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.


This trek to Point Lenana is the shortest route, but also the steepest route.

Day-1: Old Moses camp 3300m

Day-2: Shiptons camp, 4200m

Day-3: Old Moses

Day-4: Sirimon Park Gate (2600m)to Nairobi

Fast Facts

Altitude: 4985m

Best: May to October

Tour: From 4 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 trek to Point Lenana is the shortest route, but also the steepest route.

Day-1: Old Moses camp 3300m

After an early morning breakfast, transfer from Nairobi to Sirimon Park Gate (2600m) where you will meet your trekking crew. Today is a relatively short acclimatisation walk to Old Moses camp situated at 3300m for our overnight stay. (4-5 hours)

Day-2: Shiptons camp, 4200m

Today's hike is tougher than the day before, and we will take about 5 to 7 hours to reach our overnight stop at Shiptons camp, situated at 4200m for our overnight stay. (5-7 hours)

Day-3: Old Moses

Rising very early, we will shuffle off into the morning at about 03h00to make our pre dawn attempt of Point Lenana 4985m. The route will take us via two screed sections up to 4600m before the final ascent to Point Lenana. We enjoy a leisurely descent to Old Moses to Camp for our overnight (5-6 hours).

Day-4: Sirimon Park Gate (2600m)

Today, we descend to the road head through the groundsels and lobelia to reach our transfer vehicle back to Nairobi. Breakfast and lunch are provided. ( 3 hours)

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)


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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
 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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