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The Sirimon - Naro Moru cross-over is a moderate mountain hike. It is quite a popular itinerary with persons attempting to hike at an altitude exceeding 4000m for the first time. It is designed in such away that both the pace of ascend and descend are comfortable to allow the hikers to enjoy their time while on the Mountain. Unless preferred, camping is not necessary as accommodation is available in mountain huts throughout the trip. This route uses the gentlest ascent track on the mountain - it's also one of the most spectacular routes. Passing up through montane forest, bamboo and heather zones to glaciers, then down past the Lewis glacier, jagged Rocky peaks and the the scenic Teleki valley.
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Day 1: IN FLIGHT OR ARRIVAL IN KENYA.
Depending on the flight; some arrive today while others arrive tomorrow morning.
If you arrive to day, You will be met by our staff on arrival at Nairobi Airport. Mostly it will be at night and you will have had dinner in the flight. You will be transferred to the reserved hotel for overnight stay, which is booked on Bed and Breakfast.
The airport is approximately 20-30 minutes drive to Most of the hotels.
Nairobi is the capital city of Kenya. The city and its surrounding area also form the Nairobi Province. The name "Nairobi" comes from the Maasai phrase “Enkare Nyirobi”, which translates to "the place of cool waters". Founded in 1899 as a simple rail depot on the railway linking Mombasa to Uganda, the town quickly grew to become the capital of British East Africa in 1907 and eventually the capital of a free Kenyan republic in 1963. Nairobi is the most populous city in East Africa, with a current estimated population of about 4 million.
At 1,795 metres (5,889 ft) above sea level, Nairobi enjoys a moderate climate. Nairobi has a Subtropical Highland climate.
Nairobi is nicknamed the Safari Capital of the World, and has many spectacular hotels to cater for safari-bound tourists.
Day 2: NAIROBI – MOUNT KENYA - OLD MOSES HUT (3340Mts)
Depart from Nairobi by 09.00hrs headed for Nanyuki. The drive will take you approximately 3 hrs and pass through agricultural country. You will arrive in time for lunch at mountain Rock lodge. Mountain Rock Lodge is an old country hotel at the base of the forest on the western slopes of Mt Kenya at an altitude 2,000m. The entrance to the lodge is 7kms after Naro Moru town and 15 Kms before getting to Nanyuki. After lunch is a full briefing and equipment check before we begin the transfer to the mountain. It takes about one hour to get to the Sirimon Park Gate (2600m) crossing the equator en-route. Sirimon gate marks the start of the Sirimon route. It is here you will meet with the mountain crew (Guide, Porters and Cook) - each one has a personal porter and there are extra porters for mountain equipment and food.
From here is an interesting 2-3 hours walk through Forest, bamboo, rosewood and heather zones to Old Moses camp (3340m) as we gain 740m on the ascent and begin to truly acclimatise. The forest and bamboo are home to hundreds of buffaloes, elephants, bushbucks and many species of brightly coloured birds such as the scarlet winged turacos. Accommodation today will be at the Old Moses mountain hut (3340m).
Day 3: OLD MOSES HUT – SHIPTON'S CAMP (4200 mts)
Leaving after breakfast. Today is a long 6 - 7 hours hike to Shipton's mountain hut (4200 mts). Leaving early, we traverse the expansive moorlands carpeted with tussock grasses and dotted with the unique Giant lobelia and Senecio plants, crossing streams and valleys. Today' trek is largely through the Mackinder Valley, with good views of the main peaks and a brief stopover for picnic lunch.
Day 4: SHIPTON'S CAMP – POINT LENANA PEAK (4985Mts) – MACKINDER'S CAMP (4300Mts)
Predawn attempt of the summit starts at 03.00 or 04.00hrs and you hike for about three hours up steep scree slopes and across rugged rocks to Point Lenana summit - 4985mts. It is planned that you arrive in time to witness the African Sun rise as it reflect its golden glow on the Majestic peaks of Batian and Nelion over the equator. On a clear day you can see the snow capped summit of Mt. Kilimanjaro miles away to the south. After celebrating the achievement descend down through Lewis Glacier up to the Austrian hut to join to the Naromoru track and descend for 2 hours to Mackinder's camp for breakfast then relax the rest of the day. Dinner and overnight at Mackinder's Camp (4300m)
Day 5: MACKINDER'S HUT (4300Mts) – NAROMORU PARK GATE (2600 Mts) – NAIROBI.
After an early breakfast, begin a 3-4 hour descent to Met Station (3030mts). The descent is gentle and it offers ample time to enjoy fascinating scenery which includes the moorlands, Heather and the lower vertical bog. From Met Station is another 2 hours walk down on a wide dirt road leading to the Naromoru Park gate (2600m) where we meet the vehicle that will take us via a hotel at the base of Mount Kenya for a quick shower to freshen up before driving back to Nairobi. After the refreshing break we proceed on to Nairobi arriving in the late afternoon. You will be dropped at Nairobi airport to connect with your flight back home.
MOUNT KENYA CLIMB. Mount Kenya (5199mts) is the second highest mountain in Africa and it is an Extinct Volcanic. The summit area consists of several smaller peaks surrounding the 2 main peaks of Nelion (5188m) and Batian (5199m). The majority of these are composed of syenite, a superb rough rock for climbing. The whole upland area is a national park and the walk through forest and moorland is for many visitors the most pleasant part of a trip. Kenya enjoys an equatorial climate with average annual temperatures of about 26oC and diurnal temperatures of about 3oC. There are two rainy seasons on the mountain from April-June and October-December. The mountain is an important water catchment area and many rivers emerge from the melting glaciers. Generally, alpine equipment is adequate with an emphasis on a good sleeping bag. The nights are long and sometimes down to -5°C. Be sure you have appropriate gear for the duration of your trip. In the wet climate of Mount Kenya, garments of wool and synthetic insulated materials are preferable to cotton. When you are hiking with a guide or porters or companions, be sure to keep adequate gear in your rucksack so that you have what you need should you become separated. Dress right, eat right, drink right. Extremes of heat, cold, wind and sun can affect visitors to Mt. Kenya. Temperatures range from 30°C (90°F) to 15°C (0°F).
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