BPST team trek to the summit of Mount Longonot

BPST Mount Longonot
The BPST (Eastern Africa) team reach the summit of Mount Longonot. Photo: Twitter/BPST_EA

On Saturday, the British Peace Support Team (Eastern Africa) ventured up Kenya’s Mount Longonot.

The climb was clearly harder than they were expected as they Tweeted: “We clearly underestimated how difficult it was to get to the summit of Mount Longonot.”

BPST (EA) are an integrated UK stabilisation and military team building regional capacity for United Nations and African Union Peace Support Operations and are one of many ways in which the British Military are supporting African nations.

Mount Longonot is a stratovolcano located southeast of Lake Naivasha in the Great Rift Valley of Kenya, Africa.

Its name is derived from the Maasai word Oloonong’ot, meaning “mountains of many spurs” or “steep ridges” and is thought to have last erupted in the 1860s.

Mount Longonot is protected by Kenya Wildlife Service as part of Mount Longonot National Park.

A 3.1 km trail runs from the park entrance up to the crater rim, and continues in a 7.2 km loop encircling the crater.

The whole tour (gate-around the rim-gate) of 13.5 km takes about 4–5 hours allowing for necessary rest breaks – parts of the trail are heavily eroded and very steep. The gate is around 2150 m asl and the peak at 2780 m asl but following the jagged rim involves substantially more than the 630 m vertical difference.

For more information on Mount Longonot, please visit this page on the Kenya Wildlife Service website.