7 DAYS MOUNT KENYA CLIMBING CHOGORIA SIRIMON ROUTE – Sirimon Route – Mount Kenya Hiking & Trekking Mt Kenya Climb
This is the route we proudly boast about, having relaunched it ourselves after more than 30 years of dis-use. The route was pioneered during colonial days and then abandoned for many years until it was re-opened by us in the early 90s.
Going up this route is quite challenging: rough underfoot going through bushy track more used by wild animals than humans, muddy when wet, no huts and with dense stands of giant bamboo and montane forest.
So why are we so passionate about it? Well, it’s for those who want a different experience away from the crowd. It provides a unique and completely natural mountain trekking experience. Up to Point Lenana then descent on the Chogoria route provides the most spectacular views and completes a traverse of the mountain.
Accommodation on the trek is one night in a comfortable lodge, 5 nights camping and one night in Bandas at the end of the trip. When camping on our trips you will not have to participate in camp chores. All your equipment will be carried by local porters on the mountain, you only carry a day-pack with personal gear.
For catering we buy fresh produce locally and to ensure good standards of hygiene all food is prepared by our own staff and can cater for special dietary requirements and there are no extra food-kitty payments.
This route uses the gentlest ascent track on the mountain with additional acclimatisation day included at 4,200m – it’s also one of the most scenic. Passing up through montane forest, bamboo and heather zones to glaciers, then down past spectacular chasms, jagged peaks and the glaciated “U” shaped valleys and waterfalls and lush rain forest. On the acclimatisation trek to Hausberg col 4,600m you enjoy splendid views of the rocky towers, tarns and suspended glaciers of the west face of Batian peak then have a free afternoon to relax before the strenuous summit attempt. An early morning hike on day 5 gets us to Point Lenana, 4,985m – the hikers summit then a slow paced descent on the Chogoria trail.
Accommodation on this hike is 1 night comfortable hotel, 4 nights mountain huts and 1 night camping. Accommodation is 1 night comfortable hotel, 4 nights in mountain huts, 1 night of camping. Nonetheless, if you prefer to camp you can do so on all nights on the mountain