SIRIMON CHOGORIA ROUTE 5 DAYS
Mount Kenya Chogoria Route is the one of the most beautiful access points to Point Lenana. There are 3 principal summit routes (and 4 lesser used routes), namely Sirimon, Chogoria and Naro Moru. These can either stand alone, or together as variations with other routes. The most scenic and interesting of the three main routes on Mt Kenya is Chogoria route. It starts at Meru Bandas at the base of arguably one of the beautiful Lake Michaelson. As it is a slower ascent it offers more prospects for acclimatisation and also time to enjoy te magnificent scenery. Another route is Sirimon, which has the most gradual ascent and also ascends on the driest side of the mountain, meaning less chance of rain. It starts in a yellowwood forest, into a shrubland, a forest of scenecios up to Lenana.
When combined over 5 or 6 days, it forms Sirimon Chogoria route.
Day-1: Nairobi - Chogoria Town - Mount Meru Bandas
Day-2: Mount Meru Bandas - Road Head - Lake Ellis
Day-3: Lake Ellis Camp - Mintos Hut
Day-4: Mintos Hut - Point Lenana - Old Moses Hut
Day-5: Old Moses Camp (Judmier Camp) - Sirimon Gate - Nairobi
Your route to summit is lit by the full moonThe majority of a trekking or climbing on Mt Kenya takes place during daylight hours. It is only for the summit attempt you climb at night, starting out just before midnight. A summit attempt done during a full moon means that the entire route will be well lit and you will hardly need to run on your headlamp
Pre and post summit nights around campIf you are aiming to summit during a full moon it means that your nights pre and post summit around camp will be lit by a near perfect full moon, giving you amazing moonlit scenes from camp
Incredible universal energyThe Full Moon is supposed to be a powerful time where the universal energy is highest and the best time to renew positive energy. In some religions a full moon is invocative of the higher energies and creates a channel of contact between soul and spirit.
If the night is overcast, you wont benefit from the full moonThink about it, just because there is a full moon does not mean the skies will be perfectly clear and cloudless. If you happen to catch an overcast night, then you will not benefit much the from full moon, nor the light it creates, and you will still need the assistance of your headlamp.
Busier routesIf you are planning to summit during a full moon for all the positive reasons above, who is to say others wont as well, meaning that your entire route to summit will be crowded with many others seeking to benefit from the full moon too For a list of Full moon dates, click here
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1) trekking or hiking - this may sound strange, but many insurance list that as an exclusion.
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Day-1: Nairobi - Chogoria Town - Meru BandasThe day starts with collected from your hotel in Nairobi. We then drive north to Chogoria Town for an early lunch. You will then take a 4x4WD land rover into the rain forest to a clearance. Your hike starts from here for 16km.
The forest can be dry and dusty, or muddy in rainy season. The hike will last 4hrs reaching the Meru Bandas on 2950m where dinner and first night will be.
Day-2: Bandas - Road Head - Lake Ellis, 5hrs, 13km, 700m ascentWake up to breakfast. Follow the path through giant heather and forest up to Chogoria road head, from where you detour with a descent from the route crossing a stream (stemming from Lake Ellis) on to Nithi Falls then a short ascent to get to Road Head Camp at an altitude of 3300m walking approximately 3-4hrs.
You nw continue hiking from Road Head Camp for 1hr, following the track in the forest and giant heather to arrive at Lake Ellis, through Mugi Hills between the Gorges Valley, up through the Nithi River. You will then reach Lake Ellis Camp for the night, 3650m
Day-3: Lake Ellis Camp - Mintos Hut - hike of 12km in 4-5 hrsAn early start with hiking through the track following a ridge for approximately 3 hours. At an altitude of 4100m we will join up with the main Chogoria trail where we get get spectacular views over the scenic Gorges Valley, Northern Moorlands and towards Ithanguni.
In the afternoon, it is well worth a short walk to see the 'Temple' which a 150 meters vertical cliff overlooking Lake Michaelson. We could also hike to Lake Michaelson, which is around 2 - 2.5 hours return.
Day-4: Mintos Hut - Point Lenana - Old Moses HutAt about 02h00, we will begin our trek toward to Point Lenana at 4985m, aiming to reach there around 06h30 for a sunrise summit. You will start your final journey at 2 am hiking towards the main mountain peaks. We will then head on a 2hrs descent to Shipton Camp at 4200m. Enjoy a well-deserved breakfast. Another 4hrs through Mackinders Valley to arrive Old Moses Camp, located at 3300m for the night
Day five: Old Moses Camp (Judmier Camp) - Sirimon Gate - NairobiToday, you hike down for 2-3hrs through the rainforest to reach Sirimon Gate, 2650m. You then connect with your transport vehicle to Nanyuki Town for lunch and continue back to Nairobi with an arrival estimated to be approximately 3 pm.
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Price includesReturn Mt Kenya airport transfers
Three meals a day on trek except for last day of trek
All park entry fees
All porter, guide and cook fees
Mt Kenya permit
Camping/Hut fees for Chogoria
Tents if required
Sleeping mattresses for camping
Price ExcludesMandatory travel and medical insurance
Tips, baggage and porterage
Meals other than those indicated
Visa's and vaccinations
Costs for giving up the expedition (no refunds applicable)
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