Climbing Mount Kenya and Mount Kenya Hiking
Mt Kenya is the highest mountain in Kenya and, after Kilimanjaro, is the second highest peak in Africa. It is located in central Kenya, just south of the equator. Kenya is actually named after Mt Kenya and this mountain is considered very important to the main ethnic groups which live around it.
Those who climb Mount Kenya can experience a high altitude trek amongst rugged peaks and glaciers. If you are considering climbing Mount Kenya, the best times to visit are June to October and December to March. The ground is at its driest from January to March.
Mount Kenya is a 3 million year old volcano that’s been eroded by ice, those hiking in Mount Kenya will see spectacular chasms, jagged peaks, tarns and waterfalls.
There are many Mount Kenya climbs to choose from, it is worth choosing to take some paths away from the main trails for a truly memorable African mountain experience. It also helps if you opt to climb Mount Kenya in small groups as it makes your trip more personal and minimises your impact on the environment.
There are some travellers who would like to experience high altitude walking without the pressure of a summit challenge that comes with a Mount Kenya climb. Mount Kenya trekking offers a welcome alternative and allows you to return to some creature comforts in the evenings. There are plenty of Mount Kenya trekking options which take you off the beaten track and allow you to appreciate the dramatic and varied landscape.
Other fantastic alternative Kenya trekking holidays can include a trekking safari through the wilderness of the beautiful Laikipia plateau, guided by the Maasai warriors, walking through places that vehicles have never passed. Or Kenya trekking holidays can take you through the Nguruman forest, which has been left untouched save for livestock rearing and the collection of herbal medicines.
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