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5 Days Backpacking tour itinerary for Mount Kenya & Nanyuki: Ascend Kenya's Highest Peak Via Sirimon - Chogoria Route

Mount Kenya, Nanyuki

Trekking Tour
Camping Tour
Backpacking Tour

Conquer the highest mountain of Kenya using the Sirimon Route to ascend and Chogoria route to descend. With breathtaking sceneries and easy access, this is the most beautiful route. This is the most popular and recommended route as it allows an acclimatisation day at Shipton's camp (4200m) ahead of the summit. 

DAY 01

Nanyuki - Sirimon Gate - Old moses camp (3300m)

  • Leave from your pick up place (hotel) at around 10.00 am and drive towards North till the junction to Sirimon gate.

  • Have a picnic lunch and check in the park to start your hiking along a paved road through the rain forest with high chances of spotting wildlife.

  • Arrive at Old Moses Camp in 3 hours. 

Overnight at the camp.

DAY 02

Old Moses camp - shipton camp (4200m)

  • After having breakfast, leave the camp trekking up the hill along a single trail through alpine vegetation crossing Ontulili and Likii valleys and continuing along Mackinders valley.

  • Arrive at Shipton's Camp in 6– 7 hours.

  • Eat a picnic lunch halfway.

Overnight at the camp.

DAY 03

Acclimatization day

  • It is on this day that you will take a short hike to Hausberg col [4600 m] in 2 – 3 hours to acclimatize with altitude and take a rest ahead of the summit with your Mount Kenya trekking guide.

  • In the late afternoon, you'll explore around your campsite.

DAY 04

Shipton - Summit - Lake Ellis ( 3400m)

  • Wake up at around 0200 hours.

  • Take a simple breakfast and hit the trail in the dark reaching to the summit [Point Lenana 4985m] in 3 hours.

  • While at the summit, you will be rewarded with a spectacular African Sunrise and 360° magical views. Mt Kilimanjaro is visible at a distance when the weather is clear.

  • After taking some photos, hike down towards the Chogoria route via Mintos hut for full breakfast and continuing hiking down over the Gorges ridge reaching to Lake Ellis campsite for lunch, dinner and well-earned sleep at the camp.

Hiking time from Summit to last camp: 6 - 8 hours.

DAY 05

Lake Ellis - Nanyuki/ onward Destination

  • After having breakfast, leave the camp to hike towards Chogoria park gate.

  • Check out and proceed hiking down through bamboo forests for 2 hours.

  • Board a vehicle taking you down through the rain forest reaching Chogoria town.

  • Connect with another vehicle taking you back to Nanyuki or your onward destination to Nairobi.

  • 480 USD Per Adult (* Prices per person 2 sharing. A Single traveler will pay a higher rate )
  • All camping, park and government fees.

  • Kenyan guiding services.

  • Transport to and out of park gates.

  • A good mountain tent and sleeping mat.

  • Meals whilst on the mountain.

  • Hiring of porters and cook.

  • Hiring of hiking gears eg sleeping bags, hiking boots, warm jackets, etc.

  • Travel and health insurances.

  • Tips

  • Anything else not listed above.

  • Note: This is a do it yourself hiking trip, meaning you have to cook for yourselves and carry your own backpacks.

  • Here is a sample of program starting Nanyuki town and back.

Mount Kenya, Nanyuki

Trekking Tour
Camping Tour
Backpacking Tour

Contributed By

Mwangi Sammy

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