Climbing Mount Kenya
Mount Kenya National Park is a UNESCO world heritage site located to the east of the Great Rift Valley, about 175 kilometres/110 miles north east of Nairobi. Mount Kenya is an important water tower and provides water for about 50% of the country’s population and produces 70% of Kenya’s hydroelectric power. Animals here on a Kenyan safari include elephants, tree hyrax, white tailed mongoose, black fronted duiker, mole rat, bushbucks, water buck and elands.
If you’re planning an ascent to Climb Mount Kenya, there are a few important things you need to know before you go to climb mount kenya. If it’s not yet on your list of mountains to climb, it definitely should be.
Revered by Kenyan people, Mount Kenya is seen as a holy place. The country is even named after it, that’s how special it is. When people think about climbing mountains in Africa, it’s often its slightly taller cousin, Kilimanjaro that comes to mind. However, Mt Kenya is an important climb in its own right. Sitting at 5,199 meters, it’s only slightly lower than Kilimanjaro, yet it’s more cost effective and provides a more off-the-beaten-path adventure.
You can still enjoy peace and solitude while climbing Mount Kenya. This is something that you won’t necessarily find climbing Kilimanjaro due to the huge crowds it attracts. From the summit, you get excellent 360º views of the Kenyan planes and the mountainous area below. You’ll make the final ascent early, which means you’ll get to enjoy watching the sun rising over the savannah. If you’re really lucky you may even get a glimpse of Kilimanjaro off in the distance.
There are five main routes to climbing mount kenya in-order to reach point Lenana on Mount Kenya. It’s pretty common to combine these and to choose different trails for the ascent and descent. This helps you control the time of your trip and it also means you get to see different scenery and experience the diversity of landscape in the area. If you wish to take on one of the two more technical summits you will still first need to reach Point Lenana before carrying on.
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