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5 Days Backpacking tour itinerary for Mount Kenya & Nairobi: Ascend Africa's Second-highest Mountain Via Sirimon, Chogoria Routes

Mount Kenya, Nairobi

Mountaineering Tour
Backpacking Tour
Glacier Tour
Ascend Africa

Mountain views

Mount Kenya-Kenya

Climb up Kenya's highest mountain for amazing landscape views of snow, ice and glacier right at the Equator. You will be amazed by the magnificent display of geographical features here, both of local vegetation and diverse flora. Click candid pictures of sunrise views at Point Lenana (4,985 m)!

DAY 01

Nairobi - Nanyuki - Old Moses camp(Judimier)

  • Hiking all the way to Old Moses CampPick up from your hotel/ residence at 7:00 hrs.

  • Drive to Nanyuki will take about four and a half (4 ½) hours.

  • Meet the crew for the hike. We will also replenish our supplies before driving to Sirimon park gate with an altitude of 2,650 m. Picnic lunch will be served while payments and formalities are finalised.

  • Hike for 9 km till Old Moses camp (3,300 m altitude).

  • Dinner and overnight stay will be here. Accommodation will be bunkhouses in the form of dormitories.

DAY 02

Old Moses camp - Shipton's camp via Mackinder's Valley

  • Posing on the mountainAfter early breakfast, hike to Shipton`s camp through Mackinder`s valley with your Kenyan mountain guide. Lunch will be served en route or else with picnic packed lunch box. Elevation attained will be 1000 {900 m} to 4,200 m altitude.

  • Dinner and overnight stay in the bunk


    Hike through Mackinder's Valley

DAY 03

Shipton's camp - Acclimatization

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Stand amidst scenic landscapes

  • Today will be an acclimatization day in preparation for the summit ascent. We will explore the adjacent cols & ridges neighbouring the camp. The drill is as always to climb high and sleep low.

DAY 04

Shipton's camp – Point Lenana - Mount Kenya Bandas

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Hike via snowy paths

Crater Lake

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  • After a light pre-breakfast at 02:00 hrs, ascend to our main trekker`s Point Lenana for sunrise view at 06:30 hrs. A short celebration and photo session will mark the climax of the hike.

  • Descend to Halls tarn {Mintos Hut} for a glimpse of the Temple with your Kenyan mountain guide. Hot brunch will be served at this camp.

  • Proceed to the trail and enjoy panoramic views on the road ahead, reaching an altitude of 3,300 m altitude. The final stretch of the day will be at the Bandas where hot shower awaits you.

  • Dinner and overnight stay at the camp.

DAY 05

Mount Kenya Bandas – Nairobi

Tented camp stays

  • After breakfast, board the transfer vehicle from the doorstep of your cabin.

  • Drive to Chogoria town where we will bid farewell to the mountain crew.

  • Proceed to Nairobi and expect to arrive by 17:00 hours.

Bid farewell to mountain crew!

  • 940 USD Per Adult
  • All Park related fees.

  • Transport to and from the mountain.

  • Accommodation up the mountain in bunkhouses.

  • Three {3} meals a day whilst on tour.

  • Service crew {Kenyan mountain guides, chefs & porters}.

  • Accommodation prior to and after the climb.

  • Gratitude & Tips.

  • Personal bites/energy bars taken while hiking.

  • Personal travel/medical insurance.

  • Hot hotel lunch on our way back to Nairobi.

  • Alcoholic drinks.

  • Any other item or service not mentioned above.

  • Mount Kenya has have been thought and held in reverence by the local communities as God`s residence. The snow on the peaks has astonished explorers who could not figure out its existence right at the equator. The roads were initially dug for the military purpose to help access the forest to flush out the Maumau freedom fighters. The mountain has not escaped the attention of notable filmmakers who have shot many awarding cinemas and documentaries. {Nowhere in Africa, The Night Climbers of Cambridge, No Picnic on Mt. Kenya are just but a few.} Book writers have also written with some best-selling titles such as "The Ascent".  Mt. Kenya was also recognized as a UNESCO Biosphere Reserve and later a UNESCO World Heritage Site. Mt Kenya is regarded as the most visually stunning of the ice-capped African peaks and is home to a great diversity of wildlife including leopards, elephants and buffaloes. The ascent is an exhilarating and diverse trek with relatively few hikers compared to Kilimanjaro. Many would argue that Mount Kenya, whilst not being as high as Kilimanjaro, is certainly the more enjoyable, interesting and dramatic of the two mountains. 

  • Sirimon route is considered by many to represent Mt. Kenya one of the easiest route to reach point Lenana. The route is on the dry side of the mountain and affords walks through old growth forest on lower slopes and giant heather, alpine flowers and lobelia at higher elevations. 

  • Chogoria route is on the east side of the mountain and the most scenic and rewarding for hikers interested in seeing beautiful panoramic landscapes and the exotic flora on Mt Kenya. Being on the windward, the forest is thick and healthy often with undergrowth and the umbrella canopies.

What to bring: Mount Kenya has its own climate on account of its height. Rain clouds can appear without warning and be gone hours later. An early morning frost is possible at any time of the year and guests should bring a fleece and light rain jacket, although, during the day, shorts and T-shirts should suffice in the heat.

  •  Sleeping bag; one rated four (4) season is fine. The sleeping bag should be a snug fit since if it is too large there will be more cool air for the body to warm.

  • Clothing:

    • Rain Trouser.

    • Rain Jacket [Poncho].

    • Balaclava [Woollen Hat].

    • Warm Clothes down jacket.

    • Thermal underwear.

    • Fleece Jacket.

    • Hiking Boots.

    • Gloves.

    • Walking Sticks.

    • Head Torch.

    • Sunglasses.

    • Ruck Suck 65 L [Carried by porters].

    • Day Pack 35 [For your personal effects].

  • Optional comfort accessories:

    • Walking poles, hot water bottle.

    • Wet wipes; ideal for those who want to stay fresh but are unable to bear dips in the freezing mountain weather.

  • Passport/Identification Card {ID}

  • Personal travel/ medical insurance

Mount Kenya, Nairobi

Mountaineering Tour
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Glacier Tour

Contributed By

Charles Waiganjo

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