Mount Kenya Climbing, Trekking or Hiking
At 5,199 m, Mount Kenya is the second highest peak in Africa.
It is an ancient extinct volcano, during whose period of
activity (3.1–2.6 million years ago) it is thought to have risen
to 6,500 m. There are 12 remnant glaciers on the mountain but
all receding rapidly, and four secondary peaks that sit at the
head of the U-shaped glacial valleys. With its rugged
glacier-clad summits and forested middle slopes, Mount Kenya is
one of the most impressive landscapes in East Africa.
Above the habitable altitude, you find a rainforest zone,
abundant with many tree species and wildlife too. Further up is
open moorland, and beyond is the snow line where vegetation is
sparse. Finding snow on the equator was a great surprise for the
first Europeans to get to East Africa.
Mount Kenya Climbing/Hiking using the Sirimoni Route
The Sirimoni route is a more gradual trek to the summit, traversing areas
of rich forest cover before emerging into the sprawling moorlands. This hike is
usually rated as the easiest among the short trips and is quite popular with
persons attempting to reach an altitude exceeding 4000m for the first time. It
is a good choice for large trekking groups as it follows the same trail up and
down, making it convenient for those who are unable to reach the summit to stay
behind at lower camps to wait for the rest of the group to complete the trip
then descend together. Unless preferred, camping is not necessary as
accommodation is available in a lodge and mountain huts throughout the trip.
Mount Kenya Climbing/Hiking using the Naro Moru route
The Naro Moru route is the fastest and
therefore also the most popular route onto the mountain, being
used by many of the tour and outfitting companies guiding
clients up to Point Lenana.