through magnificent montane forest, bamboo and giant heather zone before reaching the high altitude moorland and our first hut (Old Moses camp 3,300m) for dinner and overnight. This is a gentle trek that takes 3 – 4 hrs gaining an elevation of 680m.

Day 2: Old Moses – Shipton camp (4200m). 7 hrs, 14km, 900m ascent
After breakfast, follow the track uphill, forking right at the junction. After a water break, you continue on the track crossing Ontulili River before turning right contouring through the Moorland and crossing Liki North River and continue uphill to Mackinders Valley from where there are panoramic views up the valley towards the Shipton Camp. This camp is a surreal setting below the towering peaks and glacier. The resident population is of Rock hyrax and sunbirds.
Day 3: Shipton Camp – Acclimatisation Day
For better acclimatization, you can take a rest day at the Shipton camp. Short walks/day hikes are possible on the summit climb to Oblong and Hausberg tarns gaining an elevation of 370m before returning to the camp for lunch. The afternoon is at leisure.

N.B: Climbing high and sleeping low is excellent for acclimatization – but you can do that almost as well toughing in the sun watching the eagles!

Day 4: Shipton – Point Lenana(4,985m)- Mt Kenya Bandas (2,900m) 11-12 hrs, 785 ascent, 2,085 descent.

Kick-off at 3.am to reach point Lenana in time for the African Sunrise.

The climb starts on frozen scree and continues on a rocky track with some very minor scrambling. with a good moon you barely need a torch. Without a Moon then the pollution-free sky bangs on the ground giving you as goog a view of the Stars as almost anywhere on Earth.

The climb takes 3-4 hours and to add to the exhilaration, Mt Kilimanjaro is also visible from the horizon
Descend to Minto`s hut for full breakfast. After a short rest descend further to Mt Kenya Bandas along the Gorges valley where you can enjoy good views of the Temple, Lake Michaelson, Mushroom rocks and Giants billiards table Mountain.

Dinner and overnight at the Mt Kenya Bandas.

Here can enjoy log fires, hot showers and bed at the Bandas.

Day 5: Meru Bandas- Chogoria town2 hrs, 10km

After breakfast, descend on a broad track through bamboo and virgin rain forest to meet vehicle for transfer to Chogoria town and further to Nairobi arriving by 17:00hrs.

Included in your Mt Kenya Trekking Price:

  • Accommodation whilst on Safari (including tents at Mintos Camp)
  • All transfers as mentioned above
  • All park entry and conservation fees
  • Lunch at Nanyuki and the Chogoria exit
  • All meals while mountaineering
  • Services of a professional guide
  • A porter for every guest (guest only to carry own day pack)

Excluded from the Price:

  • Beverages and other extras in Nanyuki
  • All activities not mentioned above
  • Items of personal nature
  • Personal insurances covers (including emergency evacuation covers)