Nelion (5188m) and Batian (5199m) are composed of a superb rough rock
syenite - at least as good as granite for climbing. Numerous excellent
and ice routes exist. The main summits generally require a bivouac,
peaks such as Point John offer fine one day climbs. For more
these see the Mountain Club of Kenya guidebook or the East Africa Mountain Guide.
We offer year round guiding on most routes. Prices vary from route to
Note the winter and summer aspects discussed in the Mount Kenya Weather Notes.
Sketch of south side of Mount Kenya
Sketch and description of SE Face Route
Sketch and description of North Face Route
Mount Kenya online climbing guide
Mount Kenya online general guide
First Ascent of Batian
Halford Mackinder made the first ascent of Mount Kenya on the 13th of
September 1899. Our guides invite you to join them to repeat his climb or try
one of the more recent magnificent climbs. Details
South East Face Route
North Face Route
Alternative Route Descriptions
Technical Climb Prices
On the West Ridge
The above photo shows the remnants of the Diamong Glacier - once such a
prominent feature draining into the Diamond Couloir. Compare this photo (2009)
to one taken in 1980 at the top right of this page.
South Face of Mount Kenya
Climbing on Mount Kenya is serious and it is important to acclimatise well
before tackling the main summits. It is advisable to do a training climb on a minor peak before going up Nelion or Batian.
Medical Aspects of high altitude mountaineering
On the world famous "Diamond Couloir"