MOUNT KENYA

P2220037Standing at 5,199 meters above sea level, Mt Kenya is the second highest mountain in Africa and, in the eyes of African Ascents; this is the most beautiful mountain in Africa.

Mt Kenya is riddled with pioneering history, with some of the most amazing stories in mountaineering history. To name one ‘No picnic on mount Kenya’, the scene of the famous Italian prisoners of war who escaped to climb the Teleki Valley to attempt to summit Point Batian in hot pursuit from their captures. Since then many mountaineering legends established themselves on Mt Kenya, Halford Mackinder, Eric Shipton and Arthur Firmin, to name a few. Modern day legends in Ian Howell and Ian Allen are also very evident, establishing many of the technical routes on Batian (5,199m) and Nelion (5,188m). ”Howell Hut” was built by Ian Howell who soloed Point Nelion 13 times to establish the hut on the summit; this hut is still used today and is incorporated in African Ascents itinerary’s.

The highest peaks of the mountain are Batian (5,199 metres (17,057  ft.)), Nelion (5,188 metres (17,021  ft.)) which are technical ascents, and Point Lenana (4,985 metres (16,355  ft.)). Mount Kenya is located in central Kenya, just south of the equator near the African Ascents home of Nanyuki, around 150 kilometres (93 miles) north-northeast of the capital Nairobi. Mount Kenya is the source of the name of the Republic of Kenya.

Mount Kenya is a stratovolcano created approximately 3 million years after the opening of the East African ri ft. Before glaciations, it was 7,000 m (23,000  ft.) high. It was covered by an ice cap for thousands of years. This has resulted in many eroded slopes and numerous valleys radiating from the centre. There are currently 11 small glaciers. The forested slopes are an important source of water for much of Kenya.

Known to the local tribe as Kirinjuga, meaning ‘there is an ostrich’ because of its black and white appearance, it is home to the famous giant Groundsel and many other Lobelias. Various species of wildlife can be found all over the mountain, Eland and Zebra wander high into the moorland, whilst Elephant, Bushbuck, Leopard, and Colobus Monkeys are seen in the forests. This mountain provides every visitor with outstanding beauty and an expedition that will never be forgotten.

African Ascents provides a wide variety of options for climbing Mount Kenya. Guests can opt for a basic package, or a more extended package traversing the whole mountain at high altitude. We also provide high altitude training where guests can learn about mountain rescue, abseiling, short roping over scrabbling terrain, glacial travel and of course the technical aspects.

Point Batian and Point Nelion are technical ascents which we offer. These are two of the best alpine climbs at high altitude and are underutilised. If you are an alpine climber these peaks should be on your list to conquer.

African Ascents are partners with various organisations in Kenya that help to provide a unique experience:  The Mount Kenya Trust, Kenya Wildlife Service (KWS), Iolaus East Africa, Ragati Conservancy, and the Mountain Club of Kenya (MCK).

Mt Kenya – Timau Route

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Mt Kenya – Chogoria Route

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Mt Kenya – Glacial Travel

Mt Kenya’s Glaciers are rapidly receding, and it has been estimated that they will no longer exist in as little as 30 years. However, with only a few Glaciers le ft on the Mountain there is a lot of fun to be had. The Lewis Glacier is Mt Kenya’s largest Glacier and must be crossed […]

Mt Kenya – Grand Traverse

This is a unique way to see Mt Kenya, travelling on paths less trodden; you will see all of what Mt Kenya has to offer. The Grand traverse circumnavigates round the main peaks, looking up at the massifs of Batian and Nelion and looking down at the undulating valleys and gorges of the massive expanse […]

Mt Kenya – Technical Peaks

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