Climbing Mount Kenya
Mount Kenya is the second highest mountain in Africa after Mount Kilimanjaro and Most of the peaks; Batian, Nelion and Lenana on Mount Kenya have been summited.
Mount Kenya offers a wealth of excellent and diverse climbing possibilities on rock, snow and ice.The highest peak that can be ascended without rock climbing is Point Lenana; 4,985 metres which requires a scramble or a walk.
The other two (Batian5,199m, Nelion 5,188m) are for technical climbers. To combine this ascent with a circumnavigation of the main peaks, Nelion and Batian requires at least an extra day.
There are three main walking climbing routes up to the main peaks, Sirimon, Chogoria, and Naro Moru.
•Climbing Mount Kenya Sirimon Route: Sirimon route is Mount Kenya`s most gradual ascent route profile and best acclimatisation options most interesting route since it’s on the drier side on the mountain. The route passes through impressive Yellowwood forests in the lower reaches and features abundant wildlife and beautiful alpine scenery higher up.
•Mount Kenya Climbing Naro Moru Route: Naro Moru route though not as scenic as the other two, it is the fastest route to point Lenana, Naro Moru route has many climbers since it’s the most popular route compared to Chogoria route and Sirimon route.
•Climbing Mount Kenya Chogoria Route: Chogoria route is the Best route on descent, quite scenic and interesting of the three main routes on the mountain. The route passes the enchanting Hall Tarns and looks down sheer cliffs into the spectacular Gorges Valley and onto the beautiful Lake Michaelson.
Mount Kenya Climate-Mount Kenya’s climbing Seasons:
•Mount Kenya has wet seasons and dry seasons, From Mid-March to June is the heavy rain season, followed by the dry seasons which lasts until September.
•October to December short rains when the mountain receives approximately a third of its rainfall total.
•Finally from December to Mid-March is the dry, dry season when the mountain experiences the least rain.
Weather on Mount Kenya is mostly clear mornings with mist closing in from 10:00am although this can clear by evening. So early morning starts are preferable by climbers with a 2.00am start for the final ascent to summit point Lenana, if you want to catch the sunrise.
NB: It is easy to gain height too quickly on the mountain and high altitude related illness or considerable discomfort is experienced by climbers who try climbing too fast. It is recommended to allow acclimatization time on ascent.