Mt. Kenya Climb – 4 Days In Sirimon Out Sirimon Route
Mt. Kenya is an imposing extinct volcano dominating the landscape of the Kenyan Highlands, East of the Rift Valley. Mt. Kenya lies about 140 km North, North-East of Nairobi with its Northern flanks across the Equator. The mountain has two main peaks – Batian (5200m) and Nelion (5188m). The mountains slopes are cloaked in forest, bamboo, scrub and moorland giving way on the high central peaks to rock, ice and snow. Mt. Kenya is an important water catchment area, supplying the Tana and Northern Ewaso Ngiro systems.
The park includes a variety of habitats ranging from higher forest, bamboo, alpine moorlands, glaciers, tarns and glacial morains.
The park, which was inscribed by UNESCO as a World Heritage Site in 1997 and is also a Biosphere Reserve, covers 715 km2, and includes the Peaks consisting of all the ground above 3200m with two small salients extending lower down to 2450m along the Sirimon and Naro Moru tracks. Surrounding the park is Mount Kenya National Reserve with an area of approximately 2095 km2.
Day I: Departure from Nairobi is at 09:00 hrs to Nanyuki and stop at the Equator briefly. Continue to Nanyuki where you check in your hotel.? Afternoon is spent preparing for the hike.? Dinner and overnight at the hotel.
Day 2: After breakfast, vehicle transfer to Sirimon gate and hike to Old Moses camp for overnight (3300m), 6 to 8 hrs hikes. Sirimon is where you acclimatize as you also come across different vegetation.
Day 3: Hike to Shipton’s camp (4200m) for overnight (5 to 7 hrs hikes).
Day 4: Attempt point Lenana (4985m) at 03:00 hrs and descend directly to main road with transfer back to Nairobi hiking / descending time approximately 11 hrs. Arrive in Nairobi late in the afternoon.