In Summary
  • I travelled in a party of nine, which included a friend, a cook, a guide and some porters.
  • The mountain ranges illuminated by the rising sun, and the sea of clouds that lay beneath us, provided for a breathtakingly beautiful scene.

It has been one-and-a-half years since I arrived in Nairobi on my current tour of duty. In that time, I have been fortunate to travel to various interesting places in Kenya, experienced and enjoyed the unique tastes of each region, and spent time talking to people from all walks of life.

During these travels and conversations, I was always left with a feeling that this is a magnificent country, and that Kenyans are a great people.

Despite my age (I am over 60 years old), I felt impelled to take a trip to climb Mt Kenya, and see what view of the country is offered from the peak of that famous mountain. So, I took a week’s holiday and set off on the journey.

I travelled in a party of nine, which included a friend, a cook, a guide and some porters. I was deeply impressed by my guide, David, who later told me his dream is to be the first Kenyan to scale the summit of Mt Everest — the world’s highest peak.

EASY TO CLIMB

Mt Kenya stands at 5,199 metres. That is no easy climb. Although we successfully accomplished our goal of reaching the Lenana Summit, by the time we got there we were greatly affected by altitude sickness and could barely manage one more step. 

Japanese ambassador Toshitsugu Uesawa

Japanese ambassador to Kenya Toshitsugu Uesawa who climbed Mt Kenya recently. PHOTO | CORRESPONDENT | NATION MEDIA GROUP

We had reached the limit of our physical strength and were overwhelmed and fatigued.

But in the end, it was worth it. The view from the top is a wonder to behold. The mountain ranges illuminated by the rising sun, and the sea of clouds that lay beneath us, provided for a breathtakingly beautiful scene.

Gazing on that unforgettable scene, I realised that Kenya’s tourism resources are not only a means of enhancing the GDP, but are also a global treasure.

From that height, it was dazzlingly clear to me that Kenya has great potential and that this beauty is a source of vitality to all Kenyan people.

GREAT POTENTIAL

I had to share this fantastic experience with people all over the world, through our homepage of the Embassy of Japan in Kenya, and on YouTube.

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