5 Days Mt. Kenya Hiking : Sirimon – Sirimon Route


5 Days Mt. Kenya Hiking : Sirimon – Sirimon Route


The route approaches Mount Kenya from the northwest. The summit trail leads to the main peaks at a distance of about 10 kilometres and an altitude of over 2,000 meters. It can be done in one day. The route requires no technical climbing.
The Sirimon route is the least used of the three main routes, but features the most gradual ascent profile and best acclimatization options. The route passes through impressive Yellowwood forests in the lower reaches and features abundant wildlife and beautiful alpine scenery higher up.
The track climbs up through the forest. On the north side of the mountain there is a no bamboo zone, so the forest gradually turns into moorland covered with giant heather. The track ends at Old Moses Hut and becomes a path.
The path climbs over a ridge, before rejoining the main path ascending the Mackinder Valley. Shipton?s Cave can be found in the rock wall to the left of the steep path just before reaching Shipton?s Camp.


Day 1 :Nairobi - Mt Kenya

Transfer from Nairobi to Mountain Rock Lodge for lunch. Then on to Sirimon Park gate (2600m). On completion of park entry formalities, have picnic lunch then begin a 3-4 hour hike through forest. Ascend 700m bypassing the bamboo, rosewood and heather zones to Old Moses camp. The forest and bamboo are home to hundreds of buffaloes, elephants, bushbucks and a plethora of bird species. Dinner and overnight at Old Moses Camp (3300m)

Day 2

After an early breakfast commence a 6-7 hour trek to Shipton’s camp. The hike is awesome but a good test on individual endurance on the mountain as you cover a 900m. ascent in 6-7 hours. The moorland walk takes you across hills and valleys in the sprawling moorlands where you see several unique and interesting plants and animals including the Giant groundsels and lobelias and the mountain hyrax.Dinner and overnight at Shiptons Camp (4200m)

Day 3

Departing at 0800hrs ascend the Hausberg col (4700m) then descend steeply to Hausberg valley and Oblong tarns before making a further steep ascent, crossing huge boulders via Two Tarn on the way to Mackinder’s camp (4,300m) which is located along the Naromoru route within the Teleki Valley. Dinner and overnight at Mackinder’s Camp (4300m).

Day 4

Leaving the camp at 0300hrs you hike up the steep scree slopes and glacier to Point Lenana (4985m), the hikers summit. It is planned that you arrive in time to witness the African Sun rising over the equator,reflect its golden glow on the Majestic peaks of Batian and Nelion. Later descend to Shipton’s camp (4200m) for breakfast then relax for the rest of the day. Dinner and overnight at Shipton’s

Day 5

Have early breakfast before your descend to Sirimon roadhead (2600m) in 4-5 hours, from where you connect the vehicle for transfer back to Mountain Rock Lodge for a hot shower and lunch then return to Nairobi..

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