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Mt. Kenya at a glance
Mount Kenya National park is located in central Kenya, the heart of Kenya, about 16.5 kilometres south of the equator, around 150 kilometres north-northeast of the capital Nairobi. Park Size 2124 sq. Km and is the home of wide variety of wildlife including elephants, tree hyrax, white tailed mongoose, suni, black fronted duiker, mole rat, bushbucks, water buck and elands. The animals rarely seen include leopard, bongo, giant forest hog. There are over 130 bird species recorded. The main attraction in the park is Mount Kenya though other activities like Game viewing and Cave exploration can as well be arranged.
Known as Kenya’s largest forest reserve with the 2nd highest peak in Africa and a UNESCO World Heritage Site, the snow-capped Mount Kenya features dramatic landscapes of dense woodlands, waterfalls, moorland and precarious-looking rocks with permanent ice and glacier lakes viewed as you ascend its magnificent peaks. The highest peak is Batian (5,199 metres 17,057 ft) and Nelion (5,188 metres 17,021 ft) which are completely technical ascents though the destination for trekkers is Point Lenana; at 4985 metres which is a strenuous hike, but manageable if you are reasonably fit and allow sufficient time to acclimatize to the altitude.
Mt.Kenya hikes to point Lenana(4985m)
Four day Naromoru – Narumoro route hike which is moderately difficult due to the water bogs and difficult ascent to Point Lenana though one is rewarded by the spectacular valley with beautiful tarn lakes. Request Itenary
Four day Sirimon – Sirimon route hike considered the easiest due to the gentle terrain and dry trail, walking along the Likii valley as you look ahead to the rocky snow-cpped peaks of Mt.Kenya. Request Itenary
Five day Sirimon – Chogoria route considered difficult due to the wet windward Eastern face of the mountain but the most scenic of the three routes with a series of lakes and dense natural forest. Request Itenary
"A Slow leisurely hike via any route will take six to seven days for those who choose to acclimatize before the summit"
When to hike Point Lenana 4985.
Though this mountain can be hiked all year round, it is safest to climb the mountain during dry seasons January – February and August – September.
Climbing the technical peaks.
Seven day Batian 5199m – June- September via North face Standard route Request Itenary
Eight day The Batian/ Nelion - December to March via South East Route Request Itenary
Climbers should be experienced rock climbers with ability to climb up to 5.7-5.8. High altitude experience not required but recommended.