Mount Kenya briefing
The Sirimon route is the gentlest climbing route to Mount Kenya and has plenty of wildlife. The route also offers spectacular views of the Batian and Nelion, the highest peaks of Mount Kenya. The route has a steep climb from Shipton Camp to Lenana which is a bit strenuous. Descend from Point Lenana on the edge of the Lewis Glacier. The descent from the Mackinder camp to the meeting station goes along the famous vertical swamp.
Porters, guides and cooks
We provide one porter per person to carry all mountain gear. 3 cooks, 3 guides: ratio of three customers 01 guides. Customers are expected to carry a daypack with a warm layer, water and camera, waterproof. Make sure your daypack is as light as possible. There are always porters in front or behind, in which case make sure you meet all your requirements.
We expect you to drink 3-4 liters of water per day. We have electricity and tap water at all camps. Bring a water purification kit, although the water on the mountain is safe to drink.
We provide three meals a day. We have a picnic lunch or sandwich. Food is rich in carbohydrates, proteins and vitamins. We always provide a balanced diet.
The food consists of vegetables, fruits, cereals and hot drinks; chocolate, coffee and tea are served. Please inform vegetarians and vegans in advance.
Old Moses, Shipton Camp, Mackinders and Met station bunk house. These houses have bunk beds with bunk beds, so you should bring a warm sleeping bag. Inside they have a shared dining room and fire is available at an extra charge for the concierge.
This is not mandatory, but at the end of the trip, the porters, cook and guide will expect a gesture of appreciation from you in the form of gratuities/tips. If you’re happy with their service, tip them. We only recommend it, but again, it’s not a must.
1500-200 per porter
2500 – 3000 for the cooks
3500 – 4000 for the guides
We expect you all to be medically fit. However, we recommend that you carry a small medical kit with you. The guide will carry your medical kits for you.
Safety and calamities
While the Kenya Wildlife Service has a trained rescue team at Mackinders and Austrian Hut with radio communications at KWS Mount Kenya Headquarters, we recommend taking every risk measure into account to avoid damage or emergencies. The guide and a chief porter have communication radio and mobile phones that they will use to contact the manned station. A 4×4 vehicle is always on standby at the Narumoru Park headquarters in case of an emergency.
Doormen are also trained in basic first aid and all visitors must follow and adhere to emergency evacuation guidelines. Bring your insurance coverage contact. So that they can be contacted by us in case of something.
There are dangers on the mountain. They contain:
Animals such as buffaloes and elephants in the forest zone.
Exposure – hot days can get very cold very quickly
Dehydration – Very common at altitude where people don’t realize how much water they are losing.
Altitude Sickness – Very common on the mountain at high altitudes and during periods of dry weather.
Here is a short list of things you will need for the trek
Climbing equipment and equipment
Trousers for walking and lounging in the evening
Short sleeves or t-shirts
Long sleeve shirts for walking and lounging in the evening
Fleece jacket or wool sweater
Down jacket or ski parka (for temperatures well below freezing plus wind)
Raincoat, needed in hot rainforest and cold snow
Rain pants, needed in hot rainforest and cold snow
Sports bras, for women
Cold Heights Accessories
Mittens and/or gloves (waterproof, one thin pair, one thick pair that can be layered)
Wool or pile hat
Balaclava or neck caps
Hand and foot warmers (chemically activated)
Trekking shoes for walking during the day, preferably warm, waterproof and with ankle support – neither too light nor too heavy
Tennis shoes or sandals for evening lounging
Gaiters – to keep the gravel and mud out.
Hiking socks for warmer conditions
Wool socks for colder conditions
Sock liners to wick away moisture
Climbing: sleeping equipment
– Sleeping bag (rated -10 degrees F/-25 degrees C or colder is recommended)
– Sleeping mat and repair kit