Details of Mount Kenya

Mount Kenya is the Kenya’s biggest mountain ranging between 1600-5199m above sea level and second after Mt Kilimanjaro and is an extinct volcano at the equator located in Central province. It is a national icon and nations namesake.

Mount Kenya is not a single peak, it is consisted of ridges and peaks. These are the weathered remnants of a large extinct volcano that was active several million years ago. Mount Kenya straddles the equator but is sufficiently high to receive significant snowfall and to be circled with several glaciers.

Climbing Mount Kenya

There are many peaks on Mount Kenya that require rock climbing. Most of the peaks on Mount Kenya have been summited. The majority of these involve rock climbing as the easiest route, although some only require a scramble or a walk. The highest peak that can be ascended without climbing is Point Lenana, 4,985 m (16,355 ft).

When ascended directly, Batian is usually climbed via the North Face Standard Route, UIAA grade IV+ (or 5.6+ YDS). The route is usually climbed in two days. The Normal Route is the most climbed route up Nelion, and thence across to Batian. It is possible to traverse between the two peaks, via the Gates of Mist, but this often involves spending a night in the Howell hut on top of Nelion. There is a bolted abseil descent route off Nelion.

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