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8Days Mount Kilimanjaro Bike Ride

Boma Road, Kilimanjaro, Tanzania
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Duration

8 days

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.

Biking is product of trekking the Mount Kilimanjaro via Marangu Route. With our experienced guides the whole trip to summit Mt Kilimanjaro 5895M, took 8 days with proper acclimatization. This activity provides physical exercise and recreational use of the natural environment with minimum impact while enhancing visitors’ experience. Summit bound visitors will use the Marangu route (19km) and cyclists will meet their porters at Horombo Hut and continue to the summit by mountain bike.

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.

Biking is product of trekking the Mount Kilimanjaro via Marangu Route. With our experienced guides the whole trip to summit Mt Kilimanjaro 5895M, took 8 days with proper acclimatization. This activity provides physical exercise and recreational use of the natural environment with minimum impact while enhancing visitors’ experience. Summit bound visitors will use the Marangu route (19km) and cyclists will meet their porters at Horombo Hut and continue to the summit by mountain bike.

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HIGHLIGHTS

  • Day 1. Arrival (Kilimanjaro internationa
  • DAY 2: MOSHI - MARANGU GATE – MARANGU GATE – HOROMBO HUT
  • l airport) – Moshi Town)
  • DAY 3: FULL DAY HOROMBO ACCLIMATIZATION
  • DAY 7: HOROMBO HUT - MARANGU GATE - MARANGU GATE TO MOSHI
  • DAY 4: HOROMBO HUT - KIBO HUT – BACK TO HOROMBO HUT
  • DAY 8: MOSHI – KILIMANJARO INTERNATINAL AIRPORT
  • DAY 5: HOROMBO HUT - KIBO HUTDAY 6: KIBO HUT - SUMMIT THEN HOROMBO HUT

Itinerary

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Day 1. Arrival (Kilimanjaro international airport) – Moshi Town)
Day 1. Arrival (Kilimanjaro international airport) – Moshi Town)

Upon arrival at Kilimanjaro international airport, your Ngaiza Adventures guide will pick you up and transfer you to your hotel in Moshi at Kilimanjaro White House hotel.
Settle into your accommodation, relax and get used to the African atmosphere. Ready to start your Mount Kilimanjaro Bike Tour in the next morning.

DAY 2: MOSHI - MARANGU GATE – MARANGU GATE – HOROMBO HUT
DAY 2: MOSHI - MARANGU GATE – MARANGU GATE – HOROMBO HUT

Meet your guide and embark on your transfer to the Marangu gate, which takes about 45 minutes. The journey passes through the village of Marangu, which is located on the lower slopes of the mountain. Once you reach the park gate, all hikers are required to register at the Park office. After signing-in and registering at the Marangu gate, we drive to the Marangu gate. Upon arrival you will ensure that you have all your daypack items (containing at least drinking water, your lunch pack and extra clothing) and do a final check on your mountain bike. You will then start the first route section of 16km, (with your guide also on a mountain bike) from the Marangu gate (1 950m) to the Horombo hut (3 705m) . Bikers with good fitness levels, mountain biking skills and subject to road conditions, will be able to cycle all the way to Horombo hut. It is important to remember that the biggest cause of altitude sickness is ascending too high too quickly. We will be stopping regularly and to give your body the maximum time to adjust to the higher altitudes. We will aim to reach Horombo hut at around 15:00pm.
Dinner and overnight at Horombo hut

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

(Horombo Hut – Mawenzi Hut – Back to Horombo Hut)
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.

DAY 4: HOROMBO HUT - KIBO HUT – BACK TO HOROMBO HUT
 DAY 4: HOROMBO HUT - KIBO HUT – BACK TO HOROMBO HUT

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. 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) This 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 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 5: HOROMBO HUT - KIBO HUT
 DAY 5: 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 you Summit Potters or Guide 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.
Dinner and overnight at Kibo hut.

DAY 6: KIBO HUT - SUMMIT THEN HOROMBO HUT
 DAY 6: 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.
Dinner and overnight at Horombo hut.

DAY 7: HOROMBO HUT - MARANGU GATE - MARANGU GATE TO MOSHI
DAY 7: HOROMBO HUT - MARANGU GATE - MARANGU GATE TO MOSHI

After breakfast, make your final riding down to Marangu gate across the alpine and the rainforest to Marangu gate, then you will be transferred to Marangu gate for check out and then to the hotel in Moshi. Dinner and overnight at Moshi at Kilimanjaro White House hotel.

DAY 8: MOSHI – KILIMANJARO INTERNATINAL AIRPORT
 DAY 8: MOSHI – KILIMANJARO INTERNATINAL AIRPORT

DAY 8: MOSHI – KILIMANJARO INTERNATINAL AIRPORT
This day you will be picked at your hotel to Kilimanjaro international airport at you time

Included/Excluded

  • 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.
  • Biking is product of trekking the Mount Kilimanjaro via Marangu Route. With our experienced guides the whole trip to summit Mt Kilimanjaro 5895M, took 8 days with proper acclimatization. This activity provides physical exercise and recreational use of the natural environment with minimum impact while enhancing visitors’ experience. Summit bound visitors will use the Marangu route (19km) and cyclists will meet their porters at Horombo Hut and continue to the summit by mountain bike
  • • Both domestic and international Flights
  • • Tanzania Visa
  • • Items of a personal nature such as Mountain Climbing equipment
  • • Medical insurance and A doctor for the group
  • • Tips and gratitude for the mountain crew

Tour's Location

Boma Road, Kilimanjaro, 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?
The short answer is that the temperatures on Mount 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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