Sirimon Route Mt Kenya – Naru-Moru Down




Mount Kenya is an extinct volcano which originally rose an estimated 3 million years ago and last erupted an estimated 2.6 million years ago.

Mount Kenya, the highest mountain in Kenya and the second-highest in Africa after Mt Kilimanjaro, has three highest peaks.Batian Nelion and Lenana.

The highest peak on Mount Kenya is Batian standing at 5199m, the second highest peak is Nelion standing at (5188 m) and both these peaks are technical climbing peaks. Point Lenana is the third highest peak (4985m) and is the second highest trekking peak in Africa.

Standing at 4,985 metres Point Lenana is an achievable trekking peak for most people.The panoramic views of the volcanic peaks, wide valleys, gorges and surrounding savannah makes a climb on this mountain the perfect African trekking experience


This is one of the steepest and most treacherous routes that leads to the mountain.It is not scenic however,it has some of the best tourist accomodations.It is also the fastest way up Mount Kenya.

Most climbers begin at the park gate although it is possible to drive a vehicle as far as the Met Station(3050m)

Gumboots are highly recommended on this route of the vertical bog.On the way to the ascent,you will also encounter steep trail with loose gravel.

Our Hiking Tricks

  • Ski sticks will come in handy during the ascent to the summit. They also help protect your knees when treading downhill.
  • Filling your bottle at night with hot water provides a comforting heat pad to slip in your bag or beneath your pillow
  • Powdered drink mix/sport’s mix helps with maintaining hydration(Tang,Gatorade,Lemonade)
  • Find a hiking pace you can keep all day
  • Don’t forget to pack some of your favorite snacks for a break on the trail.




Accommodation on the route is in two person tents or in huts.Choice of lodging is part your preference or part availability.Tents are also erected for you when you arrive although if you want them erected in a particular position it is worth taking charge.

It is also worth noting that huts are generally warmer than tents,however,please note that there may be other trekking parties besides yours in the shelter.



This is important as it helps you avois complications and enjoy your ascent.The Route is planned to optimize height gain although you may still get a headache or feel nauseous.In this case what you should do is hydrate(water) copiously and walk at a very slow pace.

You may also want to use Diamox (a drug) from your doctor which is well proven to help with acclimatization.This is taken as tablets for a few days before and then during your ascent.It is safe and has no side effects.

It is important to remember that one possible effect of attitude is light-headedness and irrational decisions.The danger here is a person who is not well insisting on continuing.Stay on the look out for each other closely.



Water is available at several points and should be purified before drinking.Inquire with your guide about the nearest water points.Wasrooms are available in the huts but not in the camps.Some camps have several and so its worth checking for the cleanest.If caught short during the trek,please find a spot as far as possible from the trail and water.Bury your faeces and paper


There is definitely no avoiding the steep ascents and high attitudes making robust physical fitness a prerequisite for any trip.You will want to consult your physician before undertaking this unforgettable adventure.



Menu’s for all climbs are specially prepared to provide a balanced diet.Our menu’s consists of fruits,vegetables,plenty of protein and carbohydrates.Our diets are specially selected and are easy to digest in high attitudes.

Dinner’s are typically a main course and a vegetable and salad.Chicken and fish are also served on some days.

Lunch on the trail consists of cold cuts and vegetables laid out on a table so you can make your own sandwich.Fresh hot soup is served after every meal.

Breakfast of your choice:Granola,fried eggs or French toast



Our cooks are specially trained and an experienced chefs.We carefully curate and constantly review our menus.

Our cooks are extremely vigilant as far as hygiene practices in the kitchen are concerned.Please note that your own supply of energy chocolate bars is recommended.


Tour Amenities

Car parking

Tour Plan

Nairobi-Met station (3050m) After pick-up in Nairobi,drive to the Narumoru park gate.From the gate,we trek up through Magnificent Montane forest,bamboo and giant heather zone before reaching the high attitude moorland and our first cabins (Met Station)gaining an elevation of 600M (Dinner and Overnight)
Met Station-Mackinder’s camp(4300m)1200 ascent A short walk to the end of the forest line from where you hike across the marshy vertical bog of the lower moorlands.Picnic lunch at the picnic rocks before continuing further to Mackinder’s camp,gaining 1300 in attitude about 5hrs.Dinner and Overnight at Mackinder’s camp(4300m)
Mackinder’s-Point Lenana(4,985m)-Old Moses camp685m ascent,1685 descent Leave at 0300 hrs for a summit attempt at predawn trekking 3-4 hrs across the bare rock and scree slopes characteristic of the alpine region upto point Lenana(4,985m),the hiker’s summit,arriving just in time to catch the African sunrise. Later descend to Shiptons camp(Sirimon route) for breakfast.After breakfast,begin a 5hr descent via Mackinder’s valley to the Old Moses camp(3300m).You will enjoy ample time to enjoy fascinating scenery which includes the moorlands before reaching the camp.The descent is gentle.Dinner and overnight at the camp.
Old Moses-Nairobi Early morning breakfast,descend for 3 hrs through the rain forest to the sirimon park gate to catch a vehicle for the return journey to Nairobi arriving early evening.

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