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Tips on Climbing Mount Kenya

Standing at 5199 metres above sea level, Mount Kenya is the highest mountain in Kenya and Second in Africa. 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. The mountain is located north of the capital and a few kilometres from the equator. This mountain is an inactive volcano and one of the world’s renowned free-standing mountains. Visiting Mount Kenya is a good chance for people who want to explore the lovely scenery of glacier-clad peaks and beautiful slopes covered with afro-alpine flora.

This mountain has twelve remnant permanent glaciers which shield the highest peaks 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 one of the most challenging terrains to climb compared to no other in Africa. Furthermore, tourists from around the globe have been able to trek this challenging terrain such as 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 main routes one can use to access Mount Kenya are Naro Moru, Chogoria and Sirimon. 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. Few tourists visiting Mount Kenya use the Sirimon route. 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.
A Beginners Guide To Services

Apart from Scaling Mount Kenya, your tour may also include game viewing in the 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. Mount Kenya has a broad range of tree species which include Bamboo on the lower side and alpine trees on the upper side.
Learning The “Secrets” of Trips

Before starting the excursion, you should bear in mind to take toiletries and medication with you. You need to carry mosquito sprays, headache pills, lotions and sunscreen. It’s also wise to make sure you take tissue paper, toothpaste and a toothbrush with you. 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.

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