Kilimanjaro Cycling Tour

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Yes ! This tour is designed for anyone, you can book this tours as solo traveler, couple & also Expedition Heroes offers this tour to small & large groups who are willing to travel together. Do not hesitate to contact us and our specialist will be ready to help you plan your holiday to Africa.

Overview

Embarking on a biking expedition up the iconic Mount Kilimanjaro offers a thrilling and unique adventure for cycling enthusiasts and nature lovers alike. Adding an extra twist to this already exciting journey, we include a mountain bike safari at West Kilimanjaro.

Upon reaching the summit, you’ll capture a mandatory souvenir photo to commemorate your achievement. And the best part? You’ll experience a nearly 5000-meter descent back down. This is an adventure you’ll be talking about for years to come!

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FULL ITINERARY

After arrival at Kilimanjaro airport, we take a 40min transfer to our hotel situated just outside the town of Moshi, located on the lower slopes of Mt Kilimanjaro. We meet Expedition Heroes team and go over the last trip details and prepare our bikes and gear equipment for the adventure ahead.
Today we will ride at West Kilimanjaro. Mountain biking in this game reserve in Tanzania is a fun and thrilling way to explore the wilderness. If you love adventure and are confident on a bike, then this experience is perfect for you!
  • Distance: 50 km / 31 miles
  • Riding time: 6 hours
  • Elevation gained: 600 m / 1,968 ft
  • Accommodation: Park View inn Hotel
  • Distance: 8 km / 5 miles
  • Riding time: 4 hours
  • Elevation gained: 1,150 m / 3,773 ft
This day marks the start of our journey up Mount Kilimanjaro. After breakfast we will pick you up from your hotel and drive to Marangu Gate, the entrance to the Kilimanjaro Park. At the gate we will complete the required registration and then drive the rest of the way to our starting point; Kilema gate. From here, we will then start riding through the lush rainforest that flanks the lower parts of the mountain, spotting some Colobos and blue monkeys. We will enjoy all of the fascinating flora and beautiful flowers until we reach the camp, where your tent and a hot dinner will already be waiting for you. This is the only night we will spend camping.
  • Accommodations: Kilema Camp
  • Distance: 8 km / 5 miles
  • Riding time: 4 hours
  • Elevation gained: 620 m / 2,030 ft
We will continue our journey up the mountain today on a steeper trail. The day will be a combination of riding and some hike-a-bike. We will reach our mountain hut at Horombo in time for a hot lunch and plenty of time to relax in the afternoon. We will need the rest as we get ready for the days to come!
  • Accommodations: Horombo Hut
  • Distance: 5 km / 3 miles
  • Riding time: 2-3 hours
  • Elevation gained: 280 m / 920 ft (up and down)
Today we have an important acclimatization day. We will have the choice to ride or hike up to 4000 m / 13,150 ft and return back to Horombo hut for a hot lunch. The trail is quite rocky, so many people prefer to hike, leaving their bicycle at the hut. Those you like to mountain bike usually carry their bikes up and then ride down. We will spend the afternoon relaxing and enjoying the magnificent views.
  • Accommodations: Horombo Hut
  • Distance: 10 km / 6 miles
  • Riding time: 6-7 hours
  • Elevation gained: 1000 m / 3200 ft
We will start the day with a hike-a-bike and then continue with riding toward the alpine desert. Kilimanjaro is a dormant volcano and we will get to ride through volcanic rock while getting unforgettable views of Mount Mawenzi and Kibo. The last bit up to Kibo Huts is challenging as we reach higher elevations, but going “pole pole” (slowly and steady) is the way. We will be rewarded with a hot dinner at Kibo hut before an early bed time to get ready for or summit day.
  • Accommodations: Kibo Hut
  • Distance: 21 km / 13 miles
  • Riding time: 8-12 hours
  • Elevation gained: 1200 m / 3900 ft, descent: 2,175 m / 7,135 ft
SUMMIT DAY! We will wake up around midnight for our summit push. We have the option to hike with or without our bike up to Uhuru Peak. If you choose to take your bike, you can hire a summit porters to help you carry it. We will aim to reach Gilman’s Point (5,756 meters /18,885 ft) by dawn, the first of three official summit points of Mount Kilimanjaro. We will then follow the edge of the crater and stand at Uhuru Peak, the highest point of Kibo and the roof of Africa! After taking pictures and enjoying the precious moment, we will start our descent down to Horombo hut. Below 5.000 m / 16,400 ft you can get on your bike as it is not as sandy anymore. Still you need to be very careful. Because you will need some energy to make it to the summit, we recommend leaving your bike at the hut or hiring an extra summit porter for that. From Kibo hut, where you will celebrate with our team and get a well-deserved hot lunch, we will be cycling down to Kilema gate. Horombo – Kilema gate
  • Distance: 18 km / 11 miles
  • Riding time: 5-7 hours
  • Elevation of descent: 1880 m / 6050 ft
Today will be our victory lap! The whole ride will be an exhilarating descent 6000 ft downhill! We will ride all the way back down to the main gate to a prepared lunch. We will receive summit certificates and take our last photos with the team. We will then drive back to the hotel for some much earned rest.

INCLUDE / EXCLUDE

  • Private transport to & from Kilimanjaro International Airport to your accommodations in Moshi.
  • 2 nights of accommodation in Moshi
  • Mountain Bikes & Helmets
  • All transfers to the mountain and back to your Moshi hotel
  • Professional & experienced mountain bike guides
  • Guides, Porters, Cook salaries and park fees
  • Quality, waterproof, four-season private mountain sleeping tents
  • Sleeping Mattress
  • All meals while on the Mountain
  • Quality Tents, Mess tents with table and chairs
  • Clean, purified drinking water
  • Crisis management and safety procedures
  • Fair and ethical treatment of porters
  • Conservation fees
  • Hut fees
  • Rescue fees & Camping fees
  • VAT (18% charged by the Government)
  • Portable oxygen tanks & ox meter
  • Kilimanjaro National Park certificate for your successful summit attempt.
  • Expedition Heroes T-shirts
  • Bike safari at West Kilimanjaro
  • Tip for the Crew (Much appreciated)
  • Laundry service
  • Entry visa for Tanzania
  • Health requirements (Yellow Fever – only compulsory if you travel to Tanzania via a Yellow Fever infected country, Meningitis & Hepatitis A remains optional, but recommended)
  • Highly recommended travel and medical insurance

TOUR GALLERY

ABOUT VISA

Passport and Visas for Tanzania can be obtained via Online Visa Application before arrival or on arrival at Kilimanjaro Airport. All travelers will need a passport which will remain valid for at least 6 months longer than your expected visit. You will also need to present proof that you have a return ticket, and proof that you have sufficient money to support yourself during your stay in Tanzania. Each traveler is responsible for sorting out their own passport and visa requirements, and we cannot offer much assistance in this matter. If you do not yet have a passport, apply for one early, as they can take some time to arrive. If you already have a passport, double check when it expires.

While Tanzania is a commonwealth country, UK citizens definitely do need a tourist visa to enter. This is also true for citizens of Australia, New Zealand, India, United States, Canada and most EU countries. Citizens of countries not mentioned should contact their nearest embassy or high commission to check visa requirements. Visas usually cost in the neighborhood of $50 (around £40), but some visas from the US can cost $100. Tanzanian visas expire three months after they are issued so be careful not to apply too soon.

Visas can be purchased upon arrival at Kilimanjaro international Airport (IATA code: JRO), but you can expect long queues, and for the process to take an extra hour or more. The Tanzanian High Commission has stressed that they have the right to deny visas applied for on arrival. We have never had a report of this happening, but it is a danger best avoided.

For these reasons, we highly recommend that travelers get their visa in advance if at all possible. On the other hand, many US travelers prefer to avoid risking their passports in the mail, and other potential delays, by applying upon arrival at Kilimanjaro International Airport.

It is also now possible to apply for your Tanzania visa online https://eservices.immigration.go.tz/visa/. Please read the Visa Application Guidelines carefully before beginning your application to ensure you apply for the correct type of visa, and that you are planning on entering Tanzania through one of the approved entry points.

Where to obtain a Tanzanian visa
  • In Dar es Salaam: The Office of the Director of Immigration Services
  • In Zanzibar: The Office of the Principal Immigration Officer
  • Abroad: Any Tanzanian Embassy or High Commission or via the Tanzania Immigration Services website
  • Entry points to Tanzania: Any gazette entry point, including international airports, Zanzibar Airport, the port of Kigoma, Horohoro, Sirari, Tunduma, and Nagama

Please be advised that, whilst we make every effort to provide you with accurate and up-to-date information, travel requirements can change quickly and sometimes without notice. We urge you to double check the visa and passport requirements for your trip, consult with an embassy or consulate.

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DEPARTURE DATES

The departure dates for all our African safaris and trekking packages are totally flexible according to your own personal needs. Please contact us for further and more detailed info, as well as information on photographic safaris and Kilimanjaro trekking packages.

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