The Kenya Wildlife Service officially disclosed the highest mountain climbing ladder at Mount Kenya, it is about 4,985 meters high and it cost about Sh3.5 million ladders professionally known as the Via Ferrata and was opened by WS the chairman David Mwiraria. The Via Ferrata is a system of cables, ladders, bridges, spikes, and steps which are permanently fixed onto the rock faces where the climbers maneuver from. Mwiraria said that they were present at the vibrant branding of Mt Kenya National Park where the motto ‘Come Touch the Sky and here they are once again to launch such an innovative tourism product on Africa’s second highest mountain something that makes that makes the future of the industry.
According to KWS, Mt Kenya via Ferrata, which was named Olonana, had surpassed the former highest at Mt. Kinabalu in Malaysia of about 3,800 meters above sea level. It also builds in respect from the power granted to Mt. Kenya by UNESCO as World Heritage Site in 1987. Mt Kinabalu’s ferrata is also Guinness Book of Records as the worlds highest in 2007 and you will have the opportunity to experience a route that was accessible only to veteran rock climbers and mountaineers with specialized equipment. KWS also mentioned that Kenya’s ferrata was build at a tune of Sh3.5 million and was financed by KWS, Mountain Education Group from the US and Rift Valley Adventures.
Simon Gitau who is the Warden in charge of Mount Kenya mentioned while addressing the star that the ferrata was erected at Point Lenana as the 3rd highest peak. Meanwhile KWS sated that there will be other ferratas built on other mountains like Mt Longonot and Mt Elgon and today’s event is at the heart of an ongoing branding programme at Kenya Wildlife Service that started in 2005 so said Mwriraria.
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