6 Days Kilimanjaro Bicycle Summit Itinerary

6 Days Kilimanjaro Bicycle Summit

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 by mountain bike. Our experienced guides have done a good number of successful bike treks to summit Mt Kilimanjaro standing at 5,895 metres. The trip takes 6&5 days to complete, to allow for proper acclimatization.

6 Days Kilimanjaro Bicycle Summit Itinerary:

Day 0: Arrival Tanzania.

Pick up from Kilimanjaro International airport and transferred to Arusha for your overnight stay.

  • Overnight: Kiliwonders Hotel Moshi
  • Meal Plan: HalfBoard.

Day 1: Kilema Gate (1950m) – Horombo Hut (3705m)

  • Cycling time: Approximately 5 to 6 hours
  • Distance: Approximately 16 km
  • Habitat: Montane forest

You will be picked from Moshi Hotel at 8:30 am and drive through Kilimanjaro’s semi-tropical foothills to Marangu Gate. Here you will spend some minutes for registration and then drive to Kilema gate and enter Kilimanjaro National park to start the riding up to Horombo Hut. Today is 100% cycling by bike.

Horombo hut (3705m) – Kilema camp (2950m).

  • Cycling time: 30 minutes
  • Distance: Approximately 7 km
  • Habitat: Moorland

We will stop at Horombo Hut for a short break, before commencing on a downhill cycle to Kilema camp. Descending approximately 800m over 7km, the track has a lot of loose rocks and it is important to control your speed and avoid unnecessary risks!

Day 2: Kilema Camp (2950m) – Horombo Hut (3705m)

  • Cycling time: 2 to 3 hours
  • Distance: Approximately 7 km
  • Habitat: Moorland

After breakfast, make sure your duffel bag are packed and we cycle from the Kilema camp to Horombo hut. The trail is steep and has a lots of loose rocks at certain areas. Horombo hut is a village of huts perched on a small plateau, with a total capacity of 120 climbers! Normally bustling with hikers, guides, porters and with an atmosphere  of adventure and excitement. You will meet both ascending and descending hikers here.

Horombo hut (3705m) – Zebra Rocks (4 040m) – Horombo hut

  • Cycling time: 1 hour up and 20 minutes down
  • Distance: Approximately 2 km up and 2 km down
  • Habitat: Moorland

We arrive in time for a late lunch at Horombo hut. After lunch collect our bikes and go for an 1,5 hour acclimatization cycle up to Zebra rocks (4 040m) and back. Enjoy dinner and overnight at Horombo hut.

Day 3: (Acclimatisation Day – Cycle High And Sleep Low) Horombo Hut (3 705m) – Kibo Hut (4 730m) – Horombo Hut (3 705m)

  • Cycling time: 4 to 5 hours up and 1 hour down
  • Distance: 9.6 km up and 9.6km down
  • Habitat: Alpine desert

After an early breakfast, meet your guide and start your ascent into the Alpine desert habitat. The first 3 km of the trail is very rocky and cycling will be very difficult as this section is very stony and eroded. You will be forced to push and carry your bike for some sections, but after about 3km the trail improves and cycling will once again be possible. The “Saddle” (which refers to the area located between the peaks of Mawenzi and Kibo) is relatively flat and cycling is much easier. However high altitudes, low oxygen levels and cold conditions make the 7km section towards Kibo hut strenuous and challenging. The final km before reaching Kibo hut is especially strenuous. You will once again be reminded to slow down and drink enough water! Upon arrival to at Kibo hut lunch will be served. After lunch we will embark on an awesome Kilimanjaro Mtb downhill, descending nearly 800m over 7km. The final 3km descend down to Horombo hut is very technical and challenging. Dinner and overnight at Horombo hut.

Day 4: Horombo Hut (3705m) – Kibo Hut (4730m)

  • Cycling time: 4 to 5 hours
  • Distance: Approximately 9.6 km
  • Habitat: Alpine desert

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. Go to bed at round about 19h00 and try to get as much rest and sleep as possible, until 22h00.

Day 5: (The Summit Night) Kibo Hut (4730m) – Uhuru Peak (5895m) – Kibo Hut (4730m)

  • Cycling time: 7 to 8 hours to reach Uhuru Peak, 3 to 4 hours to descend to Kibo hut,
  • Distance: Approximately 5.4km ascent and 31 km descent
  • Habitat: Stone scree and ice-capped summit

At 4 am, you will be awakened by your guides to start the zigzag trek up a long screen slope. 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 Taking  photos and then riding down to Stella Point. After Lunch lunch ride down to Horombo.

Day 6: Kibo Hut(3720 M) – Kilema gate (1800 M)

  • Cycling time: 3 hours
  • Distance: 25 km.
  • Riding Level: Challenging
  • Path: Gravel road
  • Highlights: Cycling on Mt Kilimanjaro

After a leisurely breakfast, make your final riding down to Kilema gate across the alpine and the rain forest to Kilema gate. A vehicle will meet us at kilema to drive us to Airport. (One More night in the hotel is recommended)

Price Item Includes:

  • 1 Nights’ accommodation at the hotel.
  • Return transfers between the hotel to the start / finish point of a climb.
  • All Kilimanjaro National Park gate fees, camping / hut fees and climbing permits.
  • Kilimanjaro National Park rescue fees (Kilimanjaro Rescue Team).
  • Chief guide carries a Pulse Oximeter.
  • Emergency oxygen (for use in emergencies only – not as summiting aid).
  • Basic first aid kit (for use in emergencies only).
  • All mentioned activities unless labeled option.
  • Flying Doctors insurance (AMREF) during the Climb.
  • Qualified mountain guide, assistant guides, porters and cook.
  • Bicycle Hire.
  • Breakfast, lunch and dinner, as well as hot drinks on the mountain.
  • Hut’s fees
  • Water for washing up daily.
  • Porter to carry your duffel bag, with maximum weight of 15kg / 32 lbs, from one camp to the next camp.
  • Kilimanjaro National Park certificate for your successful summit attempt.
  • All Airport Transfers.

Price Item Excludes:

  • International and airport taxes.
  • Travel Insurance.
  • Passport and travel visa requirements (Tanzania visa is required).
  • Compulsory tips for crew/day from group (average tip is anything from USD $20/guide | USD $15/assistance guide | USD $10/Chef | USD $5/@porter.
  • Alcoholic and soft drinks.
  • Cycling Gears
  • Accommodation after Trekking (available on request).
  • Visa fees.
  • Optional but highly recommended travel and medical insurance.
  • Personal hiking/trekking gear – you could rent some of the gear in Tanzania.
  • Optional but highly recommended travel and medical insurance.

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