5 Days Sirimon – Chogoria
Ascending Mount Kenya viaSirimon and decending the Chogoria route is the most breathtaking and rewarding in terms of scenery. Hiking in 5 days 4 nights is most recommended as it allows an acclimatization / resting day on the 3rd day at Shiptons camp. The route becomes a bit harder to most people who are not so physically fit, Old or thosewho don’t hike often because after making to the summit, one supposed to hike for approx 8 – 10 hrs to MountKenya lodge ( last Camp).
Day 1; Nairobi – Nanyuki – Old Moses camp [ 3300 m ]
Leave from your pick up place at around 8.00 am and drive along via the great northern road of Kenya passing the central highlands toplain lands arriving Nanyuki town in about 4 hrs. Have lunch from this town and meet the rest of climbing crew and continue driving to Mount Kenya National park Sirimon gate for 45 min. Check in the park and start your hiking along a paved road to Old Moses camp in 3 hrs. Dinner and Overnight at the camp.
Day 2; Old Moses camp – Shiptons camp [4200 m ]
After having breakfast, leave the camp trekking along a single trail crossing Ontulili, Likii and Mackinders valley s arriving to Shiptons camp in 5 – 6 hrs. Lunch will have been packed for you. Dinner and overnight at the camp.
Day 3; Acclimatization day
It is on this day that you will hike to Hausbergcol [4600 m] in 2 – 3 hrs to acclimatize with altitude and take a rest ahead of the summit. Breakfast, lunch, dinner and overnight at Shiptons camp.
Day 4; Shiptons camp – Summit [ 4985 m ]–Mt Kenya lodge [2600 m ] / Campsite
Wake up at around 0200 hrs ,take a simple breakfast and hit the trail in the dark reaching to the summit [ Point Lenana ] for a spectacular sunrise. When the weather is so clear, Mount Kilimanjaro is seen at a far distance. After taking some photos, hike down towards Chogoria route via Mintos hut for full breakfast and continuing over the gorges ridge down to Roadhead camping sitefor lunch. After lunch continue to Mount Kenya Meru lodge for dinner and overnight. Hiking time, 8 – 10 hrs.
Day 5; Mount Kenya Lodge / Campsite – Nairobi
After having breakfast, leave the lodge and check out of the park gate and proceed hiking down through bamboo forests for 2 hs. Board a vehicle taking you down through the thick rain forest reaching Chogoria town. From here connect with another vehicle taking you back to Nairobi or your onward destination.