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7 Days Mount Kilimanjaro Bike Ride

Tanzania
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Duration

7 Days 6 Nights

Tour Type

Daily Tour

Group Size

20 people

Languages

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Overview

The Marangu Route is the among of Mount Kilimanjaro trekking route to reach the summit, and the only one which bike tours involve for climbing. The Marangu Route stands at an altitude of 1870 meters above sea level and marks the start of the Day 1 route from the South-East side of Mount Kilimanjaro. The scenic drive from Moshi – Kilimanjaro takes an hour.

Marangu route is the among route that Bike trek to Mount Kilimanjaro occur mean that our client can reach to the top of the Mount Kilimanjaro by mountain bike. With our experienced guides the whole trip to summit Mt Kilimanjaro 5895M, took 7 days with proper acclimatization. This activity provides physical exercise and recreational use of the natural environment with minimum impact while enhancing visitors’ experience. Summit by mountain bikes its easy via Marangu route (19km) and cyclists will meet their porters at Horombo Hut and continue to the summit.

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Highlights

  • Day 1. Arrival (Arusha / Kilimanjaro airport)– Moshi
  • Day 2: MOSHI - MARANGU GATE – KILEMA GATE – HOROMBO HUT
  • DAY 3: FULL DAY HOROMBO ACCLIMATIZATION
  • DAY 4: HOROMBO HUT - KIBO HUT
  • DAY 5: KIBO HUT - SUMMIT THEN HOROMBO HUT
  • DAY 6: HOROMBO HUT - KILEMA GATE - MARANGU GATE TO MOSHI
  • DAY 7: MOSHI – KILIMANJARO INTERNATINAL AIRPORT

Itinerary

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Day 1. Arrival (Arusha / Kilimanjaro airport)– Moshi
Day 1. Arrival (Arusha / Kilimanjaro airport)– Moshi

Upon arrival at Kilimanjaro airport, your Ngaiza Adventures guide will pick you up and transfer you to your hotel (Kilimanjaro White House Hotel) in Moshi. Settle into your accommodation, relax and get used to the African atmosphere. Ready to start your Mount KILIMANJARO Bike Tour in the morning.
• Accommodation:
• Meal: Full Board

Day 2: MOSHI - MARANGU GATE – KILEMA GATE – HOROMBO HUT
Day 2: MOSHI - MARANGU GATE – KILEMA GATE – HOROMBO HUT

You will be picked from the hotel at 8:30 am, this morning we drive through Kilimanjaro semi-tropical foothills to Marangu gate, spend some minutes for registrations and get the permit and then drive to Kilema gate and enter Kilimanjaro National park and start the riding up to Horombo Hut, today is 100% cycling by bike. Cycling distance is19 kilometers and vegetation is forest and moorland.
• Accommodation:
• Meal: Lunch & Dinner
• overnight stay - Horombo Huts

DAY 3: FULL DAY HOROMBO ACCLIMATIZATION
DAY 3: FULL DAY HOROMBO ACCLIMATIZATION

(Horombo Hut – Mawenzi Hut -Horombo)
After breakfast you start your cycling, riding through Alpine desert, some of the areas you will be riding on small stone up to Mawenzi hut and back to Horombo hut. Today is 90% riding on “Alpine desert vegetation, cycling distance is 10 kilometers.
• Distance Covered: 5.7 miles
• Time to be used: 6 - 7 hours
• Meals: Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner
• Accommodation: Horombo Hut

DAY 4: HOROMBO HUT - KIBO HUT
DAY 4: HOROMBO HUT - KIBO HUT

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.
• Accommodation:
• Meal: Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner
• overnight stay - Kibo Hut

DAY 5: KIBO HUT - SUMMIT THEN HOROMBO HUT
DAY 5: KIBO HUT - SUMMIT THEN HOROMBO HUT

At four am, you will be awakened by your guides to start the zigzag trek up 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 three 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 take photos and then riding down to Stella Point. After lunch ride down to Horombo Today cycling from Kibo to Uhuru and then Kibo 15% to 20% vegetation is alpine desert and from Kibo to Horombo 100% “Alpine desert vegetation /Icecap.
• Accommodation:
• Meal: Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner
• overnight stay - Horombo Hut

DAY 6: HOROMBO HUT - KILMA GATE - MARANGU GATE TO MOSHI
DAY 6: HOROMBO HUT - KILMA GATE - MARANGU GATE TO MOSHI

After breakfast, 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 and then to the hotel in Moshi.
• Accommodation:
• Meal: Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner

DAY 7: MOSHI – KILIMANJARO INTERNATINAL AIRPORT
DAY 7: MOSHI – KILIMANJARO INTERNATINAL AIRPORT

This day you will be picked at your hotel to Kilimanjaro international airport at you time

Included/Excluded

  • • Pick up and drop off at Kilimanjaro International Airport to Moshi town.
  • • Park fees, camping fees, rescue fees and 18% VAT on tour fees
  • • Kilimanjaro bike park fees
  • • Transportation to & from the mountain gate
  • • Professional mountain guides, cooks and porters
  • • 3 meals daily while on the mountain
  • • Filtered water throughout the trek
  • • Fair wages for the mountain crew as approved by the Kilimanjaro National Park Authority (KINAPA), Kilimanjaro Association of Tour Operators (KIATO)
  • • Pre and after Trek accommodation at the hotel, 2 nights at hotel in Moshi with full board (FB) meal plan at Kilimanjaro White House hotel.
  • • 3 – 4 porters per climber
  • • First aid kit
  • • Exameter
  • • Oxygen cylinder
  • • Mountain Bike
  • • Both domestic and international Flights
  • • Tanzania Visa
  • • Items of a personal nature such as Mountain Climbing equipment

Tour's Location

Tanzania

FAQs

WHAT KIND OF INSURANCE DO YOU RECOMMEND?
We recommend to buy an insurance from World Nomads (https://www.worldnomads.com). They cover biking rescue etc.
WHAT IS THE WEATHER ON KILIMANJARO?
range from hot to bitter cold. The journey from the gate to the peak is like traveling from the equator to Antarctica in a matter of days. This is because the routes to the Uhuru peak cross different ecological zones. Mount Kilimanjaro has five major ecological zones, each approximately 3,280 feet (1,000 m) in altitude. Each zone is subject to a corresponding decrease in rainfall, temperature and life as the altitude increases.

Due to its proximity to the equator, Mount Kilimanjaro does not experience wide temperature changes from season to season. Instead, the temperatures on Mount Kilimanjaro are determined more so by the altitude and time of day. At the beginning of the climb, at the base of the mountain, the average temperature is around 70 to 80 degrees Fahrenheit (21 to 27 degrees Celsius). From there, the temperatures will decrease as you move through Mount Kilimanjaro’s ecological zones.

At the summit, Uhuru Point, the night time temperatures can range between 20 and -20 degrees Fahrenheit (-7 to -29 degrees Celsius). Due to Mount Kilimanjaro’s great height, the mountain creates its own weather. It is extremely variable and impossible to predict. Therefore, regardless of when you climb, you should always be prepared for wet days and cold nights.
I'VE NEVER BEEN IN THAT ALTITUDE, IS THAT A PROBLEM?
No. Most of our clients haven’t been in high altitude before. Our itinerary is designed for the regular traveler without previous experiences in high altitude. If you stick to our acclimatizing program and listen to our guide, chances are really high that you make it to the top.
WHAT IF I SUFFER FROM HIGH ALTITUDE SICKNESS?
If you don’t feel comfortable, our local guides as well as our guide got enough experience to tell you if it’s safe to continue the trip. We’ve got a couple of rest days planned as well as some acclimatizing days. This should allow you to get enough rest for the big day. There is always an option to leave the bike at the camp and just walk up if you don’t feel like biking. Also, our local crew will assist you with carrying your bike. But at the end, it’s safety first. We won’t risk anything and rather keep you safe at the camp than trying to bring you up to the peak.
WHICH VACCINATIONS ARE RECOMMENDED OR NECESSARY?
Depending on the country you are coming from, a Yellow Fever vaccination is required. The following vaccinations are recommended by the Tropical Medical Bureau: Tetanus, Hepatitis A and B, Typhoid, Rabies and Poliomyelitis. Please talk to your local doctor about this.
IS THERE A RISK OF MALARIA?
As soon as we are beyond the entry gates of the Kilimanjaro National Park, there are no more mosquitos because we are above 2000 m above sea level. In the lower elevation, you can protect yourself from mosquito bites and you should be safe. In the past years, there hasn’t been a reported case of malaria among our clients that were travelling to Kilimanjaro with us. If you take any medication, please be aware that this can have a negative effect on your physical strength
DO I HAVE TO CARRY ALL OF MY LUGGAGE WHILE BIKING?
No, we each carry only one daypack on our tours. Your large travel bag is transported for you onto the next night’s rest place.
WHAT KIND OF BIKE IS RECOMMENDED?
We recommend a trail bike with 120 to 160mm of travel. While hiking up with a hard tail would be easier, going down is much more fun with more travel.
WHAT DOES "CHALLENGING FITNESS AND TECHNICAL LEVEL" MEAN?
We ride / push between 10 and 20 km per day and cover 700 to 1200 m in altitude. That doesn’t sound much, but in high altitude it can be very challenging. Lots of pushing and carrying our bike, in particular during the summit day. The summit day is very demanding and challenging. All other stages of the trip are classed as moderately difficult; level 2.
WHAT IF THERE IS AN EMERGENCY?
Our local crew has climbed the mountains hundreds of times. If there is an emergency, they know exactly what to do. There is limited helicopter rescue on the trip as well.
HOW MUCH CASH DO I NEED DURING THE TRIP?
All the expenses are covered. You only need cash for alcohol, souvenirs and tips. We recommend to give 20 USD / day as a tip for each client during the days on Kilimanjaro. Calculate 200 to 220 USD / tip for the trip
WHAT DO WE HAVE FOR BREAKFAST, LUNCH AND DINNER?
We’ll have plenty of real good food in the lodge as well as on the mountain. There is a wide variety of dishes. On the mountain, we’ll get soup, salad, some starters, a main dish and desert. If you have any special wishes regarding the meals, let us know when signing up for the trip.
DO YOU CARRY A FIRST AID KIT?
Yes, we have a first aid kit containing most common medications. Please bring your own personal medications as required.

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