Mt. Kenya is what mountaineers’ dream of. The challenging technical climb to reach the twin summits combined with some of the world’s best ice climbing, seduce some of the world’s most extreme adventures.
Located just 10 miles south of the equator, Mount Kenya is the second highest mountain in Africa, reaching 17,058 feet (5,199 meters) above sea level. With over 40 peaks, she is a relatively unknown gem with the masses flocking to the non-technical and higher Kilimanjaro.
Each year about 15,000 people climb Mount Kenya. The vast majority climb to Point Lenana (16,355 feet), the third which requires no technical climbing experience or equipment. The technical peaks of Nelion (17,022 feet) and Batian (17,058 feet) are only attempted by about 500 climbers per year, with only about 200 reaching Nelion and around 50 making their way to the highest summit, Batian.
Mt. Kenya has five major approach routes that lead to the Summit Circuit Path. Once on the Summit Circuit Path there are dozens of options for trekking, depending on the desired peaks, glaciers, lakes, and valleys that you wish to visit. One of the main advantages for trekking in Mt. Kenya is that the routes are not fixed and can be altered in the event of unforeseeable challenges such as adverse weather conditions.
Many climbers elect to combine two of the approach routes to traverse Mt. Kenya. The most scenic combination is probably the Chogoria-Sirimon traverse. E-Trip Africa will customize each trek depending on the time of year, the overall high altitude experience of the group, and the peaks of interest to your group.
Naro Moru Route
Summit Circuit Path
Mt. Kenya's Major Peaks