Mt. Kenya, Africa’s second highest peak is regarded as the realm of Ngai, god of the local Kikuyu people. Traditionally, all Kikuyu home were built to face this sacred peak. They call it Kirinyaga, or place of light. The mountain is an awe-inspiring sight. Its ragged series of peaks are crowned with snow, and its slopes are thick with forest. The mountain is best seen at dawn, when the days early light silhouettes its impressive summit high over the surrounding plains.

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Mt. Kenya, Africa’s second highest peak is regarded as the realm of Ngai, god of the local Kikuyu people. Traditionally, all Kikuyu home were built to face this sacred peak. They call it Kirinyaga, or place of light. The mountain is an awe-inspiring sight. Its ragged series of peaks are crowned with snow, and its slopes are thick with forest. The mountain is best seen at dawn, when the days early light silhouettes its impressive summit high over the surrounding plains.

While the 5199 meter summit is a difficult technical climb, the lesser peak of Point Lenana (4985m) can be easily reached by any fit trekker. This trek takes between 3 and 5 days, through a fascinating world of forests, wildlife, and unique montane vegetation including pod carpus and groundsel, and finally one of the world’s rarest sights, equatorial snow. For those who don’t want to climb the Mountain the cool highlands that surround its base are well worth a visit. The forests are ideal for game viewing, and there are crystal clear mountain streams that abound with Trout….

  • Facts & Figures

    President: Uhuru Kenyatta (2013)

    Deputy President: William Ruto (2013)

    Land area: 219,788 sq mi (569,251 sq km); total area: 224,961 sq mi (582,650 sq km)

    Population (2014 est.): 45,010,056 (growth rate: 2.11%)

    Capital and largest city (2011 est.): Nairobi, 3.363 million

    Other large city: Mombasa, 972,000

    Monetary unit: Kenya shilling

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Main road access to Mount Kenya is via Nanyuki or Naro Moru, both easily accessed from Nairobi by bus/matatu or private transport. Some trekkers and climbers access the mountain from the small village of Chogoria. There is an airstrip in Nanyuki with both scheduled and charter flights available. Many trekking companies can organize transfers from Nairobi to Mt. Kenya. See the Trekking, Mountain Climbing and Safaris and Tours sections for details.

Hotels in Nanyuki and Naro Moru can organize transfers to the gates of Mt. Kenya National Park

The weather at Mount Kenya National Park consistently offers guests a unique African highlands safari experience at any time of year. Average daytime high temperatures range from 68 F (20 C) in July and August to 80 F (27 C) degrees in January and February. After sunset, temperatures drop to 45 F (7 C) to 52 F (11 C) degrees depending on the month when you travel with cooler night months being December to February, unusual compared to other parts of Kenya when it is cooler at night from June to September.

With relatively moderate temperatures year-round, the one climatic condition that has the greatest impact on your personalized AfricanMecca trip to Mount Kenya Park is rainfall. Like other locations in Kenya, the park experiences two dry seasons and two rainy seasons, and the presence or absence of rain influences wildlife, activity experiences and visitor levels.

The clothes that you might use on the higher peaks of the Alps or Canadian Rockies during the summer climbing seasons will also be a good choice for Mount Kenya. Because the summit day of Mount Kenya is a highly technical rock climb, you will need to travel light, at least for that day. Clothes need to be selected with an eye toward efficiency, and extra gear and weight kept to a minimum.

During the trekking days we will have porters to carry our extra clothes, sleeping gear and other odds and ends. In general, when we are on the move, we will not have access to this gear during the day (the porters are often not close to us), but can get to it once we reach camp. Please note that if your flight to Nairobi originates in Europe, you may be limited to a total checked baggage allowance of only 23 kilos (50 pounds). If you check your baggage from the US all the way through to Nairobi (or the reverse) you'll be allowed the more generous North American limit of two 50 lb. bags.

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