Mount Kenya Climb: SIRIMON OUT CHOGORIA
Climb Mt Kenya sirimon route is a creative climb and the most popular African trekking tour adventure. It combines two of the most scenic routes up Mt. Kenya, Sirimon and Chogoria. It produces a remarkably diverse and a memorable trek. Sirimon coming off the north west of Mount Kenya passes through the lee side of the mountain with its tall trees, beautiful moorland and rocky terrain. And the descent along the Chogoria path is totally different with its tall, thick bamboo forest and the indigenous rain forest.
What is more, nights can be spent in the mountain huts on this trek. However, if you prefer to camp, for one reason or the other, we provide high quality alpine tents.
Nairobi – Sirimon gate (2650m) – Judmier camp. ( 3,300m) 9km, 650 ascent.
Day 1: Depart Nairobi at the set time. We then drive to Nanyuki town for an early lunch, crossing the equator just before entering the town. After the paper work, we trek up through magnificent montane forest, a belt of short bamboo and giant heather zone. Finally, we reach our first hut (Old Moses camp 3,300m) for the night. This gentle trek will take us 3 hours gaining an elevation of 650m. It is an easy day for the first day of climb Mount Kenya via Sirimon route.
Judmier – Shipton camp (4200m). 7-8 hrs, 14km, 900m ascent
Day 2: After breakfast, we will hike uphill, forking right at the junction of Likii north camp. For the purpose of keeping hydrated, a water break is recommended at this juncture. We continue on the track crossing Ontulili River through the Moorland and crossing Liki North River. We hence continue uphill to the top of Mackinders Valley. There are panoramic views up the valley towards the Shipton Camp from this point. The camp is a surreal setting below the towering peaks and glacier of this ‘Holy Mountain’. Families of Rock hyrax and sun birds can be seen as you approach the camp. Total duration is 7-8 hours, with picnic lunch en-route. We finally get our dinner and overnight in the camp.
Shipton Camp – Acclimatization Day
Day 3: Today is an acclimatization day. As a consequence, we climb up to the Hausberg col. Not only do you go for a hike, you also gain a height of 370m. Afterwards, we return to the camp for lunch.
The ‘Climbing high and sleeping low’ concept is good for acclimatization.
Shipton – Point Lenana (4,985m)- Bandas / Mt Kenya lodge (2,950m) 11-12 hours, 785 ascent, 2,035 descent.
Day 4: We finally start our final assault around 3.am to reach point Lenana (4985m) in time for the African Sunrise.
We then descend to Minto`s hut for breakfast. After a short rest, we resume our descend further down to Mt Kenya Bandas / lodge. The descend is on top of the Gorges valley ridge, where you can enjoy good views of Lake Michelson, Lake Ellis, Mushroom rocks and Giants billiards table Mountain. Above all, lunch will be served at Road head camp (3300m)
Afterwards, we descend along the wide track to Meru Mt Kenya lodge for the last supper in the mountain. Besides that, a hot shower in the lodge. Last but not least, a Beer!!!
Mt Kenya Meru Bandas- Chogoria town. 2 hrs, 10km
Day 5: After breakfast, we descend through the bamboo forest and virgin rain forest where we meet our vehicle at the 10km mark. We will drive to Nairobi arriving by 17:00hrs where the tour end having successfully done the Mount Kenya Sirimon route.