Mount Kenya

  • Setting off Third Morning Mt Kenya - © Dick Everard
  • The First Hour through the Bamboo Mt Kenya - © Dick Everard
  • Urumandi Hut at 10,000 feet on Mt Kenya - © Dick Everard
  • Resting near Vivienne"s Falls Mt Kenya - © Dick Everard
  • Setting off Third Morning Mt Kenya - © Dick Everard
  • Point Lenana 16,35 feet Mt Kenya - © Dick Everard
  • On the descent  Mt Kenya - © Dick Everard
  • Point Lenana From Klarwill"s Hut with Giant Groundsel Mt Kenya - © Dick Everard
  • Rock Hyrax  Mt Kenya - © Dick Everard
  • Giant Lobelia (Dougal Plant) - © Dick Everard
  • Teleki Valley - © Dick Everard

Key information: Mount Kenya

  • Kenya's highest mountain (5,199m), and in some ways a more interesting (and certainly emptier) trek than its more famous neighbour, Kilimanjaro.
  • Enjoy spectacular, ever-changing scenery as you climb to the icy summit of this ancient volcano.
  • Climb through a range of ecosystems (forest to moorland to alpine to rock and ice) in this World Heritage Site.
  • This is a tough, high walk in mountains: be prepared.

Walkopedia rating

  • Walkopedia rating87
  • Beauty36
  • Natural interest18
  • Human interest2
  • Charisma35
  • Negative points4
  • Total rating87
  • Note: Neg: altitude.

Vital Statistics

  • Length: 6 days
  • Maximum Altitude: 4,985m
  • Level of Difficulty: Difficult
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Teleki Valley - © Dick Everard

WALK SUMMARY

The highest mountain in Kenya is an extinct volcano and one of the few places near the equator in Africa with permanent glaciers.

A majestic geological wonderland from the rocky peak area with its mantle of glaciers and snowfields, to alpine vegetation, and the gentler slopes swamped by mountain forest and bamboo jungle, a variation of landscape and a wonderful selection of flora and fauna.

There are several outstanding routes - the Chogoria Trail, the Summit Circuit Path, and the Naro Moru Trail. Chogoria is the best introduction and the least likely route to leave you suffering from altitude sickness, allowing you to appreciate your surroundings. Those intent on completing the trek around Mount Kenya must then follow the Summit Circuit Path.

The Chogoria route is the most beautiful approach, Mount Kenya's rugged form soars above the fertile plains, and this route is the best introduction to the mountain's intricate vegetation, wildlife and geology, and is by far the most gentle route. Consider this especially if no prior acclimatisation has been gained. For those intent on going full circle on Mount Kenya, the Summit Circle Path is the only option.

From the scree slopes, to the volcanic towers, and the retreating Lewis glacier only to admire the stunning views across eastern Africa behind you is an unforgettable experience.

Kenya's Great Rift Valley is one of the most spectacular manifestations of tectonics on earth.

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COMMUNITY COMMENTS AND PHOTOS

Name: Dick Everard
Posted on: 05/02/2011
There are two main walks up Mt Kenya of which the most commonly undertaken is that from Naro Moru to the west of Mt Kenya. The walk can be undertaken in two days although some of organised tours now appear to take up to 4 days which is probably safer from an altitude acclimatisation viewpoint. Although a tough walk, I met a woman at Naro Moru who had just walked down from the top of Mt Kenya on her 65th birthday saying she wouldn't have minded if she had died on the way down, she was just so pleased to have achieved it and she did it in two days. The point to which one walks is Point Lenana at 16,355 feet rather than the slightly higher peaks where clmbing is required. The difficulty is really altitude and the danger of pulmonary oedema which can be fatal. The second recognised walk is from Chogoria to the east of Mt Kenya and is definitely no less than 4 days and that includes climbing to Point Lenana and descending to Naro Moru on the fourth day. This walk when I did it in 1978 was rarely attempted by many people which perhaps makes it more enjoyable than the much busier route to Mackinders Camp from Naro Moru. You certainly didn't need to go on an organised tour although we did organise porters locally to carry our food and cooking utensils. If it could be done 30 years ago, I see no reason why one couldn't do the same today.

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Resting near Vivienne's Falls Mt Kenya - © Dick Everard

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Giant Lobelia (Dougal Plant) - © Dick Everard...
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