MOUNT KENYA
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Kenya is home to many beautiful and amazing places where a wandering soul can find solace. Game reserves, safaris, Mount Kilimanjaro, the coastal city of Lama and friendly, welcoming people. Located about 200 km north of Nairobi, and 320 km southward of the Legendary Mount Kilimanjaro(the highest peak in Africa), Mount Kenya stands as the second largest peak in Africa at 5,199 Meters (17,057 Feet). From the ice glacier topped summits to the heavily forested mid-slopes and the grassy plains at the foot of the mountain, Mount Kenya offers the wandering adventurer and most especially the restless mountain climber a beautiful challenge to tackle.

The difference in the ecological balance of Mount Kenya encourages a diverse gathering of wildlife which live both at the foot of the mountain and on the slopes itself. One day you are trekking through lush green lands, then the next day, you are walking through a desert like wilderness, almost like the same valleys and trails in the old American Western movies. Camping out in the open on the slopes or in the abundant caves at various points on the climb to the summit, you can come in contact with some of the most endangered species of animals and plants on the planet like the Rock Hyrax, Golden Cat, Black Rhinos, Grivet Monkeys, King Colobus and many more. Other animals to be seen are Leopards, Lions, Elephants, Plains Zebra and much more.

Climbing up the rugged peaks of Mount Kenya will leave you amazed and deliciously exhausted, always looking forward to the next day. Hacking through the dense forests at the middle of the mountain, or climbing up to the highest peak of Mount Kenya, Batian, where the snow is always fresh and contrasts with the crimson red of the East African sun, you can let go and free your mind, and soul, letting yourself drift over the distant mountain peaks like an eagle.

However, if you feel you are not cut out for the ruggedness of camping out in the wild, there are various mountain resorts and huts available for travelers and mountain climbers.

MOUNT KENYA HUTS AND BIVI'S

Judmaier Hut

(Old Moses Hut)

Sirimon Route

3300m

Mountain Rock Hotel

Shipton's Hut

Sirimon Route

Mackinder's Valley

4250m

Mountain Rock Hotel

Met Station Lodge

Naro Moru Route

Met Station

3050m

Naro Moru River Lodge

Mackinder's Hut

Naro Moru Route

Teleki Valley

4200m

Naro Moru River Lodge

Austrian Hut

Lewis Glacier

4800m

Mount Kenya National Parks

Top Hut

Lewis Glacier

4800m

Mountain Club of Kenya

Baillie's Bivi

Normal Route on Nelion

5000m

Mountain Club of Kenya

Howell Hut

Summit of Nelion

5188m

Mountain Club of Kenya

Source: SummitPost

Information on the various routes and trekking paths are available on Kenya Wildlife Service and SummitPost websites.

One of the great things about Mount Kenya is that, it's open for business all year round! So, if you're planning a trip to the eastern part of Africa, be sure to put Mount Kenya on your itinerary for an amazingly daring adventure that will leave you awestruck with the euphoria of the breathtaking beauty of Africa, which can be best described as an Afroria experience.

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