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4 Days Mt. Kenya Climbing, Naro Moru - Sirimon Route

Mount Kenya is one of the most scenic volcanic mountains in the world. The main features of Mt. Kenya include steep volcanic cliffs and gorges, tarns, picturesque valleys, outcropped ridges and cols that were formed by the cooling lava and subsequent glacial erosion. The best way to appreciate nature is to experience it. For Mount Kenya, the best way to experience its awesome beauty is to climb it. An extinct volcano which last erupted about 3.5 million years ago. Mount Kenya rises to an altitude of 5,199 (17,058 feet) making it the highest mountain in Kenya and the second highest in Africa only second to Kilimanjaro. Any climb to the highest peak, Point Lenana, has never been an easy one. A steep pre-dawn ascent to the summit is both difficult and tiring but awe-inspiring. You walk on rugged topography and scree slopes. That is why "its conquest" brings with it a sense of achievement and satisfaction. 

An ascent through the shortest and oldest route on Mt Kenya. After the difficult climb across the peat bogs popularly known as "Vertical Bog" and the eventual attempt of the summit, you descend through the Sirimon route at a more or less gradual pace.

Day 0: Nairobi - Mount Kenya (Acclimatization)

An optional day ahead of the mountain trek spent at the Base lodge (2000m) for preparations and acclimatization. This pre-hike day is included in our all-inclusive trip option. Those whose itinerary includes this day are advised to arrive at the Lodge in time for lunch in order to have the rest of the afternoon to participate in fitness activities that help with acclimatization. If you are from Nairobi leave by 9.00am or earlier. A choice of two hiking excursions is available today. The first option is a 3 hours escorted nature hike into the forest destined for the Mau Mau Caves, an awesome site with an interesting history related to Kenyan's struggle for independence in the 1950s. The 2nd option is the Eco-conscious escorted hike through the local community's land, visiting local homes, farms and schools. In the process you help support the local communities' initiative in tourism and conservation. Dinner and Overnight - Mountain Rock Lodge or similar

Day 1: Met Station Lodge (3000m)

Depart at 1000hrs to be transferred to Naromoru Park gate. (Clients traveling from Nairobi should arrive at the lodge latest 1300hrs for a quick lunch and onward transfer to the Park gate). From here, hike on a wide dirt road through the dense forest up to the Met Station Lodge. Dinner and overnight - Met Station Lodge (3000m)

Day 2: Mackinders camp (4300m)

A short walk to the end of the forest line from where you hike across the marshy vertical bog of the lower moorlands. Picnic lunch at the Picnic Rocks before continuing further to Mackinders camp, gaining 1300m in altitude in about 5 hours. Dinner and overnight - Mackinders camp (4300m)

Day 3: Shiptons camp (4200m)

Leave at 0300 hrs for predawn summit attempt, trekking for 3-4 hours across bare rock and scree slopes characteristic of the alpine region up to Pt. Lenana (4985m), the Hikers summit, arriving in time to catch the African sunrise. Later descend to Shiptons camp (Sirimon route) for breakfast then have the rest of the day at leisure. Dinner and overnight - Shiptons camp (4200m)

Day 4: Back to Nairobi

After early morning breakfast, descend for 5 hours up to the Sirimon Park gate to catch a vehicle for the return journey to Mountain Rock Lodge for shower and lunch. Later transfer back to Nairobi arriving by 1700 hrs. Tip: A second night prior to summit attempt is recommended at Mackinders to help boost acclimatization and hence increase your chances of reaching the summit.

 

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