Leave Nairobi at 9.00am for 4 hours drive to Nanyuki town for lunch, dinner and overnight at Simba’s lodge Hotel/Sport Man Arms/Mt Kenya safari club. This is the best place for first day acclimatization since this town is located at the base of Mt Kenya. Spend the evening trekking around Equator where some men in the Equator point will demonstrate to you how you detect that you are exactly at the Equator point. There are other attractions in this town like P.C.E.A NANYUKI SPINNERS & WEAVERS (A WOMEN SELF HELP PROJECT).This is traditional industry for making wall mats, table mat’s, scuffs and sweaters and they colour their products using the natural dye. They use leaves of plants like Mexican marigold, black jack, cactus, worms like amphids and many other small insects that feed on cactus leaves and many other plants. Each plant produce different colour and it depends on the boiling time. They don’t use chemicals. Really, this is interesting to see.
At 10:15am after breakfast, leave Nanyuki together with mountain crews to Sirimon gate where you will start your hiking to Mt Kenya after lunch. Trek from Sirimon gate to Old Moses camp a distance of 9km that take a bout 3-4 hours trekking, pass through forest of indigenous trees like Podo trees, Douglass fire, Cinder, pine e.t.c and then to Bamboo and finally to Heath part. Dinner and over night at Old Moses Camp.
Wake up at 6:00am in the morning, pack your belongings, and then have after breakfast at 6:30am. Leave Old Moses camp with a picnic lunch exactly at 7:00 am to shiptons camp a distance of 14 km a journey that takes 6-7 hours. Shiptons camp is located at the base of the highest peaks in Mt Kenya. Dinner and overnight at Shiptons Hut.
Wake up very early in the morning exactly at 2:00 am to prepare your self and the take pre breakfast at 2:30 am. Leave Shiptons at 3:00 am to attempt the summit a journey that takes 3 ½ hours to reach the summit. Point Lenana is the third highest peak in Mt Kenya and the only one that can be reached by trekking. On a clear sky day, you can see Mt Kilimanjaro on southern side and Indian Ocean shining as the sun is rising. After enjoying the summit, descend down to Mintos Hut for full breakfast. Here the guide will give you 45 mins/1 hour to relax before you proceed further to Chogoria gate via Road Head 3300m where you will have a lunch. Overnight stay at the tent near the rangers post.
After breakfast at 7:00 am, you will walk down for a distance of 32 km through the dense forest to Chogoria town, where you will meet a transfer vehicle to Nairobi town. Moreover, if you are too much exhausted, a guide can call a 4×4-wheel drive vehicle to pick you from Chogoria gate after breakfast to Chogoria town where you will meet a transfer vehicle to Nairobi town where your tour ends.
A 4X4 vehicle will cost you extra 100/120 US$ depending with the weather condition or you walk down for 10 kms and you drive from there at a cost of 60/70 US$
5 Days Up Sirimon Route Down Chogoria Route Include:
• Guarantee trek on confirmation
• Transfer to and from the base of the mountain
• Full board accommodation whilst on the trek.
• Meal plan as detailed: B=Breakfast, L=Lunch and D=Dinner
• Accommodations in camps/huts as per the itinerary
• All park entrance fees to include government taxes
• Service of an English speaking professional porters and skilled cook
• Start and finish in Nairobi
5 Days Up Sirimon Route Down Chogoria Route Exclude:
• Tips, sleeping bags, drinks e.g. Sodas& beer, accommodation in Nanyuki before the trek
• climbing gears
• Items of personal nature
• Any other extras not detailed in the above itinerary