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Everything You Need to Know on Climbing Kenya’s Highest Mountain

Standing at 5199 metres above sea level, Mount Kenya is the highest mountain in Kenya and Second in Africa. It is believed that Mount Kenya was over 6,500m in height some many years back, but due to glacial erosion it has decreased significantly. It’s located about180km North of Kenya’s capital city and 20km from the Equator. It is an extinct volcano and is well-known worldwide as the largest free-standing mountain. Visiting Mount Kenya is a good chance for people who want to explore the lovely scenery of glacier-clad peaks and beautiful slopes covered with afro-alpine flora.

Mount Kenya is known for its permanent glacier which covers the highest summit of Batian(5,199m), Nelion (5,188m), and Point Lenana(4,985m). This tour is best suited for people who enjoy hiking, mountain climbing and trekking. This mountain is one of the toughest terrains one can go through if they enjoy climbing. Furthermore, tourists from around the globe have been able to trek this challenging terrain such as explorer Halford Mackinder. While Batian and Nelion peak is the toughest for even experienced climbers, Lenana summit is the easiest to climb for the first time climbers.

Point Piggott, Point Dutton and Point John are the other summits found in Mount Kenya. The main routes one can use to access Mount Kenya are Naro Moru, Chogoria and Sirimon. Naro Moru is the best route to use when accessing Lenana peak. Chogoria route has some interesting features you will see as you go up the mountain which includes Lake Michaelson and the spectacular sheer cliffs. Few tourists visiting Mount Kenya use the Sirimon route. They use this route since it is on the drier side of the mountain and also because they can see some of the wildlife present in this mountain and alpine scenery.
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Besides climbing Mount Kenya, you will be able to see some game animals found in Mount Kenya national park. Animals you can expect to see include bush pig, black and white Colobus monkeys, black rhino, hyena, antelope, olive baboon, buffalo, leopard and Albino zebra. Your visit to Mount Kenya will not be complete without seeing some birds like Sunbirds, hyrax and eagles. Several tree species are found in Mount Kenya which includes Bamboo on the lower side of the mountain and alpine trees on the higher side.
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Before starting the excursion, you should bear in mind to take toiletries and medication with you. Make sure you include mosquito repellants, headache painkillers, Lotion and sunscreen in your checklist. You should also have a roll of tissue paper, toothpaste and toothbrush in your bag pack. Ensure you have some cash with you to tip the tour guides taking you up the mountain, cooks, porters and driver. At last, ensure you have a first aid kit to treat any injuries that may arise as you go up the mountain.