MT KENYA TREK SIRIMON – CHOGORIA (6 DAYS)

MT KENYA TREK SIRIMON – CHOGORIA (6 DAYS)

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Challenge yourself to climb Mount Kenya and experience the exhilaration of trekking the second highest mountain in Africa. Mount Kenya(pt. Lenana) stands at 4,985 metres and is an amazing 6 day trek in some of the most beautiful scenery Kenya has to offer. On your final summit day, an early start sees you on the summit circuit path, which is arguably the finest walking trail in all of East Africa. Experience stunning views, tarns, glaciers, ice carved rock formations and precipitous valleys, before ideally reaching Point. Lenana to see a spectacular African sunrise.Day 1: Nairobi- Nanyuki – Old Moses camp ( 3,300m) 3-4 hrs, 9km, 680m ascent.

Day 1 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) 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 (4,236m). 7 hrs, 14km,900m ascent

Up the spectacular Mackinder Valley past strange giant groundsel and lobelia plants to emerge onto what looks like a set from Star Trek – Shipton’s Camp at 4,236m. This is a surreal setting below the towering peaks and glaciers, with its resident populations of bizarre rock hyrax and beautiful sunbirds.

Day 3: Full Day acclimatization.
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!

Day 4: Shipton Camp – Mackinders Camp (4,300m) 4 hrs, 7km, 300m ascent
From Shipton’s camp the trail leads to Kami camp below the north face of Batian. Continuing west – southwest the trails climbs up switchbacks in the fine snow before reaching Hausberg Col at 4590m. We will descend into the upper Hausberg valley and rest at the oblong and Hausberg tarns. Ascending to the crest of a ridge known as Arthur’s seat we see the trail winding along a beautiful series of rock ledges. We will descend to Mackinder’s camp for the night.

 

Day 5: Mackinders Camp – Point Lenana (4,985m) – Bandas. 11-12 hrs, 685m ascent, 2,080m descent.
An early 2.30 am start for an attempt to reach point Lenana in time for sunrise. The climb takes 4 hrs and to add to the exhilaration, Kilimanjaro is also visible from the horizon. Descend to mintos hut for full breakfast. After a short rest descend further to Mt Kenya bandas through the gorges valley for dinner & overnight. You can enjoy log fires, hot showers and bed at the Bandas!

 

Day 6: Meru Bandas – Chogoria town – Nairobi. 2 hrs, 10km walk.
After breakfast, descend on a broad track through bamboo and virgin rain forest to meet vehicle for the return to Nairobi – usually arriving mid to late afternoon.

 

COST

USD 1040 per person sharing

 

Cost Includes:

Park fee

Water

Lunch

English speaking guide and transport

Tents and sleeping mats

Porters

Transport

food during the trek and cook

 

 

Thing the client should bring:

Climbing equipment like warm jacket, rain trouser, warm trousers, rain jacket, hiking boots, head touch, gloves, warm sweater, sleeping bag etc.

OTHER 6 DAYS ROUTES:

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MT KENYA TREK CHOGORIA – SIRIMON 4 DAY

MT KENYA TREK CHOGORIA – SIRIMON 4 DAY

The Chogoria route is our recommended and arguably the most magnificent ascent route to the summit area. It is the driest route up the mountain and the walk beside the Gorges Valley truly spectacular.The descent by the Sirimon route takes one through some beautiful forest tracks and completes the traverse of the mountain.

Trip Highlights:

Traverse the mountain from East to North via the Chogoria and Sirimon routes.Climb Point Lenana, the highest trekking peak on Mount Kenya.Ascend via the quieter and most dramatic Chogoria route

Tour Description provided by Go To Mount Kenya

Day 1: Nairobi – Mt Kenya Bandas (2,900m) 3hrs, 10km walk, 950m ascent.

After pick up in Nairobi, we drive through agricultural country up to Chogoria town for lunch. After lunch, we take 4×4 and drive up to the edge of the bamboo forest where we start our trek through the dense bamboo forest for distance of 10 km up to the Mt Kenya Bandas.
Dinner and overnight at the Mount Kenya Bandas. (3000m)

 

Day 2: Mt Kenya Bandas – Minto’s campsite ( 4,200m) 8-9 hrs, 17km, 1,400 ascent.
Today you commence early for a long trek on a wide track through the forest, with occasional sightings of elephant, bushbuck, buffalo and impala. Emerging from the forest, you walk through heather before crossing the Nithi River to reach the moorlands from where you can enjoy good views of the picturesque Gorges Valley, the Temple, lakes, mushroom rocks, billiards table and the high peaks. Total walking time approx. 8 hours, picnic lunch en route.

Day 3: Minto’s – Pt Lenana ( 4,985m) Judmiere Camp (3,300m) 11-12 hrs, 785m ascent, 24km walk, 1,685m descent
Predawn attempt of the summit starts at 0300hrs and you hike for about three hours up to point Lenana (4,985m), the hikers summit, arriving there for the African sunrise. Descend Shipton’s camp for breafast.
After breakfast, begin a 5 hour descent via Mackinder’s valley to the Judmiere camp. ( 3,300m) The descent is gentle and it offers ample time to enjoy fascinating scenery which includes the moorlands before reaching the camp.
Dinner and overnight at judmiere camp.

Day 4: Judmiere Camp – Nairobi. 2 hrs walk.

After early morning breakfast, descend for 3 hours to the Sirimon Park gate to catch a vehicle for the return journey to Nanyuki for lunch. Later transfer back to Nairobi arriving by 1700hrs.

Tip: Day 2’s hike is a long one involving a steady climb up to Mintos. Hikers who are not limited by time can take an overnight stopover at the Nithi Camp (3300m) mid-way to Mintos. From here they can explore the nearby Nithi Falls or climb Mugi hill (3500m) for better acclimatization. Alternatively, you can hike directly to Mintos/Halltarn and spend an extra day here instead to recuperate and explore the Gorges Valley which also accords you a better acclimatization due to the higher altitude.

 

COST

USD 800 for 1 person

USD 760 per person sharing

 

Cost Includes:

Park fee

Water

Lunch

English speaking guide and transport

Tents and sleeping mats

Porters

Transport

ing the trek and cook

 

Thing the client should bring:

 

Climbing equipment like warm jacket, rain trouser, warm trousers, rain jacket, hiking boots, head touch, gloves, warm sweater, sleeping bag etc.

 

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MT KENYA CLIMB CHOGORIA – SIRIMON 5 DAYS

MT KENYA CLIMB CHOGORIA – SIRIMON 5 DAYS

Details

The Chogoria route is our recommended and arguably the most magnificent ascent route to the summit area. It is the driest route up the mountain and the walk beside the Gorges Valley truly spectacular.The descent by the Sirimon route takes one through some beautiful forest tracks and completes the traverse of the mountain.

Accommodation on this hike is 2 nights in mountain huts and 2 nights camping. Nonetheless, if you prefer to camp you can do so on all nights on the mountain

 

Day 1: Nairobi- Mt Kenya Bandas (2,900m) 3hrs, 10km walk, 650m ascent.

Depart from Nairobi at 0800hrs, driving through agricultural country up to Chogoria town for lunch. After lunch, we take 4×4 and drive up to the edge of the bamboo forest where we start our trekking through the dense bamboo forest for a distance of 10 km to the Mt Kenya Bandas.

Dinner and overnight at the Meru Mount Kenya Bandas.

 

Day 2: Mt Kenya Bandas – Lake Ellis Campsite ( 3,600m) 3hrs, 9km, 700m ascent.
After breakfast and sorting of porter loads we set off up the mountain at a nice and easy pace . A slightly longer walk via Lake Ellis gives scenic views of Mugi, Ithanguni and the Giants Billiards Table, whilst if we follow the river near road head, upstream for about 3 km, the foreground scenery and flora is particularly beautiful. Lunch on the banks of a stream, then it’s time to cut up the left hand hillside to our camp at about 3,600m, well away from any of the more “touristy” areas.

Day 3: Lake Ellis – Minto’s Camp. ( 4,200m) 4 hrs, 12km, 600m ascent.

Similar early start. Again well off the beaten track to follow a ridge up the mountain for about 3 hours to eventually join the tourist track on the normal Chogoria route at an altitude of about 4,100m. Breath taking views over the Gorges Valley and back over towards Ithanguni and the Northern Moorlands. Lunch is served at a small stream crossing, before continuing for a further hour to the Mintos Hut area at 4200m and our night’s rest. Afternoon is spent relaxing at camp, though a 10 minute walk to the “Temple” is well worth the effort. This is a 150 meters vertical cliff that gets its name from the position visitors often adopt when peering over the edge – they look as if they are praying.

An early night is recommended as you are attempting the summit next day.

Day 4: Minto’s – Pt Lenana ( 4,985m)- Old Moses camp. 11-12 hrs, 785 ascent, 1,685 descent, 24km,

Predawn attempt of the summit starts at 0300hrs and you hike for about three hours up to Point Lenana (4985m), the hiker’s summit, arriving there in time to watch the African sunrise.Descend to Shipton camp for breakfast.

After breakfast, begin a 5 hour descent via Mackinder’s valley to the Old Moses camp (3,300m). The descent is gentle and it offers ample time to enjoy fascinating scenery which includes the moorlands before reaching the camp.

Dinner and overnight at Old Moses camp

 

Day 5: Old Moses camp – Nairobi- 2 hrs.
After early morning breakfast, descend for 3 hours to the Sirimon Park gate to catch a vehicle for transfer to Nairobi arriving late afternoon.

 

COST

Cost: USD 950 for 1 person
USD 900 per person sharing 2 and above

 

Cost Includes:

Park fee

Water

Lunch

English speaking guide and transport

Tents and sleeping mats

Porters

Transport

food during the trek and cook

 

Thing the client should bring:

Climbing equipment like warm jacket, rain trouser, warm trousers, rain jacket, hiking boots, head touch, gloves, warm sweater, sleeping bag etc.

 

OTHER 5 DAYS ROUTES:

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MOUNT KENYA DAY TRIP HIKE SIRIMON ITINERARY

MOUNT KENYA DAY TRIP HIKE SIRIMON ITINERARY

Nairobi – Drive to Nanyuki Town – Proceed to Mount Kenya Park Entrance Gate 0700 AM: We depart from Nairobi after an early breakfast at your hotel/ residence and drive to Nanyuki town the capital of Laikipia County. Presently Nanyuki is a base for the Kenya Air Force and a training area for the British Army.

Nanyuki continues to be an important town for Mount Kenya climbers, supply centre for farms and is close to ranches, game parks conservancies in the region.

From Nanyuki Town (1980 meters) we drive toward the Mount Kenya to the Sirimon gate at 2650 meters. The distance between Nanyuki and Sirimon Gate is 23 km’s.

1030 Hours: On completion of park entry formalities at the Sirimon Gate, you begin a 3½ hour (9 km’s) hike through forest, bamboo, rosewood and heather zones to Old Moses camp (also called Judmeier Camp) at 3300 meters.

We gain 740 meters on the ascent and begin to truly acclimatize. The forest and bamboo are home to hundreds of buffaloes, elephants, bushbucks and a plethora of bird species.

 

1330 Hours: We hike a little higher about 1 km from Old Moses camp to 3600 meters to see 2 Mount Kenya peaks – Nelion and Batian next to each other. These peaks are climbed only by professional alpinists.

 

1400 Hours: After taking pictures we descend down from 3600 meters to Old Moses camp at 3300 meters for our picnic lunch.

 

1500 Hours: After lunch we descend down for 9 km’s (1.5 hours) to Sirimon gate where you get your driver guide and transfer back to Nairobi.

 

1900 Hours: We arrive back to Nairobi, transfer you to your hotel/ residence.

Cost:

USD 230 FOR 1 PERSON

USD 210  per person sharing

Cost Includes:

Park fee

Water

Lunch

English speaking guide and transport

7 DAYS MOUNT KENYA CLIMBING TIMAU CHOGORIA ROUT

7 DAYS MOUNT KENYA CLIMBING NELION-BATIAN

Details

The preferred route on Nelion is the MacKinders route. This is a 5th class rock route to a maximum difficulty of 5.6. There are easier sections where the party can move together, but typically, some 17 plus pitches are belayed. Descent is by the same route, with a few of the rappels taking more direct lines down cleaner rock. This is a fun route, on generally good rock, sunny. Rock shoes are appropriate. Approach boots can be left at the base of the route. Though still long, this route is considered to be easier than the North Face Standard Route on Batian. With better rock, and a sunnier position, it is also more fun.The climbing season is usually November through March when the South East face of the Nelion peak is relatively snow-free and climbing conditions are best.

To give you a more clearer picture of the trip, kindly see below an itinerary for the entire climb.

7 Day Mt Kenya climb Chogoria – Sirimon Traverse.

 

Day 1: Nairobi- Mt Kenya (2,800m)

Depart from Nairobi at 0800hrs, driving through agricultural country up to Chogoria town for lunch. After lunch, we take 4×4 and drive up to the edge of the bamboo forest where we start our trek through the dense bamboo forest for distance of 10 km up to the Mt Kenya Bandas.
Dinner and overnight at the Meru Mount Kenya Bandas (3000m)

Day 2. Mt Kenya Bandas- Lake Ellis Campsite ( 3,600m)

After breakfast and sorting of porter loads we set off up the mountain at a nice and easy pace . A slightly longer walk via Lake Ellis gives scenic views of Mugi, Ithanguni and the Giants Billiards Table, whilst if we follow the river near road head, upstream for about 3 km, the foreground scenery and flora is particularly beautiful.

Lunch on the banks of a stream, then it’s time to cut up the left hand hillside to our camp at about 3,600m, well away from any of the more “touristy” areas.

Day 3: Lake Ellis- Minto’s Camp. ( 4,200m)

Similar early start. Again well off the beaten track to follow a ridge up the mountain for about 3 hours to eventually join the tourist track on the normal Chogoria route at an altitude of about 4,100m. Breath taking views over the Gorges Valley and back over towards Ithanguni and the Northern Moorlands.
Lunch is served at a small stream crossing, before continuing for a further hour to the Mintos Hut area at 4200m and our night’s rest.
Afternoon is spent relaxing at camp, though a 10 minute walk to the “Temple” is well worth the effort. This is a 500ft vertical cliff that gets its name from the position visitors often adopt when peering over the edge – they look as if they are praying.

Day 4: Minto’s hut – Top hut (Austrian hut) – (4,780M).

Today we begin our trek ascending up along the foot of huge rock walls.
From the top we’ll have an excellent view of Mt. Kenya.
After ascending for a couple of hours you reach Tooth Col.
From here you traverse until you reach the Austrian Hut.
Dinner and overnight at the Austrian hut.

Day 5: Austrian hut – Nelion- Batian (5,199m)

(CLIMBING DAY) South East Face of Nelion.

 

Day 6: Austrian hut- Old Moses Camp (3,300m)

After breakfast descend to Shipton’s camp via Simba col after which you begin a 5 hour descent via Mackinder’s valley to the Old Moses camp. The descent is gentle and it offers ample time to enjoy fascinating scenery which includes the moorlands before reaching the camp.
Dinner and overnight at the Old Moses camp.

Day 7: Old Moses – Nairobi.
After early morning breakfast, descend for 3 hours to the Sirimon Park gate to catch a vehicle and transfer back to Nairobi arriving by 16:00 Hrs.

 

COST

USD 1,440 Per person sharing.

 

Cost Includes:

Park fee

Water

Lunch

English speaking guide and transport

Tents and sleeping mats

Porters

technical gears

Transport

food during the trek and cook

 

Thing the client should bring:

Climbing equipment like warm jacket, rain trouser, warm trousers, rain jacket, hiking boots, head touch, gloves, warm sweater, sleeping bag etc.

 

OTHER 7 DAYS ROUTES:

Mount Kenya rock Climbing Batian

7 DAYS MOUNT KENYA CLIMBING NELION-BATIAN

7 DAYS MOUNT KENYA CLIMBING NELION-BATIAN

Details

The preferred route on Nelion is the MacKinders route. This is a 5th class rock route to a maximum difficulty of 5.6. There are easier sections where the party can move together, but typically, some 17 plus pitches are belayed. Descent is by the same route, with a few of the rappels taking more direct lines down cleaner rock. This is a fun route, on generally good rock, sunny. Rock shoes are appropriate. Approach boots can be left at the base of the route. Though still long, this route is considered to be easier than the North Face Standard Route on Batian. With better rock, and a sunnier position, it is also more fun.The climbing season is usually November through March when the South East face of the Nelion peak is relatively snow-free and climbing conditions are best.

To give you a more clearer picture of the trip, kindly see below an itinerary for the entire climb.

7 Day Mt Kenya climb Chogoria – Sirimon Traverse.

 

Day 1: Nairobi- Mt Kenya (2,800m)Depart from Nairobi at 0800hrs, driving through agricultural country up to Chogoria town for lunch. After lunch, we take 4×4 and drive up to the edge of the bamboo forest where we start our trek through the dense bamboo forest for distance of 10 km up to the Mt Kenya Bandas.
Dinner and overnight at the Meru Mount Kenya Bandas (3000m)

Day 2. Mt Kenya Bandas- Lake Ellis Campsite ( 3,600m)

After breakfast and sorting of porter loads we set off up the mountain at a nice and easy pace . A slightly longer walk via Lake Ellis gives scenic views of Mugi, Ithanguni and the Giants Billiards Table, whilst if we follow the river near road head, upstream for about 3 km, the foreground scenery and flora is particularly beautiful.

Lunch on the banks of a stream, then it’s time to cut up the left hand hillside to our camp at about 3,600m, well away from any of the more “touristy” areas.

Day 3: Lake Ellis- Minto’s Camp. ( 4,200m)

Similar early start. Again well off the beaten track to follow a ridge up the mountain for about 3 hours to eventually join the tourist track on the normal Chogoria route at an altitude of about 4,100m. Breath taking views over the Gorges Valley and back over towards Ithanguni and the Northern Moorlands.
Lunch is served at a small stream crossing, before continuing for a further hour to the Mintos Hut area at 4200m and our night’s rest.
Afternoon is spent relaxing at camp, though a 10 minute walk to the “Temple” is well worth the effort. This is a 500ft vertical cliff that gets its name from the position visitors often adopt when peering over the edge – they look as if they are praying.

Day 4: Minto’s hut – Top hut (Austrian hut) – (4,780M).
Today we begin our trek ascending up along the foot of huge rock walls.
From the top we’ll have an excellent view of Mt. Kenya.
After ascending for a couple of hours you reach Tooth Col.
From here you traverse until you reach the Austrian Hut.
Dinner and overnight at the Austrian hut.

Day 5: Austrian hut – Nelion- Batian (5,199m)

(CLIMBING DAY) South East Face of Nelion.

Day 6: Austrian hut- Old Moses Camp (3,300m)

After breakfast descend to Shipton’s camp via Simba col after which you begin a 5 hour descent via Mackinder’s valley to the Old Moses camp. The descent is gentle and it offers ample time to enjoy fascinating scenery which includes the moorlands before reaching the camp.
Dinner and overnight at the Old Moses camp.

Day 7: Old Moses – Nairobi.
After early morning breakfast, descend for 3 hours to the Sirimon Park gate to catch a vehicle and transfer back to Nairobi arriving by 16:00 Hrs.

COST

USD  2678 Per person sharing.

 

Cost Includes:

Park fee

Water

Lunch

English speaking guide and transport

Tents and sleeping mats

Porters

technical gears

Transport

 

food during the trek and cook

Thing the client should bring:

Climbing equipment like warm jacket, rain trouser, warm trousers, rain jacket, hiking boots, head touch, gloves, warm sweater, sleeping bag etc.

OTHER 7 DAYS ROUTES:

Mount Kenya rock Climbing Batian