The Chogoria route is our recommended and arguably the most magnificent ascent route to the summit area. It is the driest route up the mountain and the walk beside the Gorges Valley truly spectacular.The descent by the Sirimon route takes one through some beautiful forest tracks and completes the traverse of the mountain.
DAY 1: NAIROBI/SIRIMON/JUDMAIER CAMP (OLD MOSES CAMP) 3-4 HRS, 9KM, 860M ASCENT.
Leave Nairobi at 7.30am to Nanyuki town for lunch, taking about 4 hours. Proceed to Sirimon Gate, 1 hr, 2440m.
From the gate follow the track as it winds uphill though the forest which becomes heath land after about 3 hrs. About 3½ hours from the gate the track veers right to Judmaier Camp, 3300m for dinner and overnight.
DAY 2: JUDMIER CAMP/SHIPTON CAMP 6-7HRS, 17KM, 900M ASCENT.
After breakfast, follow the track uphill, forking left at the junction. After one hour from Old Moses Camp, the track crosses Ontulili River.
Go right contouring through the Moorland and crossing Liki North and continue uphill to Mackinders Valley from where there are panoramic views up the valley towards the main peaks.
Dinner and overnight at Shipton Camp, 4200m.
DAY 3: SHIPTON CAMP.
Spend the day acclimatizing. Walk to Kami Hut down to Hauseberg Lakes (Hauseberg Tarn and Nanyuki Tarn).
Walk back to Shipton for dinner and overnight.
DAY 4: SHIPTONS/POINT LENANA/MOUNT MERU BANDAS (CHOGORIA GATE) 11-12HRS, 32KM, 785M ASCENT.
Leave at 3am up a steep stony quarry that cuts through a cliff clearing visible part towards lower Hall Tarns arriving Mount Kenya point Lenana (6km from Shipton Camp) at 6:30am, taking about 3hrs.
After the sunrise, descend down to Mintos hut (6km), 2hrs, for breakfast and 20km, 4-5hrs further down to Mount Meru Bandas, 2950m, for dinner and overnight on Mount Kenya.
DAY 5: SHIPTONS/POINT LENANA/MOUNT MERU BANDAS (CHOGORIA GATE) 11-12HRS, 32KM, 785M ASCENT.
Descend 2hr, 15km to forest clearance to catch a 4×4 transfer vehicle to Chogoria Village where you will connect with your transfer vehicle back to Nairobi.
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