The Kilema route is a special route set aside for mountain bike adventures and cycling on Mount Kilimanjaro. Before this route was established, most routes were for walking, hiking, or trekking on foot. Most mountain bikers used the Marangu route to climb to the summit of Mount Kilimanjaro, the Uhuru Peak but it used to be a major inconvenience, mixing up cyclers and climbers on foot. Kilema route measures (19km) long and cyclists usually meet their porters at Horombo before they embark on their bicycle journey to the summit. Cyclists that do not aim to reach the top of the mountain at Uhuru Peak, Kilimanjaro’s summit, begin their mountain bike adventure from Londorossi gate or from Morum Picnic Site then back to Morum enduring a combined a 44km long  ride.

Special Kilimanjaro Route for Mount Bike Climbing

The Kilema Route is a new route introduced recently specifically for biking tours or cycling up Mount Kilimanjaro. Just like the other routes on the mountain, it is recommended to add an extra day or extra time for acclimatization to minimize the effects of altitude sickness.

Kilema Route Acclimatization

Tranquil Kilimanjaro offers Kilema Route acclimatization hike from the Marangu gate to Mandara Hut Camp by trekking before embarking on the designated cycling route of Kilema.  Acclimatization trek helps to minimize altitude sickness by helping the body to adjust to higher altitudes that are more demanding and challenging.

Cycling on Kilimanjaro via Kilema Route

The typical Kilimanjaro cycling tours via the Kilema Route begins early in the morning at the Marangu gate at around 8:00 am. It is here at the Marangu gate where you go through the registration formalities for entering the park of Kilimanjaro.

After completing the registration process at the gate, you will drive west to Kilema Gate for about one hour where the cycling on Mount Kilimanjaro begins.

You will cycle from Kilema Gate to Kilema Cave for an 8km endurance biking tour rising in altitude as you traverse the rainforest zone of Mount Kilimanjaro edging closer to the moorlands zone of Kilema cave.

Since the Kilema Route is new, it has less traffic, is remote and scenic.

Summiting Kilimanjaro while cycling and biking descent via Kilema Route

Reaching Uhuru peak to summit, you will begin summiting from Horombo to eventually join up with the Marangu route path that leads to the summit.

To go down the Mountain, descent follows the same route towards Horombo then exiting the park through the Kilema Gate.

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Frequently Asked Questions on Kilimanjaro Biking tours

Is it a biking trip that you can pedal through the whole time? You will pedal most of the time but there are some times you will trek and push your bike to serve your energy.

How Long doe it take to cycle on Mount Kilimanjaro

Tranquil Kilimanjaro offers a 5-day Kilema Route cycling tours that takes a total of 5 days to summit and descent.

Why does Kilimanjaro Cycling Tours cost More than hiking?

Kilimanjaro biking and cycling prices depend on a few factors. To cycle up Mount Kilimanjaro you will need to have a cycling permit, which costs 500 USD per person.

Secondly, you will need to have more climbing crew that will help in transporting mountain bikes and supplies.

What is the ideal Mountain biking group size?

We recommend smaller groups of around 10 people, you can get in touch if you are a group of more than 10 people for Mount Kilimanjaro Cycling tours arrangement.

Who will guide the Kilimanjaro Cycling Tours?

A certified and experienced mountain bike guide will lead Mount Kilimanjaro biking trips by tranquil Kilimajaro.

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Accommodation on Kilema Cycling Route, Mount Kilimanjaro

Accommodation on the first night of cycling via Kilema Route is in tents at Kilema cave and campsite. The rest of the journey offers accommodation in the form of huts both at Horombo and Kibo Huts.  The Horombo hut has a capacity of accommodating around 120 people at a go as it consists of 120 bunk beds while Kibo huts consist of 60 bunk beds with each hut containing 6-8 bunk beds.

The Huts lighting is solar-powered with flush toilets that have enough water supply from a nearby stream.