First and foremost, Mt Kenya is incredibly majestic and the terrain is definitely pretty rugged.
If you are not prepared both mentally and physically, it may eat you alive.
Mt Kenya is incredibly big and the whole exercise is pretty hard work.
You will almost certainly be cold many a time. You may get soaking wet from rain, snow and sleet.
At higher altitudes of +4000m, you will have to give your body ample time to get acclimated to the new altitude.
This may result to a mild headache which disappears after a few minutes. Some of the members of the climbing party may feel nauseated or feel weak. Trekking the mountain will make you discover muscles you didn’t know you even had!
But all this should not give you any reason to worry as this is quite normal in the history of Mountain Climbing.
Yes, the Mountain has a knack for pushing your soul, body and mind to the limit, but that’s what makes it so challenging and memorable. Furthermore, you will be provided with all the equipment and a climbing party eager to give you their all with vast experience in all the necessary fields be it medical, terrain awareness, cooking, handling collision with wildlife, tent pitching and any mountain related issues that may arise.
You will find yourself lost of words by the magnitude, sheer beauty and the respect the mountain boasts. Having climbed this Mountain for 18 Years, I still cannot get enough of it, every time feeling like it’s the first time. Be prepared and Mt Kenya will give you an experience you will never forget.
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Author. Joseph Muriithi