Biking Kilimanjaro

Trek & ride to the summit of Mt Kilimanjaro and downhill into the African plains. You might ask yourself: “Now who owns a bike and would not want to do this?” Ride through and experience the seven geological zones from the lush rain forest to the alpine desert environments and glacial zone. Ride from the roof of Africa and down into her plains
Private Tour
Trekking in Nature
Moshi Kilimanjaro Tanzania, Tanzania
5 days
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What we'll do

Day 1 Arrival in Tanzania 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 the team and go over the last trip details and prepare our bikes and gear equipment for the adventure ahead. -Put Bikes Together -Briefing Accommodation: Panama Garden Hotel (

Day 2 Kilema Gate (1950m) – Horombo hut (3705m) Cycling time: Approximately 5 to 6 hours Distance: Approximately 16 km Habitat: Montane forest Horombo hut (3705m) – Kilema camp (2950m) Cycling time: 30 minutes Distance: Approximately 7 km Habitat: Moorland Meet your guide and embark on your transfer to the Marangu gate, which takes about 45 minutes. The journey passes through the village of Marangu, which is located on the lower slopes of the mountain. Once you reach the park gate, all hikers are required to register at the Park office. After signing-in and registering at the Marangu gate, we drive to the Kilema gate. Upon arrival you will ensure that you have all your daypack items (containing at least drinking water, your lunch pack and extra clothing) and do a final check on your mountain bike. You will then start the first route section of 16km, (with your guide also on a mountain bike) from the Kilema gate (1 950m) to the Horombo hut (3 705m) on a 4×4 track. Bikers with good fitness levels, mountain biking skills and subject to road conditions, will be able to cycle all the way to Horombo hut. It is important to remember that the biggest cause of altitude sickness is ascending too high too quickly. We will be stopping regularly and to give your body the maximum time to adjust to the higher altitudes. We will aim to reach Horombo hut at around 15:00pm. We will stop at Horombo Hut for a short break, before commencing on a downhill cycle to Kilema camp. Descending approximately 800m over 7km, the track has a lot of loose rocks and it is important to control your speed and avoid unnecessary risks! Upon arrival your porters will have your tent set up at camp and in the evening bring a small bowl of washing water to your tent. The cook will prepare dinner, before you retire to your tent for the night. Night temperatures can already drop to freezing point at this camp.

Day 3 Kilema camp (2950m) – Horombo hut (3705m) Cycling time: 2 to 3 hours Distance: Approximately 7 km Habitat: Moorland Horombo hut (3705m) – Zebra Rocks (4 040m) – Horombo hut Cycling time: 1 hour up and 20 minutes down Distance: Approximately 2 km up and 2 km down Habitat: Moorland After breakfast, make sure your duffel bag are packed and we cycle from the Kilema camp to Horombo hut. The trail is steep and has a lots of loose rocks at certain areas. Horombo hut is a village of huts perched on a small plateau, with a total capacity of 120 climbers! Normally bustling with hikers, guides, porters and with an atmosphere of adventure and excitement. You will meet both ascending and descending hikers here. We arrive in time for a late lunch at Horombo hut. After lunch collect our bikes and go for an 1,5 hour acclimatization cycle up to Zebra rocks (4 040m) and back. Enjoy dinner and overnight at Horombo hut. Day 4 (Acclimatization day – cycle high and sleep low) Horombo hut (3 705m) – Kibo hut (4 730m) – Horombo hut (3 705m) Cycling time: 4 to 5 hours up and 1 hour down Distance: 9.6 km up and 9.6km down Habitat: Alpine desert After an early breakfast, meet your guide and start your ascent into the Alpine desert habitat. The first 3 km of the trail is very rocky and cycling will be very difficult as this section is very stony and eroded. You will be forced to push and carry your bike for some sections, but after about 3km the trail improves and cycling will once again be possible. The “Saddle” (which refers to the area located between the peaks of Mawenzi and Kibo) is relatively flat and cycling is much easier. However high altitudes, low oxygen levels and cold conditions make the 7km section towards Kibo hut strenuous and challenging. The final km before reaching Kibo hut is especially strenuous. You will once again be reminded to slow down and drink enough water! Upon arrival to at Kibo hut lunch will be served. After lunch we will embark on an awesome Kilimanjaro Mtb downhill, descending nearly 800m over 7km. The final 3km descend down to Horombo hut is very technical and challenging. Dinner and overnight at Horombo hut.

Day 5 Horombo hut (3705m) – Kibo hut (4730m) Cycling time: 4 to 5 hours Distance: Approximately 9.6 km Habitat: Alpine desert Early wake and make sure your duffel bags are packed and ready to go. After breakfast, meet your guide and we head back up to Kibo hut. Again the first 3km would require you pushing and carrying your bike a lot, with the final 7km to Kibo hut offering a good biking trail. We will enjoy lunch and then aim to rest. At around 16h00 depending on how you feel it is possible to hike partially up the summit path to orientate yourself for the summit attempt later that night. Situated in the barren Alpine desert is Kibo hut, a stone build block house which has bunk beds for 60 climbers, but no streams with water nearby. There are platform toilets behind the hut. The summit (Uhuru Peak) is now a further 1195m up and you will make your final ascent the same night. Prepare your equipment, thermal clothing etc for your summit bid. This should include the replacement of your headlamp and camera batteries and make sure you have a spare set available as well. To prevent freezing it will be wise to carry your water in a thermal flask. Go to bed at round about 19h00 and try to get as much rest and sleep as possible, until 22h00

Day 6 (The summit night) Kibo hut (4730m) – Uhuru Peak (5895m) – Kibo hut (4730m) Cycling time: 7 to 8 hours to reach Uhuru Peak, 3 to 4 hours to descend to Kibo hut, Distance: Approximately 5.4km ascent and 31 km descent Habitat: Stone scree and ice-capped summit You will rise around 22h00, and after some tea and biscuits you shuffle off into the night, and this is where the going really gets tough. The first section of the trail consists of a rocky path to the Hans Meyer Cave (5150m), also a good resting spot. The path then zigzags up to Gillman’s point (5 681m), which is located on the crater rim. The section just before Gillman’s point known as “Jamaica rocks” is very steep with a lot of stone scree, boulders requiring a great physical and mental effort. From Horombo hut up to Gillmans point the trail cannot be cycled and you will have to push your bike up to the Jamaica rocks, however from Jamaica rocks to Gillmans point, you will have to carry your bike (or if you are not up to it – arrange for a porter to carry your bike). With oxygen levels close to 9.5%, this is probably the most demanding section of the entire route. You will be doing the Kilimanjaro shuffle and move very slowly. From Gillman’s Point the trail can be cycled again and you will normally encounter snow all the way up to Uhuru peak (5895m), the highest point in Africa. Depending on snowfall, mountain bikers with high fitness levels and expert technical Mountain biking skills will be able to cycle most of the trail from Gillman’s Point to Uhuru peak. Total exhilaration and satisfaction – you made it. Weather conditions on the summit will determine how long you will be able to spend, taking photographs, before the 3 hour descent back to Kibo hut. Again, mountain bikers with expert technical cycling skills, should be able to cycle from Uhuru peak to Gillmans’ point. It is impossible to ride the first section from Gillman’s point down to Kibo hut. Cycling will only be possible for the final 1 to 2 km before reaching Kibo hut. Upon arrival to Kibo Hut enjoy a late breakfast and then pack your gear in your duffel bag for the porter to carry down. Kibo hut (4730m) – Kilema gate (1950m) Cycling time: 3 hours Distance: 25 km. You will then embarked on the world’s ultimate downhill mountain bike rollercoaster ride: Starting at Kibo hut at 4730m you will descend down to the Kilema gate 1 950m – distance approximately 31km, descend approximately 3 000m in only 3 hours! Accommodation: Panama Garden Hotel (

Day 7: Mountain bike Safari Your cycle today starts with a downhill slope through the farm as you head toward the main rough road. You follow the main rough road through the Ngare Nairobi village and cycle along the Ndarakwai Conservancy border towards the West Kilimanjaro airstrip. You then follow the main dirt road towards the Tinga Tinga village. You will then proceed south towards the Ngabobo Village cycling through the dry and arid open grasslands, an environment completely different from the lush, green slopes of Mt. Kilimanjaro which you have left behind. Wildlife such as wildebeest, giraffes, zebra and elands can be seen on this section of the ride. The final part of the path is a gradual ascent on a gravel road as you cycle through the Ngabobo Village towards the Maasai Lodge where the tour ends. You will then be transferred back to your hotel in Moshi. Highlights: Visiting local farms, Amazing scenery and Wildlife can be seen Total distance: 49km Riding Level: Moderate Path: Off road/Dirt road Accommodation: Panama Garden Hotel (

Where we'll go


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Meeting point

Kili Bike Adventures office or at your Accommodation in Moshi or Arusha

Good to know

Good to know

Reaching the summit by Mountain Bike

There is not much more to say about this one. Those who have reached the summit of any high altitude mountain will understand the immense reward. Reaching it with your mountain bike is all the more rewarding. You’re guaranteed to be talking about this for a long time afterwards.

Cycling through the geological zones while taking in the diversity of this mountain is a firm favourite. From the icy summit to the hot dry savanna areas, rain forest and onto the lowlands where people take advantage of the rich volcanic soil by planting home gardens, maize, beans and coffee plantations.

What is included?

  • -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
  • -Large portions of fresh, healthy,purified water, nutritious food
  • Fair and ethical treatment of porters
  • Park fees and Rescue fees
  • Kilimanjaro National Park certificate for your successful summit attempt.
  • -Portable oxygen tanks & ox meter

What is not included?

  • 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 comes recommended)
  • travel and medical insurance
  • Hiking gears
  • Recommended Travel insurances: -Global rescue - Axa - Generaly -Red point resolution -Allianz

What to bring

  • Passport
  • Climbing gears
  • Cycling shorts
  • Hiking shoes
  • Camera
  • Sport watch like Garmin or Suunto
  • sport shoes
  • suncreen

Cancellation and refund

The booking fee ($45.00 p.p. included in the displayed price) is non-refundable if you cancel your booking. If a local cancels a booking or does not show up at the agreed time and place, you receive a full refund of the booking fee.

You are buying a unique experience that also empowers local communities and people to improve their lives by sharing their knowledge and lifestyle.

We give space for creativity. The locals themselves decide and develop the activity idea and design it in a way they find interesting.

Locals get 100% of the price they want. The booking fee is added separately.

Meet the Local


Kili Bike Adventures is a locally owned tour operator. Kili Bike Adventures was built on our passion for Mountain bike adventures. Having spent more than 6 years in the tourism industry and an established reputation for providing travelers with unforgettable experiences in Tanzania, we feel we are in a good position to show you the places we call home. Specializing in Mountain bike adventures and other adventures, we are very competitively priced, whilst not compromising on delivering a first-class service Our guides, crew and trip designers are trained to deliver “wow” moments that are guaranteed to surprise and delight. They’re not just mountain bike tour guides. They’re not just vacation guides. They’re your own personal adventure seekers who are driven to provide exceptional service and so much more. All of our adventures benefit the indigenous people and local communities through the fair wages and charitable outreach programs. We take great care and pride in crafting unforgettable experiences that give you memories and friendships that will last a lifetime

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