Mount Kenya is the second-highest mountain in Africa, standing tall at 5,199 meters above sea level. Located in central Kenya, it is a popular destination for adventure seekers and nature enthusiasts alike. Climbing Mount Kenya is a challenging but rewarding experience, offering breathtaking views of the surrounding landscape and an opportunity to push oneself to the limit. In this blog post, we’ll take a closer look at what it takes to climb Mount Kenya and what you can expect along the way. We made our Mt. kenya climb in March 2023 with Wanderlust Outdoors.
The first step in climbing Mount Kenya is getting to the mountain itself. The most common route is through the town of Nanyuki, which can be reached by road or air from Nairobi.
Mount Kenya has several climbing routes to choose from, each with its own unique features and challenges. The most popular route is the Sirimon Route, which starts on the mountain’s northwest side and offers stunning views of the Rift Valley. The Naro Moru Route is another popular option, known for its steep terrain and beautiful scenery. Other routes include the Chogoria Route, which passes through the stunning Gorges Valley, and the Burguret Route, which is less crowded and offers a more remote wilderness experience. We however chose to do the route in Reverse, meaning we start from the town of Chogoria, through Meru Bandas Gate and then exit from the Sirimon – Nanyuki gate.
We went up to Road Head Camp, after which we went to the scenic and beautiful Lake Ellis.
Climbing Mount Kenya is a moderately challenging endeavor that requires physical fitness, mental toughness, and a willingness to push oneself to the limit. The climb itself, depending on the route taken, can involve steep ascents, rocky terrain, and high altitudes, which can cause altitude sickness. Climbers should be prepared for long days of hiking, camping in remote locations, and dealing with unpredictable weather conditions.
The Best Time to Climb
The best time to climb Mount Kenya is during the dry season, which runs from January to February and July to October. During these months, the weather is relatively stable, and climbers can expect clear skies and excellent visibility. However, the mountain can be climbed at any time of the year, as long as climbers are prepared for the weather conditions they may encounter. We went up in March and were very lucky to miss the rains.
Accommodation and Equipment
Climbers have several options for accommodation on Mount Kenya, including mountain huts and campsites. These facilities are located at various points along the climbing routes and offer basic amenities such as beds, toilets, and cooking facilities. Climbers should bring their own equipment, including hiking boots, warm clothing, a sleeping bag, and a backpack. Water and food is usually provided by the tour company engaged, as well as a first aid kit and any necessary medications.
Reaching the summit of Mount Kenya is an unforgettable experience. The final ascent involved a scramble up loose scree and rocky terrain, culminating in the summit at Point Lenana. From there, we took in the stunning panoramic views of the surrounding landscape and bask in the sense of accomplishment that comes with reaching the roof of Africa.
Climbing Mount Kenya is a challenging and rewarding experience that offers a unique opportunity to explore one of Africa’s most spectacular natural wonders. With careful planning, preparation, and a willingness to push oneself to the limit, climbers can reach the summit and take in the stunning views of the surrounding landscape. Whether you’re a seasoned climber or a first-timer, climbing Mount Kenya is an adventure not to be missed.