This is for those who like the adventure of conquering mountains through climbing. There is the majestic snowcapped Mt Kilimanjaro at 5895metres (19340feet) in Tanzania near the border with Kenya and the three peaked (Lenana, Batian and Nelion) Mt Kenya at 5199metres ( 17057 feet). There is also Mt Elgon which lies on the Kenya Uganda border. They all offer challenges to both for the amateur and professional mountain climbers. We offer experienced English speaking guides who are well trained in mountain climbing. They are able to gauge the abilities of the climbers and are well versed in the symptoms of mountain sickness and action to be taken when they arise.
Mt Elgon (12080ft)
This mountain lies on the borders of Uganda and Kenya and its height is 4000m/12080ft with a wide base area. Further information on climbing and tour of the surrounding attraction is available on request.
THE WEATHER AND WHEN TO GO
When considering Kenya’s climate, it is useful to divide the country along the line of the Rift Valley.
West of the Rift, the highland areas experience a rainy season from late March to September or October with March, April and August the worst months. In the northern lowland areas the rainy season is restricted to April and May.
East of the Rift the rainy season is late March to June (the long rains) and late October to mid-December (the short rains). July to September is often cloudy and cool; January to March sunny and warm. Generally the higher the ground, the greater the rainfall and on the high mountains – the Cheranganis, the Aberdares, Mount Elgon and Mount Kenya – rain can fall at any time of year, although it will be concentrated in the pattern described above. Walking on all the mountains is possible at all times of year. However during the rainy seasons access may be difficult, as approach roads can become very muddy or washed out altogether, providing good sport for drivers. On the high mountains walking in the rainy season can be unpleasant, and the best months are January and February, together with December for the Cheranganis and Mount Elgon.
On the lower hotter mountains, walking during the rainy season can help ensure some cloud cover to keep temperatures down, and the rain can help clear the air and provide better views. It can increase the humidity however. Possibly the best months for these mountains are July to September when temperatures are relatively low.
The Effect of Altitude
Kenya is a country with a great variation in altitude. A walk on Tiati where the roadhead is at 3,000 feet and the summit at 7,700 feet is a very different experience to a walk on Mount Elgon with the roadhead over 11,000 feet and the summit at 14,200 feet…….
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