7, 8, 9 day itineraries

Top Routes!

Reach the roof Africa!

Mt Kenya

5 day itineraries

Less crowds, more scenery!

2nd highest in Africa!


6-11 day itineraries

Mt Kenya specialists

Only 250 succeed each year!

School Trips

Custom Mt Kenya itineraries

Comfortable with any size group trip!

Trip of a students lifetime!



We specialize in helping both seasoned hikers and novice walkers achieve their goals of a rewarding expedition to the heights of Africa. We prefer guiding trips on three main routes to Kilimanjaro as well as three main routes to Mount Kenya. We also guide a trip to the Rwenzoris and Mt Stanley.

If you have conquered all of those mountain areas we can also create custom tours in the Aberdares, the Loita Hills, the Udzunga Mountains and other off the beaten path trips.






Ice Rock Trekking is one of the few Kenyan tour operators that is qualified to guide technical rock climbers on trips to Mount Kenya. In fact the first name for our company was “Ice Rock Climbing” so we know how to plan and prepare for the needs of climbers which is distinct and different than trekkers. Only a few hundred people make the tricky climb to the true roof of Kenya and we are experts at providing informative and safe route descriptions and onsite guiding.




A trip to Africa is not complete without seeing “the Big Five” which are the elephant, buffalo, rhinoceros, lion, and leopard. Safaris are an especially delightful experience to enjoy after the hard work of summiting some of Africa’s highest peaks. Ice Rock Trekking can organize a tour that brings you up close and personal with amazing wildlife in their natural habitat. The Masai Mara is one of the world’s treasures and something that should not be skipped when visiting Kenya or Tanzania. We can also organize gorilla safaris!


Let us help you 

Ever imagined the excitement of summiting Mount Kilimanjaro Africa’s highest mountain? Or climbing the awe inspiring and beautiful Mount Kenya? And coupling that achievement by celebrating with a unique wildlife safari? Whatever your taste for adventure, ICEROCK can delight you and your fellow travelers.

ICEROCK, a Kenyan tour company, is managed by Joseph Muthui Gathu, a pioneer mountaineer and graduate of the American National Outdoor Leadership School. He is a former member of Kenya’s Mountain Rescue Team and spent 13 years working in the mountains before setting up Ice Rock Trekking in 1997.

Due to Joseph’s superior mountaineering skills, coupled with his team of experienced professional guides, ICEROCK quickly became one of the premier companies offering mountaineering adventures in Africa. Joseph’s professionalism and skills have been recognized by various travel books having been included in The Rough Guide To Kenya and The Lonely Planet’s East Africa Trekking Guide which recommends him as a leading guide. Joseph’s company has achieved further accolades through being selected as renowned mountaineer Tim McCartney Snape’s choice for providing contracted services for his trekking climbs to both Mount Kilimanjaro and Mount Kenya every year.

Let Joseph and his professional guides help you safely experience a true African mountaineering adventure!


Joseph Muthui Gathu Smiling

  • Joseph Muthui Gathu

  • with the help of his guides

  • show you the way in Africa
Joachim G
January 24, 2024.
5 days Mount Kenya Perfect organized trip 5 days Mount Kenia, pick up and drop off in Nairobi. The route was adapted by the guide, because we felt not well in the height. So we were back one day earlier and Joseph and his Team organized a game drive. Thank you for that and all the helpful tips for our following trip in Kenia!
Sergio H
January 12, 2024.
KILIMANJARO'S TREKKING Kilimanjaro's trekking with ICEROCK group has been an unforgettable experience in every sense. From the first day, we felt welcomed by the crew, and the six days of the journey were spectacular. In our case, we chose the Machame route, where over 6 days, we explored the incredible landscapes surrounding the peak of Kilimanjaro. Our guides Clemence and Guideon were very attentive to our health and answered all the questions we had, even the ornithological ones! They were great experts of the terrain. Throughout the week, the crew took care of setting up and dismantling the camp: the sleeping tents, which were super clean, and a small tent where we had meals every day. We had all the water we needed, and very good and varied food prepared on the spot by the chef each day. Even on some of the longer days, the chef came halfway to offer us snacks and hot tea. The four of us reached the top of Uhuru Peak excited, thanks to the help of our guides. Here, we saw one of the most beautiful landscapes we had ever encountered. The company also took care of airport transfers to and from the hotel. We are very grateful for the entire organization.
Claudia E
January 4, 2024.
Amazing experience Amazing experience with ICE Rock Trekking. Everything was organized perfectly, great food, experienced team and good vibes- everything we needed to summit Mt Kenia (Lenana & Nelion)
Julien J
January 4, 2024.
LENANA PEAK 1st January 2024 Expérience incroyable, équipe au top, au petit soin, des paysages magnifiques, un temps merveilleux lors de l'ascension, prévoir des affaires chaudes car les conditions sont extrêmes à cette hauteur. Un grand merci à Gabriel (war machine, strong man), mon porteur et guide qui m'a emmené jusqu'au sommet. J'y retourne bientôt pour une nouvelle ascension, cette fois ci par Chogoria Gate.
January 2, 2024.
Safari Masai Mara e Monte Kilimanjaro con ICE ROCK e Joseph Ho trovato l'agenzia ICE ROCK di Joseph su una guida turistica italiana, assieme al nome di altre. Ho scritto a tutte le agenzie direttamente per avere dei preventivi e Joseph mi ha risposto in prima persona. Ha sempre risposto velocemente ed esaustivamente a tutte le mie domande, fugando ogni mio timore in merito a prenotazioni dirette dall'Italia (ho pagato anche una caparra prima di partire). Joseph merita tutta la fiducia. Ho trovato una organizzazione sempre pronta e impeccabile. Con lui abbiamo organizzato 3 giorni di safari nella riserva Masai Mara, due giorni tra Hell's Gate e lago Naivasha e la scalata del Kilimanjaro in Tanzania. Il safari è stato bellissimo e abbiamo sempre trovato driver bravi e preparati e strutture accoglienti. In ogni caso Joseph può organizzarvi tour su misura a seconda anche del budget. Anche per la scalata del Kilimanjaro, che purtroppo non abbiamo potuto completare a causa di un malessere di mia moglie, ho trovato persone oneste e professionali: parlo sia delle guide che dei portatori, nonché dell'agenzia che collabora in Tanzania con ICE ROCK. Joseph ci ha anche accompagnato personalmente nei due giorni tra Hell's gate e lago Naivasha e abbiamo quindi avuto modo di conoscerlo meglio. Ha confermato tutta la fiducia riposta. Esperienza e agenzia (e persone) consigliatissimi.
Jacqueline H
October 26, 2023.
Satisfied solo female Mt Kenya Summiter I arranged this solo hike up Mt Kenya only a few weeks before travel. Joseph was incredibly helpful, putting together an itinerary just for me. He was in constant communication to ensure it was exactly what I wanted. The hike was perfect, with Robin as my guide, a porter and a cook. All three were attentive, knowledgeable and extremely good company. As a solo female traveller I never felt awkward, vulnerable or unsafe. The afternoon before the summit night we had a hailstorm, torrential rain and the first snowfall. It was made clear to me that safety came first and if Robin felt it was not safe to summit, we would not attempt it. I had absolute trust and faith in his decision. We did summit, it was an exceptionally careful climb with myself, Robin and the porter for extra safety. It was important to the team that I achieve my dream, however safety was never compromised. I cannot recommend Joseph and his team enough.
Georgia M
October 22, 2023.
All but one of the BIG 5! Get ready for an “African massage” with majestic encounters! It’s bumpy , but what do you expect out in nature? The guides were wonderful in getting us close enough to experience, wildlife, knowledgeable, and sharing about the animals as well as the culture and elements. Welcome to our questions and encouraged us to ask questions so don’t be shy. Enjoy the experience you will not regret it.
Richard Cook
October 20, 2023.
Masai Mara Safari Joseph was very responsive in answering questions. He worked hard to find a great deal for our group. Joseph stayed in contact from the time we initiated conversation until the day we finished our tour.
Ruggero N
October 3, 2023.
Grande professionalità, passione e simpatia! Ottima organizzazione fatta da personale altamente qualificato e competente. Grazie alla profonda conoscenza della montagna e alla grande passione dimostrata da Joseph, dalle nostre guide e dai portatori, la nostra vacanza è stata un'esperienza bellissima, intensa ed indimenticabile. Il programma di acclimatamento è stato ideato e ottimizzato sulla base delle nostre carattestiche ed esigenze; insieme all'attenta pianificazione dell'itinerario, ci ha permesso di raggiungere sia la cima della Punta Lenana che del Picco Batian. Raccomando vivamente questa agenzia!
Erola B
September 29, 2023.
Nice days in Mt Kenya and Batian peak Our holidays in Kenia had a goal, and it was to enjoy a lot our days in Mt Kenia. With ice rock trekking we made it! We wanted to climb Batian by the North Face Normal Route, and the organizers made us feel really motivated and like home during all the route. We started from de Sirimon gate and we slept in Old Moises Camp, the next day we arrived to Shipton’s Camp where we acclimatized there for three days doing Point Lenana and reaching the Batian’s peak in a very good day and with very good own conditions. We returned through Chogoria’s route, so beautiful place. The food was good, we had good equipment and we weren’t almost cold, one day i felt bad and the guides and porters took care of me very well. We are so happy with the experience, we recommend it a lot! Finally we would like to thanks Joseph for helping us, even outside of trekking.