Other than hiking, it is also possible to climb Mount Kilimanjaro while cycling, using a bike.

For mount Kilimanjaro biking enthusiasts, Tranquil Kilimanjaro is able to give you the best advice and itineraries for climbing Mount Kilimanjaro on a bicycle.

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We will provide you with all the information you will need in order to come up with the perfect Kilimanjaro Mtb trip. We will work hand in hand with you to come up with the best mount Kilimanjaro biking cost, the type of bikes used to climb Mount Kilimanjaro, how many days it takes to climb Mount Kilimanjaro by cycling, the size of Kilimanjaro biking groups and which is the best route to reach the summit on two wheels. Your mount Kilimanjaro biking itinerary will include hotel bookings, airport, airport transfers (pick ups and drop offs) as well as many extensions that you may like to add on your biking trip such as adventures to the safari game parks in Tanzania, cultural biking, and village tours around exciting spots in Tanzania, neighbouring towns in Moshi, Mto wa Mbu, Karatu and Arusha and of course the spice islands of Zanzibar.

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Stand out from the crowd by climbing the tallest Mountain in Africa on something that you love doing, biking.

  • Cycle to the summit in the less travelled tracks, as you enjoy the breathtaking adventure of conquering the majestic mount Kilimanjaro on mountain bikes.
  • Enjoy the scenic beauty that comes with the special Mountain biking route on Mount Kilimanjaro.
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The 5 Days Kilimanjaro Biking Tour Itinerary

Cycling to the Uhuru Peak? If your goal is to reach the summit via the Kilema Route, you will meet your porters at Horombo and proceed to the summit. For those not interested in summiting, you will meet your porters at Londorosi Gate.

Day 1: Kilema Gate (1950m) – Horombo Hut (3705m)

Cycling time: Approximately 5 to 6 hours

Distance: Approximately 16 km

Habitat: Montane forest Horombo Hut (3705m) – Mandara Hut (2715m) Hiking time: 3 hours

Distance: Approximately 11.6 km

Habitat: Moorland

On the first day, meet your guide and transfer to the Marangu Gate, a journey taking about 45 minutes. The route passes through the charming village of Marangu, nestled on the lower slopes of the mountain. Upon reaching the park gate, all hikers must register at the Park office. After the necessary sign-in and registration at the Marangu Gate, we proceed to the Kilema Gate.

Upon arrival, double-check that you have all your daypack items, including drinking water, lunch pack, and extra clothing. Take a final check of your mountain bike before embarking on the initial 16 km route section from the Kilema Gate (1,950m) to the Horombo Hut (3,705m) on a well-maintained 4×4 track. Fit and skilled bikers, subject to road conditions, can cycle all the way to the Horombo Hut.

Remember, ascending too rapidly is a major cause of altitude sickness. Hence, we make regular stops to allow your body ample time to adjust to higher altitudes. Our aim is to reach the Horombo Hut around 15:00 pm. Here, you’ll leave your mountain bike for the night and descend on foot to the Mandara Hut (2,700m / distance 11.7 km) for overnight stay. Ensure your headlamps are in your daypack, as you can expect a late arrival at Mandara Hut. Dinner will be served around 20:00 pm.

The Mandara Hut comprises a collection of wooden A-framed huts set in a serene forest clearing. Each hut features 6-8 sleeping bunks with solar-generated lighting.

Day 2: Mandara Hut (2715m) – Horombo Hut (3705m)

Hiking time: 4 hours Distance: Approximately 11.6 km

Habitat: Moorland Horombo Hut (3705m) – Zebra Rocks (4040m) – Horombo Hut

Cycling time: 1 hour uphill and 20 minutes downhill

Distance: Approximately 2 km uphill and 2 km downhill

Habitat: Moorland

From the Mandara Hut, the trail meanders through a brief stretch of forest, skirts the base of the Maundi Crater, and emerges into the transition from rainforest to moorland. We’ll make a short detour for a scramble up the rim of the Maundi Crater, offering a breathtaking view of the majestic Kibo Crater on a clear day, showcasing its magnificent glaciers basking in the morning sun.

Once you enter the open moorland, you’ll be treated to the sight of Kilimanjaro’s remarkable plants, including the endemic giant lobelia, reaching heights of up to 3 meters, and the towering giant groundsel (Senecia Kilimanjari), which can grow up to 5 meters.

Arrive at the Horombo Hut in time for a late lunch. Afterward, collect your bikes and embark on a 1.5-hour acclimatization cycle up to Zebra Rocks (4040m) and back.

Enjoy a delicious dinner and spend the night at the Horombo Hut.

Day 3: Horombo Hut (3705m) – Kibo Hut (4703m)

Cycling time: 4 to 5 hours

Distance: Approximately 14 km

Habitat: Alpine desert

After a hearty breakfast at the Horombo Hut, it’s time to continue your Mount Kilimanjaro biking adventure. Prepare for a challenging day of cycling as you make your way to Kibo Hut, located at an elevation of 4,703 meters.

The trail from Horombo Hut to Kibo Hut is a steady uphill climb through the alpine desert habitat. As you pedal through this barren and rocky landscape, you’ll be amazed by the sheer grandeur of the surrounding mountains.

It’s important to pace yourself and listen to your body during this ascent. Our experienced guides will ensure that you have plenty of rest stops along the way to acclimatize to the increasing altitude. Remember to stay hydrated and fuel your body with snacks to maintain your energy levels.

Arriving at Kibo Hut in the afternoon, you’ll have some time to rest and prepare for the final push to the summit. Take this opportunity to relax, enjoy a nourishing meal, and get a good night’s sleep to maximize your chances of a successful summit attempt.

Day 4 – Summit Day: Kibo Hut (4703m) – Uhuru Peak (5895m) – Horombo Hut (3705m)

Cycling time: Approximately 1 hour uphill and 4 to 5 hours downhill

Distance: Approximately 9 km uphill and 23 km downhill

Habitat: Glacial zone, alpine desert, moorland

Today is the day you’ve been waiting for – the summit day! Wake up before midnight and prepare yourself for a challenging but incredibly rewarding experience. Put on your warmest layers, grab your headlamp, and start your ascent towards Uhuru Peak, the highest point on Mount Kilimanjaro.

The cycling portion of today’s journey is limited to the early stages. The terrain becomes more challenging and steep as you approach the glacial zone. You may need to dismount your bike and continue on foot as you navigate the rocky and icy paths towards the summit.

As the sun begins to rise, painting the sky with vibrant hues, you’ll feel a surge of determination and excitement. Push yourself forward, one step at a time, until you reach the iconic Uhuru Peak. Standing at an impressive 5,895 meters above sea level, you’ll have conquered the highest peak in Africa.

Take a moment to savor this extraordinary achievement and capture memories with breathtaking photos. The panoramic views from the summit are simply awe-inspiring, with vast expanses of glaciers and the African continent stretching out before you.

After spending some time at the summit, it’s time to begin your descent. This is where the cycling adventure truly picks up. Get back on your bike and enjoy a thrilling downhill ride, taking in the stunning landscapes and the sense of accomplishment that comes with conquering Mount Kilimanjaro.

Return to Kibo Hut to collect your belongings and continue the descent to the Horombo Hut, where you’ll spend the night. The descent can be physically demanding on your knees and muscles, but the joy of the journey and the memories made will fuel your determination.

Day 5: Horombo Hut (3705m) – Marangu Gate (1860m)

Cycling time: Approximately 3 hours

Distance: Approximately 27 km

Habitat: Moorland, rainforest

On the final day of your Mount Kilimanjaro biking adventure, bid farewell to the Horombo Hut and embark on the last leg of your journey. The trail takes you through the moorland and lush rainforest, offering a stark contrast to the rugged terrain you’ve experienced higher up the mountain.

Enjoy the refreshing coolness of the forest shade as you cycle downhill, savoring the sights and sounds of the vibrant ecosystem surrounding you. Keep an eye out for wildlife, such as monkeys and various bird species, adding a touch of wilderness to your descent.

Arriving at the Marangu Gate, you’ll be greeted with a sense of accomplishment and fulfillment. Take a moment to reflect on your incredible journey and celebrate your achievement of cycling Mount Kilimanjaro.

Our team will be waiting for you at the gate to congratulate you on your successful expedition. After completing the necessary procedures at the park office, we’ll transfer you back to your accommodation, where you can relax, reminisce, and share your remarkable stories with fellow adventurers.

Cycling to the summit of Kilimanjaro:

Embarking on a Mount Kilimanjaro cycling adventure is a truly extraordinary experience. From the challenging uphill climbs to the exhilarating downhill descents, every moment is filled with awe-inspiring beauty and a sense of achievement. The combination of cycling and trekking allows you to immerse yourself in the diverse landscapes of Kilimanjaro while pushing your limits both physically and mentally.

With our expert guides, well-maintained routes, and a commitment to safety and sustainability, we ensure that your Mount Kilimanjaro biking adventure is not only thrilling but also responsible and enjoyable. So, gear up, embrace the challenge, and let the majesty of Mount Kilimanjaro unfold before you as you embark on an unforgettable biking journey.

Biking through the Kilema Route

Discover the exhilarating world of Mount Kilimanjaro biking on the incredible Kilema mountain bike route, running parallel to the renowned Marangu route. Originally intended for emergency medical evacuations and transporting supplies to the Horombo Hut, the Kilema trail continues to serve these purposes to this day.

The trail leading from the Kilema Gate to the Horombo Hut Camp is a well-maintained 4×4 murram/gravel road, usually in excellent condition, ensuring a smooth cycling experience.

With the introduction of the Kilema Route, cycling on Mount Kilimanjaro has become more accessible and enjoyable. Previously, hikers would embark on Mount Kilimanjaro biking tours/safaris via pedestrian routes. However, the Kilema Route stands as the only dedicated cycling route on the mountain, exclusively designed for cyclists.

Although it may be a relatively new offering, our expert guides possess the knowledge and skills to safely guide you and your bike to the summit of Mount Kilimanjaro, standing tall at an impressive 5,895 meters.

Embarking on Mount Kilimanjaro biking and cycling tours not only provides an excellent physical workout but also offers fun and recreational opportunities. Our eco-friendly bikes ensure minimal impact on the environment, allowing you to enhance your climbing experience while staying environmentally conscious.

How to climb Kilimanjaro by bicycles

  • Our Mount Kilimanjaro support desk and staff will answer all your questions concerning biking on Mount Kilimanjaro.
  • We will arrange the whole trip itinerary for you: (excluding international flights), bookings, park fees, transfers, hotel accommodation( before and after your climb), guides, mount Kilimanjaro accommodation, porters, food, and equipment.
  • We will assist you to choose the best itinerary that will work for you in terms of duration, group size, cost, and equipment required for you Mount Kilimanjaro Biking

Which Route is used for biking on Mount Kilimanjaro?

For biking on the mountain, we will use the Kilema Route, a new route established specifically for mountain biking and cycling tours on Mount Kilimanjaro. Read more on Kilema Biking Route here.

For a successful Mount Kilimanjaro Biking Summit Success

We will advise you accordingly if you choose to climb Mount Kilimanjaro while cycling with Tranquil Kilimanjaro on matters:

  • Altitude sickness: For your Mount Kilimanjaro biking safety guide, we will give you a comprehensive guide that will help you minimize Altitude Sickness symptoms while cycling on Kilimanjaro Mountain.
  • Comprehensive gear list: of course biking on Mount Kilimanjaro will require special gear since you will be climbing the better part of the mountain on two wheels. We will be happy to provide the complete Mount Kilimanjaro biking gear list.
  • Fitness program: We also have a special fitness program for Kilimanjaro bikers which we will share with you.
  • Mount Kilimanjaro Biking route map: We will provide an informative Kilimanjaro route map specially designed for biking.
  • Mountain Biking nutrition: Apart from the energizing meal plan for Mount Kilimanjaro Climbers, we will top it up with essential language tips. A few Swahili words here and there that will come in handy for your cycling expedition in Tanzania, a Swahili-speaking country.

Our Mountain Biking guides and porters

  • We have experience mountain guides and porters that have enough knowledge of Mountain biking.
  • As for porters for your Mount Kilimanjaro biking trip, you will be assigned 2 porters for each biker.
    • One porter to carry their duffel bag (max 15kg) from one camp to the next.
    • One porter assist the biker with their mountain bike from the third day to the end of the trip
  • The average support staff to biker ratio is: 2-3 Porters per biker and 2 guides per a maximum of 4 bikers – This ensures your Mount Kilimanjaro biking adventure is enjoyable while we still guarantee your safety.

Mount Kilimanjaro Biking Safety

  • We supply emergency Oxygen cylinders (for emergency use only) with all our Mount Kilimanjaro bike adventures.
  • Tranquil Kilimanjaro will provide an important medical first aid kit (for emergency use only), to all our biker groups
  • Our mountain biking guides carry a pulse Oximeter that will measure every bikers acclimatization ability. Very important for the early detection of High Altitude Pulmonary Oedema
  • We also have the capability of helicopter evacuation in case of a serious emergency, subject to terms and conditions.
  • All bikers are issued with a detailed altitude sickness guide and advice at their disposal.

Where will I get Kilimanjaro Biking equipment?

  • We have quality mountain biking equipment available for hire, you can also choose to rent essential mountain climbing equipment like- sleeping bags, hiking poles, jackets, helmets and other mountain climbing gear etc.

Mount Kilimanjaro Biking add-ons (Safari and Zanzibar)

  • You can combine your Mount Kilimanjaro biking experience with a safari to the world-famous and wildlife-filled national parks like the Serengeti National Park, the Tarangire national park, Lake Manyara national park and the Ngorongoro Crater and Conservation Area. Our safari extensions range from day trips, 2 days safaris, 3 days safaris, 5 days safaris, and even longer safaris.
  • Zanzibar could also be an amazing choice to extend your Mount Kilimanjaro biking experience. You may choose to relax on the sandy beaches of Zanzibar as you soak in the sun after your biking adventure.