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Mount Kenya trek - Sirimon Route

Duration: 5 Days / From $ 3750

MOUNT KENYA: 17,058'/5199m Main Summits: Batian – 5,200m Nelion – 5,188m walking Summit: Point Lenana – 4985m Location: Mount Kenya National Park

Mount Kenya trek where the climbers an in the opportunity to conquer Africa’s second-highest mountain as well as a chance to walker through alpine meadows in clouds, bracing oneself against the wind as the land becomes rocky and desolate. Away from the more frequently visited tourism trails game viewing experience in the mountain region is more leisurely. Mount Kenya is an interesting mountain, you have more time and space to observe the wildlife and the diverse plants as well as more endemic species of birds against the spectacular backdrop of Mount Kenya.

Reaching the highest of the three peaks on Mount Kenya requires technical expertise, but the third highest peak of Point Lenana offers the best five-day trek on the African

Our Mountain trek on day one starts at the Sirimon Gate to mountain cabin- Old Moses Camp. We enjoy the verdant mountain rainforest with the giant Camphor trees, Hagena rose wood, St. Johns Wort, Yellow Wood trees, ferns, orchids and other epiphytes. The mountain slopes are home to diverse wildlife including species of monkey, antelopes and birds, Buffalo, zebra and elephant in forest glades and well as warthog. As we gain altitude the forest merges into the towering bamboo that can reach over ten metres high.

Day two we ascend the Sirimon Track to Likii North Valley, in this beautiful little valley below the subsidiary peaks of Teleki and Sendeyo, two ancient parasitic vents of the main peaks Old Moses to Liki camp. We trek through heather, undergrowth of flowering shrubs and herbs and to the moorlands. The bizarre-looking giant senecios often referred to as giant groundsels, and lobelias clad the sloppy ground. There are great opportunity of spotting montane endemic birds that including the Scarlet-tufted sunbirds and other, flitting between the lobelia for nectar here. The valley floor becomes divided up into small mountain streams with grassy and mossy banks. The most common animal here is the rock hyrax, which is the closest living relative to the elephant.

On the third day we leave Liki North scaling higher to the Kami Tarn, backtracking a little into the ridge and drier ground. A pumped of adrenalin into the system at the prospects of scaling to the high peaks. Moorland valley often clad with blossoms of colourful alpine flowers. At this altitude we have a chance to see the Verreaux eagle maybe even the Auger buzzard. Dawn of the day of reckoning is here, starting for our trek to Point Lenana in the early hours of the morning on the fourth day. We enjoy the smile of the early morning rising sun as it kisses the Lenana summit and wow what a spectacular view! Early mornings are very mostly clear high at top of mountain and clouds usually roll in by mid-morning. But before that happens we get back at camp after that satiating exhilarating experience to pack take our breakfast before descending back to Liki North camp. It takes around six hours walking from Kama Tarn campsite to Liki North campsite for overnight. Day five we descend departing Liki North to the Park Gate back to the Camp.

 

Itinerary

Day 1 : Camp to Old Moses Camp  Day 2 : Old Moses Camp to Liki North  Day 3 :  Liki North is to Kami Tarn  Day 4 : Kami Tarn to Point Lenana Mt. Kenya to Liki North  Day 5 : Liki North to Park gate and descending off the mountain and back to the camp

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