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MOUNT KENYA CLIMBING

Safari tour package: A custom, tailor-made, private safari
Prices and Dates: $1500 - $3000
Includes internal flights: No
Length of safari: 5 days
Best months: All year
Countries visited KenyaKenya
Parks visited Mount Kenya, Nairobi National Park
Activity level Active - Hiking, horse riding
Safari type:
  • Camping
* Prices are estimates and used as guidelines only. Please contact the tour operator for an exact quote. Request a quote
Mt. Kenya, 5.199m, is the second highest mountain in Africa, an extinct volcano whose diameter at the base is about 12 km. In 1997 UNESCO inscribed Mount Kenya a World Heritage Site as "one of the most impressive landscapes in Eastern Africa with its rugged glacier-clad summits, Afro-alpine moorlands and diverse forests that illustrate outstanding ecological processes". Since 1978, the area is also an International Biosphere Reserve. Mt. Kenya, an extinct volcano, was gazetted a National Park in 1949 and a National Reserve in 2000 and is managed by Kenya Wildlife Service (KWS). Its extension is 2.800 sq km. The elevation range is between 2200 to 5200 metres and includes several vegetation zones: Mixed broad-leaf forest, Gallery Forest, Bamboo, Giant Heath and Hagenia, moorland tussock grasses, Giant Senecio and Lobelia and rock and ice.
Trekking:
There are three popular routes to the peaks of Mount Kenya: the Naro Moro, the Sirimon and Chogoria; all can be integrated with the Summit Circuit. There is rock and ice climbing of a high standard to the twin summit peaks of Batian (5199 m) and Nelion (5188 m). The third highest peak is Point Lenana (4985 m) which can be reached by any fit walker, suitably equipped. The snow covered peaks and glaciers are located about 16 km south of the equator (while the Rwenzori peaks are situated on the north of the equator). All the central body and peaks are surrounded by the Summit Circuit path, a circular trail which gives you the best sceneries of the mountain.
All meals for the trekking are either fresh or tinned. At night, and on the higher parts of the mountain, temperatures often drop below zero, so warm clothes and high altitude sleeping bags are essential.
The best period to climb Mount Kenya:
The climbing season for Mount Kenya is generally the dry season, from December to March and from June to September. However, the chances of encountering good weather on the mountain seem to be about equal throughout the year, so the timing of your safari is not as critical as once was due to climatic changes.