( Trek period may be extended to 6,7 or 8 days circuit at extra )
A combination of the two of Mount Kenya’s most challenging and scenic routes, from the lush green forests and U-shaped valleys of Sirimon to the unique features of the temple, mushroom rocks, and the Gorge Valleys on the Chogoria approach side. There are several contrasts in micro-climatic conditions, the Chogoria route being wetter and moister than the Sirimon route. This itinerary accommodation is in huts and camping.
Depart to Nanyuki for lunch, later proceed to the Sirimon Park Gate, 1 hr. 2440m. From the gate follow the track as it winds uphill through 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.
Day 2: Judmier Camp- Shipton Camp 6-7hrs, 14km, 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 – Circuit walk to Austrian hut
Spend the day acclimatizing. Walk to Kami Hut down to Hauseberg Lakes (Hauseberg Tarn and Nanyuki Tarn). Walk back to Austrian hut for dinner and overnight ( your guide will provide with updates on the situations up)
Day 4: Austrian hut – Point Lenana -Meru Mount Kenya Bandas (Chogoria Gate) 6 hrs, 14km, 785m
Leave at 3 am up a steep stony quarry that cuts through a cliff clearing visible part towards lower Hall Tarns arriving point Lenana at 6:30 am, taking about 3hrs. After the sunrise, descend down to Mintos hut, 2hrs, for breakfast and further hrs down to Mount Meru Bandas, 2950m, for dinner and overnight – put up a tent.
Day 5: Meru Mt.Kenya Bandas – Chogoria – Nairobi
Descend 2 hrs walk – 15km to forest clearance to catch a 4×4 transfer vehicle to Chogoria Village where you will connect with your shared transfer vehicle back to Nairobi. END
Transfer to and from the base of the mountain
Full board accommodation whilst on the trek. Meal plan as detailed: B=Breakfast, L=Lunch, and D=Dinner
Accommodations in camp at meru bandas and huts as per the itinerary – tents will be provided.
All park entrance fees to include government taxes
Service of an English speaking professional guide, porters, and skilled cook
Treated water on the trek.( boiled)
On completion, successful climb Certificate
Sleeping bags (available for hire at $ 20 each for the entire climb period)