5 Days Mt Kenya Hike Chogoria Sirmon Route




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Embarking on a 5-Day Mt. Kenya Hike: The Chogoria Sirmon Route , an Unparalleled Adventure.

When it comes to conquering the majestic peaks of Mount Kenya, the 5-day hike along the Chogoria Sirmon Route stands out as the ultimate choice for adventurers seeking an unforgettable experience. Offering a perfect balance of stunning landscapes, diverse ecosystems, and gradual acclimatization, this route has earned its reputation as the best option for those looking to immerse themselves in the awe-inspiring beauty of Africa’s second-highest mountain.

 Chogoria Sirmon Route

Mt Kenya Peak on a clear day

Reasons why we recommend this route

  1. Scenic Grandeur: The Chogoria Sirmon Route showcases some of the most breathtaking scenery that Mount Kenya has to offer. As hikers embark on this adventure, they are treated to a kaleidoscope of natural wonders. The journey begins in the lush lowland forests near the Chogoria Gate, where a verdant tapestry of ancient trees, moss-covered rocks, and melodious bird songs create an enchanting atmosphere. Moving higher, the route unveils magnificent alpine moorlands, dramatic valleys, and glacial tarns, captivating the senses and providing endless opportunities for stunning photographs and cherished memories.
  2. Gradual Ascension and Acclimatization: One of the key advantages of the Chogoria Sirmon Route is its gradual ascent, which allows hikers to acclimatize more effectively. By giving the body ample time to adjust to the increasing altitude, trekkers can minimize the risk of altitude sickness and enhance their overall comfort and well-being during the hike. The gradual ascent also provides an opportunity to fully appreciate the changing landscapes and ecosystems as they traverse through various climatic zones, including bamboo forests, moorlands, and eventually, the rocky slopes leading to Point Lenana.
  3. Varied Wildlife Encounters: The Chogoria Sirmon Route is renowned for its abundant and diverse wildlife. As hikers make their way through different ecological zones, they may encounter a plethora of fascinating creatures, including the unique mountain-dwelling hyrax, colobus monkeys swinging through the treetops, and a rich array of bird species fluttering in the alpine air. The route offers nature enthusiasts an immersive experience, providing glimpses into the intricate web of life that thrives amidst the rugged beauty of Mount Kenya.
  4. Exclusive Views and Serene Wilderness: The Chogoria Sirmon Route rewards hikers with exclusive vistas that few other routes can match. Scaling the rugged slopes and rocky trails, trekkers are treated to panoramic views of the surrounding peaks, the majestic glaciers of Mount Kenya, and the vastness of the Kenyan wilderness stretching out beneath them. The tranquility and serenity of this lesser-traveled route add to the sense of adventure and create a more intimate connection with the mountain and its awe-inspiring grandeur.
  5. Cultural Immersion: Beyond the natural wonders, the Chogoria Sirmon Route also offers opportunities for cultural immersion. Along the way, hikers may encounter local communities, such as the Kikuyu people, who have deep cultural ties to Mount Kenya. Engaging with these communities provides a chance to learn about their traditions, folklore, and way of life, adding a rich cultural dimension to the trekking experience.

In conclusion, the 5-day Mt. Kenya hike along the Chogoria Sirmon Route  stands out as the ultimate adventure for those seeking an unparalleled journey to the summit. From the stunning landscapes and gradual acclimatization to the abundant wildlife encounters and cultural immersion, this route offers a comprehensive and deeply fulfilling experience. Embark on this unforgettable expedition, and let the grandeur of Mount Kenya leave an indelible mark on your soul.




  • Return transfers from Nairobi to Mt Kenya (private) and back
  • All Park fees
  • All food while on the Mountain.
  • Accommodation in mountain huts/ camping where applicable.
  • All guiding services
  • Porter support for the climb.
  • Kenyan Visa
  • Personal travel insurance
  • Personal equipment
  • Staff and guide gratuities
  • Nairobi Accommodation

Tour Plan

Nairobi- Mt Kenya Bandas (2,900m) 3hrs, 10km walk, 650m ascent. Embark on a captivating journey that begins with an 8:00 am departure from Nairobi. As you traverse the picturesque agricultural countryside, anticipation builds for the adventure that lies ahead. Arriving in Chogoria town, a delightful lunch awaits, providing nourishment and energy for the thrilling experiences to come. Following lunch, we transition to a sturdy 4x4 vehicle, bracing ourselves for an exhilarating drive that takes us to the precipice of the enchanting bamboo forest. Here, our trek commences, as we venture through the verdant, dense foliage, immersing ourselves in the beauty of the surroundings. Over a distance of 10 kilometers, we make our way through this captivating bamboo forest, our path guiding us to the esteemed Mt Kenya Bandas, where comfortable accommodations await, nestled in the embrace of nature's splendor. Meals: Lunch and Dinner Accommodation: Mt Kenya Bandas
Mt Kenya Bandas – Lake Ellis Campsite ( 3,600m) 3hrs, 9km, 700m ascent. Following a satisfying breakfast and careful organization of porter loads, we embark on our ascent up the mountain at a comfortable and leisurely pace. Our route takes us on a slightly longer path, passing by the captivating Lake Ellis, where we are treated to breathtaking views of Mugi, Ithanguni, and the Giants Billiards Table. Alternatively, if we choose to follow the river near the road head for approximately 3 kilometers, we are rewarded with stunning foreground scenery and an abundance of captivating flora. A delightful lunch awaits us on the picturesque banks of a babbling stream, providing a tranquil moment of respite. From there, we veer towards the left-hand hillside, ascending to our secluded camp situated at approximately 3,600 meters. This campsite is thoughtfully positioned away from the more crowded and "touristy" areas, ensuring a serene and immersive experience amidst nature's embrace. Meals: Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner Accommodation: Lake Ellis Campsite ( Camping).
Lake Ellis – Minto`s Camp. ( 4,200m) 4 hrs, 12km, 600m ascent. Start your day early once again as we venture off the well-trodden paths, following a ridge ascent for approximately 3 hours. Eventually, we merge with the popular Chogoria route at around 4,100 meters, treating ourselves to breathtaking vistas of the Gorges Valley, Ithanguni, and the Northern Moorlands. Enjoy a delightful lunch break at a serene stream crossing before continuing for an additional hour to reach the Mintos Hut area at 4,200 meters, where we will spend the night. Take the afternoon to unwind at the campsite, or take a short 10-minute walk to the renowned "Temple" – a striking 150-meter vertical cliff that earned its name from the prayer-like stance visitors often adopt when peering over its edge. As we gear up for the summit attempt the next day, it is advisable to retire early in order to ensure sufficient rest and preparation. Meals: Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner Accommodation: Mintos Camp
Minto`s – Pt Lenana ( 4,985m)- Old Moses camp. 11-12 hrs, 785 ascent, 1,685 descent, 24km Embark on an exhilarating pre-dawn ascent towards the summit, commencing at 3:00 am. Over the course of approximately three hours, hike your way up to Point Lenana, the coveted hiker's summit, where you'll witness the awe-inspiring African sunrise. After taking in the breathtaking views, descend to Shipton camp for a well-deserved breakfast. Following breakfast, prepare for a five-hour descent through the enchanting Mackinder's valley. The descent is gentle, allowing ample time to soak in the captivating scenery, including the picturesque moorlands. Your journey concludes as you reach the Old Moses camp, situated at an altitude of 3,300 meters, providing a serene environment to rest and reflect on the memorable expedition. Accommodation: Old Moses Camp Meals: Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner  
Descent to Sirimon Gate ( 2 Hrs) and Drive to Nairobi 4 Hrs Following a refreshing early morning breakfast, embark on a gentle three-hour descent towards the Sirimon Park gate. This marks the final leg of your remarkable journey. Upon arrival, a vehicle will be ready to transfer you back to Nairobi, ensuring a comfortable and convenient returnFollowing breakfast, prepare for a five-hour descent through the enchanting Mackinder's valley. The descent is gentle, allowing ample time to soak in the captivating scenery, including the picturesque moorlands. Your journey concludes as you reach the Old Moses camp, situated at an altitude of 3,300 meters, providing a serene environment to rest and reflect on the memorable expedition. Accommodation: NOT included but can be organized on request Meals: Breakfast and Lunch

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