8 days Mt Kenya Technical Climb

8 Day Technical Climbing Sirimon – Chogoria Route | North Face Standard Route

Day 1: Nairobi – Judmeire Camp (3400 M)

After pick up in Nairobi you drive to the Sirimon Park gate (2660m). From the gate, you trek up through magnificent montane forest, bamboo and giant heather zone before reaching the high altitude moorland and to your first hut (Judmeire camp) in time for lunch. Afternoon at leisure giving way for Dinner and overnight at the camp.
This is a gentle trek that takes 3 – 4 hrs gaining an elevation of 680m.

Day 2: Judmeire Camp – Shipton Camp (4236m)

Early morning start through Ontulili River up the spectacular Mackinders valley via Liki North ridge with picnic lunch en-route arriving in Shipton camp in 7 hrs. This camp is a surreal setting below the towering peaks and glacier. The resident population is of Rock Hyrax and sunbirds. Dinner and overnight at the camp.

Day 3: Shipton – Mackinder’s Camp (4200m)

For better acclimatization, you kick off your peak circuit trek stretching 2 days. Today you go anticlockwise, first through Hausberg Col at 4591m, and then pass between Oblong and Hausberg Tarns. Then you climb up to Nanyuki and Two Tarns before descending to Mackinder’s Camp on the South Western side of the peak, at about 4300 meters for dinner and overnight.

Day 4: Mackinder’s Camp – Point Lenana (4985m) – Shipton’s Camp (4236m)

You rise early and continue your trek up to Top Hut (Austrian Hut) 4800m. From this Hut you make a final short ascent of Point Lenana, 4985m,. Point Lenana is the common trekker’s Mount Kenya ” Summit “. From this summit you then go straight down the Northwest side back to Shipton’s Camp, passing Harris Tarn.

Day 5: Full Day at Shipton’s Camp

(Hiking – about day) On your 5th day, you have the option of either taking a rest day or of climbing a short route on either Point Peter or Point Dutton. In either case, you also prepare for the climb of Batian the following morning.

Day 6: Shipton – Batian (5199m) – Shipton

Ascent of Batian by the North Face Standard Route. Starting in the early morning dark, usually between 4 and 5 am, you may climb the first couple of pitches by headlamp. The route initially follows a wide couloir which you ascend for some 7 pitches, never harder than 5.7. You’ll then descend via the same route hopefully hitting Shipton’s Camp before evening dusk for dinner and overnight.

Day 7: Shipton’ s Camp – Chogoria Bandas

After breakfast, your trek out begins and you hike down by the Scenic Chogoria Route. Your trek out begins with a climb up to Simba Col (where porters once swore they saw a lion, hence the name) then a quick descent to the halls Tarns. From here we follow the backbone of a ridge, overlooking the spectacular Gorges Valley. Losing elevation fast you leave the high moorlands and enter into the forest belt that surrounds Mount Kenya. As you approach the cabins of Meru Mount Kenya Bandas (your destination for the night) you are most likely to spot Cape buffalo, Bush Buck, and tracks of other wild animals. The Bandas are a welcome luxury!. With hot showers, a fine evening log fire, a BED!, without mentioning a cold beer.

Day 8: Bandas Lodge – Chogoria – Nairobi

After breakfast, you hike the first hour or so enjoying the bamboo forest. We often see Elephant tracks, and signs of many other wild animals. Continue further down up to the 10 kilometre mark where you’ll be picked up by a 4 by 4 wheel drive vehicle and continue the drive to Chogoria town and switch to another comfortable vehicle for transfer to your Nairobi.

7 Day Technical Climbing Sirimon / Chogoria Route | Normal Route

Day 1: Nairobi – Sirimon gate- Old Moses camp. ( 3,300m)

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).

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 – Mackinder’s Camp (4200m)

For better acclimatization, we kick off our peak circuit trek. Today we go anticlockwise, first through Hausberg Col at 4591m, and then pass between Oblong and Hausberg Tarns. You then climb up to Nanyuki and Two Tarns before descending to Mackinder’s Camp on the South Western side of the peak, at about 4200 meters for dinner and overnight.

Day 4: Mackinder’s Camp – Point Lenana (4,985m) – Austrian Hut (4,720m)

Today we continue our trek up to Top Hut (Austrian Hut) 4,800m. From this Hut we make a short ascent of Point Lenana, 4,985m,. Point Lenana is the common trekker’s Mount Kenya ” Summit”

Day 5: Austrian Hut – Nelion (5188m) – Batian (5199m)

(Climbing day) South-East Face of Nelion Grade IV. 7 Hours to Batian.

Day 6: Austrian Hut – Meru Mount Kenya Bandas Lodge.

After breakfast, our trek out begins and we are to hike down by the Scenic Chogoria Route. Our trek out begins with a descent to Mintos Hut. From here we follow the backbone of a ridge, overlooking the spectacular Gorges Valley. Losing elevation fast we leave the high moorlands and enter into the forest belt that surrounds Mount Kenya. As we approach the cabins of Meru Mount Kenya Bandas (our destination for the night) we are most likely to spot Cape buffalo, Bush Buck, and tracks of other wild animals. The Bandas are a welcome luxury! With hot showers, a fine evening logs fire, a BED! Without mentioning a cold beer.

Day 7: Meru Bandas – Chogoria town – Nairobi.

After breakfast, we hike the first hour or so enjoying the bamboo forest. We often see Elephant tracks, and signs of many other wild animals. We continue further down up to the 10 kilometre mark where we are picked up by a 4 by 4 wheel drive vehicle and continue the drive to Chogoria town and switch to another vehicle for transfer back to Nairobi arriving by 17:hrs.

Included in the price:
– Airport transfers.
– All camping equipment.
– Transfer to and from the base of the mountain.
– Full board accommodation whilst on the trek.
– 3 Meals a day ( special diet vegetarian and halal).
– Accommodations in camps/huts as per the itinerary.
– All park entrance fees to include government taxes.
– Service of an English speaking professional guide, porters and skilled cook.
– Start and finish Nairobi.
– Water -You just need bottled-water only on the first day. The rest of the days we boil or add purifying tablets then filter using MSR water filtering pump before refilling in your water bottles in the morning.
– Rescue fee.
– H.F Radio communication for backup incase or rescue.

Excluded in the price:
– Laundry.
– Tips.
– Hiking equipment.
– Soft drinks.
– Accommodation before and after the trek.
– climbing gears ( we have them for hire).
– International flights.
– Visas to Kenya.
– Items of personal nature.
– Any other extras not detailed in the above itinerary.
– No mosquito net.
NB: Proper equipment is vital to a safe and enjoyable trek.