4 Days Mount Kenya Climbing - Sirimon Sirimon Route

Sirimon route is easier, shorter and much more scenic than Naromoru and it is on the drier side of the mountain which offers some of the finest walking. Climb up through forest into a wide ridge approach to the summit area. The route starts on the northwest side of the mountain near Nanyuki. Access is adequate and the bunk house facilities are the best on this side of the mountain. Though Mount Kenya summit can be reached in 4 days as per the below itinerary, we strongly recommend an overnight acclimatization at the base in Nanyuki Town. This can be arranged for at an extra fee.

Day 1: Nairobi – Sirimon gate - Old Moses Camp (Judmaier Camp)

Accommodation:Judmaier Camp

Depart from Nairobi at 8 am to the western slopes of Mt Kenya Nanyuki town for lunch, taking about 4 hours. After lunch is a full briefing and equipment check before we begin the mountain trek - we’ll meet the crew at this point, each one has a personal porter and there are extra porters for mountain equipment and food. It takes about one hour to get to the Sirimon Park Gate (2600m) crossing the equator en-route. On completion of park entry formalities you begin a 3-4 hour hike through forest, bamboo, rosewood and heather zones to Old Moses camp (3300m). Today we gain 740m 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. Overnight in the Old Moses camp also known as Judmaier Camp (3340m). Meals Plan: {L, D}

Day 2: Old Moses Camp - Shipton’s Camp

Accommodation: Shipton's Camp

After an early breakfast we commence a 7-8 hours trek to Shipton's camp (4,236m). Today's trek is long and interesting but also a good test on individual fitness. You’ll ascent close to 900m going up the surreal Mackinder Valley with its strange vegetation of giant lobelia and groundsel, unique to equatorial African mountains. Here we stay at Shipton's hut (4236m), just below the glaciers and jagged peaks of bare rock that surround the main summits. Meals Plan: {B, L, D}

Day 3: Shipton’s Camp - Point Lenana - Old Moses Camp

Accommodation: Old Moses Camp

Predawn start 3am for the summit attempt from Shipton’s camp - the trekking today combines a demanding attempt of the summit and descends to Old Moses camp or even further down where you connect with the vehicle for transfer off the mountain. This tusk is really challenging and needs a lot of resilience. You’ll need a bright head torch for this. Go up steep screes and a bare rocky track to reach the hikers summit, Pt Lenana at 4,985m in time to witness the African Sun rise as it reflect its golden glow on the Majestic peaks of Batian and Nelion over the equator at 6.30am – to add to the exhilaration, Kilimanjaro is usually visible 340kms to the south on a clear day. The climb is tough going through frozen scree and requiring some scrambling on final stretch to reach the summit - this is unavoidable on any route. After celebrating the achievement descend down back to Shipton’s camp for a hefty brunch then continue the descent to Old Moses Camp (3340m) arriving in a further 4-5 hours. Meals Plan: {B, L, D}

Day 4: Old Moses - Sirimon Park Gate - Nairobi

Meals: Nairobi

After breakfast, descend through the rain forest to Sirimon Park Gate. At the Sirimon Gate we will sign out and meet our vehicle as we bid farewell to Mount Kenya connecting with our transport back to Nanyuki and onwards to Nairobi. If you are interested in a short safari in Kenya or Tanzania then do let us know and we can help you organize it. Meals Plan: {B, L}