Africa Mountain Climbing

Climbing Mountain Kenya - Kenya

Mount Kenya is one of the world's famous big mountains. Mt Kenya is Africa's second highest standing mountain and the highest of all Kenya Mountains. At a height of  5199 meters above sea level, Mount Kenya has three peaks, Batian 5,199m, Nelion 5,188m and point Lenana 4,985m. Other major summits on the mountain include Point Piggott 4,957m, Point Dutton 4,885 and Point John 4,883m. Of the Mt Kenya three main peaks (Batian, Lenana and Nelion), only point Lenana can be reached by trekkers and the other two being only for technical climbers. Mount Kenya Hiking, Mt Kenya Trekking, Mount Kenya Walking, Mt Kenya trek, Mt Kenya hike, Mount Kenya, Mt Kenya Climbing, Mt Kenya Climb. Mount Kenya climbing main routes are: Naro Moru route, Chogoria Route and Sirimon route.

View of Mount Kenya
View of Mount Kenya

Getting to Mount Kenya
Mount Kenya is approximately 200km north of Nairobi, the capital of Kenya, and is comfortably accessible by road using a variety of transport options - buses, mini buses, taxi cab or a car hire will get you close to the mountain on the tarred roads to the nearest town: Naromoru town for Naro Moru route, Nanyuki town for Sirimon route and Chogoria town for Chogoria route.The last stretch from the nearest town to the various trailheads (typically +/- 25km) will be on dirt roads and these can be in poor condition (especially in wet weather) and require a 4WD, or an approach on foot.

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  Mount Kenya climbing Routes/Itineraries There are three main routes, which penetrate the forest and the moorland. The routes are Naromoru route, Sirimon route and Chogoria route and each of which has something different to offer.  

Climbing Mount Kenya Naromoru route
Naro Moru RouteThe fastest route to point Lenana but not as scenic as the other two. It is often overcrowded with many climbers since it's the most popular route compared to Chogoria route and Sirimon route.
Mount Kenya Climbing Chogoria route
Climbing Mount Kenya chogoria routeThe most scenic and interesting of the three main routes on the mountain.
The route passes the enchanting Hall Tarns and looks down sheer cliffs into the spectacular Gorges Valley and onto the beautiful Lake Michaelson.

Climbing Mount Kenya Sirimon route
The least used of the three main routes, but Mount Kenya Climbing Siriomon Routefeatures the most gradual ascent profile and best acclimatisation options and above all the most interesting since its on the drier side on the
mountain.The route passes through impressive Yellow wood forests in the lower reaches and features abundant wildlife and beautiful alpine scenery higher up.

There are other four routes up Point Lenana but are least known and used. These are: Burguret Route, Timau Route, Meru Route and Kamweti Route

Climbing Mount Kilimanjaro - Tanzania

Mount Kilimanjaro stands on featureless part of the East African plateau, on the Tanzanian side of the Kenya border near Moshi, side by side with the smaller Mount Meru. These mountains are extinct volcanoes, with Kilimanjaro actually being the agglomeration of three distinct volcanoes, Kibo (5896m/ 19,340 ft), Mwenzi (5,149 / 16,896 ft) and Shira (3,962m / 13,000 ft). whose violent creation is geologically associated with the creation of the Great Rift Valley, 100km to the West.

View of Mount KilimanjaroThe East African mountains have created a micro-climate around themselves and the rain-shadow created to their Southand East supplies the beautiful and superbly fertile land in which the towns of Moshi and Arusha are situated, full of banana groves and coffee plantations. Kilimanjaro National Park comprises all of the mountain above the tree line and six forest corridors that stretch through the forest belt.

Mount Kilimanjaro facts and figures
- The highest peak in Africa
- The highest freestanding peak in the world
- The highest 'walkable' mountain in the world

Mount Kilimanjaro location
- Northern Tanzania : East Africa
- 2 50' / 3 20'S : 37 00 / 37 35'E

Mount Kilimanjaro altitudes
- Marangu Gate : 1,830m

Kilimanjaro Summit : 5,895m -25C to 10C

Kilimanjaro rainfall at altitudes
- Forest Belt : 1800m : 2300mm
- Mandara Hut : 2740m : 1300mm
- Horobo Hut : 3718m: 525mm
- Kibo Hut : 4630m : 200mm

Kilimanjaro temperatures
- Generally falls 1C with every 200m increase in altitude
- Marangu Gate : 10C to 30C

Mount Kilimanjaro Itineraries

Climbing Mount Kilimanjaro Marangu route trekking

Commonly known as the "Coca-Cola route", View of Marangu RouteMarangu is by far the most popular route to the summit of Kilimanjaro. This could partly be as a result of the fact that the Marangu is the least expensive route, but more so, perhaps the fact that it is possible to do the Marangu route in 5 days, thereby getting to the summit one day earlier than on the Machame route

Mount Kilimanjaro Climbing Umbwe route
The Umbwe route is one of the shortest routes to the Southern Glaciers Mount Kilimanjaro Climbing Umbwe routeand the Western Breach. It is probably the most scenic, non-technical route on Kilimanjaro. It is quite taxing, primarily due to the relatively fast ascent to higher altitude, but the rewards are plentiful. Fewer people, pristine forest and shorter walking distances make it a great option for fit hikers.

Climbing Mount Kilimanjaro Via Machame route
This is probably the most beautiful route upKilimanjaro. Where accommodation on the Marangu route is in Machame Route huts, the Machame route offers strictly tents only. This makes Machame (also referred to as the"Whiskey route") better suited to the slightly more adventurous hiker, rewarding him with a scenic splendor such as not seen on the Marangu route. From late afternoon sunsets at Shira, to the misty revelations of Kibo at the great Barranco Wall, the Machame route offers the adventurous hiker a stunning scenic "slide show" over 6 days.


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