4 Days Mt Kenya Traverse Sirimon-Naromoru route


Mt Kenya traverse Sirimon-Naromoru combines the drier/ easier Sirimon route and the shorter but steeper Naromoru route. Accommodation either in bunkhouse/ tent.


Mount Kenya has been thought of and held in reverence by the local communities as God`s residence. The snow on the peaks astonished the explorers who could not figure out its existence right at the equator. The roads were initially dug for the military purpose to help access the forest to flush out Maumau freedom fighters. The mountain has not escaped the attention of notable filmmakers who shot awarding cinemas and documentaries. {Nowhere in Africa, The Night Climbers of Cambridge, No Picnic on Mt. Kenya, are just but a few.} Book writers have also written with some best-selling titles “The Ascent”

Mt. Kenya was recognized as a UNESCO Biosphere Reserve and later to UNESCO World Heritage Site. Mt Kenya is regarded as the most visually stunning of the ice-capped African peaks and is home to a great diversity of wildlife, including leopard, elephant and buffalo. The ascent is an exhilarating and diverse trek, with relatively few hikers compared to Kilimanjaro. Many would argue that Mt. Kenya, whilst not being as high as Kilimanjaro, is certainly the more enjoyable, interesting and dramatic of the two mountains.                                                                                                                                              

 The Sirimon route is considered by many to represent Mt. Kenya as one of the easiest routes 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.

The Naromoru route is the fastest and therefore also one of the most popular routes onto the mountain, though its steepness and direct approach to the peak makes it more challenging to acclimatise on than others. The “Vertical Bog”- a steep complex of wet moorland that can be extremely taxing and unpleasant after rains. We do recommend prior exposure to high altitudes and ample time for acclimatization.

Accommodation is available in mountain huts throughout the trip and camping options.

Transfer from Nairobi to Nanyuki the base of the mountain where you meet your mountain climbing crew, having crossed the equator. Drive to the Sirimon Park Gate for registration and formalities, then trek through forest, bamboo, rosewood and heather zones to our Old Moses Mountain Camp.

Day 2: OLD MOSES CAMP (3,300m) – SHIPTON’S CAMP (4,200m.)
Trek to Shipton’s camp. The hike is awesome but a good test on individual endurance. The exciting trek up takes you across hills and valleys through the entire stretch of the sprawling moorlands where you see several unique and interesting plants and animals including the giant groundsels, lobelias and the mountain rock hyrax.

Day 3: SHIPTON’S CAMP to PT. LENANA (4,985m.) – MACKINDER’S CAMP (4,300m.) – MET STATION (3,000m).
Pre-breakfast is served at 2:30 am and start summit attempt at 3:00 am. The route goes through steep screes and a bare rocky track to reach the hikers’ summit, Pt Lenana in time for sunrise – Kilimanjaro is usually visible 340kms to the south. The climb is on frozen scree going through the Harris tarn and requiring some scrambling on the final stretch to reach the summit. This is unavoidable on any route but we aim to reach the summit and witness the magical sunrise over the equator at 6:30 am. Descent via the Naromoru route on the opposite end of the peaks to reach Mackinder’s camp for hot breakfast. We feel tired but absolutely ecstatic. After an hour’s rest, we proceed our descent on a trodden trail past the famous vertical bog to Met Station in approximately 4 hours

After breakfast, you descend further on a broad track through bamboo and virgin rain forest to meet vehicles at the park gate for your return journey to Nairobi arriving by early evening.