Mount Kenya

Mount Kenya

Mt Kenya is Africa’s second highest peak (after Kilimanjaro) and is the realm of Ngai, god of the local Kikuyu people. Traditionally, all Kikuyu homes were built to face this sacred peak which they call “Kirinyaga” meaning “Place of light”.

Where is Mnt Kenya?

3 hrs north of Nairobi on a good tarmac road.


Mount Kenya viewed from the west

How big is the park?
715 Km²

Habitats of Mount Kenya

The mountain itself is an awe-inspiring sight with its ragged peaks and permanent equatorial snow; the lower slopes are covered in a thick, verdant green forest. The habitats you trek through during a trek, as is the case on Kilimanjaro, are varied ranging from thick forest, unique montane vegetation which includes podocarpus and groundsel, and finally one of the world’s rarest sights, equatorial snow.

Animals of Mount Kenya

Elephant on the lower slopes; hyrax and a host of antelope species including eland and the rare bongo. Birding list of 130 species.

Lots of choice, from camping to decent lodges to really special up-market lodges. A good option is “The Rock” which has the model below in its grounds:-



Model of Mnt Kenya in the grounds of a trekking lodge.

The actual summit at 5,199 m is a technical climb, not a trek; but the slightly lower peak called Point Lenana 4,985m can be easily reached by any fit trekker. The ascent takes between 3 and 5 days, depending on route choice.

Mount Kenya Trekking Routes

For detailed routes, follow the url link above. There are three principal routes up Mount Kenya, one from the west, one from the north and the last from the east. Call us for detailed route notes and trekking proposals.

Western route, Naro Moru.

The most popular and shortest route. Typically 3 days (which is a quicker rate of ascent than is recommended). It includes crossing the infamous ‘vertical bog’ which is a bit of a struggle following rain. It’s a shame to “hurry a mountain” so the other routes are the ones Venture Co prefers.

Northern route, Sirimon.

The least frequented route; typically 5 days. A good gradual ascent profile which means acclimatisation is good. Offers the best wildlife view opportunities on the lower slopes. Beautiful alpine scenery on the higher slopes.

Eastern route, Chogoria.

The most scenic of all the routes; long first day to reach the hut, but apart from that, it’s a great choice; typically 5 days. Gradual ascent, as Sirimon, some classic panoramas on the way up such as Hall Tarns and the view down sheer cliffs as you gaze down Gorges Valley towards Lake Michaelson.


The singing kettle (sounds like the name of a pub!)