Mount Kenya is the second tallest mountain in Africa after Mount Kilimanjaro in Tanzania. It is an extinct volcano that rises to a height of 5,199 meters. Mount Kenya is located about 200km from Nairobi, the Capital of Kenya and can be accessed via the Nanyuki Naro moru route or Meru Chogoria route either by 4 X 4 vehicles or helicopters. “Come touch the sky”, often refers to the mountain due to its snow caped spectacular rocky cliffs that are surrounded by the clouds. The park forms a habitat for amazing species of flora and fauna. It features wilderness with lakes, tarns, glaciers, dense forest, mineral springs and a selection of rare and endangered species of animals, high altitude adapted plains game and unique mountain and alpine vegetation. Visitors can enjoy mountain climbing, camping and caving with the mountain’s rugged glacier-clad peaks providing the perfect backdrop. It is well watered and the thick vegetation forms a natural habitat for the big five; lions, buffalos, rhinos, leopards, elephants, giraffes, zebras, antelopes and hundreds of bird species making it a perfect destination for the mountain climbers, trekkers, safari enthusiasts, photographers and conservationists. Mount Kenya has about 12 peaks. The main summits being the Patian Peak and Nelion Peak which can only be reached by professional technical climbers using the various ice and rocky routes. The third highest peak is the point Lenana which is a popular destination for the trekkers.
MOUNT KENYA PEAKS
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Trekking Mount Kenya
Trekking Mount Kenya is achieved via three principle trekking routes namely Naro Moru route, Chogoria route and the Sirimon route
Naro Moru Route
This route approaches from the West with major camps and landmarks enroute. The Naro moru gate is 2500m high. It is the fastest route and most popularly preferred route to reach the mountain peaks. It is scenic with a rapid ascent making it unsuitable for climbers wishing to acclimatize more gradually. It features the legendary “vertical bog”; which is steeply covered with moorland.
The chogoria route is on the East and accessed via Meru with accommodation at the mount Kenya bandas that lie 3000m. It features lake Michaelson, gorges valley and mito’s hut that is 4300m high. It is the most scenic route and most interesting of the three routes traversing the Hall terns overlooking the steep cliffs and gorges valley and the beautiful lake Michaelson.
The sermon route is on the North accessed by the Sirmon gate that is 2500m high with the Old moses camp 3300m, the Liki North camp 4000m , the Mackinders valley and the Shiptons camp 4200m. It is the least used route of the three routes but features the most gradual ascent profile and best acclimatization options. The route dissects through yellow wood forests with abundant wildlifeand beautiful vegetation and birdlife.
When to climb
weather is generally in the mornings, and convectional rainfall, if any, tends to come in the mid-afternoon. Temperatures vary considerably with height and with time of day. At 3000m. frosts can be encountered at night while day temperatures range from 5 to 15°C. Night time temperatures on the summit are well below freezing. The south-facing side of Mount Kenya receives more sunshine in the December to March period. During this time rock climbs are “in-condition” and snow and ice climbs gradually deteriorate. In the June to October period the north-facing rock climbs and south-facing ice climbs are best.