The Sirimon route is the least used of the three main routes, but features the most gradual ascent profile and best acclimatization options. This peak circuiting program offers some of the best trekking experience in East Africa!
Day 1: Nairobi- Nanyuki – Old Moses camp ( 3,300m)
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 (4200m).
Early morning start through Ontulili river up the spectacular mackinders valley via liki north ridge with picnic lunch en route arriving in Shipton camp in 7 hrs time.
This camp is a surreal setting below the towering peaks and glacier. Resident population is of Rock hyrax and sun birds. Dinner and overnight at the camp
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)
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.
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 Banda – Chogoria town – Nairobi
After breakfast, descend on a broad track through bamboo and virgin rain forest to meet vehicle for transfer to Chogoria town and on to Nairobi arriving late evening.
Shared Transfer to and fro.
Services of an experienced guide,
All the park entry fees, Food 3 meals a day,acommodation in the huts,1 porter each, mineral water,2 litres each per day.
Travel insurance with evacuation fee.
A. hiking gear:
1. Sleeping bags
2. Hiking boots
3. Water proof jackets and pants(trousers)
4. Hand gloves
5. Warm clothing
6. At least 5 t –shirts
7. Extra Sport shoes or sandles
8. Warm fleece
10. Thermal suit
12. Hiking stick
• Please note; Number 1 can be hired at Ksh 500 per day
• Number 2-5 can be hired at Ksh 200 per day
• Number 5 to 9 – you can carry them with you
B. Personal effects
c. Lunch on last day
Note that a resident must present a resident card or alien card, they never consider waiting letter.