Mount Kenya is the second tallest mountain in Africa at 5,199m. One can climb Mount Kenya any time of the year. The highest rainfall occurs between late March and the middle of May, and slightly less between late October and mid-December. Maximum rainfall occurs in the forest belt and on the south-east side of the mountain where it reaches 2500mm. per year at 3000m.
Rain and, higher up, snow can however be encountered at any time of year – even in the driest periods (January and February). Normally the drier seasons are associated with clear, dry weather which can last for many days on end. The best weather is generally in the mornings, and convectional rainfall, if any, tends to come in the mid-afternoon.
Temperatures vary considerably with height and with time of day. At 3000m frosts can be encountered at night while day temperatures range from 5 to 15°C. Night time temperatures on the summit are well below freezing. The south-facing side of Mount Kenya receives more sunshine in the December to March period. During this time rock climbs are “in-condition” and snow and ice climbs gradually deteriorate. In the June to October period the north-facing rock climbs and south-facing ice climbs are best.
During the dry seasons: January – February and August to September off the most reliably fine weather is the best time to climb Mount Kenya. The main routes are likely to be more crowded at this time of the year. If you favour complete solitude over the sunny skies, try going slightly off the peak season. It’s best to avoid the two rainy seasons from mid-March until June and from late October to the end of December.
As you climb Mount Kenya you will enjoy views of pristine wilderness, lakes, tarns, glaciers and peaks of great beauty, geological variety, forest, mineral springs, rare and endangered species of animals, High altitude adapted plains game, Unique montane and alpine vegetation with 11 species of endemic plants.
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