5-Days Mt Kenya “Easy Climb” Sirimon Route

5 Days Mt Kenya climb Sirimon  route termed as “easy climb”. It is a 5-Days 4-nights to Point Lenana 4,985m asl, and back. Accommodation in Old Moses camp,  Shiptons camp via Mackinder’s valley. Sunrise from Mt Kenya.

Sirimon route is considered by many to represent one of the easiest routes in Mt Kenya to reach point Lenana. The route is on the dry side of the mountain and affords walks through old-growth forest on lower slopes and giant heather, alpine flowers and lobelia at higher elevations.

Day 1: Nairobi – Old Moses Camp.

Pick up from your City hotel/ residence at 07:00hrs. The drive to Nanyuki will take four and a half {4½} hours. Here we meet the crew for the hike. Consequently, we replenish our supplies before heading to Sirimon park gate, 2,650m.  As park formalities and payments are finalized, we prepare and serve picnic lunch. We hike for nine {9km} to Old Moses camp 3,300m for dinner and overnight in bunkhouses.

Day 2: Old Moses – Shipton’s Camp

After breakfast, leave at 07:00hrs for Shipton’s camp 13km away. We hike across several small streams to reach the crest of the ridge between the Ontulili and Liki North Valleys, then into Mackinder’s valley. Lunch will be served en route. Dinner and overnight at Shipton’s Camp 4,200m a.s.l.

Day 3: Shipton’s – Acclimatization Day.

It is an acclimatization day in preparation for the summit ascent. We explore the adjacent cols & ridges neighbouring the camp. Leisurely ascend to Hausberg col 4,600m. The drill is as always to climb high and sleep low.

Day 4: Shipton’s – Point Lenana – Old Moses camp

Wake up at 02:00hrs, have tea and biscuits before leaving at 03:00hrs for the Lenana summit. This section is a long, hard slog, and the path is indistinct in places. Expected to reach point Lenana 4,985m a.s.l at 06:30hrs and catch the sunrise.
After enjoying the views and taking your pictures, descend down to Shipton’s camp for a hot brunch at 9:00 am. We take a short break and rest – approximately one hour will certainly relax muscles and rejuvenate the energy levels. As a result, the descent to Old Moses camp will be easier. Dine and overnight in the camp.

Day 5: Old Moses – Sirimon gate – Nairobi

We descend to Sirimon gate after breakfast, where we meet our transfer vehicle to Nanyuki.  After lunch, we proceed to Nairobi after a very memorable climb up Mt. Kenya! Expected to be back in Nairobi by 17:00hrs.

What to bring:

Sleeping bag; one rated four (4) season is fine. The bag should be a snug fit since if it is too large there will be more cool air for the body to warm

  • Rain Trouser
  • Rain Jacket [Poncho]
  • Balaclava [Hat Woollen]
  • Warm Clothes down jacket
  • Thermal underwear
  • Fleece Jacket
  • Hiking Boots
  • Gloves
  • Walking Sticks
  • Head Torch
  • Sunglasses
  • First Aid box
  • Ruck Suck 65L (duffel bags are unacceptable) to be carried by porters
  • Day Pack 35 [For your personal effects]
  1. Optional comfort accessories;

Walking poles, hot water bottle, Bivy bag

Wet wipes; ideal for those who want to stay fresh but are unable to bear dips in the freezing mountain weather

4: Passport/Identification Card {ID}

5: Personal travel/ medical insurance

Options are of course many and varied and in many cases, we can be flexible about the itinerary for accommodation facilities and the extension of the safari destinations.

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