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Un-usual East African Adventure to Mount Kinangop

Mount Kinangop is also popularly called Ilkinangop and lies within the southern Aberdare range approximately 160 kilometers north of Nairobi. Mount Kinangop is situated within Aberdare National Park and it is a dormant volcano and this overviews the Kinangop plateau to the west and the Great Rift Valley.

Ilkinangop features as the second-highest mountain in the Aberdares just after Mount Satima. At its baseline area, there are expansive bamboo forests while on the higher part, you will find tussock grasses. The major peak in this mountain is a rocky outcrop that is surrounded by open moorlands. Due to its height, the temperatures in this area are cool and can even reduce to freezing point especially at night.

This mountain straddles within the southern Aberdare range approximately 160 Kilometres north of the capital Nairobi while the closest town is Naivasha. Mount Kinangop boasts of its incomparable beauty of the Aberdares southern moorlands and so rewarding for trekkers from Tulasha to Kinangop peak. This mountain perhaps features the steepest trail along with the Aberdare range with an altitude of 1700 meters. Hikes usually begin from Tulasha and the entire adventure can last for about nine to ten hours, making it one of the best spots to visit on a guided or self-drive tour in East Africa.

What to pack for a hiking adventure in Mount Kinangop

Interested hikers on East African self-drive safari to this mountain need to come along with ID or passport, bottle or two of drinking water, lunch or energy-giving snacks, backpack for your personal items, and many others. The dress code, you need good hiking boots or shoes, rain gear, hat, and others.

Where to stay in Mount Kinangop

The nearby accommodation options for your overnight stay in this mountain include Ranges View Lodge about 14 kilometers northeast from this mountain and approximately 160 minutes’ drive from Nairobi, Aberdare cottages and fishing lodge which is about 19 Kilometres northeast of Mount Kinangop, Aloepark hotel about six Kilometers from Crescent Island Reserve and 13 Kilometers off from Lake Naivasha National Park, approximately 32 Kilometers southwest from this mountain, The Ark Lodge which is situated within Aberdare National park about 31 Kilometers North from Mount Kinangop, and many others.

Therefore if you are good at hiking and you are looking for the best place to embark on challenging hiking adventures then look no further than Mount Kinangop. For those of you who are planning to visit Kenya this coming holiday, consider it a must in your travel plan and you will have a memorable experience.

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