Mt. Kenya is a broad, large symmetrical volcano cone whose diameter at the base is about 12km.It was formed between 2.6 and 3.1 million years ago by eruptions of successive layers of volcanic lava. Mt. Kenya is climbed at all times of the year however, it’s best to avoid the two rainy seasons that usually start in mid March through till mid June. Even with porters, climbers should carry some basic equipment with them at all times, including rain gear, spare jersey, water and first aid kit.

There are three different routes commonly used up the mountain i.e. Sirimon, Naro Moru and Chogoria route. Always acclimatize by ascending slowly to avoid altitude sickness. Daytime temperatures on the lower side of the mountain are often pleasantly warm, although brief rain in the afternoon is always possible. Air becomes very cold as soon as the sun drops. At night, and on the higher parts of the mountain, temperatures often drop well below freezing point, so warm clothes and sleeping bags are essential.

Recommended items:

  • Maps and Guide books i.e. The Ordnance Survey World maps Series (1:100,000) is recommended.
  • Trekking in East Africa by Lonely Planet.


Mountain climbing may be hazardous. Always take advice from your guide.

  1. Pole Pole (Swahili for “go slowly”).
  2. Take time to acclimatize
  3. Eat well.
  4. Drink lots of fluids. Tea is considered “dawa ya mlima” (Swahili for “medicine of the mountain).

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