"These are my offices, where I report for work. I consider myself working when on top of these mountains, sometimes four or five times a month," claims Kariuki.
He started as a porter and later graduated to a professional mountain guide. He is planning to climb Mt. Kilimanjaro for the 34th time as he turns 40 years.
One of Kariuki's first exposures to climbing Mt. Kenya was when he became part of a team that was hired to transport construction materials from the mountain base to the 14,000-feet Mackinder’s Camp, and then Teleki Lodge which was being upgraded.
“There was cement, timber, and other materials to be carried on people’s backs and heads up the mountain. I was young and so I was only given lighter materials to carry. The pay was Sh70 a day, good enough for a teenager,” Kariuki fondly recalls.
He has since 2004 started Arch Trek and Safaris, a tours and travel company that he now uses to organise excursions, not only to Mount Kenya but to other tourist hotspots in the region.
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