Since independence the idea of climbing Mount Kenya has become a great adventure. Kisoi Musau raising the Kenyan flag on Lenana Peak was clear to Kenyans that climbing the second highest mountain in Africa was possible. Since then, Kenyans have taken upon themselves to hike Mt.Kenya and aim at getting to its three peaks; Batian, Nelion and Lenana.This mountain is 5,199 meters above the sea level with the highest peak being Batian. It is the best destination for adventure, sun busking on the peaks, experiencing the snow and most especially appreciating what nature has to offer.
The best time to hike Mount Kenya is any time of the year apart from the rainy seasons that is March when there are Long rains and September to October when Kenya receives short rains. This adventure is preferably for adults due to the harsh weather condition and the strenuous trekking.
Hiking this mountain is not easy and requires an experienced guide, fitness and the zeal to walk many kilometers. There are five routes to take when accessing this mountain;
- Sirimon Route
It’s the most preferred route as it gives a favorable way of getting to the peak. On this route it will take two or three days to get to the peak. Other features of this route include; two camping stations which allow the hikers a good resting place and the route has less rain hence its easy to sail through.
This is the most unpopular route and it is rarely used. It involves trekking through a thick forest, thick bushes and sleeping in the wilderness. It is a lonely route and should only be used by fit persons and those who go a notch higher in matters adventure. This route takes three to five days depending on the pace of the hikers.
This is the easiest and shortest route hence its ever busy. However, this place has poor roads hence there is need for a four-wheel car to sail through the terrain. This route takes one to two days.
Its not popular since there is no camping stations on the way hence its rarely used.
This route has great sceneries such as waterfalls hence its used regularly. It takes three days when using this route.
1.Independent Hikers-This option should only be utilized by experienced hikers.This is a challenging option since navigating through the forests is hard and most people who try this get lost or die in the process. For this option the Mount Kenya has restricted it to a minimum of two people to ensure that one is not lonely.
2. Mobilizing a trek in Nanyuki
This involves getting to Nanyuki and sourcing for a guide from there among the local people. This is more cost-friendly to the hiker but the planning may take a few days.
3.Pre-booked hiking package
This involves booking a package before the actual day of the hike. The hiker gets professional guide and every detail of the hike is organized from transportation from Nairobi. This is the most efficient way especially for those who have no hiking experience.