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Everything You Need to Know on Climbing Kenya’s Highest Mountain Mount Kenya is the highest mountain in Kenya, and second in Africa stands at 5199 metres above sea level. It is believed that Mount Kenya was over 6,500m in height some many years back, but due to glacial erosion it has decreased significantly. It’s located about180km North of Kenya’s capital city and 20km from the Equator. This mountain is the world’s largest free-standing mountain and an extinct volcano. A visit to Mount Kenya is a fantastic chance to learn more about the impressive landscapes of the glacier-clad summit and middle slopes with afro-alpine flora. Mount Kenya is known for its permanent glacier which covers the highest summit of Batian(5,199m), Nelion (5,188m), and Point Lenana(4,985m). For hikers, mountain climbers and trekkers, this excursion will indeed suit your interest. It is the hardest mountain to climb in comparison to the many others in Africa. Besides, a good number of visitors from across the globe have been able to trek this mountain and included the geographer and explorer Halford Mackinder. Lenana peak is the best for the inexperienced climbers to climb, while Batian and Nelion summits are most difficult for even professional climbers. Point Piggott, Point Dutton and Point John are the other summits found in Mount Kenya. The three climbing routes used to climb Mount Kenya are Naro Moru, Chogoria and Sirimon routes. Naro Moru is the best route to use when accessing Lenana peak. Chogoria route is the most interesting since you will pass through the spectacular sheer cliffs where you will see the Gorges Valley and Lake Michaelson as you are climbing. A few climbers use the Sirimon route to climb Mount Kenya. It’s on the dryer side of this mountain and one passes through the yellow wood forest where you will be able to see various wild animals and alpine scenery.
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Apart from Scaling Mount Kenya, your tour may also include game viewing in the Mount Kenya National Park. Black and white colobus monkeys, hyenas, bush pigs, Antelopes, olive baboons, buffalo, leopard and Albino zebra are some of the animals one may come across when climbing. Some of the birds you can expect to see include hyrax, eagles and sunbirds. Several tree species are found in Mount Kenya which includes Bamboo on the lower side of the mountain and alpine trees on the higher side.
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Before starting the excursion, you should bear in mind to take toiletries and medication with you. Your checklist should include mosquito sprays, lotions, sunscreen and painkillers. Ensure you have tissue paper, toothbrush and toothpaste in your bag pack. It’s also advisable to carry some money with you for tips which will be shared amongst the tour drivers, tour guides, porters and cooks. At last, ensure you have a first aid kit to treat any injuries that may arise as you go up the mountain.