Previously in this continuing series we examined the pros and cons of one of the most popular Mt. Kenya routes CHOGORIA ROUTE. A Mt. Kenya climb requires mental and physical preparation. In this final article of the MT KENYA ‘NAMESAKE OF A NATION’ series, we will see the advantages of Chogoria route.
The series now continues with a closer look at Sirimon Route one of the least used routes. The Sirimon Route is the least used of the Mt. Kenya routes despite having the best acclimatization options due to its gradual ascent profile.
The trail passes through beautiful Yellow-wood forests in the lower altitudes and leads to beautiful alpine scenery and abundant wildlife higher up.
Your itinerary looks like this:
Day 1: NAIROBI – NANYUKI – OLD MOSES CAMP
Leave Nairobi at 0730hrs via central Kenya viewing agricultural farms to arrive Nanyuki in the afternoon for a brief stop over at the equator. Lunch at a hotel in Nanyuki town before driving further to the Sirimon park gate. Accompanied by your guide, cook and porters, walk in 3-4 hours through the rain forest to Old Moses camp (3300 m).
Day 2: OLD MOSES CAMP – SHIPTON’S CAMP
After breakfast you hike through the moorland. You see high altitude flowers, animals and birds. The hike is through Liki and Mackinders valleys, where you catch a good view of Tereri and Sendeo peaks. You reach Shipton’s camp (4200 m) after a 6-7 hour hike.
The camp is situated on top of the Sirimon Route. Running cold water and a communal area are available for your comfort. From Shipton’s camp you can see the north faces of Nelion and Batian peaks. At Shipton’s (4200m) , the peaks of Mt. Kenya are vivid as the camp is just below these peaks. This spot is the most preferable camp just before climbing to Point Lenana.
Day 3: POINT LENANA
After early morning tea, attempt the summit of Point Lenana (4985 m). Lenana is the third highest peak of Mt. Kenya after Batian (5199m) and Nelion (5188M). The peak is easily accessible through rocky paths and at times snow. This makes it the most climbed peak in Kenya.
At this vantage point you will enjoy breathtaking views of Nellion and Batian peaks, panorama glimpse of the vast Mt. Kenya National Park and the magical glacial lakes. You will have breakfast at Mintos hut. You then descend through the beautiful and scenic Chogoria trail. You descend up to Meru Mt. Kenya Bandas.
Day 4: CHOGORIA – NAIROBI
After breakfast, descend in 6 – 8 hours through tropical rain forest to Chogoria Town. Chogoria Town is an attractive town 140 miles from Nairobi. The town is a popular route for climbers en-route and from the world famous Mt. Kenya.
Climbing gear and porters are readily available here. Joywood Hotel Marina and Transit Motel provide the requisite comfort with the later offering rooms with exhilarating landscapes of the cultivated surroundings and of course the mountain in the background. You transfer back to Nairobi, arriving late afternoon.
The complete itinerary for Sirimon Route is available here. After reading through the Mt. Kenya Series starting from ALL ABOUT THE MOUNTAIN, PREPARING FOR YOUR CLIMB, THE ACTUAL CLIMB, CHOGORIA ROUTE and lastly SIRIMON ROUTE, we believe you are ready to summit the ‘Namesake of a Nation’. See you on top of God’s Mountain!