This trek offers good opportunities for acclimatization prior to ascending to the summit. Unlike the normal itinerary up and down the Sirimon route, this trek includes an extra day at Mackinders Camp for acclimatization before the final ascent to the summit. It is a good choice for first time high-altitude hikers and those arriving from low-altitude regions. From Shipton’s, you skirt the high peaks to the east, bypassing Kami and Two-tarn huts as you marvel at the splendid view of the rocky towers, tarns and suspended glaciers of the west face of Batian peak. The summit is attempted from Mackinders camp in the Teleki valley and eventually we descend through the Naromoru route.
Day 1: Nairobi-Nanyuki-Old Moses Camp
Transfer to Mt Kenya Sirimon Park gate (2600m). After completion of park entry formalities, you begin a 3-4 hour hike through montane forest with bamboo, rosewood and heather zones to Old Moses camp (3300m). The forest and bamboo are home to hundreds of buffaloes, elephants, bushbucks and a plethora of bird species. Dinner and overnight at Old Moses Camp (3300m).
Day 2: Shiptons Camp
After an early breakfast at 0700hrs, commence a 6-7 hour trek through the sprawling moorlands up to the Shipton’s hut (4200m). The hike provides opportunities for fascinating views of unique moorland plants and scenery but is also a test on your individual endurance. You gain good acclimatization as you cover an altitude range of 900m. Lunch stop is at a vantage point on the Mackinder valley. Dinner and overnight at Shipton’s Camp (4200m)
Day 3: Mackinders Camp
Departing at 0800hrs, ascend the Hausberg col (4700m) then descend steeply to Hausberg valley and Oblong tarns before making a further steep ascent, crossing huge boulders via Two Tarn on the way to Mackinder’s camp (4,300m) which is located along the Naromoru route within the Teleki Valley. Dinner and overnight at Mackinder’s Camp (4300m)
Day 4: Met Station
Wake-up call at 0230hrs. Start the summit climb at 0300hrs, first hiking on frozen scree then across the Lewis glacier for 3-4 hours. We aim to reach Point Lenana, the hikers summit, in time to watch the sunrise. From the summit, descend gently for two hours back to Mackinders Camp for breakfast. Then, gentle 4 hour descent to Met Station (3,049m) for overnight.
Day 5: Nairobi
Leave after breakfast for a gentle two hour hike down a wide dirt road leading to the Naromoru Park gate (2600m) where you meet our vehicle. Transfer back to Nairobi.
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