Mount Kilimanjaro Bike Trek
Kilimanjaro bike trek is our new product! Experience Mount Kilimanjaro on a bike and explore the Kilema route, the only route cyclists can use to reach the top of the mountain. Our experienced guides have done Kilimanjaro bike trek many times, so you are in good hands. Our team has the first Tanzanian and African, Yesse to make the whole trip to summit Mt Kilimanjaro 5895M by bike. The trip takes five days with proper acclimatization.
TANAPA has recently introduced this activity in the Kilimanjaro National Park area. Mountain biking provides physical exercise and recreational use of the natural environment with the minimum impact on the mountain. Summit-bound cyclists will use the Kilema route and cyclists will meet their porters at Horombo and continue to the summit. For non-summit-bound visitors, cycling starts from the Londorosi gate or from Morum Picnic Site then back to Morum (a 44km ride).
If you want to hike instead, please look at the Lemosho route, the Marangu route, and the Machame route for further inspiration. If you are looking for a challenging adventure, look at our Island Peak and Everest trek in Nepal.
KILIMANJARO AIRPORT – MOSHI | SPRINGLANDS HOTEL
Arrive at Kilimanjaro International Airport where you will be picked up and transferred to Springlands Hotel for an overnight bed and breakfast.
Overnight Springlands Hotel (bed and breakfast) or Similar.
MARANGU GATE/ KILEMA HUT (1800 M) | HOROMBO HUT (3720 M)
Cycling distance: 19 km
You will be picked up from Springlands Hotel at 8:30 am. This morning we drive through Kilimanjaro’s semi-tropical foothills to Marangu Gate where we will spend a few minutes registering and getting the permit and then drive to Kilema gate and enter Kilimanjaro National park. Start riding up to Horombo Hut. Today is 100% cycling by bike. The cycling distance of 19 Km, and the expected vegetation is forest and moorland.
HOROMBO HUT (3720 M) | MAWENZI HUT (4310 M)| ACCLIMATIZATION DAY
Cycling distance: 10 km
After breakfast, you start cycling, riding through the alpine desert. Some of the areas you will be riding will be on small stone pathways up to Mawenzi Hut and back to Horombo. With a cycling distance of 10km, today’s vegetation is 90% “Alpine desert.”
HOROMBO HUT (3720 M) | KIBO HUT (4720 M)
Cycling distance: 9 km
After breakfast, you will continue cycling to Kibo Hut on stony paths. The vegetation will be a more alpine desert.
KIBO HUT (4720 M) | SUMMIT (5895 M) | HOROMBO HUT (3720 M)
Cycling distance: 21 km
At 4 am, you will be woken up 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 the gradient gets steeper from here. 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, spend a few minutes taking in the views and taking photos to then ride down to Stella Point. After lunch, ride down to Horombo hut. Today cycling is from Kibo hut to Uhuru and then back to Kibo hut, where you will descend back to Horombo hut. Vegetation expected will be the alpine desert and ice caps.
HOROMBO HUT (3720 M) | KILEMA GATE (1800 M) | SPRINGLANDS HOTEL
Cycling distance: 19 km
After a leisurely breakfast, make your final ride down to Kilema Gate across the alpine and the rain forest, where you will be transferred to Marangu Gate for check out and then to Springlands Hotel.
Overnight Springlands Hotel (bed and breakfast) or Similar.
KILIMANJARO AIRPORT | DEPART
After an early breakfast, transfer to Kilimanjaro airport for your departure flight back home.
A Kilimanjaro bike trek can be an exhilarating and challenging experience that offers a unique way to explore the stunning natural beauty of the mountain. Biking up Mount Kilimanjaro can be a thrilling adventure that tests your limits and pushes you to your physical and mental boundaries. The mountain is one of the highest peaks in the world, and biking up it requires endurance, strength, and determination. Mount Kilimanjaro is renowned for its stunning scenery, including pristine forests, diverse wildlife, and spectacular mountain summit views. Biking up the mountain offers a unique perspective and an opportunity to experience this natural beauty in a way that’s different from traditional hiking. If you’re going on a on a Mount Kilimanjaro bike trek it will require significant physical fitness, which can be an excellent challenge. The ascent will help you build stamina, endurance, and strength. Successfully getting to the top of Mount Kilimanjaro is a significant personal achievement that can boost your self-confidence and provide a sense of accomplishment. It’s an experience that few people can claim to have accomplished. A Kilimanjaro bike trek offers a unique way to experience this world-famous mountain, and it’s a different experience than hiking up it. It’s an opportunity to challenge yourself and explore the mountain in a new way.
How are the sleeping tents and the standard when I climb Mount Kilimanjaro?
On the Machame route and Lemosho route, you will be sleeping in tents. We use strong, waterproof, and durable tents on Mt Kili climb. The tents are capable of housing 2 to 3 people and are made to withstand tough mountain conditions. They are spacious and create even more room to store luggage. Meals are served in large, warm, and extremely strong tents with good head height and comfy camp chairs.
Do I need specialist equipment to trek Mt Kilimanjaro?
You don’t need to own your own specialist mountain climbing gear. You can rent most of the clothing and equipment that you may need in Tanzania. But bringing your own clothes, well-worn-in boots, and a good sleeping bag is best. You will need a small day pack with enough space for wind and rain clothes, some first aid supplies, 3 liters of water, and snacks. Your packing list should include warm clothes (fleece, wind, and waterproof layers), good polarised sunglasses, sunscreen, and a headlamp. You might prefer to use walking sticks and gaiters, but these can be rented. Even thermal underwear and down jackets can be rented from us. If you think you do not have the correct clothing and gear, please get in touch with us at firstname.lastname@example.org
Are washrooms available along the climbing routes?
You can rent a portable toilet from the rental store at an extra cost.
Do I get provided drinking water during the trek?
Yes, Porters collect water from the streams, which is boiled before use. This water will be used to fill your water canisters. You can use purification tablets if you have them with you. If you want bottled water up the mountain, you will have to pay extra.
Should I train before to prepare for my Mount Kilimanjaro climb?
You do not need to train before your Kili climb. But, any previous experience or practice will help you increase your chance of making the top. You need to be fit and healthy and have a good pair of worn-in hiking boots. The fitter you are, the more you are likely to enjoy it. It’s best to start your training at least three to six months before your planned climb. You can begin by incorporating regular exercise into your daily routine, such as jogging, hiking, or cycling, to improve your cardiovascular fitness and build endurance. You should also focus on strength training exercises that target your core, legs, and upper body, such as squats, lunges, push-ups, and planks. Strengthening these muscle groups will help you cope with the uphill climbs, rocky terrain, and long days of hiking.
What is the difference between the Lemosho route, the Marangu route, and the Machame route?
The Lemosho Route is considered one of the most scenic routes to climb Kilimanjaro, as it offers stunning views of the mountain from different angles. It is also one of the longer routes, typically taking 7-8 days to complete. The Lemosho route starts on the mountain’s western side and gradually ascends through various landscapes, from dense rainforests to alpine deserts. This route is known for its high success rate due to its gradual ascent profile, allowing climbers to acclimatize well.
The Marangu Route, also known as the “Coca-Cola Route,” is the oldest and most popular route to climb Kilimanjaro. It is the only route with sleeping huts instead of tents, which makes it a good option for those who prefer not to camp. The Marangu route is also the shortest route, typically taking 5-6 days to complete. However, due to the fast ascent profile, it has a lower success rate than other routes. The route starts on the southeastern side of the mountain and passes through forests, heathlands, and moorlands.
The Machame Route is considered one of the most challenging routes to climb Kilimanjaro due to its steep ascent profile and several high-altitude days. It is also one of the most scenic routes, offering panoramic views of the mountain and its surroundings. The Machame route typically takes 6-7 days to complete, starting on the southwestern side of the mountain and passing through rainforests, heathlands, and moorlands. This route is known for its high success rate due to its gradual ascent profile and good opportunities for acclimatization.
How many hours per day can I expect to walk on my Kili climb?
The number of hours per day you can expect to walk when climbing Mount Kilimanjaro depends on the route you choose and your individual pace. Generally, you can expect to walk between 4 to 10 hours per day, depending on the route and the itinerary. Here’s a rough breakdown of the average walking hours per day on the three most popular routes:
Lemosho Route: On the Lemosho route, the average walking hours per day are between 5 to 8 hours, with some long days of up to 10 hours. This route has a more gradual ascent profile, allowing for better acclimatization and longer hiking days.
Marangu Route: The Marangu route is the shortest route, with an average walking time of 4 to 6 hours per day. The walking hours are shorter due to the route’s faster ascent profile, which can increase the risk of altitude sickness.
Machame Route: The Machame route has an average walking time of 6 to 8 hours per day, with some long days of up to 10 hours. This route has a steeper ascent profile, which requires more effort and can lead to fatigue.
What is altitude sickness, and how can I avoid this?
Altitude sickness, also known as acute mountain sickness (AMS), is a condition caused by exposure to high altitudes with low oxygen levels. It can affect anyone, regardless of age, gender, or fitness level, and can lead to serious health complications if not managed properly. The symptoms of altitude sickness can vary in severity but generally include headache, nausea, dizziness, fatigue, shortness of breath, and loss of appetite. In severe cases, altitude sickness can progress to more serious conditions, such as high-altitude pulmonary edema (HAPE) or high-altitude cerebral edema (HACE), which can be life-threatening. Suppose someone at some point is not able to continue the route. In that case, our mountain guides will accompany you down or off the mountain on a stretcher, by vehicle, or by air evacuation, depending on the urgency of the problem. Always inform the guides of your condition.
To avoid altitude sickness when climbing Mount Kilimanjaro, it’s essential to take the following precautions:
Gradual ascent: Choose a route with a gradual ascent profile, such as the Lemosho or Machame routes, which allows for proper acclimatization. Ascend slowly, taking enough time to allow your body to adjust to the altitude. Avoid climbing too quickly or spending too much time at high altitudes.
Hydration: Drink plenty of fluids, preferably water, to stay hydrated and help your body cope with the altitude. Avoid alcohol, caffeine, and other diuretics, as they can dehydrate you and increase the risk of AMS.
Proper nutrition: Eat a balanced diet, including carbohydrates, proteins, and fats, to provide your body with the energy it needs to cope with the physical demands of the climb.
Medication: Consider taking medication, such as acetazolamide, under the guidance of a doctor to help prevent AMS.
Rest and recovery: Take breaks and rest when needed, especially if you experience any symptoms of altitude sickness. Descend to lower altitudes, if necessary, to allow your body to recover.
What type of food can I expect to be served on my Mount Kilimanjaro climb?
Our cooks prepare delicious meals with fresh local ingredients. If you have any special meal requirements, please inform us beforehand at email@example.com
Do you provide oxygen tanks?
We provide oxygen tanks and complementary pulsometers.
When is the best time to climb Mount Kilimanjaro?
The best time to climb Mount Kilimanjaro is during the dry season, which runs from late June to October and from December to February. The weather is generally dry and sunny during these months, making for better climbing conditions and clearer views. The dry season is divided into two seasons: the short dry season from late December to early February and the long dry season from late June to October. Both of these periods offer good climbing conditions, with the long dry season being the most popular time to climb Kilimanjaro. During the dry season, the temperatures are milder and more predictable, with daytime temperatures ranging from 20 to 27°C (68 to 81°F) and nighttime temperatures ranging from 5 to 10°C (41 to 50°F). There is also less precipitation, making the trails less muddy and slippery. While it’s still possible to climb Kilimanjaro during the wet season, from March to May and from November to early December, the weather can be more challenging, with heavy rainfall and cloudy conditions. The trails can also be more slippery and difficult to navigate, and clouds can obscure the views.
What is the Maximum Number of people per group?
Maximum of 8 people per group. If you are a larger group, then we can arrange this accordingly. Just contact us at firstname.lastname@example.org
Do you recommend travel insurance?
We highly recommend that you have travel insurance before your Mount Kilimanjaro trek. Also, check with your insurance beforehand that climbs over 5000m are included in the insurance.
What is the success rate of climbing Mount Kilimanjaro?
The success rate of climbing Mount Kilimanjaro varies depending on the route, the length of the climb, and other factors such as individual fitness levels and weather conditions. The success rates depend on the route chosen and the number of days. Shorter routes have a low success rate compared to longer routes, with a success rate of 85-90%. The longer the route, the higher the success rate, as you get ample time for acclimatization.
Included in the price:
- 1-night stay before and after the trek at Springlands Hotel in Moshi, including breakfast
- A mountain Bike
- Arrival and Departure transfers from the airport
- Quality, waterproof, four-season private mountain sleeping tents (or hut fees for the Marangu route)
- Professional, experienced mountain guides
- All Park fees
- Oxygen Tank
- Rescue fees
- All meals while on the mountain
- Clean, purified drinking water
Excluded from the price:
- International flights
- Visa into Tanzania
- Medical Insurance
- Tips for the mountain staff
- Meals other than breakfast while in Springlands Hotel
- Alcohol, beverages, cigarettes, snacks, etc
- Personal gear (Mountain equipment can be rented at Springlands Hotel)
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