One of the world's highest national parks and Africa's second highest mountain, Mount Kenya is an extinct volcano some three and a half million years ago. Straddling the equator, the mountain offers a unique mosaic of forest, moorland, rock and ice and is crowned by the glittering peaks of Batian(5,199m) and Nelion(5,188m) Mount Kenya is a national icon, a climbers' Mecca, the nation's namesake, a UNESCO biosphere reserve a and a wildlife stronghold.
It is on of the most impressive landscapes of Eastern Africa with its rugged glacier-clad summits, Afro-alpine moorlands and diverse forests which illustrate outstanding ecological processes. Mount Kenya's weather is notoriously unpredictable and varies with altitude. At points well over 4,000m the mountain is usually freezing cold, misty and often very windy.
The park is accessible all the year round but the best climbing seasons are January, February, July and August. The packing list for a Mt Kenya climb is the same as Mt Kilimanjaro.