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Everything You Need to Know on Climbing Kenya’s Highest Mountain Mount Kenya is the highest mountain in Kenya, and second in Africa stands at 5199 metres above sea level. It’s thought that the peak of Mount Kenya was over 6,500m in height but, has decreased over the years as a result of significant glacial erosion. It’s situated 180km north of the capital city of Kenya and 20km from the equator. This mountain is the world’s largest free-standing mountain and an extinct volcano. Visiting Mount Kenya is a good chance for people who want to explore the lovely scenery of glacier-clad peaks and beautiful slopes covered with afro-alpine flora. Mount Kenya is known for its permanent glacier which covers the highest summit of Batian(5,199m), Nelion (5,188m), and Point Lenana(4,985m). This tour is best suited for people who enjoy hiking, mountain climbing and trekking. It is one of the most challenging terrains to climb compared to no other in Africa. Furthermore, tourists from around the globe have been able to trek this challenging terrain such as explorer Halford Mackinder. While Batian and Nelion peak is the toughest for even experienced climbers, Lenana summit is the easiest to climb for the first time climbers. The other peaks you can find in Mount Kenya are Point Piggott, Point Dutton and Point John. The three climbing routes used to climb Mount Kenya are Naro Moru, Chogoria and Sirimon routes. Naro Moru is the best route to use when accessing Lenana peak. Chogoria route can be used by people who would want to view the spectacular sheer cliffs of Mount Kenya and Lake Michaelson. Few tourists visiting Mount Kenya use the Sirimon route. They use this route since it is on the drier side of the mountain and also because they can see some of the wildlife present in this mountain and alpine scenery.
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Besides climbing Mount Kenya, you will be able to see some game animals found in Mount Kenya national park. Some of the game animals you are likely to see include black and white colobus monkeys, bush pigs, hyenas, antelopes, olive baboons buffalos, leopards and albino zebra. Your visit to Mount Kenya will not be complete without seeing some birds like Sunbirds, hyrax and eagles. Mount Kenya has a broad range of tree species which include Bamboo on the lower side and alpine trees on the upper side.
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Before starting the excursion, you should bear in mind to take toiletries and medication with you. You need to carry mosquito sprays, headache pills, lotions and sunscreen. It’s also wise to make sure you take tissue paper, toothpaste and a toothbrush with you. Ensure you have some cash with you to tip the tour guides taking you up the mountain, cooks, porters and driver. Lastly, it is advisable to have your first aid kit with you in case of an emergency.

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