Kenya: Mountain Climbing

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Kenya Mountain Climbing

Before attempting any climbing in Kenya, it is advisable to contact the Mountain Club of Kenya in Nairobi for any information on routes, equipment and technical climbing. There is good choice of mountains to suit all abilities. In the remote area of Northern Kenya is the Matthews Range (highest peak 2285m) and the Ndoto Mountains (highest peak 2050m) with a challenging 800m sheer north face. In the Rift Valley, the dormant volcanoes of Mt Longonot (summit 2776m) near Lake Naivasha and the Menengai Crater near Lake Nakuru offer a good day’s climb and walk round the crater rim. In Western Kenya is Mt Elgon (4187m), situated on the Kenya/Ugandan border, which is another extinct volcano with some excellent trekking from the lower slopes right up to the border. In the Central Highlands, the Aberdare National Park has four main peaks (3500m to 4000m) but advanced permission and a guide are essential.

The main event is of course Mt Kenya (5199m), Africa’s second highest mountain, which is both a Unesco World Heritage Site and a Unesco Biosphere Reserve. Although walking through the foothills can be enjoyed by many, the two highest peaks should only be climbed by experienced mountaineers. All-inclusive packages are available providing food, equipment and guides.