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Hiking Mount Kenya. Part 3 : The Final Frontier

by Raad June 6 2014, 11:35 travel Kenya

Hello everyone! This post is the third part telling about my husband hiking in Mt. Kenya National Park (written by Raad). Enjoy!

Hiking Mount Kenya. Part 3 : The Final Frontier
Hiking Mount Kenya. Part 3 : The Final Frontier
These photos are from the day prior to the final push towards the top.
These photos are from the day prior to the final push towards the top.
These photos are from the day prior to the final push towards the top.
These photos are from the day prior to the final push towards the top.
These photos are from the day prior to the final push towards the top.

These photos are from the day prior to the final push towards the top.

This was the last push towards Lenana. We took off at 0200hrs. It was pitch dark, everyone of us had a torch light. I could barely see anything and I was just following our team.

The temperature was freezing and my fingers were numb a cold despite the thick gloves that I was wearing. After a couple of hours of hiking a steep incline, I started to feel dizzy and felt that my heart is racing. I literally had to stop for 2-3 minutes every 5 minutes of walking. I was starting to think that I wont make it. My team mates were encouraging me and saying that they're not going anywhere without me and that really helped!

I could start seeing bits of snow and ice hear and there and realized that we are at a seriously high altitude.

It felt like it took forever, and the sun was about to rise. We were hoping to make it to the top before sun-rise. We could see Lenana peak from the bottom and it already felt good as the final destination became in sight.

Breath-taking sunrise at the top
Breath-taking sunrise at the top
Breath-taking sunrise at the top
Breath-taking sunrise at the top

Breath-taking sunrise at the top

The last bits before the bit were extremely steep and slippery. If you slip and fall here, it could be fatal!

Hiking Mount Kenya. Part 3 : The Final Frontier
Hiking Mount Kenya. Part 3 : The Final Frontier
Hiking Mount Kenya. Part 3 : The Final Frontier

And finally we managed to summit! We made it, 4985 meters above sea-level! This is the highest non-technical peak of Mount Kenya, the second highest mountain in Africa!

The feeling was amazing and we were waiting for the big moment of seeing the sunrise from an elevation higher than all the clouds. It was breath taking and I even forgot that I was freezing because of excitement.

Peak Lenana

Peak Lenana

We spent about 15 minutes at the top and took loads of photos, then it was time to start climbing down.

The gang that summited!
The gang that summited!

The gang that summited!

Hiking Mount Kenya. Part 3 : The Final Frontier
Hiking Mount Kenya. Part 3 : The Final Frontier
Shots from above the clouds
Shots from above the clouds
Shots from above the clouds
Shots from above the clouds

Shots from above the clouds

It looks like these shots are from another planet!

It looks like these shots are from another planet!

Starting to descend...
Starting to descend...
Starting to descend...
Starting to descend...
Starting to descend...

Starting to descend...

Hiking Mount Kenya. Part 3 : The Final Frontier
Hiking Mount Kenya. Part 3 : The Final Frontier
Hiking Mount Kenya. Part 3 : The Final Frontier

It was a joy to start going down as you could feel the temperature and oxygen levels rising with every meter of descent.

Descending never felt so good
Descending never felt so good
Descending never felt so good

Descending never felt so good

Hiking Mount Kenya. Part 3 : The Final Frontier
Hiking Mount Kenya. Part 3 : The Final Frontier
Hiking Mount Kenya. Part 3 : The Final Frontier
Hiking Mount Kenya. Part 3 : The Final Frontier
Hiking Mount Kenya. Part 3 : The Final Frontier
Hiking Mount Kenya. Part 3 : The Final Frontier
I had to leave a mark...
I had to leave a mark...
I had to leave a mark...

I had to leave a mark...

Hiking Mount Kenya. Part 3 : The Final Frontier
Hiking Mount Kenya. Part 3 : The Final Frontier
Hiking Mount Kenya. Part 3 : The Final Frontier
Hiking Mount Kenya. Part 3 : The Final Frontier

If you want the contacts of the amazing guide who organized this trip for us, email me at raad_cs@yahoo.com

Best,

Raad

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