Mount Kenya is the second highest mountain in Africa. It lies a few km away from the equator but is still heavily glaciated. Rising 5,199 meters above the sea level, Mt Kenya is one of the world’s largest freestanding volcanic mountains; the volcano is extinct and the scenery is breathtaking. On expedition to Mt Kenya, you will find the scenic snow-capped peaks, magnificent cliffs and glaciers, spectacular waterfalls and valleys, and rolling slopes with thick forest cover. Mount Kenya has even been declared a UNESCO World Heritage Site for its outstanding ecology.
Truly a paradise for adventure seekers, Mt Kenya has some of the finest hiking and trekking routes in the world. The mountain offers easy as well as challenging ascents with breathtaking scenery, especially from the top at dawns. The highest peaks of Batian(5, 199m) and Nelion (5, 188m) can only be accessed by experienced and tough mountaineers, while Lenana can be reached by any fit trekker.
On Mt Kenya trek, you can enjoy exceptional views of tarns and alpine meadows on its higher slopes and lush rainforest and thickets of bamboo on lower slopes. Among major wildlife attractions in Mt Kenya include Elephant, Leopard, Buffalo, Sykes Monkeys, Albino Zebra, Antelope, Black and White Colobus, Black Rhino, Olive Baboon, Bush Pig and Hyena. Among birds Sunbirds, Hyrax and Eagles are commonly seen here.
The climate has a typical equatorial mountain climate which Hedberg described as winter every night and summer every day.