6 Days Sirimon Down Chogoria
6 Days Sirimon Down Chogoria
The most famous climbing routes on Mount Kenya – the Sirimon and the Chogoria Routes – and make the tour a remarkably diverse and spectacular hike. Sirimon Route, coming from the west, passes through the dry areas of the mountain with giant trees and rocky terrain. The descent on the Chogoria Route is exactly the opposite of lush bamboo forests and highlands.
Included in the price:
- Accommodation and cook
- All meals while in the mountain
- Services of a professional tour guide.
- Arrival and departure transfers
- Water per person per day
- Park fee
Excluded in the price
- Tips for waiters and guides.
- Own expenses
- Personal insurance
- Alcoholic & soft drinks like sodas
Day 1: Nairobi – Sirimon gate- Old Moses camp.
(3,300m) 3-4 hrs, 9km, 680 ascents.
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 through 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.
Day 2: Old Moses – Shipton camp
(4200m). 7 hrs. 14km, 900m ascent
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 and continue uphill to Mackinder’s 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 glaciers. The resident population is of Rock hyrax and sunbirds.
Day 3: Shipton Camp – Acclimatization Day
For better acclimatization, you can take a rest day at t Shipton camp. Short walks/day hikes are possible on the summit climb to Oblong and Hausberg tarns gain in an elevation of 370m before returning to the camp for lunch. The 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!
Day 4: Acclimatization
Acclimatization day at Shipton
Ready for the summit
Day 5: Shipton – Point Lenana(4,985m)- Mt Kenya Bandas (2,900m)
11-12 hrs., 785 ascents, 2,085 descent.
Kick-off at 3.am to reach point 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 hours 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 Mountain. Dinner and overnight at the Mt Kenya Bandas.
Here can enjoy log fires, hot showers, and bed at the Bandas.
Day 6: Meru Bandas- Chogoria Town.
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.