Mountain Climbing Guides -Meet the Guiding Team at EquitorialStar
Duncan Njoroge – Head of Mountain Climbing Guides
Growing up in Nanyuki, the foot of Mt Kenya, tourists and mountain climbing guides with gears and their walking sticks always picked my interest. After school, I trained and worked as a porter and a cook for several years before becoming a certified guide at EquitorialStar Adventures & Safaris. Surprisingly, even after trekking the mountains countless times, climbing Mount Kenya still provides the same thrill I got as a little boy. Every time is different and more beautiful; nature is always evolving. I am glad to be part of a team of people who are as, if not more, enthusiastic and passionate about nature. We love conserving the natural ecosystem of the mountains and national parks we visit, like Amboseli National Park. We have more than fifteen members.
What started as a quest for answers out of curiosity has grown into a passion and a 15-year career as one of EquitorialStar’s mountain climbing guides. The journey has been most rewarding. Certainly, the unique vegetation on Mount Kilimanjaro still intrigues me to date. And as a result, the tiny details that make up the majestic mountain and the Masai Mara remind me of how we all matter regardless of size, race or tribe. As a Christian, mountain climbing cements my faith and makes me appreciate God’s creativity. I am honoured to be made after his image and likeness. The wonderful and friendly guests I meet on every mountain hike with my fellow mountain climbing guides teach me different languages and tell me about their cultures. It is like visiting different countries in one single trip.
In 2006 I made my first trip to pt. Lenana on Mt Kenya as a porter with other mountain climbing guides. The view and experiences were beyond my imagination as that a little boy in Nanyuki. I spent most mornings in our backyard gazing at Mount Kenya’s snowy peaks disappearing into the clouds. Though getting there was exhausting, it felt better than a conquest; a prize I had awarded myself. The feeling was so overpowering and overflowing that I wanted to share it. Determined to help others tick climbing Mount Kilimanjaro and Mt Kenya off their bucket list. I trained as a guide at mainland college Karatina and took first aid wildness courses with Adventure First Aid. I feel the utmost honor working with other EquitorialStar Adventures & Safaris guides. Most Importantly, I love helping our guests fulfil their dreams of climbing East African Mountains and touring the Maasai Mara.