For many decades, climbing Mount Kenya has been a charming tourist attraction for many. You will most definitely be eager to see the highest mountain in Kenya and the second-highest in Africa after Kilimanjaro. It may be only called an area of enchanting beauty and beautiful sights.
Mount Kenya has peaks which are naturally crowned with snow, and its slopes are covered with woods. Here you may perform adventurous activities, as the 5199 meter (17,057 ft) high summit is a tough technical climb. Mount Kenya presents the perfect destination for the experience. It’s an extinct volcano with a few trees half a year old. Straddling the Equator, the mountain provides a unique mosaic of forest, moorland, stone, and ice, and is crowned by the glittering twin peaks of Batain (5,199m) and Nelion (5,188m). Regarded as the sacred home of Ngai, God of the Kikuyu people, Mount Kenya is Kenya’s highest mountain, a climbers mecca, and the nation’s namesake. Mount Kenya is a favorite destination for a holiday. It lies 175km north of Nairobi and is readily available from Nanyuki, through the Naro Moru gate or Sirimon gate. Travelers from the Meru/Embu region can use the Chogoria gate.
Climbing higher up the slopes the countryside is scenic with a green carpet of tea plantations, coffee shrubs, and macadamia trees. The air is tantalizingly fresh with crystal clear rivers running in the slopes, cold water gushing out of the woods, skirting the farms and down into the plains. High above the tea farms, the woods line to create the skyline and act as mega-sponges, providing the fresh water and also eye-catching waterfalls.
Chogoria is said to be the most scenic route to the peaks together with the noise of the water at every step along the way. Walking down the incline is a dam and then a couple of steps off, a stunning waterfall named Owinga gushing across the stones to crash in the base and continue its journey down the mountain. It’s the River Mara.
The road from Embu to Meru is full of scenic drives, bends, and twists and broad bridges over yawning rivers, providing the country with its hydro-electric power. Elegant raffia trees grow by the banks, their leaves, reputed to be the biggest in the plant kingdom, sweeping the heavens. Meru National Park is all about a short drive from town with the road out of Meru lined with the old forest filled with the grand massive Meru oaks.
The benefit of using the Nanyuki side is that it’s you can sample the joys of the two Mt. Kenya and the Aberdares. Nanyuki is an old colonial town with many holiday facilities which can cater for various budgets. For anyone keen on wildlife viewing, the Mt. Kenya National Park might not be the best as it is heavily forested and difficult to observe the animals.