Tharaka Nithi County is found in the eastern part of Kenya and Kathwana serves as its capital town. Other major towns in the county include Chuka and Chogoria. Tharaka Nithi is bordered by Meru County to the whole northern stretch border, Kitui County to its south-east and Embu County to its south-west. It has a fairly central location within Kenya, an advantage that has made it a transit-point for goods and services. The majority of people in the county are farmers who rely on rain-fed agriculture and livestock farming although the discovery of iron ore and coal deposits has also created new economic potential for developing extraction industries.
It boasts of several view-points that offer spectacular scenery of Mt. Kenya and its environs. The county also offers a route to the top of Mt. Kenya on the windward side through thick bamboo forest. This is a challenge many people like to engage in because of the adrenaline involved as well as the breathtaking scenery of natural vegetation and wildlife. The county is also home to several rivers that include Thuci River, Mutonga River and River Nithi which have a variety of fish species.
A visit to the county offers an all-round experience that enables one to engage in the culture of the natives through visits to their cultural sites as well as getting quality souvenirs from their talented craftsmen at affordable prizes. Tharaka Nithi County also offers several investment opportunities due to the abundance of land that can be used to set up accommodation facilities, a golf course and high altitude training camps for our talented athletes. The environment is also suitable for forest games, spiritual retreat camps, film production, scuba diving, cottages, board walks and setting up tree houses. As one of the counties the Mt. Kenya Epik Challenge will traverse, Tharaka Nithi is surely the best place to dare, discover and engage!