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5 days Mt. Kenya Climb - Sirimon via Chogoria transverse

Safari tour package: A custom, tailor-made, private safari
Prices: $1200 - $1700
Includes internal flights: No
Length of safari: 5 days
Best months: All year
Countries visited: Kenya Kenya
Parks visited: Mount Kenya, Nairobi
Activity level: Active - Hiking, horse riding
Safari type:
  • Camping
Interesting combination of the two most scenic routes on Mount Kenya, from the lush green forests and U-shaped valleys of Sirimon to the unique features of the temple, mushroom rocks and the Gorges Valley on the Chogoria side. There is also a marked contrast in micro-climatic conditions, Chogoria being wetter and more moist than Sirimon. This itinerary includes mandatory camping at Mintos on Day 3 but less preferred the other nights can be in the huts that exist along the route.

Day 1: Depart at 1000hrs to be transferred to Sirimon Park gate. (Clients traveling from Nairobi should arrive at the lodge latest 1300hrs for a quick lunch and onward transfer to the Park gate). From here, hike through montane forest, bamboo and rosewood up to the OldMoses Hut, gaining an elevation range of 700m in 3-4 hours.

Dinner and Overnight --------------------------------------------------Old Moses Hut (3300m)

Day 2: A long and rather tiring day leading to the base of the high peaks. Today's trek is largely through the moorlands and the Mackinder Valley, with good views of the main peaks and a brief stopover for picnic lunch. Total walking time is approx. 7 hours gaining 900m in altitude.

Dinner and Overnight ------------------------------------------------Shipton's Hut (4200m)

Day 3: Pre-dawn attempt of the summit starts at 0300hrs, taking 3-4 hours to reach Pt. Lenana 4985m (the hikers summit) in time to watch the sunrise. When the morning skies are clear, you can see the snow capped summit of Mt. Kilimanjaro several miles away to the south. Descend to Minto's camp for breakfast. Spend the rest of the day at leisure or exploring the spectacular Gorges Valley.

Dinner and Overnight --------------------------------------------Mintos campsite (4300m)

Day 4: Leisurely descent along the left bank of Gorges Valley with a chance to enjoy the great scenery of the Temple, mushroom rocks, lakes etc. You arrive at the Meru Mt Kenya lodge after a 5-6 hours trek. Picnic lunch is served enroute.

Dinner and Overnight----------------------------------------------- Mt. Kenya Lodge (3000m)

Day 5: Leave at 0700 hrs, walking down the Chogoria Forest to meet with our vehicle for transfer back to Nairobi or the Base Lodge. Those traveling directly to Nairobi will arrive by 1700hrs.

Tip: Clients wishing to avoid the long trek from Old Moses to Shiptons and the strain it may cause them can break up the trekking distance into two phases. On the first phase, hike up to Likii North (3900m) in approximately 4hours to spend the night in tents and proceed on to Shiptons the following day in another 4 hours. Alternatively, clients can hike directly to Shipton's and spend an extra day there relaxing or walking around the peaks for acclimatization. This would mean adding on an extra day or two to the regular itinerary.