Tourism Cabinet Secretary Najib Balala has reached Point Lenana of Africa’s second highest mountain; Mt Kenya.
In collaboration with the 7 Summits Africa team of mountaineers, Balala started his ascent of the national treasure on Monday. The five-day excursion saw the team arrive at Point Lenana on Thursday afternoon.
Point Lenana is the third highest peak at 4,985 metres after Batian (5,199 metres) and Nelion (5,188 metres).
Speaking ahead of the excursion, the Cabinet Secretary said the exercise was in a bid to raise awareness of Kenya’s adventure tourism as well as profile Mount Kenya as a favourable tourist destination.
He noted that the expedition will promote and develop hiking and mountaineering as a new product to a robust mainstream international outdoor and adventure market.
The expedition is expected to end today after the team’s descent. It comes at a time when the tourism industry is experiencing a revival with international tourist arrivals noted to have grown by 10 percent to 723,174 as at the end of September compared to 657,438 recorded during a similar period in 2016.
Taking to Twitter after conquering the mountain, Balala wrote: “Mission Accomplished. All praise is to The Almighty. I want to thank 7SummitsAfrica who made this adventure possible.
“Special thanks to H.E Uhuru Kenyatta, my Cabinet colleaguess and all Kenyans of good will for their support in cheering me on.”
The 7 Summits Africa group has set out to achieve a World First by climbing 7 African mountain summits, back to back in 7 weeks. The summits are Mt Kilimanjaro, Mt Kenya, Mt Stanley & Mt Speke, Mt Meru, Mt Karisimbi and Mt Nyiragongo.
Watch the clip.
— Tourism Kenya (@Min_TourismKE) November 16, 2017