Africa’s Other Roof: Reasons to Consider Climbing Mount Kenya

Africa’s Other Roof: Reasons to Consider Climbing Mount Kenya

It’s easy to understand why so many people dream of climbing Mount Kilimanjaro. At 5,895 meters, it’s the highest peak in Africa, with breathtaking views from atop of ancient glaciers. 

With spectacular tracks, a great infrastructure, multi-lingual guides, and a diverse ecosystem, Mount Kilimanjaro certainly has its unique appeal. 

But, less than 320 kilometers to the North, sits another majestic peak that challenges and enchants adventurous trekkers. We’re talking about Africa’s other roof: Mount Kenya. 

Although not as impressive as its neighbor (at “just” 5,199 meters), Mount Kenya makes up in the experience it delivers what it lacks in height. There’s more wildlife, fewer people, and fewer costs. 

Below you can find five reasons why you should put climbing Mount Kenya on your bucket list. 


1. It’s Less Crowded

One of the primary reasons that make Mount Kenya such an excellent option is that it’s less popular. Fewer trekkers mean less noise, litter, and competition over bunks at the camps. You can enjoy the scenery, introspect, and appreciate the bliss of solitude if you wish so without meeting groups of hikers at every turn. Especially during the out of season months, such as from March to Jun and from October to December, you might feel like you are the only person exploring this magnificent mountain. 


Kenya spectacular scenery

2. The Scenery Is Spectacular

Kenya is well-known for its epic views, and Mount Kenya puts you right in the middle of all this beauty. According to Tuko, the spectacular views, rare Afro-Alpine moorland, dense bamboo groves, and luxurious vegetation will give you an unforgettable experience all the way to the top. So, it should come as no surprise that Mount Kenya is one of the photographers’ favorite places. 


3. It’s Cheap

If you’re a passionate trekker, then you know that costs can add up quickly and a climb can end up costing you thousands of dollars or even more. 

The great thing about Mount Kenya is that a guided climbing package can get as low as $600 per person. Because this peak is less popular than its neighbor, everything from the park fees to the currency exchange rates is extremely lucrative for travelers. That way, you can climb Mount Kenya and also have enough funds for other experiences that shouldn’t be missed, such as visiting a safari, taking a swim at Mombasa beach or visiting the Maasai Warriors. 

Another great thing about Mount Kenya is that you are not required to hire a guide. If you want to climb the mountain on yourself, you are allowed to do so. Of course, you need to be aware of the risks. Although it’s smaller than Mount Kilimanjaro, it doesn’t mean that climbing Mount Kenya is without challenges. 


Kenya Graffe

4. Diverse Wildlife

If there’s one thing that makes Kenya an exotic destination is its diverse wildlife. And, Mount Kenya doesn’t disappoint in this regard. The summit is surrounded by a National Park that is part of the UNESCO World Heritage Site. Due to the strict ban on hunting, logging, and building property, the park is teeming with elephants, birds, reptiles, and so on. 

Sure, there are fewer chances of spotting wildlife than during a safari trip, but the possibility is higher than on Mount Kilimanjaro.


5. It Sits Right on the Ecuador

The invisible line that divides the Northern Hemisphere from the Southern one runs right through Mount Kenya. You will find small signs and rock cairn marking the Ecuador along your way. These make for great photo opportunities that can make your friends jealous. 

This list is far from being exhaustive. There are numerous other reasons that make Mount Kenya an excellent option for adventurous travelers, such as its accessibility, the accommodation, the opportunity for technical climbing, and so on. All in all, Mount Kenya is the perfect choice if you’re looking for an epic experience with fewer costs and hassle. 


Related Pages


Related Opportunities

Mount Kilimajaro Adventure in Tanzania

Challenge yourself with one of nature’s ultimate tests, reaching the awe-inspiring summit of Mount Kilimanjaro and gaze down at the vast Tanzanian Savannah below.

Wildlife & Community Volunteer, Kenya

Get involved with one of the most innovative wildlife conservancies at the Ol Pejeta Conservancy In Kenya.

Volunteer as a Private Tutor, Dharamsala, India

As a volunteer you can make a difference in children’s lives. You will meet with them on a one to one basis; help them bridge the gaps in various subjects.

Nairobi to Lilongwe (40 days) Apes & Lakes

From the majestic Mountain Gorillas to the wildlife on offer in our 3 parks experience (Serengeti, Manyara and Ngorongoro Crater) - you will captivated by the marvels of the animal kingdom. 

UK to Cairo Tour (39 weeks)

This epic expedition through Africa encompasses all the incredible landscapes, culture & wildlife you could imagine. 

Mt Kilimanjaro Trek - Rongai Route

Conquer Africa's highest peak from the drier, northern side of the mountain. Follow the Rongai Route climbing the mountain from the North and descending via the popular Marangu Route with its diverse climate zones and stunning views.

Ghana to Egypt Overland Tour (30 weeks)

Travelling from Ghana we cross through Central Africa, along routes rarely travelled by the average tourist and immerse ourselves in a culture few get to experience.

Volunteer with Infants in Kenya

Make a difference in the lives of children and help to offer them the start they deserve. Have the time of your life as you embrace this country and discover its delights.

Volunteer & Teach English in Dharamsala, India

One of the most significant problems for young people in India relates to a lack of education. While the population is more than intelligent, there aren’t enough opportunities for everyone to thrive.

UK to Nairobi Tour (30 weeks)

This epic adventure allows you an insight into the varied cultures of this amazing continent. 

Health Education Volunteer, Dharamsala, India

Rural areas grapple with all manner of health problems; the people not only lack information and knowledge on how they can prevent diseases but have challenges accessing quality health care.

Road Trip Adventure in India

Visit the epic Taj Mahal, immense deserts of Rajasthan, and beautiful beaches of Goa on this once in a lifetime road trip of India!





About  |  Disclaimer  |  Privacy Policy  |  Company A-Z  |  Advertise  |  Press  |  Contact

One World 365 © 2007 - 2017