Climbing Mount Kenya Routes
There are 5 main routes to the peak. See below;
Sirimon Route is the most popular ascent as the altitude gain is nice and steady and it offers one of the most beautiful approaches to the peaks. Allow a minimum of 2 nights to peak when ascending, although we recommend spending an extra night at the last camp (Shipton’s) on the way up.
Burguret Route is the best if you want to avoid the crowds then Burguret is the best route. You’ll be hacking through pristine rainforest on this little used route, spending nights at wilderness campsites.
Going up this route is challenging, it is little more than a game track in places, often muddy and rough under foot. Burguret is usually combined with a Chogoria or Sirimon descent.
Naro Moru Route
Naro Moru Route is the most popular descent route, fast and easy (at least on the way down!). Naro Moru passes through the notorious vertical bog section which gets very waterlogged in the rainy seasons.
The vegetation is at its most striking on this route. It can be descended in one very long day, usually done in two days and one night.
Chogoria Route is the best if you have time then choose dramatic Chogoria over Naro Moru for the descent. The Chogoria route passes by tarns, waterfalls and an incredible gorge. Allow two or three days for your descent.
Timau Route is little used nowadays; there is little forest on this side of the mountain and no facilities, just lots of wide open country.
Weather/ When To Go Climbing Mount Kenya
First things first, although Mount Kenya is on the equator, at an altitude of 4,000m it gets freezing at night! You need to be prepared for overnight temperatures well below freezing (a good three/ four season sleeping bag is a must).
Minus 10 or even minus 20 degrees Celsius are not unheard of at Point Lenana. Otherwise expect plenty of hot overhead sun and rain if you are trekking during the short or long rains.
Kenya is subject to two rainy seasons, the long rains from mid March to mid June and the short rains from September to October. Mount Kenya remains trek-able throughout the year, but during the long rains especially, you will need to be prepared for some heavy rain falls and muddy tracks.
The good news is that even in the depth of the long rains, there is usually reliable sunshine for a good portion of the day (10am – 3pm). Outside the rainy season, you can expect plenty of sunshine.
It’s safest to climb Mt. Kenya during the dry seasons: January – February and August to September off the most reliably fine weather. The main routes are likely to be more crowded at this time of the year. If you favor complete solitude over the sunny skies, try going slightly off the peak season.
It’s best to avoid the two rainy seasons from mid March until June and from late October to the end of December.
Mount Kenya Location
From Nairobi, Mount Kenya is around a 4 hours drive (220 Kilometers). We offer round trip transport for guests from Nairobi or from any other part of the country to the Mountain.
Mount Kenya Climb 1 Day Hike Tour is designed for guests who have limited time and who are not interested in reaching any of the summits.
This safari is tailored to those who are interested in seeing the fascinating vegetation zones of an equatorial mountain and the associated rich animal and bird life.
There are three main routes for approaching Mount Kenya: the Naro Moru Route, the Sirimon Route and the Chogoria Route.
Mount Kenya Climb One Day hike is for visitors who would be spend a night before in lodges, hotels and hostels in the Mount Kenya region or from Nairobi.
The trip offers a drive to the park entrance and a hike to view plants, animals and the scenery.
Mount Kenya Climb 1 Day Hike Naro Moru Route
Mount Kenya Climb 1 Day Hike Naro Moru Route approaches the mountain from the west and is the quickest approach to the summit. These walks offer good opportunities for bird watching and for enjoying the different plant life.
Moorland trips offer a drive up to Met Station from which one can hike to the Moorland. Here magnificent alpine plants can be enjoyed.
Mount Kenya Climb 1 Day Hike Sirimon Route
Mount Kenya Climb 1 Day Hike Sirimon Route has the gentlest slope of all approach routes and is therefore perfect for beginners. It offers two distinctive day-trips.
One you can drive to the park entrance, the hike starts from the Park entrance gate through the Gallery forest up to Old Moses Camp at an altitude of 3000 meters. This is a favorite spot for ornithologists and offers an opportunity to see the Grevy Zebras in the forest.
The second day trip Sirimon Route starts with a drive to Old Moses Camp where the hike starts through the barrow towards Liki North Valley. Here the Moorland offers a gentle climb through fascinating vegetation with a chance of seeing the peaks.
Mount Kenya Climb 1 Day Hike Chogoria Route
Mount Kenya Climb 1 Day Hike Chogoria Route approaches the mountain on the Eastern side. This route contains luxurious vegetation combined with the fact that the final eruption of Mount Kenya occurred on this side of the mountain.
This makes it one of the most scenic parts of the entire area. The day starts by driving up to the park entrance and hiking to Mugi Hill, Lake Ellis and the Gates (Road Head) to experience the magnificent sceneries on the Eastern side of the mountain.
After that we descend to the park entrance for pick up.