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Mountain bike adventure around, and hiking tour on top of Mt. Kilimanjaro

The adventure trip around Africa's highest mountain, Mt. Kilimanjaro. First bike 230 miles on gravel roads and tracks, than hike onto the peak 19340ft. – Individual and group travel

The trail around Africa‘s tallest mountain and highest volcano is 230 miles long and involves 16000ft of climbing. It takes us through solitary rainforests, fertile fields of crop and through wild, dry acacia rich savannah, which is the home of the Masai. The tracks around the cloud shrouded, snow-capped roof of Africa are mainly dusty, sometimes rocky, with a few asphalt roads. We spend a night in a Masai cultural village to get to know their customs, songs and dishes. On a safari in Arusha National Park see some of Africa´s amazing wildlife. Two packages are available: with a local mountain bike guide only where you carry your luggage during the rides or a comfort option where a backup vehicle is always around so distances can be shortened to individual needs.
A dream for many; climbing Mt. Kilimanjaro, Africa’s highest mountain. To reach Uhuru Peak (19340 ft) of this huge ‘hill’ you don’t need any climbing skills, a general good hiking experience is sufficient. It is planned to hike to the the top of the mountain via the Marangu Route – the only one offering accommodation in huts. If they are fully booked, then tents will be used on either the Machame or Rongai Route.

Itinerary

mi = miles; hg = height gain in feet

Day 1 Arrival Kilimanjaro, transfer to Hotel

After arriving at Kilimanjaro International Airport you are welcomed by your tour guide. Transfer to your first accommodation the Key´s Hotel. (D)

Day 2 Bike Tour around Moshi

This day is for your acclimatization. After adjusting the bikes your guide will ride with you along the lower slopes of the volcano and around town. (12-25 mi., hg +1000-3000ft. gravel/tar). Distances and climbs can be adjusted. (B,D)

Day 3 Bike Tour Moshi – Lake Chala

The route is on uneven paths, mainly over farmland of the Chagga people. A long climb leads to Marangu, one of the gateway points to Kilimanjaro. Banana and coffee plantations change with little villages. The kids have a ball and come running to the road calling “Mzungu”. Towards the end an 8 mile downhill takes us back into savannah country to a beautiful lodge at Lake Chala, offering swimming, birding and game viewing on foot. (B,L,D) (44 mi., hg +3600 ft., gravel tracks/tar)

Day 4 Bike Tour Lake Chala – Rongai

We are heading further north anti-clockwise around the volcano. In the higher regions we see good farming practice of water and soil saving agriculture of the locals. We ride close to the Kenyan border climbing gently to higher altitude. The last 6 miles are on tar and steep. In the afternoon we arrive at our cozy chalets. This is one of the starting points leading onto the mountain. If you want to get a taste of what it’s like you can go for a walk. (B,L,D) (40 mi., hg +3300 ft., tracks/tar)

Day 5 Bike tour Rongai – Olpopongi Masai Village

Cross the northern ridge of Kilimanjaro to the highest point of the tour at 6300 ft. Our tires will reach their limit, because nobody can escape the large acacia thorns. During the last miles we might spot some game. At Masai cultural village of Olpopongi we will sleep in typical rondavels. (B,L,D) (62 mi., hg +3300 ft., gravel tracks)

Day 6 Bike tour Olopopongi – Momella

In the morning we will ride between Mt. Kili. and Mt. Meru. During the hilly and dusty ride we might spot elephants, zebra, antelope, and buffalo. Stay at the charming Momella Lodge. In the late afternoon we will head for Arusha National Park in a 4×4. Giraffe, zebra, buffalo and elephant are the large animals, monkeys and countless birds are the little animals in the park. (B,L,D) (28 mi., hg +1000 ft., gravel tracks)

Day 7 Bike tour Momella – Moshi

Through acacia and shrub landscape we head back to Mt. Kilimanjaro. A steep climb brings us back into Chagga territory. Banana and coffee plantations are accompanied by little settlements. We will descend for lovely Weru Weru River Lodge. In the evening we can celebrate the circumnavigation of Africa`s highest mountain with some cold Kilimanjaro beer. (B,L,D) (56 mi., hg +4500 ft., gravel tracks/tar)

Day 8 Recovery and preparation day

Enjoy the well-deserved rest alongside the pool or have a stroll into Moshi and get mentally prepared for the next challenge, the climb onto Mt. Kilimanjaro. Stay for a second night at Weru Weru River Lodge. (B,D)

Day 9: Hike to Marangu Gate (5900 ft) – Mandara hut (8850 ft)

Transfer to Marangu Gate (approx. 1 hour) where you will start your adventure. The path is very good so one will be able to walk with light hiking boots. It will be quite warm still so a T-shirt and shorts are recommended. There is a packed lunch, which will be given out before tour start. You will receive a packed lunch every day, which is freshly prepared by our cook. Our initial night on the mountains will be spent in a Marangu hut. An excellent dinner can be expected each evening. Vegetarian meals can also be cooked if we are informed in advance. (Walking time: 3-4 hrs; altitude difference: +2950 ft) (B, L, D)

Day 10: Hike from the Mandara hut (8850 ft) – Horombo hut (11100 ft)

Today the total height gain will be around 2300 ft and the distance covered is around 8 mi. (5-6 hours). It will be significantly cooler than the previous day. It is advised that you pack in a light jacket. The trail goes through alpine moors where you can see massive Erica and Seneca. In the afternoon one can walk onto nearby Mawenzi Peak.
An additional day can be spent here to improve acclimatization (Walking time: 5-6 hrs; altitude difference: +2300 ft) (B, L, D)

Day 11: Hike from Horombo hut (11100 ft) – Kibo hut (14100 ft)

The landscape gradually changes as we reach the high-alpine zone. The landscape is spars, rocky and shares a resemblance with Mars. It is always possible to turn around and make your way back down accompanied by a mountain guide. Whoever feels capable will continue to climb the 6 mi heights of 14100 ft (5-6 hours) to the Kibo hut. The Kibo hut is the base for the summit. Depending on the level of fitness, we will begin the night ascension at midnight or around 01:00 am (Walking time: 5-7 hrs; altitude difference: +3000 ft) (B, L, D)

Day 12: Peak ascension Kibo hut (14100 ft) – Uhuru Peak – Horombo hut (11100 ft)

During the lengthy ascent to the top of Mount Kilimanjaro we will cover an altitude of 5240 ft., the descent to Horombo hut will be another 8240 ft. This is a strenuous climb compared to the previous days. Headlamps will be needed if the night is cloudy, however the route is visible enough if the moonlight illuminates it. We will reach the crater’s edge at dawn or sunrise where Africa is lying at your feet. After spending half and hour to an hour’s time on the highest peak of the continent, we’ll descent via an ashy slope. The descending trail is identical to the ascending trail. The path is stable, and one can reach the Kibo hut without great difficulty. The porter will be anticipating our arrival at the hut, where lunch will be prepared. After a one hour nap or rest, we’ll tackle the descent to the Horombo hut. The total walking distance for the day is 13 miles. (Walking time: 12-14 hours; Altitude difference: +5240 ft, -8240 ft for descent) (B, L, D)

Day 13: Hike Horombo hut (11100 ft) – Marangu Gate (5900 ft)

The 5 to 6-hour descent to Marangu Gate leads through the rainforest again and leaves us with a wistful mood, as we have to say goodbye to this majestic natural wonder, which we have been exploring for the past 4 days. The vehicle will await us at the gate and transfer us to the hotel. In the evening we will celebrate, as we reminisce about our 19341ft. Mount Kili climb. The tour guide will hand out certificates and bids us farewell with “Kwa heri ya kuonana. Safari njema!” (Walking time: 4 hours; Altitude Difference: 5200 ft,) (B, L, D)

Day 14: Transfer to Kilimanjaro airport and home journey

Up until the time of transfer to Kilimanjaro International Airport you can use the time to go for one last souvenir shopping trip. Departure by plane. (B)

Accommodation subject to availability

For those who get affected by the altitude during the climb of Kilimanjaro and feel unwell, you can always go back down with a guide.

For this tour we offer hard tail MTB´s for hire.

Services

Included in price:

  • English speaking tour guide
  • 13 nights – 5 x hotel, 2 x Chalets, 2 x lodge, 4 x mountain huts. In the mountain huts and in Olpopongi Cultural Village guest share communal Ablution facilities.
  • 13 x breakfast, 10 x lunch, 13 x dinner, drinks (coffee, tea)
  • Porters to carry up to 12kg luggage, participants only carry a light day rucksack
  • All entrance fees for sightseeing program
  • National park fees
  • Transfers to and from Kilimanjaro airport and Kilimanjaro National Park

Not included:

  • Flights to and from Tanzania
  • Visa fees (approx. 50 USD on arrival in Uganda)
  • Tips
  • Meals not mentioned above
  • In comfort package (Surcharge US$ 120.00 when 6 or more are traveling) permanent backup as well as transport for bikes
  • MTB hire bike, 27 speed front suspension Scott bikes available

Hints

Travel Information:
Despite its height (2550 – 6350 ft.) the area around Kilimanjaro is still a malaria risk area. A prophylaxis is recommended. The tours are in the months of the dry season. The cool temperatures of the night (59°F) can rise up to 85 – 95°F during the afternoon.
On the mountain the temperatures on top can drop as low -4°F. To be able to hike heights of 19685 ft., not only does the body need to be properly trained, but needs to adjust itself, which is necessary for the body’s acclimatization in these conditions. If one hikes the highest summit of the continent with too much haste, they might not make it to Uhuru Peak

This tour can be booked with 2 participants only at the travel date you desire.

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Categorization
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Group size

4 - 10 Participants
Terms & Conditions
Dates and rates
Booking code: MTBKI+WKI
22.12.18 - 05.01.19 USD 3295 book
27.01.19 - 09.02.19 USD 3195 book
10.02.19 - 23.02.19 USD 3195 book
21.07.19 - 03.08.19 USD 3195 book
11.08.19 - 24.08.19 USD 3195 book
11.08.19 - 24.08.19 USD 3595 book
29.09.19 - 12.10.19 USD 3195 book

Discount

  • 3% discount on bookings made 6 months prior to departure
  • 5% discount on all land packages for returning guests
Extra services
USD 0
1 Extra day between 10500-12000 ft. to acclimatize USD 240
Bike hire MTB Hardtail 27/30 speed USD 170
Surcharge back-up vehicle from 6 participants USD 120
Single room surcharge USD 320

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