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Expedition to the top of Kilimanjaro

The highest peak in Africa & roof of the world for cyclists, mecca of cycling

Bike Safari Level:
 Advanced 

 Programmed departures and guided by the mountaineer 

 Juanito Oiarzabal 

The Adventure Begins!

 Day 1 

Arrival at the airport:  KILIMANJARO 

Accommodation:  HONEY BADGER LODGE  [Full-board]

We will be waiting for you to arrive at Kilimanjaro International Airport. Then, we’ll take you to Moshi (capital of Kilimanjaro, where we will spend our first night. Before the welcome dinner, we will visit (by bike or on foot) the forest of Colobos. We will be able to observe a great amount of these peculiar monkeys.

 Day 2 

Kilimanjaro National Park  KILEMA GATE – HOROMBO 

Accommodation:  REFUGIO HOROMBO  [Full-board]
Bike Safari Level:
 Advanced  [19 Km]
Accumulated slope:  1.800 m positive

Early in the morning we will travel by car through semi-tropical hills to the Marangu gate, our route to Kilimanjaro, where we will obtain the permits. Then we go back to Kilema Gate, where we will begin the cycling route inside the Kilimanjaro National Park. The route ends at the Horombo refuge (3,720 mt).

Vegetation: Semi-tropical and alpine forest. You can ride the bicycle 100% of the way.

 Day 3 

Kilimanjaro National Park  HOROMBO – MAWENZI – HOROMBO 

Accommodation:  REFUGIO HOROMBO  [Full-board]
Bike Safari Level:
 Advanced  [10 Km]
Accumulated slope:  950 m positive 

Today’s route will allow us to acclimatize. It begins after breakfast, ascending through the alpine desert. Some parts of the road to the Mawenzi refuge (4,530 mt) are formed by small loose stones, which will show up our skills on the bike. Once we have rested at Mawenzi refuge we will return to Horombo to spend the night.

Vegetation: Alpine desert. The road can be cycled to 90%.

 Day 4 

Kilimanjaro National Park  HOROMBO – KIBO 

Accommodation:  REFUGIO KIBO  [Full-board]
Bike Safari Level:
 Advanced  [10 Km]
Accumulated slope:  1.000 m positive 

After a great breakfast, we will continue towards the base of the mountain Kibo, where is the refuge in which we will spend the night. From the refuge, we will see closely the summit of the crater, the top of Kilimanjaro. The road will continue having small stone and, together with the height (more than 4000m) will test our physical stamina.

Vegetation: Alpine Desert. The road can be cycled to 90%.

 Day 5 

Kilimanjaro National Park  KIBO – HANS MAYER – KIBO 

Accommodation:  REFUGIO KIBO  [Full-board]
Bike Safari Level:
 Advanced  [8 Km]
Accumulated slope:  500 m positive 

We will take the day to acclimatize again. We will ascend the Hanse Mayer cave by bike, named this way in honor of the German geographer who first reached the summit of Kilimanjaro in 1.989. It is very important to acclimatize to height on the eve of the great day. We will get to the summit the day after, so This is why we will ascend 400 meters and we will go back down after that, to spend the night in the Kibo Refuge.

Vegetation: Alpine Desert. The road can be cycled to 20% of the way. We will have help from porters to take the bike.

 Day 6 

Kilimanjaro National Park  KIBO – UHURU – HOROMBO 

Accommodation:  REFUGIO HOROMBO  [Full-board]
Bike Safari Level:
 Advanced  [22 Km]
Accumulated slope:  1.200 m positive and 2.200 m negative 

At 3 in the morning, guides will wake us up to start at night this mythical stage in which we will reach the top of Kilimanjaro, the Uhuru peak (5,895 mt). The zigzag road through which we ascended to the cave of Hans Mayer, will take us about 2 hours so we hope to arrive at this point before dawn. Once we pass the cave of Hans Mayer, the road gets steeper until reaching until reaching the Gilman point (5,700mt). Then, we’ll ride our bikes from Gilman’s Point to Uhuru Peak, the top of Africa. Depending on the weather conditions, we may spend there a few minutes to celebrate our success. Then, we will continue by bike to Stella Point, where we will deliver the bikes to our porters and we will descend to Kibo where they will give us back our bikes to continue our descent to the refuge of Horombo.

Vegetation: High mountain rocks and blocks of ice. The road is cyclable to 20% from Kibo to Uhuru, and back to Kibo. The descent from Kibo to Horombo is 100% cyclable. We will have help from porters to take the bike.

 Day 7 

Kilimanjaro National Park  HOROMBO – MOSHI 

Accommodation:  HONEY BADGER LODGE  [Half-board]
Bike Safari Level:
 Advanced  [19 Km]
Accumulated slope:  1.800 m negative 

After a relaxed breakfast, we’ll enjoy a descent by bike to Kilema gate, through alpine forest and the rainforest. From Kilema gate, we will be transferred to Marangu gate. There, we will check out and get the certificates of having ascended the Kilimanjaro by bicycle. Then we will go to our accommodation in Moshi.

Vegetation: Semitropical and alpine forest. The road is cyclable up to a 100%.

 Day 8 

 MOSHI INTERNACIONAL AIRPORT 

We advise you to make the most of your time in the morning, before flying back to Kilimanjaro Airport. It is the one where your plane will take off from. We are sure that you will have the best memories of this wonderful adventure with Safari Bike Africa.

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