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5 Days Climbing Mount Kenya: An Unforgettable Experience

5 Days Climbing Mount Kenya: An Unforgettable Experience

In Sirimon out Chogoria

Mount Kenya climbing expedition leaving from Nairobi Kenya.

The 4 nights,5 days Mount Kenya trek is via the scenic sirimon and exit through Chogoria route.

This creative climb joins two of the most famous routes up Mt. Kenya, Sirimon and Chogoria, producing a remarkably diverse and spectacular trek. Sirimon coming off the west passes through the dry side of the mountain with its giant trees and rocky terrain, and the descent onto the Chogoria path is exactly different with its lush bamboo and highland forests.

The final night time ascent of Lenana can be as difficult as any ascent in East Africa, but the rest of the trek is generally considered easier than either Kilimanjaro or the Ruwenzoris, and this is the most likely climb for actually seeing big game.

Transport to the mountain base is included from your Nairobi city hotel.

The  bulk of the snow capped Mt. Kenya looms over the entire region of the central Kenya.

The mountain is part of the central highlands. It is the highest mountain in Kenya and in Africa after the Mt. Kilimanjaro.

For hikers, point Lenana at 4,895 m is the ultimate destination.

This is accessed from different routes depending on  availability of time, budget restrains and climbing experience. The views en-route, the physical exertion and the rough climbing experience combine to bring out a well-deserved sense of accomplishment to the climbers.

We undertake Mt. Kenya climbing expeditions on all routes. Two of the most popular routes have been described here.

5 Days Climbing Mount Kenya: An Unforgettable Experience

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Day 2
Day 3
Day 4
Day 5
  • Collection
  • Tour
  • Tour
  • Overnight
  • Rest Day
  • Tour
  • Overnight
  • Tour
  • Drop off

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 thro 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.

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.

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.

Resident population is of Rock hyrax and sun birds.

Full Day acclimatization at Shipton

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.

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!

Shipton Pt Lenana (4985m)- Mt Kenya Bandas (2800m)

Kick off at 3.am to reach pt 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 good a view of the stars as almost anywhere on Earth.

The climb takes 3 -4 hrs 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 Giant billiards table.


Dinner and overnight at the Bandas.

You can enjoy log fires, hot showers and bed at the Bandas!

Meru Bandas Chogoria town Nairobi

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.

Tour Price Includes

Not included are : Personal clothing and equipment (see equipment list), Tips and gratuities for guides and porter (recommended to be 10 – 15% of climb costs), Beverages while not on the mountain.

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