Mt Kenya a broad volcanic cone with a diameter of around 120 km is not only the highest mountain in Kenya but is also the second highest in Africa after Kilimanjaro. It was formed by volcanic eruption during the Great Rift Valley. The peaks of Batian (5199m) and Nelion (5188m) are the remains of a huge volcanic plug that has slowly eroded to create the distinctive silhouette. The peaks on Mt. Kenya are permanently iced with snow and glaciers.
Ludwig Krapf, a Swiss missionary was the first European to lay eyes on Mount Kenya in 1849. In 1899, Halford Mac Kinder and two Alpine guides made the first successful ascent of the mountain and named the two highest peaks after Maasai leaders.
Mt Kenya attracts trekkers from all over the world as it is also an International Biosphere Reserve. Enjoy the hike!
There are three main routes up to the peaks area and these include the Sirmon, Chogoria and Naro Moru routes.
6 DAY MT. KENYA TREK – SIRIMON ROUTE
DAY 1: Jomo Kenyatta International Airport – Nairobi
Arrive Jomo Kenyatta International Airport. Meet and greet with a representative of African Safari Treks before transferring to Nairobi. Dinner and overnight stay.
Day 2: Nairobi – Old Moses Hut (3300m)
Set off from Nairobi at 08.00 am for Mountain Rock Lodge. Arrive in time for lunch before transferring to Sirimon Park gate. Start the hike through bamboo, mountain forest and rosewood up to the Old Moses Hut, gaining an elevation range of 700m within 3-4 hours. Dinner and overnight stay at Old Moses Hut.
Day 3: Old Moses Hut – Shipton’s Hut (4200m)
Start early as you traverse the expansive moorlands carpeted with tussock grass and dotted with unique Giant lobelia and Senecio plants. This days trek is quite long and rather tiring as it goes mainly through the Mackinder Valley, that has good views of the main peaks. Stop over briefly for picnic lunch before proceeding to Shipton’s hut gaining an elevation of 900m. Dinner and overnight stay.
Total walking time is approximately 6 – 7 hours.
Day 4: Shipton’s – Lenana (4985m) – Shipton’s Hut
Attempt of the summit hike starts at 0300am, and usually takes 3-4 hours to reach point Lenana 4985m (Hikers summit). Descend back to Shipton’s camp for breakfast.
Rest of the day at leisure (taking it easy). Dinner and Overnight stay at Shipton’s Hut
Day 5: Shipton’s Hut – Sirimon Road – Nairobi
Early breakfast then descend leisurely to the Sirimon road from where you will catch up with your vehicle for transfer to the base lodge or transfer to Nairobi. Dinner and overnight stay.
Day 6: Nairobi – Jomo Kenyatta International Airport
Transfer to Jomo Kenyatta International Airport from where you will catch up with your out/ home bound flight (Alternatively, you could take on a safari which is optional).