This is the second most popular route, and its considered the most beautiful route up…
SIRIMON ROUTE -3 DAYS
SIRIMON – SIRIMON ROUTE -3 DAYS
This is a common itinerary for hikers with limited amounts of time for their hike or those on a weekend break. The routing is quit convenient for larger trekking parties since it follows the same trail up and down allowing those unable to reach the very top to wait behind at the lower camps as the fitter ones attempt the summit.
Day 1: NAIROBI (1,650m) – OLDMOSES CAMP (3,340m.)
Depart Nairobi with your guide at 8am to drive to Nanyuki (the base town for climbing Mount Kenya). The drive takes 3hrs and on arrival have lunch. After lunch be transferred to Sirimon Park gate. From here, hike through montane forest, bamboo and rosewood up to the Old Moses Hut, gaining an elevation range of 700m in 3-4 hours.
Dinner and Overnight at Old Moses Hut (3300m)
Day 2: OLDMOSES CAMP (3,340m.) – SHIPTON’S CAMP (4,236m.)
After an early breakfast we commence a 7-8 hours trek to Shipton’s camp (4,236m). Today’s trek is long and interesting but also a good test on individual fitness. You’ll ascent close to 900m going up the surreal Mackinder Valley with its strange vegetation of giant lobelia and groundsel, unique to equatorial African mountains. Here we stay at Shipton’s hut (4236m), just below the glaciers and jagged peaks of bare rock that surround the main summits.
Day 3: SHIPTON’S (4,200m) – LENANA (4,985m).
(Summit climb) Shipton’s camp (4236m) – Pt. Lenana (4,985m) – Oldmoses or Shipton’s.
Predawn start (3am) for the summit attempt – you’ll need a bright head torch for this. Go up steep screes and a bare rocky track to reach the hikers summit, Pt Lenana at 4,985m in time for sunrise – to add to the exhilaration, Kilimanjaro is usually visible 340kms to the south on a clear day. The climb is tough going through frozen scree and requiring some scrambling on final stretch to reach the summit – this is unavoidable on any route. We aim to reach the summit and witness the magical sunrise over the equator at 6.30am. Descend back to Shipton’s camp for a hefty brunch then continue the descent to Oldmoses Camp (3340m) arriving in a further 4-5 hours. Catch your transport back to Nairobi arriving around 4pm.