6 Days Mount Kenya Trek Sirimon Naro Moru Route

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6 Days Mount Kenya trek Sirimon Naro Moru route itinerary is the most popular of all the routes that lead up to the Mountain. 6 Days Mount Kenya trek Sirimon Naro Moru route itinerary is the steepest and the fastest way up Mt Kenya and ascends the mountain from the west. The 6 Days Mount Kenya trek Sirimon – Naro Moru route itinerary is not particularly scenic but has some of the best tourist accommodations. Most climbers begin at the park gate, although it is possible to drive a vehicle as far as the Met station (3050 meters). Among the challenges in this route include the vertical bog and the extremely steep trail on loses gravel while going up.

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    All about the 6 Days Mount Kenya Trek Sirimon Naro Moru Route.

    6 Days Mount Kenya trek Sirimon Naro Moru route itinerary is the most popular of all the routes that lead up to the Mountain. 6 Days Mount Kenya trek Sirimon Naro Moru route itinerary is the steepest and the fastest way up Mt Kenya and ascends the mountain from the west. The 6 Days Mount Kenya trek Sirimon – Naro Moru route itinerary is not particularly scenic but has some of the best tourist accommodations. Most climbers begin at the park gate, although it is possible to drive a vehicle as far as the Met station (3050 meters). Among the challenges in this route include the vertical bog and the extremely steep trail on loses gravel while going up.

    The 6 Days Mount Kenya trek Sirimon Naro Moru route itinerary is a challenging and enjoyable journey to Mount Kenya’s highest trekking peak (Point Lenana) at 4985 metres.  From the summit there is a beautiful view of the dramatic volcanic massif and the two main peaks of Batian and Nelion, as well as long views over the central plains of Kenya. 6 Days Mount Kenya trek Sirimon – Naro Moru route itinerary has long been a popular and very attractive hike through an ancient landscape dotted with glaciers, rock spires, high tarns and some beautiful unique flora and fauna like the giant groundsels and the odd looking rock hyrax which has evolved from the elephant.

    There are two popular trekking routes on the western side of the mountain called Naro Moru and Sirimon. For both the starting point is the small town of Naro Moru which is about 4 hours drive from Nairobi. Our charity Moving Mountains has done a lot of work in this area and you can visit some of the schools we have built. In Naro Moru we recommend staying at a local hotel called the Blue Line which we have helped to develop over many years, or the more salubrious Naro Moru River Lodge.

    Guides, Porters and Cooks

    The trekking crew will usually consist of a guide, cook, porter for the cooking gear plus a personal porter per trekker. It has been said before, but a good experienced guide is so important on Mount Kenya, for two reasons; (1) they will regulate your pace, be able to draw on their experience to diagnose altitude sickness symptoms and have the confidence to make critical decisions and (2) their knowledge of the wildlife and fauna on the mountain will bring the environment alive. All guides and porters must be registered with Kenya Wildlife Services and hold a mountain guide park from Mt Kenya National Park. It is fair to say that all the guides will have a good knowledge of the routes, but only the good guides will have wildlife knowledge and experience of dealing with altitude sickness problems.

    Mount Kenya Safari Packages

    11 Day Mount Kenya Trek and Masai Mara Safari Combine
    7 Days Mount Kenya Sirimon Chogoria Trek
    5 Days Mount Kenya Sirimon Naro Moru Trek

    The tour package inclusions and exclusions at a glance
    What is included in this tour?Items that are included in the cost of tour price.

    Transport from Nairobi To Mount Kenya
    Complimentary at chogoria on the first day
    Accommodation at Mount Kenya Bandas Single Beds.
    3 Meals per day while trekking
    5 Days Mount Kenya trek4 Nights accommodation while trekking Transport from Naro Moru gate to Nairobi by private Transport
    All government park fees
    English/French Speaking Guide
    Chief Mountain Guide and one Assistant Guide(Group)
    English Speaking Porters and cooks
    Mt Kenya Certificate after successful summit challenge

    What is not included in this tour?Items that are not included in the cost of tour price.
    • All personal travel and baggage insurances
    • International flights
    • All Airport Taxes and Visas
    • Medical and trip cancellation insurance
    • Yellow fever vaccinations
    • Items and services of a personal nature
    • Extras at the lodges or camps; tips and gratuities, portage, telephone, laundry etc
    • Drinks and beverages not in the Itinerary.
    • Tour driver-guide gratuities
    • Hotel accommodation in Nairobi before the safari – can be arranged on request
    • Any other extras not detailed in the above itinerary
    1. Day 1: Nairobi - Narumoru 175km 3-4hrs      

      If you are flying in to Kenya then we can help with airport transfers to Naro Moru, evening arrivals will mean at least one night in Nairobi before transferring up to Naro Moru on the West of Mt Kenya. Accommodation is available in a variety of places, but for the purposes of this itinerary we use a local hotel called Blue Line.

    2. Day 2: Mount Kenya (5) 2000-3300m 9km 3-4hrs     

      Load up the vehicle(s) for the 50 km drive around the west of the mountain and up to the Sirimon gate. After checking into the park we head off along the vehicle track through the forests hardwood forest. After 15 minutes or so we cross the equator, with a big signpost to let you know you are there! We stop for a picnic lunch at a convenient spot before continuing on up to our first camp at Old Moses (also known as Judmier Camp), where you have good views of the peaks ahead.

    3. Day 3: Mount Kenya - Sirimon Route (10) 3300-4200m 13.5km 7-8hrs

      We set off across the alpine heath and moorland and traverse around and over a couple of streams and ridges before dropping into the MacKinder Valley. We usually have lunch under a cave-like outcrop before continuing up the valley towards the main peaks. There is a short steeper section as we pass Shipton’s Cave and then another as we arrive into Shipton’s Camp. Here we again set up camp next to the huts and prepare dinner.

    4. Day 4: Mount Kenya - Sirimon Route (25) 4200-4590-4200m 2-4km 2-4hrs

      Today is a day hike from Shipton’s to aid acclimatization. There are a few options for this but a good one is to climb up the side of the valley to the West and onto the Hausberg Col. The col sits just next to the main peaks and high above the camp and the valley we walked up the day before. It also allows us to see across to Point Lenana and most of our route for the following day. We then return to Shiptons for lunch, rest and final preparations for our early morning ascent to Point Lenana.

    5. Day 5: Mount Kenya - Sirimon Route (3) 4200-4985-3050m - 18km 11-13hrs

      This morning we will be up around 4am to prepare for our night-time ascent to Point Lenana, it is an exhilarating feeling stepping out into the cold under the starlight and crunching up the frozen scree. Passing the bowl of Harris Tarn we skirt above it and then cross an area of bare rock and a small scramble. If we are ahead of schedule, there is a small niche/cave where we can huddle up for a rest before continuing to the top. The sun will rise around 6am and after enjoying the spectacular view we drop down the ridge of Lenana on the Naro Moru route to Austrian Hut.

      The ridge is initially quite narrow in sections but it does get broader as you get closer to Austrian Hut and we will take our time over the short sections that need hands as well as feet. there are steel cables on the upper two thirds of the ridge and though they are not really necessary, they can be reassuring. From Austrian Hut we continue down to Mackinder’s Camp for brunch and R&R before continuing our descent down the Teleki Valley and the infamous ’Vertical Bog’ to reach Met Station and our camp mid-afternoon.

    6. Day 6: Mount Kenya - Lenana Summit 3050-2500-2000m - 10km 2-3hrs

      Leaving Met station, we follow the track back down through the forest and bamboo to the Naro Moru gate. There are a couple of short sections where the track goes up-hill and this may try your patience a bit but soon enough we will be at the gate. We take the short drive back down to Naro Moru.

      It is possible to get back to Nairobi on this date, however if you have time then a couple of days in Naro Moru is well worth it. Aside from our own Moving Mountains projects, Naro Moru offers safe and comfortable accommodation at the Blueline Hotel, some great walks and other activities in the surrounding area, including the Mau Mau caves, a number of excellent restaurants and day visits to the curio shops at the Equator.

    Hotels, Tea Houses and Camps

    Judmier Camp

    The Old moses campsite of Mount Kenya is the first campsite encountered while climbing the mountain using the Sirimon route and is located about a few hours trek from the Sirimon gate. The campsite is one of the few that are accessible by both vehicle and hiking, with a dirt road ending right at its location. It is was formerly known as Judmier camp and is privately owned and run.

    The campsite features several wooden cabins, with sleeping arrangements in the form of dormitory styled houses, with each room having several bunk beds. Apart from that, there is one large communal dining hall, a kitchen, with running cold water available at its facilities.

    All toilets are W.C’s located indoors, within the same buildings as the accommodation rooms. Hikers using the campsite would have the option of either using the rooms available (pre booking required) or sleeping in their own tents at the campsite nearby.

    Shipton’s Camp

    The Shiptons Camp is located just below the main peaks of Mount Kenya. Here mountain climbers can sleep in bunkers within the mountain hut. The camp is located at an elevation of 4200m, and is used by most hikers on their final day before approaching Pt. Lenana.

    Here you can sleep in bunkers within the mountain hut or camp, and rest your weary legs, before embarking on the final stretch of this epic achievement.

    Said to be better than Kilimanjaro, Mount Kenya towers over the north eastern side of the Great Rift Valley. Hikers will encounter an extraordinary world of alpine meadows, exotic high-altitude vegetation, sunbirds, hyrax and soaring eagles.

    Mackinder’s Camp

    Mackinder’s campsite of Mount Kenya is the second campsite encountered along the Naro Moru trekking route and is located within the Teleki valley. It is one of the larger campsites on the mountain, boasting a lodge capable of accommodating up to 50 people, as well as a camping space and water supply.

    The onsite accommodation is a stone built house called the Teleki lodge, with glass windows and dormitory style rooms – each with several bunk beds. It is run by the Naro moru river lodge and normally requires pre-booking.

    The tour package inclusions and exclusions at a glance.
    Judmier CampJudmier Camp
    Judmier Camp
    Judmier Camp
    Shipton's CampShipton's Camp
    Shipton's Camp
    Shipton’s Camp

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