The mountain that named a country, Mount Kenya is Kenya’s highest mountain and is about 150 kilometers northwest of Nairobi, Kenya’s capital city. Over 10,000 people visit the park each year to see the site.
The mountain formed around 3 million years ago, Mount Kenya is Africa’s second highest peak. While the highest peaks Batian (5200m) and Nelion (5188m) require some technical climbing, Lenana (4985m) is the peak trekkers head to. Mount Kenya’s slopes are cloaked in forest and moorland which gives way to rock, ice and snow. About 715 km2 around the mountain has been protected in the UNESCO World Heritage listed Mount Kenya National Park.
The reason for the protection was to conserve the area’s biodiversity, increase tourism to the area, and to protect the scenic beauty of the mountain and surrounding habitats.
There are a total of three major peaks in the central area and 12 remaining glaciers lay on the mountains, which are all receding. The habitats included in the park contain a number of animals, such as elephants, buffalo, zebra, and rhino.
Climbers are increasingly turning to Mount Kenya for their African climbing experience as Kilimanjaro becomes too crowded. Not only will you escape the crowds, but the mountain can offer more interesting scenery with the many different lakes and a higher diversity of animals and plants to see en-route. The best time to climb Mount Kenya is between January – February, and July – October.