As Africa's second tallest peak, Mt Kenya is a challenging technical climb for those who want to reach it's summit. Made up of the three peaks, Bation is the highest point at 5199m and Nelion, the second highest at 5188m is adjacent to it. To summit either of these peaks requires rope work and good technical climbing experience. The grades of the climbs are not extreme but the combination of altitude wind and icy weather make it a challenging type of expedition.
If planning to climb these routes it is highly recommended that you hire professional local guides. Their knowledge of the mountain and climbing expertise can make the difference between a successful summit and a frustrating climb. Most local operators provide an all inclusive package which includes tented accommodation, meals, guiding and transportation to and from Nairobi.
For those who prefer the trekking options there are five different routes which circumnavigate the mountain. The trekking summit is Pt Lenana at 4985m. Mt Kenya's third highest peak requires no technical expertise to ascend. The trekking routes are between three and five days in length, and whilst it is possible to explore them on your own it is not recommended. Aside from the route guiding expertise, local operators include porters who carry most of the camp gear. This leaves you to free to walk with only a day pack which makes the going much easier. Mount Kenya is very scenic and if you enjoy trekking in Africa it's definitely one to add to the top ten list.
Cherelle | May 25, 2009 | Category: General