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What You Need to Know When Scaling Mount Kenya

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. It is an extinct volcano and is well-known worldwide as the largest free-standing mountain. 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.

Twelve permanent glaciers are remaining that protects the highest peaks of this mountain and include Batian(5,199m), Nelion (5,188m), and Point Lenana(4,985m). This tour is best suited for people who enjoy hiking, mountain climbing and trekking. This mountain is one of the toughest terrains one can go through if they enjoy climbing. However, many people from around the world have been able to trek including the British explorer and geographer 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.

The other peaks you can find in Mount Kenya are Point Piggott, Point Dutton and Point John. There are three primary climbing routes for Mount Kenya, and they include Naro Moru route, Chogoria Route and Sirimon route. It is easier to get to Lenana peak using the Naro Moru Route. Chogoria route can be used by people who would want to view the spectacular sheer cliffs of Mount Kenya and Lake Michaelson. Sirimon route is used by few climbers who are animal lovers. It is on the dry side of Mount Kenya and you can be able to see various wild animals and alpine sceneries as you go up the mountain.
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Besides climbing Mount Kenya, you will be able to see some game animals found in Mount Kenya national park. Some of the game animals you are likely to see include black and white colobus monkeys, bush pigs, hyenas, antelopes, olive baboons buffalos, leopards and albino zebra. Your visit to Mount Kenya will not be complete without seeing some birds like Sunbirds, hyrax and eagles. This mountain is covered with rain forests of several tree species and thickets of bamboo on the lower slopes and alpine meadows on the higher slope.
A 10-Point Plan for Travel (Without Being Overwhelmed)

You should have a checklist of the things you need to carry, when climbing Mount Kenya. You need to carry mosquito sprays, headache pills, lotions and sunscreen. Ensure you have tissue paper, toothbrush and toothpaste in your bag pack. Also have some money with you to give tips to the tour guides, porters, cooks and tour drivers. Finally, it’s recommended to carry your first aid kit for personal medication and emergency use.

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