5-Days Sirimon – Chogoria Route

The combination of Sirimon route starting from the west of Mount Kenya National Park passing through the driest side of the mountain. On this ascent, trekkers encounter with giant trees, rocky terrain and the charming Mackinders Valley before descending via the Chogoria route. On descending Chogoria spotting the characteristic lush bamboo zone and the highland forests while gazing at the magnificent Gorges Valley, waterfalls and tarns.

The 5-days Sirimon – Chogoria Route is much more scenic than Naro Moru route. It is on the dry side of mountain (Mount Kenya National Park) which offers some of the finest walking experiences. Climb up through forest into a wide ridge approach to the summit area. This 5-days Climbing Mt Kenya route starts on the northwest side of the mountain near Nanyuki at Sirimon Park Gate. Access is adequate and the bunk house facilities are the best on this side of the mountain. The last night is at the comfortable Mt Kenya Bandas equipped with well deserved hot and cold showers

Overview of the 5-day hike in TASWA:
Day-1: Nairobi to Old Moses camp (3300m)
Day-2: Shiptons Camp 4200m
Day-3: Shiptons Hut 4200m
Day-4: Meru Mount Kenya Bandas 2950m (Mt Kenya Bandas)
Day-5: Chogoria to Nairobi

Hiking summary & schedule:
Distance: 80 km  Start/Finish: Nairobi

5 days Sirimon – Chogoria route itinerary:

Leave Nairobi at 7.30am to Nanyuki town for lunch, taking about 4 hours. Proceed to Sirimon Gate1 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 Judmier Camp, 3300m for dinner and overnight.

After breakfast, follow the track uphill, forking left at the junction. Following one hour trekking from Old Moses Camp, the track crosses Ontulili River. Go right contouring through the Moorland and crossing Liki North. Continue uphill to Mackinder’s Valley from where there are panoramic views up the valley towards the main peaks (Nelion, Batian and Lenana). Dinner and overnight at Shipton Camp, 4200m.

Spend the day acclimatizing with guided hikes. You will spend the day trekking to Kami Hut and down to Hauseberg Lakes. Walk back to Shipton for an early dinner and overnight in readiness for the next day’s summit attempt.

You are awake early in the morning for some. We now leave the camp at 3am up a steep stony quarry that cuts through a cliff clearing visible part towards lower Hall Tarns. The journey lasts about 3 hours arriving Mount Kenya Point Lenana (6km from Shipton Camp) at 6:30am. Trekking to Lenana Peak at 4985m taking about 3hrs or so. Enjoy photographic session and sightseeing from the summit. After the African sunrise, descend down to Mintos hut (6km), 2hrs, for breakfast. Proceed with the adventure hiking for 20km, 4-5hrs further down to Mount Meru Bandas, 2950m (Mt Kenya Bandas). Dinner and overnight at Mount Kenya Bandas.

After enjoying your last breakfast, you will walk down by trekking for 2hrs, 15km to forest clearance. The remaining part distance of approximately 16km is by 4×4 transfer vehicle to Chogoria Village where you will connect with your transfer vehicle back to Nairobi. 


  • Park Fees
  • Transport
  • Accommodation
  • 3 Meals a day
  • Bottled Drinking Water
  • guide
  • potters
  • cook
  • Services of a qualified driver guide


  • Tips
  • Items of personal nature
  • Visa
  • Medical insurance
  • Flights
  • All expenses of personal nature (e.g. drinks, laundry, optional activities, souvenirs etc.)
  • Drinks and any other item not specified above.