Day 1: Nairobi – Old Moses camp.
Pick up from your hotel/ residence and drive to Nanyuki town where you meet the mountain crew. Proceed to the Sirimon Park gate (2650m) for park registration and formalities. After being served with picnic lunch, 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.
Day 2: Old Moses – Shipton camp (4200m).
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 – Acclimatization 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)
Get served with pre-breakfast tea at 2:00 am and start the summit attempt at 3:00 am.
The climb starts on frozen scree and continues on a rocky track with some very minor scrambling. With a good moonlight, you barely need a torch but without the moonlight, you definitely need one as the pollution-free sky bangs on the ground giving you as good 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 to the south.
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 panoramic views of the Temple, Lake Michaelson, Mushroom rocks and Giants billiards table Mountain.
Dinner and overnight at the Mt Kenya Bandas, where you can enjoy log fires, hot showers and a spread bed.
Day 5: Meru Bandas- Chogoria town.
After breakfast, you the option to be picked from the door of your room or 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.