Day 1: Nairobi – Sirimon gate- Old Moses camp. (
3,300m) 3-4 hrs, 9km, 680 ascent.
After pick up in Nairobi,drive to Nanyuki
town for lunch crossing the equator en route to the Sirimon Park gate (2660m).
From the gate, we trek up through magnificent montane forest, bamboo and giant
heather zone befor reaching the high altitude moorland and our first hut (Old
Moses camp 3,300m) for dinner and overnight. This is a gentle trek that takes 3
– 4 hrs gaining an elevation of 680m.
Day 2: Old Moses – Shipton camp (4200m). 7 hrs, 14km, 900m
After breakfast, follow the track uphill,
forking right at the junction. After a water break, you continue on the track
crossing Ontulili River before turning right contouring through the Moorland
and crossing Liki North River and continue uphill to Mackinders Valley from
where there are panoramic views up the valley towards the Shipton Camp.
This camp is a surreal setting below the
towering peaks and glacier. Resident population is of Rock hyrax and sun birds.
Day 3: Shipton Camp – Acclimatisation Day
For better acclimatization you can take a
rest day at Shipton camp. Short walks /
day hikes are possible on the summit climb to Oblong and Hausberg tarns gaining
an elevation of 370m before returning to the camp for lunch. Afternoon is at
N.B: Climbing high and sleeping low is
excellent for acclimatization – but you can do that almost as well toughing in
the sun watching the eagles!
Day 4: Shipton – Point Lenana(4,985m)- Mt Kenya Bandas
(2,900m) 11-12 hrs, 785 ascent, 2,085 descent.
Kick off at 3.00am to reach point Lenana
in time for the African Sunrise.
The climb starts on frozen scree and
continues on a rocky track with some very minor scrambling. With a good moon
you barely need a torch. Without a Moon then the pollution-free sky bangs on
the ground giving you as good a view of the Stars as almost anywhere on Earth.
The climb takes 3-4 hours and to add to
the exhilaration, Mt Kilimanjaro is also visible from the horizon
Descend to Minto's hut for full breakfast.
After a short rest descend further to Mt
Kenya Bandas along the Gorges valley where you can enjoy good views of the
Temple, Lake Michaelson, Mushroom rocks and Giant billiards table Mountain.
Dinner and overnight at the Mt Kenya
Here can enjoy log fires, hot showers and
bed at the Bandas.
Day 5: Meru Bandas- Chogoria town. 2 hrs, 10km
After breakfast, descend on a broad track
through bamboo and virgin rain forest to meet vehicle for transfer to Chogoria
town and further to Nairobi arriving by 17:00hrs.