About Mt.Kenya

Mount Kenya national park stretches across the equator, 193 km North-East of Nairobi and 480 km from the Kenya coast and covers an area of 580Sq. Kms.Altitude: 1,600-5,199m At 5199m high, it is Africa's second highest mountain, with gleaming and eroded snow-capped peaks, which can be seen for miles. It is a broad, large symmetrical volcano cone whose diameter at the base is about 12 km, dating between 2 to 3 million years ago. There are three peaks; Mbatian, 5,199m, Nelion 5,188m and point Lenana. Most visitors are able to reach the more accessible Point Lenana at 4,985 m and many visitors enjoy simple high altitude walks. Points Mbatian and Nelion requires are only climbed by technical climbers only. Accomodation while trekking is in huts, and Tents (campsites).

Wildlife below the Park boundary include elephant, buffalo, antelope, and the rare bongo, also found in the nearby Aberdares national park. Mount Kenya can be climbed anytime of the year though the best times for visiting Mount Kenya and the National Park are December to February and July, August through to late October, when there are no rains. The magnificent views over the surrounding country from point Lenana and other high points around the main peaks and trekking on this mountain is a priority among tourists. The forest surrounding the mountain support a large variety of wildlife such as elephant, buffalo, monkey, antelope, lion, zebra, eland, rock hyrax, giant forest hogs, leopard, mole-rat, and various species of birds such as eagle, vulture, and sunbird among others.

Access

Access to Mount Kenya National Park is by three routes: the Naro Moru Route; the Chogoria Route; and the Sirimon Route.

The Naro Moru route is from the western slopes of the mountain, beginning in the small town of Naro Moru, 206 km from Nairobi and it is quite steep.

The Chogoria route begins near the small town Chogoria, 2 km to the west of the Embu - Meru road, about 150 km north of Nairobi. From Chogoria town, to the forest gate is 6km and further to the park gate is 23 Km. The thick forest on the route to the Park gate is home to antelope and elephants, making this approach to the Park interesting for game enthusiasts.�

Sirimon route begins near the small town of Timau on the Nanyuki - Isiolo road North of the mountain. The road to the Park gate leaves the main road 1 km from the bridge over the Sirimon River. This access point to the park is less used because of its rough and hilly terrain.
OUR PORTERS

We have qualified porters who have wealthy of experience with Mt Kenya Trek for more than five years each. They have good communication skills and first aide handling. Friendly and dedicated team. Our porters are participants in Mt Kenya clean up Campaign every year
MOUNTAIN GUIDES

Our guides are qualified with long experience in treks and climbs graduating from outdoor leadership school and Kenya wildlife Service and have participated in Mountain rescue operations and are members to Mt Kenya Guides.

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Mount Kenya - Technical Climbing. Batian summit 5199m
Difficulty: D, Grade IV, 5.9

Technical Climbing,Rock Climbing,Ice climbing on the Main peaks of Mt Kenya (Batian 17,058 ft. Nelion 17,022 ft) Climbing the 'Diamond Couloir', South-East Face Route and North Face route.
Climbing from base of Normal Route direct to top of Nelion and then crossing the gate of mist to Batian and back to Nelion and descend the same way. to the summit is a challenging technical climb.

For the experienced mountain climber, this peak is one of the world great challenges

Mount Kenya National park has unique position on the equator offers climbing seasons and route conditions varying with the sun's Position.
A climber doing one of the best ice routes are on the southern side of the mountain and should climb when the sun is in the North between the months of July and September.
However during the same period the east and north sides are the best condition in rock climbing. Conversely when the sun is in the south, south side offers the best rock routes and the North the better ice climbing condition.

Recommended Routes for Technical climbing at Mount Kenya

December-March
Normal Routes, Standard IV: South West Ridge, Standard v (Rock routes)

July-September/October
North Face Standard route, Standard IV (Rock Route)
North Face Sirimon Approach

August-December
South-East Face Route. , Standard IV ,Ice Window, Standard V (ice routes)

Mid July to end of September Ice Climbing through the 'Diamond Couloir' -

This attempt to the main summit of Point Lenana (4,985 m) is included for people not wishing to attempt the much more difficult twin summits of Mt. Kenya Nelion and possibly Batian. is technically a much difficult scramble.

The Guides
Our technical local guides have vast expertise and long experience of the climbing routes on Nelion and Batian peaks.

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