About Us

The Kenya Treks team

The Company and the Team

‘Kenya Treks’ was started by Lucy Booth in collaboration with a group of Kenyans, including our current guides. We took our first local guests up Mount Kenya in late 2007, and our first international guests in 2009.  In 2013, we set up a company, Mukima Walking Safaris Limited, t/a Kenya Treks, based in Nanyuki, Kenya.

Lucy studied Social Anthropology at the London School of Economics and then spent 20 years working as a manager in Broadcasting for ITV. She is based in London and visits Kenya at least twice a year, always including a mountain recce during her visit. She is a Fellow of the Royal Geographical Society.

The Kenyan members of our core team all come from the Nanyuki area, and live near the town. Nanyuki is on the north western side of Mount Kenya, and is the base for our trips.

‘J’ is the key to remembering the names of our team. Head Guide John Karumba has worked on the mountain since 2001, Assistant Guide James Ngacha since 2002 and our Cook John Mithamo since 2006. Our Server Jackson has also worked on the mountain since 2001.

We are members of Responsible Travel which means we support local businesses, as well as paying our staff fair wages. Our porters are recruited from the local community and they are all well known to us. Our team is registered with the Kenya Wildlife Service and our Guides are Wilderness First Aid trained.  Our staff are very easy to spot with their smart red ski jackets, very kindly donated to us by luxury holiday company, Powder Byrne.

 

Our equipment

Mountain conditions can be tough, and our equipment is high quality and very robust to cope with extreme temperatures and all weathers from equatorial sun, heavy rain, snow and occasionally hailstones!

Our porters carry our equipment in heavy duty expedition bags and inside, we pack our mattresses and inner fleece groundsheets in smaller lightweight waterproof bags, all made and well designed by German company Ortlieb.

We have two-man Terra Nova Quasar expedition tents made in Derbyshire, England’s peak district.  These are small tents (you can’t stand up in them) for good reason.  There is less space to heat and it is easier to retain heat which is important with freezing night temperatures.  We usually recommend sharing if you know each other, as additional body heat helps too.  To make our tents even more cosy, we have custom made inner fleece groundsheets.  Our sleeping mattresses are Prolite Plus by Thermarest and provide good insulation.  We also give you fleece pillowcases so you can put some soft clothing inside, e.g. a fleece, to make a squishy pillow.

We have mini Coleman mess tents for small groups and Thermarest camping chairs.

We recommend you buy a Sigg bottle for your trip and we provide fleece covers so you can use as a hot water bottle at night.

Our melamine picnic-ware is from Emma Bridgewater, Rice from Denmark and good old John Lewis.

We have 8 Leki poles available to use, on request.  Many of our guests bring their own poles, so please let us know your requirement in advance.

We constantly try to improve our equipment, so there is always something new in the pipeline.  Our latest additions are Bodum travel coffee makers and Popaloos!

 

Please email us via our contact page.  We look forward to organising your adventure.

 

Our Team 04

Our Team 03

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Our Team 07

Our Team 08

Terra Nova from Derbyshire, UK

Cosy inner fleece groundsheet

Mattresses in their ‘shuka’ covers

Leopard print fleece pillowcases and hot water bottle covers

Cosy and warm!

Camping

Camping

Camping

Setting up camp

Camping

Camping

Camping

Our mini mess tent by Coleman

Our mini mess tent

Our mini mess tent

Breakfast at Lake Hohnel

Camping

Frosty tent

Frosty morning

Kit010

Camping

Camping

Camping

Camping

Camping

The Terra Nova Quasar is a two-man expedition tent

Cleaning the tents back at base in Nanyuki

Our Popaloo

Our Popaloo

Tent and Popaloo

Our mini mess tent with camp stools

Our mini mess tent with Treo camp chairs

Our mini mess tent with Treo camp chairs

Our mini mess tent