5 Days: Chogoria-Sirimon
This route on Mount Kenya is the most beautiful and rewarding for hikers interested in spectacular landscapes and exotic fauna and flora. When you camp along this trek it gives you time to local explore around your campsites thus making it enjoyable. This is a sample of itinerary of the route and decent via Sirimon route.
Day 1; Nairobi – Chogoria town – MtKenya lodge [ 2900 m ]
Leave from your pick up place and drive via the great northern road passing rice plantations and eastern highlands arriving Chogoria town in 4 hrs. It is from this town you will have lunch and meet the rest of your climbing crew (porters) and proceed with the driving through rain forest for about 1hr. The trekkingstarts at bamboo forest to Chogoria park gate and to the lodge. Dinner and overnight at the lodge.
Day 2; MtKenya lodge – Road head campsite [3300 m ]
After having breakfast , leave the lodgefor road head camping site trekking along a rough road and breathtaking views of vast Mount Kenya vegetations arriving to the campsite in 3 hrs. In the afternoon local explore to Nithi falls and lake Ellis. Lunch, dinner and Overnight at the camp.
Day 3; Road head camp – Mintos Campsite[ 4200 m ]
After having breakfast, leave the camp to Mintos hut trekking along a single trail through alpine and moorland vegetation. The trek between the two camps there’s no water point so one should have enough water with him. Lunch will have been packed for you. Dinner and night at the camp.
Day 4; MintosHsut–Point Lenana [ 4985 m ] and down Sirimon route
Wake up at 0200 hrs, have a simple breakfast and hit the trail in the dark for the summit [Point Lenana ] catching up with sunrise on time. At the Summit, this is the most breathtaking moment and unforgettable experience of all. If the weather is very clear, Mt Kilimanjaro is visible from this point. After taking some photos start descending via Sirimon route passing Shiptons Camp (4200m) for breakfast and a little rest.
After you relax, leave the camp trekking down along the Mackinders valley to Old Moses Camp (3300 m) for dinner and overnight. The whole distance from Mintos, Summit to Old Moses takes about 8-10 hrs.
Day 5; Old Moses Camp – Back to Nairobi
After breakfast, leave the camp hiking along paved road through bamboo and rain forests to Sirimon gate (2600m) in 2 hrs. Check out of the park gate and board a vehicle taking you back to Nairobi or your onward destination.