Why Mt Kenya Climb to Lenana? This creative climb joins two of the most famous routes up Mt. Kenya, Sirimon and Chogoria, producing a remarkably diverse and spectacular trek. Sirimon coming off the west passes through the dry side of the mountain with its giant trees and rocky terrain, and the descent onto the Chogoria path is exactly different with its lush bamboo and highland forests. The final night time ascent of Lenana can be as difficult as any ascent in East Africa, but the rest of the trek is generally considered easier than either Kili or the Ruwenzoris, and this is the most likely climb for actually seeing big game.
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Day 1OLD MOSES
The day’s hike from the Sirimon Gate is a short 9km and ends at Old Moses Camp (3300m). This is lovely walk through lush highland rainforest, featuring the magnificent giant cedar and podocarpus trees. Large mammals can be seen on any day, but this is the most likely, with elephant and buffalo generally encountered by about half the climbers.
Day 2SHIPTON'S CAMP Considerable altitude is gained today, and most trekkers can do it in 5-6 hours. Part of this is up a steep ridge before descending into the Mackinders valley. There are some beautiful views as you leave the vegetation zone and enter tundra, with many lobelias. Overnight at Shipton’s Camp (4200m).
Days 3SHIPTON'S CAMP An important day of acclimatization, today, with a sojourn to the spectacular Kami Hut at 4350m, with many lovely alpine lakes and pools, and jutting rock formations. Return to Shipton’s Camp for overnight. (4200m).
Day 4SUMMIT AT PT. LENANA A middle-of-the-night ascent to arrive Pt. Lenana (4985m) before sunrise. Most climbers make the summit just before sunrise at 6:30a following a three-hour ascent. On a clear day, one can see Mt. Kilimanjaro to the south, Mt. Elgon to the west and the Indian Ocean to the East. Before the wind begins shortly after sunrise, the descent begins to Minos Hut for breakfast, and then to the Chogoria Bandas for dinner and overnight.
Day 5NAIROBI The morning’s 16k trek to the park gate is through a marvelous, thick and towering bamboo forest, an indication of the wet side of the mountain. Other vegetation differs as well, including massive stands of St. John’s Wort. Meet your vehicle in time for lunch in time, before an afternoon return to Nairobi.
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