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It was formed 3.5 million years ago, as a result of volcanic action rising to 6699 m at the time of its last eruption. Its highest peak presently stands at 5199 m, a result of glacial erosion, leaving jagged peaks.
Mt Kenya stands at the middle of the central highlands of Kenya, and is the second highest in Africa.
It is a favourite to many climbers/ hikers, with a wide range of climbing routes that are rich in wild game, beautiful rain forests that have an amazing number of indigenous tree variety and bamboo belts that end breathtakingly at the Parklands. Afro alpine moorland starts after the parklands and opens onto scree that ends below the glaciated peaks.
Lenana, the third highest peak (4985 m) is the highest peak accessible to hikers, while pts. Nelion and Batian require
Chogoria route is the most scenic, giving hiker’s good acclimatization, as it is divided up into stages that can’t be done hastily in a single day. Its steep gradient also calls for slow pace and good body fitness.
Sirimon route is the second most beautiful route, followed by its Naro - moru counterpart. Other rarely used routes are Meru, Kamweti, Burguret and Timau.
Best climbing seasons are: Christmas to mid March and June to October.
The south face is in winter between x- mas and mid March, and in summer between June and October, while it is vice versa for the north face.
It is rainy from mid March to late April, and October to early December.