A climbers mountain and a trekkers mountain – The best Technical Alpine climbing in Africa and the most scenic trekking 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 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.)) which is the highest trekking peak.
Mt Kenya provides the best alpine climbing in Africa. If you are an alpine climber these peaks should be on your list to conquer.
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Batian (5199m, 17,057 ft) and Nelion (5188m, 17,021 ft) are Mt Kenya’s highest peaks, climbing to their summit is unique in Africa and is said to be some of the best technical alpine climbing in the world. It is certainly the highest technical climbing route in Africa, creating the greatest mountain challenge in Africa. Although […]