Hiking Up Kirinyaga! [Jan – Feb]

Mount Kenya, with its snow‑capped peaks 5,199 m. high, is Kenya’s highest mountain and certainly one of the most beautiful mountains anywhere.

Its slopes are covered with rich deciduous and bamboo forests and open high altitude moorland just below the glaciers and snowfields. 

Wildlife resident within the forest includes elephant, buffalo and even lion, with several species of antelope and other smaller animals. 

Mount Kenya rises to the twin snow-covered peaks of Batian (5199 meters or 17058 feet) and Nelion (5188 meters or 17022 feet), the second and third highest peaks in Africa (topped only by Kilimanjaro’s Uhuru peak in Tanzania, which rises to 5895 meters or 19340 feet).

Both of Mount Kenya’s peaks are named after Maasai laibon (ritual leaders) of the nineteenth century. According to legends of the Kikuyu people, Ngai (the creator of all things) dwelt on the summit of Kirinyaga. “Kirinyaga” means “mountain of brightness” in Kikuyu.

There are a number of itineraries to meet a variety of demands from all types of individuals. The hikes are made for the nature admirer who simply wants to have a leisurely day around the lodge or a day hike to explore this unique forest of the lower slopes of the mountain hoping to have that glimpse of the summits; to the more ambitious technical climber who wishes to have a go at the twin summits of Batian and Nelion. 

Essential Information...

Despite its size, it is possible to gain altitude rapidly on Mt. Kenya and overzealous climbers run the risk of high altitude sickness. Mt. Kenya is responsible for a large proportion of the world’s high altitude pulmonary oedema cases (a potentially fatal form of High Altitude sickness). This can be prevented (and the experience made more enjoyable) if a sensibly slow approach is made.

Also, because Mount Kenya is so close to the equator, night can descend with surprising rapidity, only about half an hour after the sun has set, which can catch out visitors from further latitudes.

Mount Kenya, like most mountains, can be a very dangerous place. Many people are injured and even killed each year. Do not attempt the mountain if you suffer from any health problems, or if you do not have the appropriate gear. MOUNT KENYA SHOULD ONLY BE ATTEMPTED BY QUALIFIED CLIMBERS ONLY!

With recent warming and recession of the glaciers on Mt. Kenya, the Lewis Glacier now often has a hard snow or ice cover, making walking over it hazardous without the proper equipment (crampons, ice axe). Climbers particularly should take special note of changes to climbing routes due to the shrinking glacier cover.

KWS regulations require all visitors to register upon entrance to the mountain and sign out on departure. Hiking alone is prohibited.

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