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Author: Rosie Fuller

As we continue our look at AT’s top 100 treks in the world, we turn our attention to the stunning peaks of Africa’s second highest mountain, the majestic Mount Kenya.

Trekking Mount KenyaPhoto: Thoralf Gutierrez

Mount Kenya (5,199m) is often overlooked for its more famous and higher neighbour Kilimanjaro, which is a shame because it has far fewer trekkers, offers a better wilderness experience and getting to the top requires actual Alpine climbing – far more interesting than a long slog.

Plus it’s cheaper, and you can do the whole thing in just a week off work. Marvellous.

Trekking Mount KenyaPhoto: John Spooner

On the way up to the top of Africa’s second highest (and often considered more beautiful) mountain, climbers will pass spectacular alpine moorland, glaciers and forests. It’s a tough one, but it’s definitely worth the effort.

Jagged Globe offers trips via the McKinders Route on the southeast face of Nelion – see www.jagged-globe.co.uk for more information.

Intro photo: chris.murphy