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Join Arch Treks and Safaris for a trekking in Mount Kenya through Sirimon route out Chogoria route with Peak Circuit! Sirimon route is considered by many as the easiest route on Mount Kenya to reach Point Lenana. The trek gives you a chance to see all the sides of Mount Kenya during the Peak Circuit and the beautiful Chogoria down route is amazing. This is by far the most beautiful route combination on Mount Kenya as it combines two routes.
You will be accommodated in Old Moses Camp, Shipton's Camp, Austrian Hut, and Chogoria's Meru Mount Kenya Lodge. Warm water for washing is provided in all campsites.
Arch Treks and Safaris representative will be at your hotel at 06:30. You will leave your Nairobi hotel at 06:30 to reach Nanyuki at 10:00 where you will link up with the cook and the porters. Later, you will leave Nanyuki at 10:30 and drive to Sirimon Gate (2,640 meters). Check-in and start hiking through the rainforest to Old Moses Camp at 3,300 meters.
If you are lucky, you will see big games like the buffalo, elephant, waterbucks, and other games. The distance is nine kilometers and it takes about three hours. Lunch will be served at Old Moses Camp at 14:00. Relax after lunch and at 16:00, you may take a short one hour walk just to acclimatize. Dinner and overnight at the bandas.
After breakfast, you will start a relatively easy hike of the moorland vegetation walking through the picturesque views of the Sirimon and the Mackinders. The hike through the Likii Valley and Mackinder's Valleys to Shipton's Camp is at 4,200 meters. Lunch is served along the way and it will be a picnic. This is a relatively long day walking through the moorland and the distance to Shipton’s Camp from old Moses is 17 kilometers and it takes six hours to arrive. Dinner and overnight at the Shipton's Camp.
Breakfast is served at 08:00 and later, at 09:00, you will start the Peak Circuit hike. From Shipton’s camp, the trail leads to Kami Camp below the north face of Batian. Continuing southwest, the trails climb up to the ridge 4,600 meters above sea level. Hike through the Scree before reaching Hausberg Col at 4,590 meters. You will later descend into the upper Hausberg Valley and rest at the aptly named oblong and Hausberg tarns.
Ascending to the crest of a ridge known as Arthur’s seat, you will see the trail winding along a beautiful series of rock ledges. You will be able to see Mackinders Teleki Lodge, Two Tarn Hut, Nanyuki Tarn, and American Camp. You will proceed to Austrian Hut and thus, you shall have seen Point Peter, Daton, and other beautiful scenes. Dinner and overnight at the Austrian Hut.
This is the highlight of this trip. At 04:30, you will wake up and have tea and biscuits. Start the attempt of the summit peak (Point Lenana, altitude 4,985 meters) and take photos with the African sunrise. It is possible to see Mount Kilimanjaro's Kibo and Mawenzi peaks if the weather is clear. From the summit of Point Lenana, especially at dawn, the views are spectacular.
Descend down to Minto's Hut for a full breakfast. After breakfast, descend to Chogoria's Meru Mount Kenya Lodge as you see Lake Ellis, Mugi Hills, Vivien Falls, and the giant billiards table at a distance. Picnic lunch on the road ahead and you will arrive at the bandas in the early evening for a long deserved hot shower, dinner, and overnight at the bandas.
After breakfast, descend for a 10 kilometers walk through the bamboo forest where you will be picked up by a transport to Chogoria. In Chogoria town, you will say goodbye to the porters and guides as you will be transferred to Nairobi.
This trekking safari will take place in Mount Kenya. Sirimon route out Chogoria route with Peak Circuit is located on the northern side. There is no bamboo zone on this side so the forest gradually turns into moorland covered with giant heather. The vegetation becomes sparse with giant lobelia and groundsels dotted around. You will hike through Likii Valleys and Mackinder Valleys where Shipton's caves can be found in the rock wall to the left of the steep path just before reaching Shipton's Camp at 4,200 meters.
A cook will prepare all meals for you that always include fresh vegetables and fruits.
Please book your flight to arrive at Jomo Kenyatta International Airport (NBO).
Arch Treks and Safaris offers one airport transfer either on arrival or departure.