The Sirimon traverse is a more gradual trek to the summit, traversing areas of rich forest cover before emerging into the sprawling moorlands.
This hike is usually rated as the easiest among the short trips and is quite popular with persons attempting to reach an altitude exceeding 4000m for the first time.
Day 1 : Nairobi-Oldmoses Hut
Oldmoses Hut (3,340m)
We will drive from Nairobi to Nanyuki Town on the lower slopes of Mount Kenya arriving in time for lunch. Take a drive to the Sirimon Park Gate. Then trek up through magnificent montane forests, bamboo and giant heather zones before reaching the high altitude moorland and Old Moses Mountain Hut/Campsite.
Day 2 : Shipton’s Camp
After an early breakfast trek to Shipton’s Camp (4200m). The hike is awesome but a good test on individual endurance on the mountain. The rigorous but exciting trek up takes you across hills and valleys through the entire stretch of the sprawling moorlands where you see several unique and interesting plants and animals including the Giant groundsels and lobelias and the mountain rock hyrax.
Day 3 : Mackinders Hut/Camp via Hausberg col
Departing at 0800hrs ascend the Hausberg col (4600m) then descend steeply to Hausberg valley and Oblong tarns before making a further steep ascent, crossing huge boulders via Two Tarn making a descend back to Shiptons camp.
Day 4 : Oldmoses Camp via Pt. Lenana
Oldmoses or Met station camp
It is possible to do this route in just 4 days by skipping the day 4 at Shipton’s Camp.
Leaving camp at 0300hrs you hike up the steep scree slopes and glacier to Point Lenana (4985m), the hiker’s summit. It is planned that you arrive in time to witness the African Sun rising over the equator, reflect its golden glow on the Majestic peaks of Batian and Nelion – you may feel tired after this demanding adventure but absolutely ecstatic after you’ve made it to the top. After a brief celebration at the top descend to Shiptons camp (4200m) for breakfast then proceed further down to Old Moses . Relax the rest of the evening in readiness of our departure from the mountain tomorrow. Dinner and overnight at the Old moses.
Day 5 : Old Moses to Nairobi
After an early breakfast, walk down through the rainforest for 2 hours, from where you connect the vehicle for transfer back to Nairobi. Arrival in Nairobi is by late afternoon.