Bike Tour Summit Kilimanjaro
5 Day Route
The Kilimanjaro bike trek is our new product for trekking Mount Kilimanjaro. Kilema route is the only route where you can reach to the top of Kilimanjaro by mountain bike until now. This activity provides physical exercise and recreational use of the natural environment with minimum impact while enhancing visitors’ experience. Summit bound visitors will use Kilema route (19km) and cyclists will meet their porters at Horombo and continue to the summit.
DAY 1: KILEMA GATE-HOROMBO HUT | Montane forest
Elevation: 1950m to 3705m
Cycling time: Approximately 5 to 6 hours
Distance: Approximately 19 km
Our journey begins early in the morning at 9am from Moshi to Marangu Gate where all cyclists will be required to register into the park and once the necessary paper work has been completed, we drive for an hour west to Kilema gate where the cycling commence. An 8km endurance cycle at altitude from Kilema gate to Kilema cave awaits. One crosses the forest belt of Kilimanjaro to the edge of the moorlands of Kilema cave. The route is remote, with the only signs of activity being the odd rescue vehicle ferrying a sick client down from Horombo. From Horombo we join the Marangu trail up to the summit.
DAY 2: Full Day Horombo Acclimatization | Alpine desert
Cycling time: Approximately 2 to 3 hours
Distance: Approximately 10 km
After breakfast you start your cycling, riding through Alpine desert, some of the areas you will riding on small stone, up to Mawenzi Hut and back to Horombo. Spending good time here and enjoying the excellent riding conditions is beneficial for our acclimatization process. At these altitudes cycling is strenuous and a higher wind is often experienced on the saddle. Today is 90% riding
DAY 3: HOROMBO HUT – KIBO HUT | Alpine desert
Elevation: 3705m to 4730m
Cycling time: Approximately 4 to 5 hours
Distance: Approximately 9.6 km
Early wake and make sure your duffel bags are packed and ready to go. After breakfast, meet your guide and we head back up to Kibo hut. Again the first 3km would require you pushing and carrying your bike a lot, with the final 7km to Kibo hut offering a good biking trail.
We will enjoy lunch and then aim to rest. At around 16h00 depending on how you feel it is possible to hike partially up the summit path to orientate yourself for the summit attempt later that night.
Situated in the barren Alpine desert is Kibo hut, a stone build block house which has bunk beds for 60 climbers, but no streams with water nearby. There are platform toilets behind the hut.
The summit (Uhuru Peak) is now a further 1195m up and you will make your final ascent the same night. Prepare your equipment, thermal clothing etc for your summit bid. This should include the replacement of your headlamp and camera batteries and make sure you have a spare set available as well. To prevent freezing it will be wise to carry your water in a thermal flask.
DAY 4: KIBO HUT – SUMMIT – HOROMBO HUT | Glaciers, Snow Capped Summit
Elevation: 4730m to 5895m
Cycling time: Approximately 6 to 7 hours
Distance: Approximately 5.4 km
Elevation: 5895m to 3705m
Cycling time: Approximately 4 to 5 hours
Distance: Approximately 15km
At 4 am, you will be awakened by your guides to start the zigzag trek up a long screen slop After roughly two hours you should reach Hans Meyer’s Cave and from here the gradient gets steeper. Continue your climb for approximately another 3 hours to Gilman’s Point, You will take your bike from Porters and start riding to Uhuru peak, arriving at Uhuru peak spends some few minutes or photos and then riding down to Stella Point. After lunch ride down to Horombo, today cycling, from Kibo to Uhuru and then Kibo 15%-20%, from Kibo to Horombo 100%. Vegetation “Alpine desert /Icecap Duration: 3 hours Meals included: • Breakfast • Lunch • Dinner Accommodation included: accommodation is at horombo hut
DAY 5: HOROMBO HUT – KILEMA GATE-MOSHI | Montane forest
Elevation: 3720m to 1800m
Cycling time: Approximately 2hours
Distance: Approximately 19km
After a leisurely breakfast there will be celebration, those bikers who reached Uhuru Peak (5895m), receive certificates, after which make your final riding down to Kilema gate across the alpine and the rainforest to Kilema gate, then you will be transferred to Marangu gate for check out we will drive back to Moshi for a long overdue hot shower, dinner and celebrations, where you will received your Kilimanjaro Mountain Bike certificate – something only a few people in the world can claim.
INCLUDED IN KILIMANJARO CYCLING PACKAGE:
- Pre and Post accommodation in mid-range hotel in Moshi**
- Mountain Bike and Mountain Guide
- Arrival and Departure transfers from airport**
- Accommodation during the cycling on the mountain (Sharing Hut)
- Professional, experienced, mountain guides
- All Park fees
- Rescue Fees
- All meals on the Mountain ( Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner)
- Guides, Porters, cook salaries and park fees
- Clean, purified drinking water
- Crisis management and safety procedures
- Boiled water on the mountain
- Guides, porters, waiter, cook accommodation and entry fees on the mountain
EXCLUDED FROM KILIMANJARO CYCLING PACKAGE:
- Crew tips
- Meals and drinks not specified
- Personal Climbing/Cycling Gears
- Items of personal nature
- Additional nights beyond the two standard hotel nights included
- Your flights/Visas
- Emergency oxygen
- Travel Insurance (Required)
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