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 the 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 the magnificent scenery. Another route is Sirimon, which has the most gradual ascent and also ascends on the direst 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 the Sirimon - Chogoria route.


This route can be varied to include American Camp

Day-1: Old Moses camp (3300m)

Day-2: Liki North

Day-3: Shiptons Camp 4200m

Day-4: Mintos Hut 4300m

Day-5: Meru Mount Kenya Bandas

Day-6: Chogoria

Fast Facts

Altitude: 4985m

Best: May to October

Tour: From 6 Days

Huts and/ or Tents

Trek Grade: 2c (FP)

A combination of long days with steep paths, boulders and mountain scrambling. Glaciers and snow may be encountered at high altitude. There is no need for technical climbing. Medium risk of altitude sickness. Altitudes up to 6000m. Good cardio vascular fitness is needed with weight and circuit training and running. Lots of hill walking. Backpacks will weigh about 4-5kg and contain water, camera and essentials. Trek weight loss around 4kg. Fully Portered

Detailed Itinerary

This route can be varied to include American Camp

Day-1: Old Moses camp (3300m)

At 08:30hrs, we will depart Nairobi and transfer to Mt Kenya Sirimon Gate at 2600m. After meeting our trekking crew we will trek through the lush forest belt for about 9km, towards Old Moses camp (3300m) for our overnight stay. Picnic lunch & dinner. (3-4 hours)

Day-2: Liki North (4000m)

Our hike today will take us along the standard route with a deviation up near the weather tower where we continue straight up to Liki North, a small valley that runs alongside McKinders Valley. We will camp here in this quiet area.

Day-3: Shiptons Camp (4200m)

Today we will climb up from the valley floor to join the Mackinders Valley, as we trek up to an altitude of 4200m, to Shiptons Camp 4200m for our overnight stay. On the way, we ill come across the giant groundsel and sunbirds, as well as various streams which tend to make the ground quite marshy in places. Picnic lunch & dinner. (5-6 hours)

Day-4: Mintos Hut (4300m)

At about 03h00, we will begin our trek toward to Point Lenana at 4985m, aiming to reach there around 06h30 for a sunrise summit. We then descend to Mintos Hut or tarn area for an overnight stay in in tents at 4300m. (5 hours)

Day-5: Meru Mount Kenya Bandas

We spend about 5 hours descending to Chogoria Park Gate for our overnight stay, at Meru Mount Kenya Bandas. (5 hours)

Day-6: Chogoria

Today, we will have a leisurely descend leisurely through the Chogoria forest to connect with our transfer vehicle to Nairobi after your Mt Kenya Trek.  

End of services

What's Included

Price includes

Return 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 for 4 days
Camping/Hut fees for Naro Moru
Tents if required
Sleeping mattresses if required for camping

Price Excludes

Mandatory travel and medical insurance
Tips, baggage and porterage
Bottled water
Meals other than those indicated
Visa's and vaccinations
International flights
Costs for giving up the expedition (no refunds applicable)


Route Profile Map

Mt Kenya Sirimon Chogoria Route
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Overview of Trekking Routes
 3 days trekking
 Shortest way to Lenana summit
 Rapid ascent
 Starts at Naro Moru Park gate (2400m)
 Sleep in Tents/Huts
 Steep vertical bog section
 Summit via Mackinder's and Austrian Camp
Naromoru Route
 4 days trekking
 Scenic easier route
 Northern side so drier
 Starts from Sirimon Park Gate (2600m)
 Sleep in Tents/Huts
 Long open valleys
 Summit via Shipton's camp (4200m)
Sirimon Route
 From 4 days trekking
 Most beautiful route
 Longer approach route
 Starts at Chogoria Park Gate (2950m)
 Sleep in Tents/Huts
 Steep craggy peaks and views
 Summit via Shiptons Hut (4790m)
Chogoria Route
 4 days trekking
 Ascent via Sirimon and descend Naromoru
 Starts at Sirimon Park Gate (2600m)
 Sleep in Tents/Huts
 Steep vertical bog on descent
 Summit via Shiptons camp (4200m)
Naromoru Sirimon Route
 5-6 days trekking
 Very scenic route
 Slower ascent
 Starts at Sirimon Park Gate (2600m)
 Sleep in Tents/Huts
 Steep graggy views and lakes on descent
 Summit via Shiptons camp (4200m)
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