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Touch the Sky its Awesome Trust me, Mt. Kenya The 2nd Highest Mountain in Africa

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Mount Kenya is not just a straight up-and- down mountain!  This amazing volcanic structure hides some of the most impressive mountain features you will find anywhere in the world. The second highest mountain in Africa. Long overshadowed by Kilimanjaro, as tourism diversifies in African to include trekker scholars and research institutions, the world all over is starting to take notice of this beautiful glacial peak. An ancient dormant volcano, its flanks have been shaped and moulded to dramatic affect by glaciation. Mount Kenya plays host to dense bamboo and rainforest on its lower slopes and rare Afro-Alpine moorland and plant-life at higher elevations. Imposing rock spires, deep and dramatic gorges, bubbling mineral springs, waterfalls, mountain streams and numerous stunning glacial lakes (or tarns) will compete for your attention.

Mt Kenya often gets overlooked because people travel to Africa to climb the highest mountain on the continent, Kilimanjaro. What’s surprising is that Mt Kenya could actually be the prettiest hike in East Africa, a strong rival to the ‘The Roof of Africa’. Although it’s lesser known, lesser traveled, has less infrastructure, and yet delivers on absolute beauty and adventure, climbing to 5,199 meters, The scenery surrounding this designated World Heritage Site is breath-taking. It is pristine wilderness with lakes, tarns, glaciers, dense forest, mineral springs and a selection of rare and endangered species of animals, high altitude adapted plains game and unique mountainous and alpine vegetation.

The trek up Mount Kenya demands a degree of fitness and altitude smarts, but it rewards all the way to the peak; Visitors can enjoy mountain climbing, camping and caving with the mountain’s rugged glacier-clad peaks providing the perfect backdrop. Feeling fearless, It is awesome trust me, I hail from the Mt. Kenya regions although my time is yet to come for me to take my camping gear up, less encouraging I guess, I suffer from acrophobia, steep slopes  and freezing.  Temperature can vary with height and time, there are chilling winds whipping around, and clouds scudding around the peaks. A perfect combination of a flora and fauna vegetation to flourish creating beautiful sceneries, battling a vicious wind, and you can feel the doughnuts melting away with every effortful step. From a ridge top the view of miles, down into valleys of green, up to those fearful peaks. Glaciers nestled in high-altitude grooves but petered out quickly in the last decade.

These is still undisturbed by the human activity making the regions to have a very important ecosystems, both large and small in their own settings, reflective pool edged by lobelias, belonged to the hyraxes. Most of the animals in Mount Kenya National Park live on the forested lower slopes where there is plenty of food and the climate is kinder.  There are various species of Monkeys, several antelope including the rare Bongo, Porcupines and birds. Some of the larger mammals you may come across are Elephant, Buffalo and Giant Hog, while predators are represented by Leopard, Hyena and the occasional Lion.  At higher altitudes you may come across the Mount Kenya Hyrax, common Duiker, the Groove-toothed Rat and the Mount Kenya Mole Rat, all of which fulfill an important role in the ecology of the mountain. These rat-wombat creatures are everywhere, snuffling around the scenarios, hopping between moss mounds, sneezing, grazing, blinking the strange membrane covering their eyes. Watching them for a while is inevitable, listening to them chomping. Occasionally one would let out a piercing cry to warn its mates of a buzzard circling menacingly overhead.

It’s so peaceful; yet intimidating the snow flecked in hospitability of the mountain combined with a dangerous backdrop to this magical dell, looking up you will be amaized by how rock climbers ascended them. It takes around eight to 12 hours to get up both, Sometimes climbers have to sleep in hammocks on the rock face. Till now my love of nature cannot fathom the desire to do such a thing. There is plenty of wildlife to observe in the Mount Kenya National Park, including some rare and endangered species.   The lower mountain slopes are covered with dry upland forest, and are rich in wildlife attracted by plentiful water from the streams and springs.  The birdlife is also abundant and you can hope to spot many of the 130 species that have been recorded in the park.  You do not need to be worried about encountering wild animals during your walk – they will nearly always spot you well in advance and move out of your path. So no need to worry much hope you will one day enjoy the beauty of nature in the mountains.

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