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CLIMBING MOUNT KENYA – NAROMORU ROUTE

SUMMARY

The most popular route although not the most scenic. It is also the fastest route to point Lenana. Take this classic route up Mount Kenya though the notoriously treacherous vertical bog and into the wide Teleki Valley beneath the Tryndall, The Lewis Glacier.

 

           DETAILED ITINERARY


               Day 1: Nairobi/Meteorological Station

3-4 hrs, 10km, 400m ascent
Transfer to Naromoru Park Gate for registration and where the hike starts, 2600m
From the gate, keep to the park track, which follows the crest of a board ridge between the Northern and Southern Naromoru valleys. The going is easy and its a pleasant walking through the forest. About two thirds of the way up after the bridge there are good views to the left north down into the Northern Naromoru valley. The trek ends at Met station 3,000m where dinner and overnight rest will be, B, L, D

               Day 2: Met Station/Mackinders Camp

5-6 hrs, 10km, 1200m ascent
Head uphill on the track to pass the radio must on your right after about half an hour. The trek runs into a path and after another 30 minutes, you will reach the end of the forest belt and enter the moorland. This is the vertical bog conditions range from damp to glutinous depending on when it last rained. Continue through until the going improves and you reach a fork overlooking Teleki Valley to reach Mackinders Camp, 4,200m. Dinner and overnight at Mackinders Camp, B, L, D
 

               Day 3: Mackinders Camp/Point Lenana/Met Station

8-10 hrs, 11km, 785m ascent
The normal approach is to start at 2 am in order to reach point Lenana taking about 4 hr walk by sunrise at 6:30am. After sunrise, descend down to Mackinders Camp for breakfast, 2hrs and walk further 4hrs, way back to Met Station for dinner and overnight, B, L, D
 

               Day 4: Met Station/Naromoru/Nairobi

3hrs, 9km, 400m
After breakfast, descend through the rainforest which is 9km to Naromoru Park Gate at 2,600m where you will connect with your transport back to Nairobi, B, L

4 Days Mount Kenya Sirimon – Sirimon

            DETAILED ITINERARY

               Day 1

We leave Nairobi at 8.30am for transfer to the Sirimon Park Gate (2,660m) at the base of our Mt. Kenya trail. Here we meet our mountain crew and after introductions we start hiking at approximately 11am. A gentle 4hour walk with lunch on the way takes us to the Old Moses Camp (3,300m). We will spend our first night in the dormitories at the camp on the edge of the forest. The bamboo forest is home to hundreds of buffaloes, elephants, bushbucks and a plethora of bird species.

               Day 2

Today, we leave the camp at 8.30am and continue with our hike through the moorland characterized by a variety of Senecia and Lobelia to the Shipton’s Camp (4200m). We take a 14km hike through the Mackinder Valley for about 6 to 7 hours with a lunch break on the way. Shipton’s Camp situated just below the 3 majestic Mt Kenya peaks – Batian, Nelion and Lenana offers a spectacular view over the peaks as the sun sets. Dinner and overnight stay will be in the dormitories at the camp.

               Day 3

An early breakfast will be served at 5.00am before starting off on the summit challenge. The trail now leads via a steep screed to the Simba Cole and further to Point Lenana (4895m). After taking our summit photos at sunrise, marveling at the views over the plains and the main peaks of Batian and Nellion opposite us, we descend via Simba Cole to the Shipton’s Camp. Here we take a rest before we proceed downwards for another 15km to Old Moses Camp. We enjoy our dinner and take a well-deserved overnight rest.

               Day 4

After breakfast, we descend on a 9km hike to the Sirimon Gate where our Safari vehicles will be waiting. After bidding our mountain crew goodbye it is now time for a drive back to Nairobi or to our onward destination.

4 Days Mount Kenya Sirimon – Chogoria

            DETAILED ITINERARY

               Day 1

We leave Nairobi at 8.30am for transfer to the Sirimon Park Gate (2,660m) at the base of our Mt. Kenya trail. Here we meet our mountain crew and after introductions we start hiking at approximately 11am. A gentle 4hour walk with lunch on the way takes us to the Old Moses Camp (3,300m). We shall spend our first night in the dormitories at the hut on the edge of the forest. The bamboo forest is home to hundreds of buffaloes, elephants, bushbucks and a plethora of bird species.

               Day 2

Today we leave the camp at 8.30am and continue our hike through the moorland characterized by a variety of Senecia and Lobelia to the Shipton’s Camp (4200m). We take a 14km hike through the Mackinder Valley for about 6 to 7 hours with a lunch break on the way. Shipton’s Camp situated just below the 3 majestic Mt Kenya peaks-Batian, Nelion and Lenana offers a spectacular view over the peaks as the sun sets. Dinner and overnight stay will be in the dormitories at the camp.

               Day 3

After an early morning breakfast at 4.00am, the trail leads via a steep screed to the Simba Cole and through a rocky terrain to Point Lenana-the hikers’ summit. We arrive just in time to watch the sunrise. The views over the plains below and the Nelion and Batian opposite us are magnificent. After photo shots, we descend to the Simba Cole and continue on to Mintos hut (4200m). Here we have a lunch break before we pass along a ridge which overlooking the Gorge Valley and Lake Michaelson. In the late afternoon, we arrive at our camp tired but we are happy to find our fly camp already set up at the road head at 3300m by the crew next to the banks the Nithi River tributary.

               Day 4

Today, we descend further to the Meru Mt. Kenya Bandas (3000m). On our short 2hour hike, we may encounter buffaloes, Klipspringers, Zebras and possibly Elephants. At the bandas, there will be 4×4 vehicles waiting to drive us through a dense bamboo forest on the slippery roads to Chogoria. Here we will meet our onward Safari driver and have a picnic lunch before biding the crew farewell. We then drive to Nairobi or our next Safari destination.

5 Days Mount Climbing Sirimon Route Down Chogoria

SUMMARY OF THIS ROUTE  

Much more scenic than Naromoru and it is on the dry side of 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.

           THE DETAILED ITINERALY 

                Day 1: Nairobi/Sirimon/Judmier Camp (Old Moses Camp) 3-4 hrs, 9km, 860m ascent.

Leave Nairobi at 8 am to Nanyuki town for lunch, taking about 4 hours. Proceed to Sirimon Gate, 1 hr, 2440m. From the gate follow the track as it winds uphill though the forest which becomes heath land after about 3 hrs. About 3 hours from the gate the track veers right to Judmier Camp, 3300m for dinner and overnight, L, D.

               Day 2: Judmier Camp/Shipton Camp 6-7hrs, 14km, 900m ascent

After breakfast, follow the track uphill, forking left at the junction. After one hour from Old Moses Camp, the track crosses Ontulili River. Go right contouring through the Moorland and crossing Liki North and continue uphill to Mackinders Valley from where there are panoramic views up the valley towards the main peaks. Dinner and overnight at Shipton Camp, 4200m, B,L,D.

               Day 3: Shipton Camp

Spend the day acclimatizing. Walk to Kami Hut down to Hauseberg Lakes (Hauseberg Tarn and Nanyuki Tarn). Walk back to Shipton for dinner and overnight.

               Day 4: Shiptons/Point Lenana/Mount Meru Bandas (Chogoria Gate) 6 hrs, 14km, 785m ascent

Leave at 3am up a steep stony quarry that cuts through a cliff clearing visible part towards lower Hall Tarns arriving point Lenana at 6:30am, taking about 3hrs. After the sunrise, descend down to Mintos hut, 2hrs, for breakfast and further hrs down to Mount Meru Bandas, 2950m, for dinner and overnight, B, L, D.       
     

               Day 5: Chogoria Bandas/ Chogoria/ Nairobi

Descend 2hr, 15km to forest clearance to catch a 4×4 transfer vehicle to Chogoria Village where you will connect with your transfer vehicle back to Nairobi, B,L

 

5 Days Mount Climbing Sirimon Route Down Chogoria

Summary

Much more scenic than Naromoru and it is on the dry side of 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.

            DETAILED ITINERARY

               Day 1: Nairobi/Sirimon/Judmier Camp (Old Moses Camp) 3-4 hrs, 9km, 860m ascent

Leave Nairobi at 8 am to Nanyuki town for lunch, taking about 4 hours. Proceed to Sirimon Gate, 1 hr, 2440m. From the gate follow the track as it winds uphill though the forest which becomes heath land after about 3 hrs. About 3� hours from the gate the track veers right to Judmier Camp, 3300m for dinner and overnight, L, D


               Day 2 : Judmier Camp/Shipton Camp 6-7hrs, 14km, 900m ascent

After breakfast, follow the track uphill, forking left at the junction. After one hour from Old Moses Camp, the track crosses Ontulili River. Go right contouring through the Moorland and crossing Liki North and continue uphill to Mackinders Valley from where there are panoramic views up the valley towards the main peaks. Dinner and overnight at Shipton Camp, 4200m, B,L,D

 

               Day 3: Shipton Camp

Spend the day acclimatizing. Walk to Kami Hut down to Hauseberg Lakes (Hauseberg Tarn and Nanyuki Tarn). Walk back to Shipton for dinner and overnight.
 

               Day 4: Shiptons/Point Lenana/Mount Meru Bandas (Chogoria Gate) 6 hrs, 14km, 785m ascent

Leave at 3am up a steep stony quarry that cuts through a cliff clearing visible part towards lower Hall Tarns arriving point Lenana at 6:30am, taking about 3hrs. After the sunrise, descend down to Mintos hut, 2hrs, for breakfast and further hrs down to Mount Meru Bandas, 2950m, for dinner and overnight, B, L, D

 

               

Day 5: Chogoria Bandas/ Chogoria/ Nairobi

Descend 2hr, 15km to forest clearance to catch a 4×4 transfer vehicle to Chogoria Village where you will connect with your transfer vehicle back to Nairobi, B,L

7 Days Mount Kenya Kamweti – Sirimon (South – North Traverse)

            DETAILED ITINERARY

               Day 1

We leave Nairobi at 10.00am and drive to the southern slopes of Mt. Kenya. We arrive at the Castle Lodge for lunch and in the afternoon; we get to explore the serene environment on our own or with a guided nature walk in the forest. We may spot forest birds, Colobus Monkeys and possibly Elephants and Buffaloes. Dinner and overnight stay will be at lodge.

               Day 2

There is no need for an early start today we can leisurely pack our mountain gear and start the short 4hour hike to the old forest station at (2400m). We will have our lunch on the way in the natural bamboo forest. Elephants, buffaloes and waterbucks are common here. We spend the night in tents.

               Day 3

After breakfast at the camp, we hike on towards the Sagana River Camp at an altitude of 2980m. The hike, with lunch on the way, takes about 6hours and takes us through a dense bamboo forest. Every now and then the crew needs the machete to clear the way. After crossing the Sagana River, which can be a challenge during the rains we find our fly camp already set up by the crew for the evening. The guide and crew ensure that we master the challenge safe and successfully. Dinner and overnight stay will once again be in tents at the fly camp.

               Day 4

After a good night rest, we continue with our walk at 8.30 am through the bamboo forest to the heath and moor land. The edge of the moorland marks our lunch spot where we take a rest. In the afternoon, we head up through unique endemic mountain vegetation of giant lobelia and groundsels to our camp at the banks of the Thego River camp at 3750m. The site offers exhilarating peak views. Dinner and overnight stay will once again be in tents at a fly camp.

               Day 5

After breakfast at 7.00 am, our climb continues for about 3hours through beautiful tropical alpine vegetation, dominated by Seneca and Lobelia to the shores of Lake Hohnel. At the scenic lake, we stop for a lunch break as we enjoy a view of the clear waters. We then proceed for 2hours to reach Mackinder’s Camp (4250m) in the Teleki Valley. Early dinner and overnight will be at the Hut (Mackinders Camp) where we will have a good rest in the dormitories in preparation for the next day’s challenge -the Lenana Peak.

               Day 6

After an early morning breakfast at 4.00am, the hike takes us via a steep screed to the Austrian Hut (4790m). Here, we take a short break with a sip of hot tea and biscuits before the final challenge on Point Lenana (4895m) via the Lewis Glacier. After watching the Sunrise and taking our summit photos, we descend on the northern side via Simba Cole to the Shipton’s Camp (4200m) where we take a rest. With lunch boxes in our backpacks, we continue descending through the Mackinder valley to Old Moses Camp at 3300m. We arrive at the camp in the late afternoon. After dinner, we take a well deserved rest after the strenuous, yet eventful day.

               Day 7

Our final descend takes us to the Sirimon Gate (2700m). Here, we meet our driver for the onwards transfer. We bid our crew goodbye and transfer to Nairobi for departure or onward travel arrangements.

7 Days Mount Kenya Chogoria – Burguret (East-West Traverse)

          DETAILED ITINERARY

               Day 1

We depart from Nairobi at 7.00am latest and drive to Chogoria. Here, special Land Rovers will be waiting to take us to the Meru Mt. Kenya Bandas (3000m). The 30km drive to the bandas is quite challenging as the driver manoeuvers through the muddy pools and slippery surface. We may even have to cover some distance on foot. A picnic lunch awaits us at the bandas before embarking on a 2 hour hike to the road head camp at 3300m. Dinner and overnight stay in tents will be at a well set fly camp next to a small river.

               Day 2

After breakfast, we start the day’s hike on a 12km stretch along a ridge with a spectacular view of Lake Michaelson in the Gorge Valley below. The hike will take us close to Minto’s Hut and the Hall Tarns, where we take a lunch break. A short but steep descend takes us to the 250m lower floor of the Gorge Valley. We set camp on the arguably most scenic spot on Mt. Kenya at the shores of Lake Michaelson. While the cook prepares dinner, we stroll around the lake shores. Overnight stay will once again be in tents.

               Day 3

Today’s hike is a little shorter and taking us along the Gorge Valley towards Point Lenana. The terrain gradually gets steeper and finally we ascend a ridge and get to the Simba Tarn (4600m). We have left all the vegetation behind and Lenana, tomorrows challenge, towers above us. We enjoy our dinner while marveling at the spectacular views of Nelion and Batian. Overnight stay will once again be in tents.

               Day 4

An Early breakfast will be served at 5.00am before starting off on the summit challenge. The trail leads via a steep screed to the Simba Cole and further to Point Lenana (4895m). After taking our summit photos at sun rise,marveling at the views over the plains and the main peaks of Batian and Nellion opposite us, we descend via Simba Cole to the Shipton’s Camp. Here, we will take a break and rest before we proceed downwards for another 15km to Old Moses Camp. We enjoy our dinner and take a well-deserved overnight rest.

               Day 5

After breakfast, we descend on a 9km hike to the Sirimon Gate where our Safari vehicles will be waiting. After bidding our mountain crew goodbye it is time for a drive back to Nairobi or proceed with our onward destination.

               Day 6

Today, we descend on the western side of the mountain to the Machengeni Camp, a clearing at 3000m in the Giant Bamboo Forest. The hike through the bamboo zone is quite strenuous and the route is not well marked. The crew’s machete comes in handy to clear the way. We stop at a scenic spot in the grassland with the Highland Castle above us and the Burguret River below for lunch. Dinner and overnight stay will be in tents at the fly camp at the Giant Bamboo clearing.

               Day 7

After breakfast we descend to the Forest Station where we bid our mountain crew goodbye and meet our Safari driver for onward transfer to Mountain Rock Hotel. Here we shall have a lunch before proceeding to Nairobi in the afternoon for evening departures or our next destination.

8 days Climbing Mount Kenya Naro Moro out Chogoria Route

           DETAILED ITINERARY

               Day 1-Arrival Nairobi.

Pick up from Nairobi international airport, meet and greet by your guide transfer to your Hotel on BB. Dinner and overnight at Nairobi hotel.
 

               Day 2 – Acclimatization day.

Transfer to Narumoru River lodge at the base of Mt Kenya for acclimatization. Day hike in the afternoon in the nearby forest. Dinner and overnight at the lodge.
 

               Day 3 – Narumoru – Old Moses camp-3300m

Leave Narumoru River lodge at 9:30 am to Mt Kenya National Park Sirimon gate, which normally takes 1 1/2 hrs drive, arriving at 11.00, where picnic lunch will be provided. After lunch, follow the track uphill for 10 kms forking right at the junction to reach Old Moses camp which is situated at 3,300m. The ascent from Sirimon gate to Old Moses is 690m. Dinner/overnight.
 

               Day 4 – Old Moses camp-Likii north camp-3993m

After breakfast, leave at 8.00 am, follow the directions for the direct route, until you reach the fork after one hour. The track becomes a path, and swings right and south round the head of a large valley, crossing several small streams to reach the crest of the ridge between the Ontulili and Likii North Valleys. A walk of 3 to 4 hours to Likii North hut at 3,993m. Dinner/overnight
 

               Day5 – Likii north camp- Shiptons camp-4200m.

After breakfast, ascend the west side of the Valley, over a ridge, then down into the Mackinders Valley to meet the direct route, taking one to two hours. From here, follow the Mackinders Valley to reach Shiptons camp, a total of 4 hours from Likii to Shiptons camp at 4,200m.Dinner/overnight.
 

               Day 6 – Shiptons camp 4,200m – Point Lenana 4,985m – Mintos hut – 4,250m.

Wake up at 2.00 a.m., have tea and biscuits, then leave at 3.00 a.m. for the Lenana summit. This section is along hard slog, and the path is indistinct in places. Continue walking across a tough scree, until you come across Harris Tarn. From Harris Tarn, continue up the North face of Point Lenana 4,985m, reaching the summit after approx., 45 minutes for the sunrise at 6.30 a.m. At a clear day, you will be able to see Mt Kilimanjaro (5800m) to the south and the Indian ocean to the east.
After enjoying the views and taking your pictures, descend down to Mintos hut at 4,250m for full breakfast , dinner and overnight.
 

               Day 7- Mintos hut – Mt Meru bandas – 2,600m.

After breakfast, continue descending down to Mt Meru Bandas above Chogoria, following the Gorges Valley. It will take about 5 hours to reach the bandas, Dinner and overnight.
 

               Day 8 – Mt Meru bandas – Nairobi hotel.

After morning breakfast, continue walking down through the bamboo and indigenous forest to reach Bairunyi to meet up with your transport back to Nairobi. The drive will take about 7 hrs.

  Mount Kenya Circumnavigation and The Tarns – 8 Days

          DETAILED ITINERARY 

 

               Day 1 Nairobi

Pick up from airport to Nairobi Hotel.
 

               Day 2 Nairobi- Chogoria (2800m)

After breakfast we depart Nairobi from the  hotel and head to Chogoria town arriving in time for lunch at the Transit hotel. The journey takes 3 to 3.5 hours. Afternoon will be spent walking around the town for acclimatization. Dinner and overnight at the Transit Hotel.

               Day 3. Chogoria – Meru Mount Kenya Lodge (Bandas) (3300m)

After breakfast we take 4×4 and drive up to the edge of the bamboo forest where we start our trekking through the dense bamboo forest for distance of 10 km up to the Bandas for lunch. Afternoon will be spent walking around the lodge with a view of beautiful sceneries. Dinner and overnight at the Bandas.(accommodation at Bandas is of single beds.hot shower and bon fire self catering bandas)

               Day 4. Mount Kenya lodge via lake Ellis (3500m)

After breakfast and sorting of porter loads we set off up the mountain at a nice and easy pace . A slightly longer walk via Lake Ellis gives scenic views of Mugi, Ithunguni and the Giants BilliardsTable, whilst if we follow the river near roadhead, upstream for about 3 km, the foreground scenery and flora is particularly beautiful. Lunch by the stream banks then it’s time to cut up the left hand hillside to our camp at about 3,600m, well away from any of the more “touristy” areas.
 

               Day 5. Lake Elliis to Lake Michealson. (4000m)

From our campsite, we continue to move up through the moorland zone. As this area of the mountain is still off the beaten track, there are no paths to follow, and on each trip we vary the area we walk across. After about an hour, traverse left and join a ridge (slight path to follow) and join the normal Chogoria route to Minto’s Hut after about 4 hour walking. Lunch at a small stream crossing then 45 min on to a camp near Minto’s Hut and next to one of the tarns. Very short afternoon walk over to superb views across to “The Temple” and down to Lake Michaelson.
 

               Day 6: Mintos to  Austrian hut (4670m)

Today we begin our trek ascending up along the foot of huge rock walls. From the top we will have an excellent view of Mt. Kenya. After ascending for a couple of hours we reach Tooth Col. From here we traverse until we reach the Austrian Hut.

               Day 7 Austrian Hut to summit (4985m)

Up early (about 05:00Hrs route to the Austrian Hut and a further 45 minutes on wards to Pt Lenana. for sunrise and descend to shipton camp for breakfast before descending further to Old Moses Camp for dinner and overnight.

               Day 8. Nairobi.

Walk Leisurely to Park Gate and connect with the transfer vehicle to Nanyuki. After lunch drive to Nairobi and arrive late in the evening.

 8 Days Mount Kenya Timau Chogoria

          DETAILED ITINERARY

               Day 1

We leave Nairobi at 8.00 am driving to Nyeri at the foot of the Aberdare Mountains arriving just in time for lunch at the Aberdares Country Club. The afternoon is at our disposal with the options of relaxing leisurely at the lodge or taking a visit to the nearby Solio Ranch for a game drive in the Rhino Sanctuary. Solio Ranch hosts one of the world’s largest concentrations of Black Rhinos. The White Rhino is also found here as well as Leopards, and a wide range of plains game and bird life. Dinner and overnight stay will be at the Lodge.

               Day 2

After breakfast, we drive 70 kilometers northwestwards, crossing the equator at Nanyuki to the School of Adventure (2900m) on the northern slopes of Mt. Kenya. This is our base for the Mt. Kenya climb. Here, we meet with our crew and after introductions we start the climb at 11.30 am. The 4hour hike takes us to Marania campsite (3300m) set in middle of the moorland, leaving behind a beautiful forest inhabited by a variety of wildlife. Overnight stay will be in tents at a fly camp.

               Day 3

We continue hiking after breakfast and head for Major’s Camp (4000m). The trail passes through the moorland dotted with Senecia and Lobelia. We take a lunch break at Allan’s point. The hike takes about 6hours. In the late afternoon, we arrive at the scenic spot with a good view of Mt. Kenya peaks. The crew has already set camp and prepared dinner. Overnight stay will once again be spent in tents.

               Day 4

After breakfast, we hike on passing the prominent Terere and Sendeo peaks. The 6hour hike takes us up to 4600m reaching the alpine dessert. Here we stop for a lunch break. A very steep descend takes us to Shipton’s Camp (4200m) just at the base of the 3 main peaks Batian, Nelion and Lenana. We can opt to spend the night in tents or in the dormitories on bunk beds.

               Day 5

Our climb takes us round the base of the peaks, via Hausberg (4600m) and Nanyuki tarn to the Two Tarn Hut (4600m). After a lunch stop at the Two Tarn Hut, we descend to Teleki Hut and arrive in the early afternoon. We have time to explore the area near the camp and can watch sunbirds and hyrax hiding in the rocks. The crew prepares dinner and we retire early to the bunk beds in the dormitories so as to be well-rested for tomorrows summit challenge.

               Day 6

After an early morning breakfast at 4.00am, the trek leads via a steep screed to the Austrian Hut at 4790m. Here, we take a short break and have some hot tea and biscuits before the final ascend to point Lenana (4895m) via Lewis Glacier. After watching the sunrise, we descend on the northern side via Simba Cole to the Mintos Hut (4200m) for lunch and continue down on the Chogoria route, passing on the ridge of the Gorge valley that overlooks Lake Michaelson. After short but steep descend, we reach the floor of the scenic Gorge Valley. Overnight stay will be in tents at shores of Lake Michaelson (3400m).

               Day 7

Today we descend to the Meru Mt. Kenya Bandas at 3000m. First, we have a steep ascend followed by a gentle 3-4 hour downhill walk. On our way, we may encounter buffaloes, Klipp springers, Zebras and sometimes Elephants. At the bandas, the crew prepares a delicious barbeque dinner, while we enjoy the first hot shower in 6 days of our Mt. Kenya adventures. Overnight will be at the Bandas.

               Day 8

Today, 4 X 4 vehicles will take us to Chogoria. During the rainy season, we may have to walk a short distance because the vehicle may not be able to reach the bandas. At the forest gate we will have lunch and bid the crew farewell before joining our safari driver for the transfer to Nairobi or any other onward travel destination