7 Days Mt. Kenya Climbing: Sirimon – Naromoru Route

7 Days

Safari Overview

Get ready for one of the best treks in Africa! Embark on this amazing 7-day journey to climb Africa’s second highest mountain – Mount Kenya. Hike via the scenic Sirimon Route and enjoy a stunning sunrise at Point Lenana, the “trekkers’ summit”.

This itinerary uses one of the gentlest ascent trail up Mount Kenya and is tailored to provides valuable acclimatisation by having extra, but shorter walking days during the trek. On the way up you split the distance to the base of the peaks into 3 then skirt the high peaks in the anticlockwise direction. On the trek around the peaks you pass Hausberg col and Two-tarn and enjoy splendid views of the rocky towers, tarns and suspended glaciers of the west face of Batian peak then descend down the Teleki valley to connect the Naromoru summit trail.

General trekking information and recommended mountain clothing:

  • Warm, windproof jacket with hood
  • Waterproof Jacket and over trousers
  • Walking trousers, shirts and pullover
  • Warm underwear
  • Walking socks
  • Good comfortable walking heavy boots
  • Training shoes (for evening)
  • Gaiters, sun hat, warm hat or balaclava
  • Scarf, gloves, sun glasses
  • Sleeping bag
  • You can hire some of the equipment available at a reasonable cost

Trip Highlights

  • Climb Africa’s second highest mountain standing at 5,199m
  • Enjoy a spectacular sunrise with views over Mount Kenya
  • Admire Kenya’s large variety of wildlife and unique plants
  • Hike through the region’s diverse landscapes

Detailed Itinerary

Day 1 :

Drive from Nairobi to our base lodge on the western slopes of Mt Kenya tucked away in the Mount Kenya forest and at almost 2,000m the acclimatisation begins here. This afternoon is an inclusive walk through the forest where local natural history guide will reveal the medicinal plants, birds and animals of the forest environment as you explore the lower montane forest while heading to the famous Mau Mau caves – an interesting hike that prepares you for the main trek.

Day 2 :

Short drive, crossing the equator en-route, to the Sirimon Park Gate. On completion of park entry formalities we trek up through magnificent montane forests, bamboo and giant heather zones before reaching the high altitude moorland and our first hut, “Old Moses” at 3,340m. This first day’s gentle trek takes 2-3 hours and ascends 740m.

Day 3 :

Up the sprawling Mooreland to the spectacular Likii Valley an area of beautiful high altitude plant such as Ostrich Plum Lobelia and Cabbage Groundsel to emerge at the Likii North hut at 3990m for camping. This is a short walking day, 3-4 hours, with an optional acclimatisation hike in afternoon up onto Terere peak.

Day 4 :

Up the splendid Mackinder Valley trekking past peculiar looking giant groundsel and lobelia plants to arrive at Shipton’s camp at 4,236m for the night. This is a surreal setting below the towering peaks and glaciers, with its resident populations of bizarre rock hyrax and beautiful sunbirds.

Day 5 :

Depart after breakfast and to ascend Hausberg col (4700m) then descend steeply to Hausberg valley and Oblong tarns before making a further steep ascent, crossing huge boulders via Two Tarn. After a picnic lunch break descend into Teleki valley and connect the Naromoru summit trail for a steep climb on a rocky track leading to Austrian Camp for the night – 4780m. This day’s summit circuit hike takes 5-6 hours. Climbing higher each day is excellent for acclimatisation.

Day 6 :

Early start to reach Pt. Lenana at 4,895m for sunrise. The climb is on frozen scree with some scrambling on the ridge of the Lewis glacier. You need a bright head torch for this. The climb takes between 1 and 2 hours and to add to the exhilaration, Kilimanjaro is usually visible on the horizon. A further 2 – 3 hours down to Makinder’s camp for a hefty breakfast. After breakfast relax the rest of the day and stretch your tired legs

Day 7 :

4 – 5 hour morning trek to Naromoru park gate (2600m) and connect with the vehicle for transfer back to Mountain Rock Lodge for a welcome hot shower and lunch before the journey back to Nairobi.

What's Included

  • Guarantee price/guarantee trek on confirmation
  • Return transfer Nairobi – Nanyuki/Chogoria – Nairobi
  • 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
  • Accommodation in camps/huts as per the itinerary
  • Accommodation at Nanyuki hotel on B/B
  • Two Man tent
  • All park entrance fees to include government taxes
  • Services of an English speaking professional guide, porters and skilled cook
  • 4×4 transport on Chogoria route
  • Start and finish Nairobi
  • Treated water on the trek

What's Not Included

  • All personal travel insurances
  • All personal expenses including; telephones, tips, alcoholic drinks, laundry, etc.
  • International and Domestic flights
  • All Airport Taxes and Visas
  • Accommodation in Nairobi before and after the trek (but can be arranged on request)
  • Any other extras not detailed in the above itinerary

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7 Days Mt. Kenya Climbing: Sirimon – Naromoru Route