Sirimon-Chogoria Route(4-5 Days)
Moutains are calling!
As hikers & adventurers, A Great Hike is our oasis. It provides a sense of fulfillment & serenity. As we trek up the greatest mountains the idea of becoming one with nature becomes a reality.
Join the #kilimanjarobackpackers hiking team in Kenya as we take on Mt Kenya the highest mountain in Kenya and the second-highest in Africa, after
Kilimanjaro measuring 4,985 metres via Sirimon Route
The hike will take four days through Sirimon route this is the easiest route to reach Point Lenana. The route is on dry side of the mountain so it offers magical views and affords walks through old growth forests lower slopes and giant heather, Alphine flower…s and Lobelia in higher elevations
Day 1) Nairobi-Old moses camp
Depart Nairobi 6:30am Road trip to Sirimon gate and have a picnic lunch before entry. The hike start from the Sirimon Park gate (2660m). From the gate, trek upthrough magnificent montane forest, bamboo and giant heather zone before reaching the high altitude moorland and our first hut (Old Moses camp3,300m) for evening tea, mountain entertainment dinner and overnight stay. This is a gentle trek that takes 3-4 hrs gaining an elevation of680m. From Old Moses camp you can see the summits of Batian and Nelionpeaks
Day 2)old moses-shipton camp
After a heavy breakfast, Hike to Shipton’s camp (4200m ), 17 kms (6 to 8 hrs hike) through Likii Valley mid morning After a water break,continue on the track crossing Ontulili River before turning right contouring through the Moorland and crossing Likii North River andMackinders Valley, a great day of scenery and magical photo shoots.There are killer & panoramic views of the peaks from the view point. A Nourishing lunch will be served by the Likii River and continue to Shiptons camp at 4200m Evening tea, snacks, dinner and overnight stay.
This camp is a surreal setting below the towering peaks and glacier.
Resident population is of Rock hyrax and sun birds
Day 3 Acclimatization Day.
After acclimatizing we will descend to Shipton Camp for Lunch.
Evening tea snacks & dinner will served.There after prepare for summit Day.
Day 4: shipton/summit/Mintos Hut/Bandas – 4 hrs, 12km descent
Kick off @ 2:00am the hike takes 3-4 hrs. The climb starts on frozen scree and continues on a rocky track with some very minor scrambling.
With good Moon you barely need a torch. Without Moon, then the pollution- free sky bangs on the ground giving you a good view of the stars like nowhere else on Earth. Reach point Lenana (4985m) followed by Hoisting of the Africa Outdoors Flag & photo session on sunrise
After summit we follow the track through giant heather and forest down to Chogoria road head from where the path drops to cross a stream then follows the broad ridge to the west of the gorges valley to reach
Mintos Hut, 4200m. Dinner and spend the night at Mintos Hut, B, L, D
Day 5: Bandas– Nairobi 350m descent
After breakfast follow the track through giant heather and forest down to Chogoria road head from where the path drops to cross a stream then follows the broad ridge to the west….Back to Nairobi