5 Days Mt Kenya Trekking Sirimon Chogoria Traverse

This Trek uses two of the most scenic routes in Mount Kenya, Sirimon and Chogoria, producing a remarkably diverse and spectacular trek.

The Sirimon route comes off the west of Mount Kenya and passes through the dry side of the mountain with its giant trees and rocky terrain, and the descent onto the Chogoria path is exactly different with its lush bamboo and highland forests. The accommodation uses Tents.


Day 1: Nairobi – Sirimon gate – Old Moses camp. (3,300m) 3-4 hrs, 9km, 680m 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 before 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 ascent
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.

5 Days Mt Kenya Trekking Sirimon Chogoria Traverse

Day 3: Shipton Camp – Acclimatization Day

For better acclimatization you can take a rest day at the 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 leisure.

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.am 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 g a view of the Stars as almost anywhere on Earth. Reach Point Lenana.

Descent on the Chogoria side with dinner and overnight at the Mt Kenya Bandas in a Tent. Full board

Day 5: Meru Bandas- Chogoria- Nairobi

Breakfast at Meru Mount Kenya Bandas. Trek to the Gate and take the transfer vehicle to Nairobi to arrive in the late afternoon with your packed lunches. On arrival in Nairobi you are dropped at the Airport. Breakfast and lunch


  • Return transfers from Nairobi to Mt Kenya and back.
  • All Park fees.
  • Full board (breakfast, lunch and dinner) during the Mount Kenya Trek.
  • Accommodation in Tents during the Trek.
  • Services of a certified Mount Kenya Guide.
  • Porter support for the climb.
  • Services of a skilled cook.
  • Treated water during the Trek.
  • Sleeping pads.


  • Mount Kenya trekking equipment
  • Tips and gratuities for guides and porters.
  • Items not mentioned as included.

5 Days Mt Kenya Trekking Sirimon Chogoria Traverse