Mt. Kenya is the highest mountain in Kenya with a height 5,199metres above the sea level. It was formed as a result of the volcanic eruptions. This mountain is not that far from the capital city of Kenya just a distance of 200km as you move northwards. It has three peaks that is Batian, Nelion and Lenana with Batian being the highest with a height of 5,199m followed by Nelion 5,188m and lastly Lenana at 4,985m. It has both the steep slopes and gentle slopes with rough terrace that is made of protruding stones making it a bit risky when climbing it. Grading them according to the number of people using them you find that Lenana come first and maybe because of its short distance. As a result of very low temperatures especially during rainy seasons most of the mountain is covered with snow and glaciers.
Not necessarily climbing Mount Kenya but there are a lot of beautiful things that attracts people such as different plant species and variety of wildlife. It is also important that you climb this mountain majorly during dry seasons as wet season it may become wet and slippery and this may result into many accidents. Just like any other things professional skills are required to use methods such as walking, trekking and hiking to reach this peaks.
This highest mountain in Kenya can be accessed using three major routes and that is Naromoru route, Sirimon route, and Chogoria route. With Naromoru route being the fastest and the most popular route to point Lenana making it to be overcrowded by many climbers. People who use this route find it to be more gentle and smooth. You can as well use Chogoria though it is more scenic but it has some interesting features tarns, cliffs, Georges valley and Lake Michaelson. You can also climb Mount Kenya using the Leeward side which is dry during most times of the year.
There are a lot of preparations that you need to do before you opt for climbing the highest mountain in Kenya. For you to climb mountain you will be required to carry camera, water, water proof and warm layer. Besides, for your smooth movement you will be provided by a porter will carry the mountain gear and guide you in the process. Apart from that you will be provided with food, accommodation, water and even tips at some points. Because of the temperatures and the scenic features you will need to be medically fit and free from dangers incurred in the process. You will not need to worry about your safety as the rescue team will take you through.