Mount Kenya Climbing
Mount Kenya Climbing
Mount Kenya is the highest mountain in Kenya and the second-highest in Africa, after Kilimanjaro. The highest peaks of the mountain are Batian 5,199 metres (17,057 ft) and Nelion at 5,188 metres (17,021 ft). The other is Point Lenana at 4,985 metres (16,355 ft). Mount Kenya is located in central Kenya, about 16.5 kilometres south of the equator, around 150 kilometres north-northeast of the capital Nairobi. Mt Kenya Climbing expedition is a must try experience whilst in Kenya
It is a unique natural occurrence that offer conducive environment for both Rock climbing and trekking. Points Batian and Nelion can only be accessed via technical rock climbing. On the other hand, point Lenana can easily be accessed by trekking using different routes. Mt. Kenya National Park now holds the world record for the world’s highest via ferrata at 4,985m above sea level.
Accommodation in the Mt Kenya Climbing trip is usually camping or spending the night in already set up huts in different routes. Moreover, for an uneventful trip up the mountain both for technical climbing or the trekking it is very important to have an experienced team to take care of you.The team usually comprise of an experienced guide, cook and porters to carry your load.
Mt Kenya Climbing
The guide gives all the information you need on both the flora and fauna as well as setting the trekking pace. The latter is very important to avoid acute mountain sickness. He will be able to advice on keeping hydrated, keeping warm and setting a pace that allows gradual ascent with well-spaced rests on track.
The cook will always make sure that you are well feed both on the camps and enroute. He will always make sure to serve both the breakfast and dinner hot. On the other haned lunch is packed and taken during breaks on the way up the treks.
There are several routes to the summits and each of the is equally good. The choice of the route depends on the number of days that one has at their disposal and time of the year. The following are the major and frequently used routes:-
The Chogoria route leads from Chogoria town up to the peaks circuit path. It heads through the forest to the south-east of the mountain to the moorland. At the Bandas camp you will have a good view of the summit point. This route is claimed to offer some of the best captivating excursion in Kenya along the Gorges Valley.
The Naro Moru route is taken by many of the trekkers who try to reach Point Lenana in a few days. The route starts at Naro Moru town to the west of the mountain and climbs towards Mackinder’s Camp. It passes through the Austria Hut as you get to the final leg of the summit.
The Sirimon route approaches Mount Kenya from the plains in the Nanyuki Timau area on the north-west. The path splits on the moorlands, with the more frequently used fork following the Mackinder’s Valley. The quieter route traverse into the Likii North Valley. The camping areas on this route include the Old Moses and Shipton’s Camp.