SIRIMON CHOGORIA ROUTE 6 DAYS

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. We recommend doing the trek by ascending and descending each of the routes to give some variety, and mix up camping or staying in huts along the way. 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.

Overview

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

It is 5895m or 19,341 ft above sea level.
Mt Kenya comprises three peaks, two of which are technical climbs and one which is a trekking peak. The two major technical rock and ice climbing peaks are called Nelion and Batian. The third peak is known as Point Lenana and is a trekking peak, easily achieved via hiking or walking. Our Mt Kenya treks all go to Lenana, so our tours are to the trekking peak where no technical expertise is needed.
The shortest number of days required for is 4, but by the time you have added on arrival and departure days it is 6. As it is a steeper approach it is best done in 5 to increase your chances of success.
The route covers roughly 53km
The best months to climb Mt Kenya are June to October. Mount Kenya is relatively equatorial which means minimal variation between seasons. However, there are two rainy seasons, the first is from March to May (short rains) and November to December (longer rains) which can make the forest track muddy and of course, snow and/or rain higher up.
Depending on the variation you take you will most likely be in a mix of huts and tents
Our grade: Trek Grade: 2c (FP) along Chogoria Route. The main section up to Mintos Tarn is quite steep

Benefits

Your route to summit is lit by the full moon

The 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 camp

If 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 energy

The 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.

Pit Falls

If the night is overcast, you wont benefit from the full moon

Think 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 routes

If 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

Yes you do. We (Nomadic Adventures) do not allow anyone to climb with us unless they have adequate travel insurance. Adequate, means you must be covered for

1) trekking or hiking - this may sound strange, but many insurance list that as an exclusion.

2) altitude up to 5,000 meters. Most travel insurance providers do not include this under their standard option and often limit it to 3500m or less.

3) Sprains strains and physiotherapy - yes, many insurers exclude this, though ironically, this is what you will most likely need cover for.

4) personal accident - this is the horrible part of insurance. Yes, you need to be covered in the case of death. We are often told by clients - "if anything happens to me, just leave me there." Bodies need to be brought home or laid to rest overseas, and this can run into thousands of dollars, creating a huge burden on family members.

We will assist in helping you provide good cover. If you need cover or simply a quote, follow the details herewith:. Once you have done your initial quote, you will need to upgrade your cover to include altitudes up to 5000m. Towards the bottom of the page you will see a section called, Options: Upgrade your cover. Click the link called 'View Adventure Sports Benefits'. A blue pop up screen will open. Look for the level of cover required for 'trekking to 5,000 meters' or 'hiking to 6,000 meters'. Depending on your country it is usually a level 1 or 2. Note: we are not insurance experts and it's your responsibility
to ensure you have correct and adequate cover. If you live in South Africa, we have other cover options

A link to Mount Kenya wikipedia

Kenya National Parks

Acute mountain sickness: MedlinePlus Medical Encyclopedia

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.


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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
Laundry
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
Naro Moru 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 Naro Moru
Starts at Sirimon Park Gate (2600m)
Sleep in Tents/Huts
Steep vertical bog on descent
Summit via Shiptons camp (4200m)
Naro Moru 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)
Sirimon Chogoria 5 days
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