Mt Kenya Climbing Naro-Moru – Sirimon Route 4 Day
Starting in Naro Moru town, the first part of the route takes you along a gravel road through farmlands for some 13km to the start of the forest. Another 5km brings you to the park entry gate (2400m), from where it’s 8km to the road-head, and the Met Station Hut(3000m), where you stay for the night and acclimatize. The route is not particularly scenic but has some of the best tourist accommodations. Most climbers begin at the park gate, although it is possible to drive a vehicle as far as the Met station (3050 meters). Among the challenges in this route include the vertical bog and the extremely steep trail on looses gravel while going up.
Day 1: Nairobi -Met station ( 3,050 m )3 -4 hrs, 10km, 400m ascent.
After pick up in Nairobi drive to the Naru Moru park gate for lunch. From the gate, we trek up through the magnificent montane forest, bamboo, and giant heather zone before reaching the high altitude moorland and our first cabins( Met Station) for dinner and overnight.
This is a gentle trek that takes 3 – 4 hrs gaining an elevation of 600m.
Day 2: Met Station – Mackinders camp (4,300m).5-6 hrs, 11km, 1,200m ascent.
A short walk to the end of the forest line from where you hike across the
marshy vertical bog of the lower moorlands. Picnic lunch at the Picnic
Rocks before continuing further to Mackinders camp, gaining 1300m in
altitude in about 5 hours. Dinner and overnight – Mackinders camp (4300m)
Dinner and overnight at the camp.
Day 3: Mackinders – Pt Lenana (4,985m) – Old Moses camp. 11 hrs, 685m ascent, 1,685 descent.
Leave at 0300 hrs for predawn summit attempt, trekking for 3-4 hours across
bare rock and scree slopes characteristic of the alpine region up to Pt.
Lenana (4985m), the hiker’s summit, arriving in time to catch the African
sunrise. Later descend to Shipton’s camp (Sirimon route) for breakfast. After breakfast, begin a 5-hour descent via Mackinder`s valley to the Old
Moses camp (3,300m). The descent is gentle and it offers ample time to
enjoy fascinating scenery which includes the moorlands before reaching the
Dinner and overnight at Old Moses camp.
Day 4: Old Moses (3,300m) – Nairobi. 2 hrs.
After early morning breakfast, descend for 3 hours through the rain forest to the Sirimon Park gate to catch a vehicle for the return journey to Nairobi arriving early evening.
The following items are included in prices:
- Return transfers from Nairobi to Mt Kenya (private)
- All Park fees.
- All food while on the Mountain.
- Accommodation in mountain huts/ camping where applicable.
- All guiding services
- Porter support for the climb.
Not included are:
- Personal clothing and equipment
- Tips and gratuities for guides and porter (recommended to be 10 – 15% of climb costs)
- Beverages while not on the mountain