Mountain Bike Adventure around and Hiking Tour on Top of Mt. Kilimanjaro 5895 m | 14 Days

  • Tour Overview

    Tour Highlights:

    The adventure trip around Africa’s highest mountain, Mount Kilimanjaro. First bike 370 kilometers on gravel roads and tracks, then hike onto the peak 5895 m. – Individual- and group travel.

    The trail around Africa‘s tallest mountain and highest volcano is 370 kilometers long and involves 5200 am of climbing. It takes you 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. You spend a night in a Masai cultural village to get to know their customs, songs and dishes. On a safari in Arusha National Park you see some of Africa´s amazing wildlife. Two packages are available: with a local mountain bike guide only, you carry your own luggage during the rides or, a comfort option where a backup vehicle is always around so distances can be shortened to individual needs.

    After the MTB tour there is a day of rest before the hike begins. A dream for many; climbing Mt. Kilimanjaro, Africa’s highest mountain. To reach Uhuru Peak (5895 m) 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 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

    Group Size: 6-10 participants

    km = kilometer & am = altitude meter

     

    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. (D)

    Key’s Hotel

    Distance by bus 42 km, duration 1 h

     

    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. Distances and climbs can be adjusted. (B,D)

    Key’s Hotel

    Distance by bike 46 km, 810 am, gravel/tar

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    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 a 13 kilometer downhill takes you back into savannah country to a beautiful lodge at Lake Chala, offering swimming, birding and game viewing on foot. (B,L,D)

    Lake Chala Safari Lodge & Campsite

    Distance by bike 67 km, 1375 am, gravel tracks/tar

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    Day 4              Bike Tour Lake Chala – Rongai

    You are heading further north anti-clockwise around the volcano. In the higher regions you see good farming practice of water and soil saving agriculture of the locals. You ride close to the Kenyan border climbing gently to higher altitude. The last 9.5 km are on tar and steep. In the afternoon you arrive at your cozy chalet. 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)

    Snowcap Cottages

    Distance by bike 65 km, 1425 am, tracks/tar

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    Day 5              Bike tour Rongai – Olpopongi Masai village

    Cross the northern ridge of Kilimanjaro to the highest point of the tour at 1920 m. Your tires will reach their limit because nobody can escape the large acacia thorns. During the last kilometers you might spot some game. At Masai cultural village of Olpopongi you will sleep in typical rondavels. (B,L,D)

    Olpopongi Maasai Village

    Distance by bike 92 km, 850 am, gravel tracks

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    Day 6              Bike tour Olopopongi – Mukuru Training Camp

    In the morning you will ride between Mt. Kili. and Mt. Meru. During the hilly and dusty ride you might spot elephants, zebra, antelope, and buffalo. Stay at the charming Mukuru Training Camp. In the late afternoon you 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)

    Mukuru Training Camp

    Distance by bike 43 km, 410 am, gravel tracks

    Distance 30 km during the safari

     

    Day 7              Bike tour Mukuru – Moshi

    Through acacia and shrub landscape you head back to Mt. Kilimanjaro. A steep climb brings you back into Chagga territory. Banana and coffee plantations are accompanied by little settlements. You will descend for lovely Weru Weru River Lodge. In the evening you can celebrate the circumnavigation of Africa`s highest mountain with some cold Kilimanjaro beer. (B,L,D)

    Weru Weru River Lodge

    Distance by bike 82 km, 1100 am, gravel tracks/tar

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    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)

    Weru Weru River Lodge

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    Day 9              Hike to Marangu Gate (1800 m) – Mandara Hut (2700 m)

    Transfer to Marangu Gate (approx. 1.5 h) where you start your adventure. The path is very good so one is able to walk with light hiking boots. It is quite warm still so a T-shirt and shorts are recommended. There is a packed lunch, which is given out before tour start. You receive a packed lunch every day, which is freshly prepared by our cook. Your initial night on the mountains is spent in a Mandara hut. An excellent dinner can be expected each evening. Vegetarian meals can also be cooked if we are informed in advance. (B,L,D)

    Mandara Hut

    Hike est. 3 – 4 h (+900 am)

    Distance by bus 50 km, duration 1.5 h

     

    Day 10            Hike from the Mandara Hut (2700 m) – Horombo Hut (3700 m)

    Today the total height gain is around 1000 am and the distance covered is around 12 km. (5 – 6 hours). It is 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. (B,L,D)

    Horombo Hut

    Hike est. 5 – 6 h (+1000 am)

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    Day 11            Hike from Horombo Hut (3700 m) – Kibo Hut (4700 m)

    The landscape gradually changes as you 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 continues to climb the 10 km to the Kibo hut at an altitude of 4700 m (5 – 6 h). The Kibo hut is the base for the summit. Depending on the level of fitness, you begin the night ascension at midnight or around 01:00 am. (B,L,D)

    Kibo Hut

    Hike est. 5 – 7 h (+1000 am)

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    Day 12            Peak ascension Kibo Hut (4700 m) – Uhuru Peak – Horombo Hut (3700 m)

    During the lengthy ascent to the top of Mount Kilimanjaro you cover an altitude of 1295 m, the descent to Horombo hut is another 2295 m. This is a strenuous climb compared to the previous days. Headlamps are needed if the night is cloudy, however the route is visible enough if the moonlight illuminates it. You reach the crater’s edge at dawn or sunrise where Africa is lying at your feet. After spending half an hour to an hour’s time on the highest peak of the continent, you 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 porters are anticipating your arrival at the hut, where lunch is prepared. After a one-hour nap or rest, you tackle the descent to the Horombo hut. The total walking distance for the day is 21 km. (B,L,D)

    Horombo Hut

    Hike est. 12 – 14 h (+1295, -2295 am)

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    Day 13            Hike Horombo Hut (3700 m) – Marangu Gate (1800 m)

    The 5 to 6 hours descent to Marangu Gate leads through the rainforest again and leaves you with a wistful mood, as you have to say goodbye to this majestic natural wonder, which you have been exploring for the past 4 days. The vehicle awaits you at the gate. Transfer to the hotel. In the evening you celebrate, as you reminisce about your 5895 m Mount Kilimanjaro climb. The tour guide hands out certificates and bids you farewell with “Kwa heri ya kuonana. Safari njema!” (B,L,D)

    Weru Weru River Lodge

    Hike est. 4 h (+-1300 am)

    Distance by bus 50 km, duration 1.5 h

     

    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)

    Distance by bus 30 km, duration 0.5 h

     

    Accommodation subject to availability

  • Rates & Dates

    Dates Price Status Available Spots
    14.11.2021 - 27.11.2021$3,495.00open for bookings10 spotsselect
    09.01.2022 - 22.01.2022$3,495.00open for bookings10 spotsselect
    13.02.2022 - 26.02.2022$3,495.00open for bookings10 spotsselect
    17.07.2022 - 30.07.2022$3,495.00open for bookings10 spotsselect
    11.09.2022 - 24.09.2022$3,495.00open for bookings10 spotsselect
    09.10.2022 - 22.10.2022$3,495.00open for bookings10 spotsselect
    13.11.2022 - 26.11.2022$3,495.00open for bookings10 spotsselect

     

    Additional Services:

    Single Room Surcharge $330.00 

    Surcharge for Back-Up Vehicle (Day 2 – 7) per person as of 4 participants $100.00 

    Extra Day to acclimatize per person as of 4 participants $300.00

  • Services


    Included:

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


    Not Included:

    • Flights to and from Tanzania
    • Visa – $50.00 to pay on arrival
    • Tips
    • Meals not mentioned above and extra drinks
    • Sleeping bag
    • Rental bike, 27 speed front suspension Scott bikes available
    • Comfort package with permanent back-up as well as transport of bikes on Day 2 – 7 ($100.00 per person as of 4 participants)
    • 1 extra day to acclimatize ($300.00 per person as of 4 participants)
  • Rental Bikes



    MTB Hardtail 27/30 Speed
    Price: $150.00


    Bottle holder included
  • Travel Hints

    Despite its height (850 m – 2100 m) 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 (15 °C) can rise up to 30-35 °C during the afternoon.

    To be able to reach heights of 5895 m, 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 travels the highest summit of the continent with too much haste, they might not make it to Uhuru Peak. Temperatures on top can get down as far as -20 °C.

3% early bird discount (for bookings until 6 months prior to tour start) – 5% loyalty discount (for customers who have previously travelled with us) 


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