7 Must visit trails in Aberdares


Aberdares National Park is home to the best hiking trails in Kenya. Aberdare trails are good preparation hikes particularly if one is planning to attempt mount Kenya, Mount Kilimanjaro, or Ruwenzori peaks. High altitude adds them to the list of the most challenging trails in Kenya. However, the trails are filled with beauty. The scenery of the Moorland, the rain forest, Waterfalls, and the rocks formation, qualifies Aberdare as one of the most beautiful places to visit in Kenya.

The famed Dragons teeth is a great spot for Rock climbers and magical views for films. The waterfalls are all over the Aberdares and its ranges. Waterfall Chasing will bless your visits with their indelible sightings. as they roar with might, thrashing over the rocks. You will end up be-waterfalling-in-love with the scenery. The Moorland and the alpine form a great source of major rivers that flow from Aberdares. Athi and Tana rivers, which drains into the Indian Ocean, Ewaso Nyiro that flexes to the Lorian Swamp, and River Malewa that flows into Lake Naivasha.

Have Proper mountain gear. The altitude is high and hence requires time. It is for this reason, recommended to be early when attempting any of the Aberdare Range Trails. Before attempting these trails, it is paramount to have started from Aberdare range trails so as to have built endurance and help your body to have acclimatized to a relatively higher altitude.

The following are must-do trails of the Aberdare range

 

1. Mount Satima 4001 meters (13126.6ft)

This is the third-highest mountain in Kenya but also the highest peak in the Aberdare ranges. Stands at an elevation of 4001 Metres. Mount Kenya takes the lead with 5199 M asl followed by Mount Elgon 4,321M. Mount Satima gets it name from a Maasai word, Ol Donyo Lesatima. Translating to the mountain of the bull calf. Satima is a great spot for Hiking, Camping, and Rock Climbing at the famed Dragons Teeth valley area.

Has 3 major entrances which are Shamata Gate, Mutubio Gate, and Wandare Gate. Wandare gate I the mot accessible a for now.

Directions: https://goo.gl/maps/fE32iGQoKQLsjYpX8


 

2. Mount Kinangop, Aberdares 3,907 metres (12,815.5 ft)

It's the second-highest mountain in the Aberdare ranges. Also the fourth highest mountain in Kenya. Also known as Ilkinangop. Located in the southern Aberdare parent Range which I about 160 km north of Nairobi, Kenya.

Proper gears, great endurance, and strict timekeeping, and management behavior are paramount when attempting this mountain.


3. Rurimeria 3,860m  with an altitude of 12664 ft

 

4. Seven Ponds, Aberdares Kenya 3,840 m 12598.4, 14 kilometers


This is Another magical trail forming the southern Aberdare, block. Straddles between Table Mountain Aberdare and Rurimeria Trails. The Trail starts from Mikeu Primary & Secondary school for about 250 Meters to the Aberdares ecosystem where the forest welcomes with open arms. The Trail is 14Kilometers with an elevation of 3840 Metres. This is one of the best trails to attempt particularly if planning to attempt high elevation mountains like Mount Kenya and Mount Kilimanjaro. Seven Ponds' attempt allows a hiker to affirm agility and acclimatization connection while trekking on the high altitude of the majestic Moorland. Its Summit is flat.

Directions: https://goo.gl/maps/Ta3Wd3w3Zi8VQ6hZ6


5. Table Mountain Aberdares 3781metres 12405 ft, 8.46 Kilometres

 

6. Elephant Hills


3657.6 meters 12000Ft

7. Mount Kipipiri 3,349 m 10987.5