Mount Kenya Challenge
Mount Kenya is the highest mountain in Kenya and the second highest in Africa after Kilimanjaro.
The highest peaks of the mountain are Batian (5,199 m), Nelion (5,188m) & Point Lenana (4,985m). Most trekkers only climb to Point Lenana due to the technical climbing approach required for Nelion & Batian.
The mountain was designated as a UNESCO World Heritage Site in 1997 and receives over 15,000 visitors annually.
The Sirimon route offers some of finest trekking. The route starts on the northwest side of the Mountain
Near, Nanyuki at the Sirimon Gate, Mount Kenya National Park. Access is adequate and the bunk house
facilities are the best on this side of the mountain. Take this classic route up Mount Kenya through the notoriously, treacherous vertical bog and into the wide Teleki Valley beneath Tryndall, The Lewis Glacier.
Although Mount Kenya summit can be reached in 4 days as per the below itinerary, we strongly recommend an overnight acclimatization at the base in Nanyuki Town. This can be arranged on request.
ITINERARY FOR 4 DAYS MT KENYA SIRIMON ROUTE
Depart from Nanyuki /Sirimon Park gate (2,660m/8,727ft) to Judmaier Camp/Old Moses Camp(3300m/10,827ft):3 to 4hrs, 9km
Depart from Nanyuki by shuttle and arrive in time for an early lunch and a pre climb briefing. On arrival at the Sirimon gate, you begin your climb uphill through the dense forest which transforms into heath land after a 3 hour hike.
It is quite beautiful, particularly when some of the other flowers are in bloom the route turns off right towards Judimier Camp, 3300m for dinner and overnight stay.
Judmaier Camp(3300m/10,827ft)to Shipton Camp(4,200m13,780ft):6-8hrs, 14km
After breakfast, an hour’s trek will bring you the to the Ontulli river crossing. Climb on contouring through the Moorland as you cross Liki North and continue uphill to Mackinder’s Valley. From here, the panoramic views of the main peaks are sure to take your breath away. After a good 6-7 hour hike having covered 14km you will reach Shipton’s Camp which is tucked underneath the towering snow-capped peaks for dinner and overnight stay.
Shipton Camp (4,200m13,780ft) to Point Lenana (4,985m.16,355ft) to Judmaier Camp/Old Moses(3300m/10,827ft):9-10hrs, 21 km Today is the summit day! We leave at 3 a.m. up a steep through a cliff clearing towards lower Hall Tarns arriving at Point Lenana around 6.30 a.m., just in time for a spectacular
sun-rise. After the sunrise, you will start your descent to Shipton Camp (2 hours) for breakfast and a further 5-6 hours down to Old Moses camp for dinner & over-night stay.
Judmaier Camp3300m/10,827ft) to Sirimon Park gate-Nairobi
After breakfast, we will walk down through the rainforest to reach the park gate in 2-3 hours. Here you will be received by your vehicle for a ride to Nanyuki town.
Season & Prices
Tour cost: US$ 1250 per person
Included in the price:
• Guarantee price/guarantee trek on confirmation
• Transfer to and from the base of the mountain
• Full board accommodation whilst on the trek.
• Meal plan as detailed: B=Breakfast, L=Lunch and D=Dinner
• Accommodations in camps/huts as per the itinerary
• All park entrance fees to include government taxes
• Service of an English speaking professional guide, porters and skilled cook
• Start and finish Nanyuki
• Laundry, sleeping bags, beverages/Drinks, accommodation before the trek and climbing gears
• International flights
• Visas to Kenya
• Items of personal nature
• Any other extras not detailed in the above itinerary
The temperature range on the Mountain is +20C to -10C. So warm to very cold. The UV at altitude on the Equator is some of the highest on earth.
You will need to bring -
4 season sleeping bag, Karrimat, down Jacket, gloves, woolly hat, thermal inners, a waterproof /windproof jacket, a fleece, 2 shirts, 2 trousers, shorts, 3/4 pairs socks, (-i.e. 1 dry change of clothes and the other for walking) shoes/trainers and walking boots.
(boots should be warm in before coming and be comfortable). Sunhat, high factor sun cream & lip salve, good sunglasses/ glacier glasses. Each person should have a 2-3 litre water bottle(s)- if a camel pack need insulation on the mouth tube. A small towel, toiletries, and mini pillow- if required. A headtorch and spare batteries. A day pack for water, fleece, raincoat and camera etc.
A soft hold all bag for the rest of your gear and by-liners/ to waterproof dry gear – you gear bag shouldn’t weigh more than 14 KG. A few extra nibbles, and a basic first aid Kit – e.g. - Plasters, aspirins, tampons, hand wash etc.