Often overlooked by visitors in favor of neighboring Tanzania's Mt. Kilimanjaro, equatorial Mt. Kenya stands sentinel above the Kenyan plains as Africa's 2nd highest peak. At 17,057 ft (5,199 meters), the climb is nothing to scoff at, but the breathtaking views afforded both at the summit and during the ascent more than make up for the challenge. Keep in mind that of the 3 main peaks (Batian, Nelion and Pt Lenana), only the latter (4,985 m) is accessible via hiking alone. If you want to reach the tippy top you'll have to bust out the carabiners, and you'd do well to expect at least some snow throughout most of the year.
Don't feel like investing the 4-10 days or $500-$2,000 to get to the top and back? Well, you'll be depriving yourself of one heck of a sunrise, but luckily for you the surrounding national park is not without its other spectacular attractions. Elusive wildlife (elephants), incredible landscapes, unique flora (giant groundsel), caves and campgrounds help to round out the possibilities and make this one of Kenya's most diverse and beautiful adventure destinations.