Posted on Oct 25, 2020

Mount Kenya Climbing Expeditions

Mount Kenya Climbing Routes
Mount Kenya is the highest mountain in Kenya, and the second highest in Africa. The highest peaks of the mountain are Batian (5,199 m), Nelion (5,188 m) and Pointa Lenana (4,985 m).

The main Mount Kenya hiking trails up to the main peaks are: Chogoria, Kamweti, Naro Moru, Burguret, Sirimon and Timau routes.

The most popular routes to climb Mount Kenya are: Chogoria, Naro Moru and Sirimon. The other routes require a special permit from the Kenya Wildlife Service to use them.

• Chogoria Route: it leads from the city of Chogoria to the path that surrounds the peaks. Cross the forest southeast of the mountain to the moor, with views over areas such as Ithanguni and the Giant’s Billiards Table before following the Gorges Valley part past the Temple and down to Simba Col below Lenana Point. This route is known as one of the ones with the best views, although it is slightly longer than the others.

• Naro Moru Route: it is the route chosen by many adventurers who try to reach Point Lenana. Start in the town of Naro Moru west of the mountain and work your way up to Mackinder's camp. The terrain is normally good and can be climbed in just 3 days.

• Sirimon Route: Approaches Mount Kenya from the northwest. The trail forks into the moorland, the most used being the one that follows the Mackinder Valley and the quieter route through the Liki North Valley. Trails rejoin at Shipton’s Cave just below Shipton’s Camp.

Learn more below to see about the routes.
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