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Mt Kenya National Park - Kenya

Mt Kenya is Africa’s second highest mountain and Kenya’s highest mountain. Mount Kenya is not just a single peak but is a massif with lots of peaks, ridges and cliffs. It is a huge extinct volcano which used to be even higher and is older than Kilimanjaro.

Mt Kenya NP offers world-class hiking opportunities and a chance to experience snow and ice in Africa. Even though Mt Kenya sits on the equator, it is high enough to support several glaciers.

The three highest points in Mt Kenya NP are closely located together, but even though Point Lenana (4985m / 16,355ft) can be reached by hikers, Batian (5199m / 17,057ft) and Nelion (5188m / 17,021ft) can only be summited with technical climbing.

The hike to the peak is more beautiful than the trek up to Mt Kilimanjaro and offers spectacular views throughout the hike and an insight into the amazing African alpine flora and fauna.

Fishing enthusiasts should also add Mt Kenya to their bucket list as the trout fishing is excellent.



Main Attractions

Mt Kenya National Park is a stunning area with lots of possible attractions and activities. The main attractions are:

  • Standing on Point Lenana and enjoying the views
  • Superb climbing options
  • Spectacular African Alpine scenery
  • Walking without the crowds of Kilimanjaro
  • Trout fishing in the clear mountains streams

 

 

 

Hiking Mt Kenya to Point Lenana

The views from Point Lenana are spectacular. On a clear day, you can see all the mountains and valleys around you as well as Batian, the highest point of the mountain, tantalisingly close, across the glacier from Point Lenana. On a really clear day, you can even see Kilimanjaro, 320km to the south.

Challenging technical climbing on Mt Kenya

Not many are able to scale the top peaks of Mt Kenya (Batian 5199m / 17,057ft and Nelion 5188m / 17,021ft) as this requires around 20 pitches of ropes assisted climbing in cold and tough conditions. But many reach its third highest peak called Point Lenana, at4985m / 16,355ft still a very significant hike and not one to be taken lightly.

African Alpine scenery

Most people just want to reach the summit of Point Lenana, but it is well worth to spend a little more time on the mountain and explore its many beautiful hiking trails. One option is to do a full traverse of the highest peaks. Add at least a full day to your itinerary to complete this loop or camp somewhere along the route at the designated campsites.

Hiking in Mt Kenya NP doesn’t have to mean you go to Point Lenana. There are plenty of other options and the African alpine scenery is worth it alone.

Hiking without the crowds

When hiking in Mt Kenya NP you won’t see many others on the trails. You might see people at the huts or campgrounds and possible on Point Lenana early in the morning. But your time on the trails will not be crowded. A huge contrast with the popular times on Kilimanjaro where the mountain can sometimes feel rather busy.

Trout fishing on Mt Kenya

There is more to do than hiking on Mt Kenya. Lovers of fly-fishing should definintely make their way to this stunning alpine location. The fly-fishing is superb here, so come and try out some trout fishing and see why royalty come here too.

 

 

Information for visitors

Did you know?

  • Other hikes not going to the highest peaks of Mt Kenya are also possible, but much less used. Make sure you take a knowledgeable guide who knows his or her way around if you want to explore different areas of the national park as good maps are hard to find.
  • Unlike Mt Kilimanjaro, it is possible to hike Mt Kenya without a guide. You need to have at least 2 people in your hiking party and be able to proof you are totally self-sufficient. However, it is strongly recommended to hire a guide as they can create a richer experience with their knowledge of the flora and fauna, as well as the local culture. Hiking without porters is definitely possible if you come prepared with all the camping, and cooking equipment as well as your own food. There are some huts on the mountain, but not all are open to the general public. There are no options to buy any food and lighting fires is strictly prohibited due to the fragile environment and slow-growing African alpine fauna.
  • From June to October the south face of Mt Kenya offers the chance to do ice climbing.

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Popular Activities

  1. Climbing
  2. Hiking    
  3. Bird watching    
  4. Camping    
  5. Picnics    
  6. Photography
  7. Fishing

As the only options to stay in the Mt Kenya NP are to camp or stay in one of the huts, you will either need to be totally self-sufficient for food, or the tour operator you booked with will organise everything for you.

All tour operators will be able to cater for any dietary requirements.

There are no rubbish bins on Mt Kenya, everything you take up the mountain must be carried out again.

At the higher end of the scale, your tour operator will provide everything for you and carry everything up the mountain, including dining tents and sometimes even toilet tents. The more basic options won’t have these luxuries, but porters will still carry your personal gear up, leaving you with only a day pack to carry.

If you want to carry everything yourself you will need to be totally self-sufficient in terms of food and tents.

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