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Sirimon - Chogoria Route

Go To Mount Kenya - 4 days

  • Sirimon - Chogoria Route
  • 4 days / 3 nights
  • Max. group: 10 Persons
  • Difficulty: Easy
Overview
Route
Included
Accommodation
Safety
Packing List
FAQ
Go To Mount Kenya
How to Book

Overview

> Traverse the mountain from East to North via the Chogoria and Sirimon routes.
> Climb Point Lenana, the highest trekking peak on Mount Kenya.
> Ascend via the quieter and most dramatic Chogoria route

The combination of the two most scenic routes to the peak of Mount Kenya, the Sirimon and Chogoria, offers a unique experience. The trek has a great variety of scenery and becomes through this a spectacular route.

The Sirimon route comes from the west of Mount Kenya and passes through the dry side of the mountain. Giant trees and a rocky terrain awaits you here, before you descend onto the Chogoria path, where you can spot a totally different view with lush bamboo and highland forests.

The final night, when it is time to climb up to the Point Lenana, can be as difficult as any ascent in East Africa, but the rest of the trek is generally considered easier than the Kilimanjaro or the Rwenzoris.

Minimum persons per booking: 2

What’s the plan?

Day 1: Nairobi – Sirimon – Old Moses Camp (3,300m) – 3/4 hrs
Day 2: Old Moses Camp – Shipton Camp (4,200m) – 7 hrs
Day 3: Shipton – Pt Lenana (4,985m) – Mount Kenya Banday (2,800m) – 11/12 hrs
Day 4: Meru Bandas – Chogoria town – Nairobi – 3 hrs

Route

What’s the plan? 

Day 1: Nairobi – Sirimon gate- Old Moses camp. ( 3,300m) 3-4 hrs, 9km walk, 680m ascent.
After pick up in Nairobi,drive to Nanyuki town for lunch crossing the equator en route to the Sirimon Park gate (2660m). From the gate, we trek up thro magnificent montane forest, bamboo and giant heather zone before reaching the high altitude moorland and our first hut (Old Moses camp 3,300m) for dinner and overnight. This is a gentle trek that takes 3 – 4 hrs gaining an elevation of 680m.

Day 2: Old Moses – Shipton camp (4200m). 7 hrs, 14km, 900m ascent.
After breakfast, follow the track uphill, forking right at the junction. After a water break, you continue on the track crossing Ontulili River before turning right contouring through the Moorland and crossing Liki North River and continue uphill to Mackinders Valley from where there are panoramic views up the valley towards the Shipton Camp. This camp is a surreal setting below the towering peaks and glacier. Resident population is of Rock hyrax and sun birds.

Day 3: Shipton – Pt Lenana (4985m)- Mt Kenya Bandas (2800m) 11-12 hrs, 29km, 785 ascent, 2,085m descent.
Kick off at 3.am to reach pt Lenana in time for the African sunrise.
The climb starts on frozen scree and continues on a rocky track with some very minor scrambling. With a good Moon you barely need a torch. Without a Moon, then the pollution- free sky bangs on the ground giving you as good a view of the stars as almost anywhere on Earth.The climb takes 3 -4 hrs and to add to the exhilaration, Mt. Kilimanjaro is also visible from the horizon.
Descend to Minto’s hut for full breakfast. After a short rest descend further to Mt Kenya bandas along the gorges valley where you can enjoy good views of The Temple, Lake Michaelson, Mushroom rocks and Giant billiards table.  Dinner and overnight at the Bandas. You can enjoy log fires, hot showers and bed at the Bandas!

Day 4: Meru Bandas – Chogoria town – Nairobi. 3 hrs, 10km walk.
After breakfast, descend on a broad track through bamboo and virgin rain forest to meet vehicle for transfer to Chogoria town and further to Nairobi arriving by 17:00hrs.

Included

Included:


√ Transportation to and from Mount Kenya
The transport from Nairobi to the gate of Mount Kenya is taken care off. This also applies to the way back.

√ Four Season Mountain tents
You’re staying in our strong and well maintained four season mountain tents. Every time you arrive at your camp the tent has already been set up.

√ Double Layered Sleeping Mats
Double layered mats provided by your trekking company will put you to sleep in no time.

√ Hot meals daily while on the mountain
Breakfast, lunch and dinner are prepared during the trek. Your trekking company is bringing their own cook. Don’t be surprised when you see an exclusive three course dinner on your plate.

√ Treated and filtered water
During the trek you won’t have a shortage on drinking water.

√ Park fee, camping fee, VAT and other taxes
The park entry fees, the crater fee, camping fee and value added tax are included in the price.

√ Fair salary, food, insurance and accommodation for guide and porter(s)
The total amount covers not only your own basics, but also those of your guide and porter. No unpleasant surprises.

√ Your own team of porters and guides
Trekking on Mount Kenya is hard, both for yourself and your support staff.  You will have a team who will support you in climbing Mount Kenya. This team usually consists of a guide, porters and a cook. This way you don't have to carry your full gear yourself. The guide speaks English and usually the rest of the team speaks English as well

Excluded:


× Visa for Kenya
Visas are required for all visitors, and cost about $50. For most nationalities it is possible to get a visa online or upon arrival when you arrive at the airport in Nairobi. Check with your local Kenyan embassy or consulate to see what the requirements are.

× Flights to and from Nairobi
The total amount is also exclusive of flights to and from Nairobi. To get an idea of which airlines are visiting Jomo Kenyatta Internatiol Airport, it is best to have a look at their website.

× Personal expenses
All personal expenses such as drinks at the bar, washing and other similar expenses are for your own account.

× Travel Insurance Including Repatriation
Your international travel insurance is your own responsibility. It is important that your travel insurance also covers adventures at a high altitude. Discuss your itinerary with the insurance company before you travel to Tanzania.

× Tipping
Tips for guides and porters are exclusive. You decide what you want to tip, but be generous. A recommended fee is between 10 - 15% of the climbing costs.  

× Accommodation before and after the trek
Whether you stay in Nairobi or anywhere else, before and after the trek you have to take care of your own accommodation and meals.

Accommodation

Accommodation

Four Season Mountain tents
You will be staying in durable tents that are equipped for all weather situations. A few porters will always trek ahead of you to make sure that your tent is ready when you arrive. There will also be tables and chairs. Accommodation comes with freshly prepared meals.

 

Safety

Safety

Safety is of the utmost importance to us. That is why this is an area in which we simply do not compromise when it comes to keeping the cost of our trekkings low. Our guides have been selected on the basis of their technical competence, proven safety performance, impeccable judgment, friendly attitude and ability to provide useful and expert instructions. They are also very professional and well trained in first aid and personal protection equipment. First aid kits are available on all treks. In addition, the routes are ideally designed to give you enough time to acclimatize.

While the intention is to stick to the described route, a certain degree of flexibility is built in. In some cases it may be necessary to change the route here and there. The mountains are full of surprises, and the weather on Mount Kenya is unpredictable. The guides continuously carry out risk assessments throughout the expedition. It is therefore best to plan a number of extra days in Kenya to cover for possible unforeseen circumstances. Read all about altitude sickness here.

Packing List

Trekking in Mount Kenya requires decent gear. Especially the basics like an 80-90l backpack and quality trekking socks. 

Technical Clothing
- Waterproof Jacket, breathable with hood
- Insulated Jacket, synthetic or down
- Soft Jacket, fleece or soft-shell
- 2 Long Sleeve Shirts, light-weight, moisture-wicking fabric
- Short Sleeve Shirt, light-weight, moisture-wicking fabric
- Waterproof Pants, breathable (side-zipper recommended)
- 2 Hiking Pants (convertible to shorts recommended)
- Fleece Pants
- Shorts (optional)
- Long Underwear (moisture-wicking fabric recommended)
- 3 Underwear, briefs (moisture-wicking fabric recommended)
- 2 Sport Bra (women)

Headwear
- Brimmed Hat, for sun protection
- Knit Hat, for warmth
- Balaclava, for face coverage (optional)
- Bandana (optional)

Handwear
- Gloves, warm (waterproof recommended)
- Glove Liners, thin, synthetic, worn under gloves for added warmth (optional)

Footwear
- Hiking Boots, warm, waterproof, broken-in, with spare laces
- Gym Shoes, to wear at camp (optional)
- 3 Socks, thick, wool or synthetic
- 3 Sock Liners, tight, thin, synthetic, worn under socks to prevent blisters (optional)
- Gaiters, waterproof (optional)

Accessories
- Sunglasses or Goggles
- Backpack Cover, waterproof (optional)
- Poncho, during rainy season (optional)
- Water Bottle (Nalgene, 32 oz. recommended
- Water Bladder, Camelback type (recommended)
- Towel, lightweight, quick-dry (optional)
- Stuff Sacks or Plastic Bags, various sizes, to keep gear dry and separate

Equipment
- Sleeping Bag, warm, four seasons
- Sleeping Bag Liner, for added warmth (optional)
- Trekking Poles (recommended)
- Head lamp, with extra batteries
- Duffel bag, (waterproof recommended) for porters to carry your equipment.
- Daypack, for you to carry your personal gear

Other
- Toiletries (Option)
- Prescriptions
- Sunscreen
- Lip Balm
- Insect Repellent, containing DEET
- First Aid Kit
- Hand Sanitizer
- Toilet Paper (To be provided)
- Wet Wipes (recommended)
- Snacks, light-weight, high calorie, high energy (optional)
- Pencil and Notebook, miniature, for trip log (optional)
- Camera, with extra batteries (optional)

FAQ

FAQ

Best season
In the mountains the weather is often difficult to predict. The same goes for Mount Kenya. Although you are trekking at the equator, it can get quite cold at an altitude of 4000m (13.123ft). Temperatures ranging from -10 to -20'C have been measured at Point Lenana. Although these are excesses, it is advisable to be prepared for all types of weather. Kenya has two rainy seasons, the long rains and the short rains. The long rains  last from mid-March to mid-June and the short rains are in September and October. Mount Kenya is good all year round, but during the long rains you have to be prepared for heavy rainfall and muddy trails. But even in rainy season, there's a good chance that you will put on more sunscreen regularly.

Porters
Trekking on Mount Kenya is hard, both for yourself and your support staff.  You will have a team who will support you in climbing Mount Kenya. This team usually consists of a guide, porters and a cook. This way you don't have to carry your full gear yourself. The guide speaks English and usually the rest of the team speaks English as well. 

Tipping
It is impossible to climb the Mount Kenya solo. . Both the guide, the assistant guide, the porter and the cook expect a tip. For the whole trek, this sums up to an amount ranging from 10 until 15% of the total climbing costs. 

Visa for Kenya
Visas are required for all visitors, and cost about $50. For most nationalities it is possible to get a visa upon arrival when you arrive at the airport in Nairobi. Check with your local Kenyan embassy or consulate to see what the requirements are.

Vaccinations
Tanzania is an area where yellow fever occurs and therefore we recommend you to be vaccinated. We also recommend that you have all other vaccinations such as Tetanus, Diphtheria, Polio and Hepatitis A & B up to date. Malaria is present in Kenya but there are no mosquitoes at high altitude. Always consult your health professional 90 days ahead of departure.

Go To Mount Kenya

Our company is established in Kenya and is one of the leading personal guiding companies in the country. We are set up to provide a very personal service. You will be dealing directly with the people who benefit directly from your visit. You won't get closer than that.

Excellent Staff & Team Leaders
We pride ourselves on having excellent staff and team leaders, who have worked with us for many years - that`s why Go To Mount Kenya is so popular!

Attention to You and Your Safety
Each assignment is a project in its own right - your team, our team and the mountain. The size of our team is directly related to the number on your team. That way we ensure the correct level of attention to you and your safety.

Fantastic Time
We hope you will contact friends who have traveled with us before. Indeed most of our business comes from referrals so we know the value in you having a fantastic time.

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How does it work?


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The trekking company will also receive your details and can therefore always contact you and provide you with extra information.

Cancellation Policy
You wish you didn’t have to, but there is no other way: You find yourself having to cancel your plans. In this case, you lose your deposit, but since you haven’t paid the large sum yet, you at least save that. Please do let us know if you cannot make it. A no-show can be a small disaster for your trekking provider, who did its best to block your dates. View our complete cancellation policy here.
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