Mount Kenya Climbing
The beautiful, snow capped peak of Mount Kenya is the second highest point in Africa at 5199m. It is a challenging and popular destination for trekkers and climbers. The main summit is called Batian and the second summit Nelion (5188m), both of which are technical climbs; but a third peak, Lenana, at 4985m is more accessible and a very feasible goal for fit people.
Whether your interest is in climbing the technical peaks or trekking to Point Lenana, the Mount Kenya trek represents a lovely and special challenge for the adventurer and hiker. It is a perennial favourite, entirely feasible for the hill walker looking to combine a high mountain adventure with going to Africa.
Mt Kenya is its own National Park which is a simply stunning landscape with interesting and often endemic flora and flora as well as its soaring jagged summit peaks and glaciers. It offers a more gentle approach to trekking/climbing than Kilimanjaro and differs in that there is a great deal more wildlife to be spotted!
From a distance, the jagged volcanic peaks stand at the centre of an eroded volcanic dome cut by radial valleys and ridges and standing proudly over the plains and savannah below. Elephant, black Rhino, Cape Buffalo, Colobus monkey, antelope and Giant Forest Hog can be seen in the foothills of the 228 sq. mile national park. From the lower forests of bamboo, the landscape develops to unusual high-altitude equatorial vegetation on the shoulder of the mountain with giant heather, lobelia and groundsels giving the slopes an alpine desert appearance and a striking feel, almost as if it is from another world.