What to Do When Climbing Mt. Kenya

Mt. Kenya is the highest mountain in Kenya. It is tall at a height of 5199 meters above sea level and it is located 16 km south of the equator. It is believed to be the sacred home of the Kikuyu ancestors and it is thought of as the highest free-standing mountain in Kenya. It is also a UNESCO  World Heritage Site. Mt. Kenya is a dormant volcano which is known to have erupted millions of years ago. A European missionary Johann Ludwig Krapf first reported the sighting of Mt. Kenya way back 1849. The best time to climb Mt. Kenya is in between January and February and also in between August and September.

Mountain climbing often comes with altitude sickness such as acute mountain sickness and edema. The most common among these is the acute mountain sickness and its symptoms are the following: headache, vomiting, nausea, which may fade after a short time. However, one the symptoms persist, you could be asked to remain and wait for the rest to come. Such sickness can be avoided by drinking water, having a well-balanced diet, walking slowly, and also staying warm by wearing warm clothes. Edema is caused by a fluid buildup in the body which eventually accumulates in the brain and lungs.  Know about Safaris in Kenya here!

Having such serious conditions you're required to get down to lower altitudes where you can recover fast. In all cases, you will be informed of the altitude sickness before you start out with the climb.

When it comes to medicines and toiletries, you have to carry with you mosquito sprays, headache medicine, creams, and also sunscreen. Of course, don't forget to bring with you toothbrush, toothpaste, and tissue paper. You need to carry some cash too to give as tip for the tour guides, drivers, cooks, and porters. Cooking is done with the use of modern kerosene stove which is highly reliable and efficient. All climbers will also be required to bring their own first aid kit to use during emergency and for their personal medicines. Learn more at http://www.ehow.com/how_5462635_spend-summer-holidays.html .

You can also climb Mt. Kenya by way of Chogoria route, Naro Moru route, or the Sirmon route mount kenya . The most popular and relatively easier route to take is the Simon route. If you are after game viewing, it's better for you to visit a different game park or reserve such as the Masai Mara where you can find many different types of wildlife. Remember that Mt. Kenya has a thick forest where many animals thrive.