BIKE KILIMANJARO

Bike the highest mountain in Africa. Be one of the first in the world!

FULL SUPPORT

Luggage transport, tents, local crew, all-inclusive service

BE THE FIRST

Be one of the first bikers on top of the highest mountain in Africa

TRAVEL SAFE

Led by a certified German biking guide, assisted by a local team

Climbing the highest mountain in Africa on foot isn’t challenging enough for you? Have you always wanted to know how it would feel to bike down from 6000m? Then we have the perfect adventure for you. As one of the first travel operators in the world we can get you, in all probability, to the summit of Mount Kilimanjaro. Is it a biking trip that you can pedal through the whole time? No. Is it an adventure that you will never forget for the rest of your life? OH YES!

Whether you actually reach the summit depends almost exclusively upon one factor: your acclimatisation. Our whole itinerary is geared towards one single day, that is to say, summit day. The day after our arrival in Tanzania we will be ready to start the acclimatisation. In a total of 5 stages we will make it to Basecamp. We can bike most of the uphill. At some sections we push to save energy. We need to save most of this for the day of the summit when we will have a climb of 1200m in one day. There is more than enough time for this, as we will set off shortly after midnight. As a reward for reaching the summit we have a compulsory souvenir photo in store for you as well as a nearly 5000m descent. You’re guaranteed to be talking about this for a long time afterwards.

Why is this Biking trip more expensive than a trekking trip?

The price depends on different factors. Firstly Kilimanjaro National Park requires everyone to have a cycling permit, which costs 500 USD per person. Secondly, our groups are only small, with a maximum of 10 people. As we are using and transporting mountain bikes we have more personnel employed on site and for the duration of the trip than you would for a normal trek. Besides, our trip will be led by an experienced and certified mountain bike guide.

Dates

06. - 17. October 2018
05. - 16. October 2019

Level

Physical and technical condition: challenging

Accomodation

3 nights in a hotel, 7 nights in tents

Price

5490 EUR per person in a shared double room / tent

Group size

Minimum 4, maximum of 10

ITINERARY

Day 1 - 2

Flight to Kilimanjaro International Airport in Tanzania then transfer to the hotel. The second day will be spent preparing for the trip; there will be a briefing, checking that the bikes are ready, and the sorting out of backpacks.

Day 3 - 7

It’s a five-day climb to our Basecamp. Overnight stay in the camp at 2980m above sea level, then afterwards a climb to Horombo, at 3700m above sea level. We’ll have a day of rest at this altitude with only a short climb during the day and then return to camp. We’ll reach the Kibo Hut on the 7th day and will then be at 4700m above sea level. The climbs may be manageable on a bike but sometimes we’ll need to push them.

Day 8

We`ll spend an further day acclimatising at Kibo hut – climbing up to Hans-Meyer-Cave – whilst mentally and physically preparing ouerselves for summit day.

Day 9

The ascent will start shortly after midnight. The bike must be pushed and carried to the summit. We will proceed to the main peak: Uhuru Peak. After this we will be rewarded with a 2200-meter-long descent on gravel and singletracks. We cannot ride for around 100 metres, but for the rest we can use our bikes.

Day 10

Going down is sooo much easier! Awaiting us is another 2000m of downhill. We will know the route well from our ascent. Dinner and shower at the hotel.

Day 11 - 12

We have the whole day to pack and relax. Transfer to airport, departure is after midnight, arrival on day 16 in the afternoon/evening.

MEET THE TEAM

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Richard

Head Guide Team 1

Richard has climbed Kilimanjaro hundreds of times. His success rate to bring clients to the top lies close to 100%. Calm, strong and very helpful – that’s Richard.

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Jackson

Head Guide Team 2

Jackson was teached by Richard and is one of the most experienced guides on Kilimanjaro. Together with Richard he leads a crew of up to 50 staff for this trip.

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Gerhard

Certified MTB Guide

Gerhard has been officialy number 4 on Kilimanjaro on a bike. He is well experienced in guiding as well as in tours on high altitude. He has been on 7000 m above sea level.

THE COMPANIES

Bike Kilimanjaro is an adventure of a lifetime. Two travel specialists make sure that the trip is an enjoyable and safe experience. You are in safe hands.

abenteuerreisen.ch GmbH

Switzerland-based company with more than 25 years in the travel industry, specializing in adventure trips to Northern Europe, the Himalayas and South Africa.

abenteuerreisen.ch will do all flight and hotel bookings, and provide you with a confirmation. The abenteuerreisen.ch crew will answer any of your questions regarding the trip

www.abenteuerreisen.ch

Extrek Africa

German-Tanzanian based Extrek Africa is a non profit organization. Thomas Lämmle (high altitude specialist and mountaineering guide) has trained a group of highly skilled local guides, helpers and cooks over the last 12 years.  All the proceeds of the company goes to the staff and their families and allows them, to life a good live.

All the guides have been trained in high altitude safety. Extrek has one of the best reputations in Tanzania when it comes to travel safety.

www.extrek-afrika.com

GALLERY

WHAT IS INCLUDED

ACCOMODATION

3 nights in a nice hotel in Moshi, 7 nights in tents (provided by us)

MEALS

All meals during the camping trip. Breakfast on day 2 and 11 at hotel.

TRANSFERS & EXCURSIONS

All transfers and all excursions according to itinerary.

GUIDES

Certified biking guide and local crew from Tanzania.

EMERGENCY PLANS

Oxygen, pulse oxymeter, walkie talkies, rescue services and emergency plans.

DOCUMENTATION

A detailed itinerary with packing list, information about the climate, the trip, and Tanzania. You will travel well prepared.

MEET BEFORE THE TRIP

Voluntary meeting in Switzerland four weeks before the trip. Meet your guide and your fellow travellers and have all your questions answered.

FREE HOTLINE

Call us if you have any questions or doubts. We'll call you back, free of charge.

WHAT IS NOT INCLUDED

International Flights

Return flights to Kilimanjaro Airport are not icluded. You can organize these yourself or let us do the booking.

SINGLE ROOM SURCHARGE

Single rooms and tents cost come at an additonal cost of 469 EUR.

Gratuities / lunch + dinner at hotel

If you're happy with your local crew and guide, give them some tip. Lunch and dinner at hotel on day 2 and 11.

FAQ

What are the Terms and Conditions to book the trip?

Read all the small print here: Terms and Conditions.

Do you need a down payment?

In order to block your space, we are asking for a down payment of 2000 EUR before the trip starts. If you cancel the trip, the full down payment will expire. We recommend you buy a travel insurance to cover these cancellation fees.

What kind of insurance do you recommend?

We recommend to buy an insurance from World Nomads (https://www.worldnomads.com). They cover biking, cancellation, rescue etc.

Do I need a visa to enter Tanzania?

You can obtain a visa on arrival in Tanzania. No need to apply for a visa before you start the trip.

What is the Weather on Kilimanjaro?

The short answer is that the temperatures on Mount Kilimanjaro range from hot to bitter cold. The journey from the gate to the peak is like traveling from the equator to Antarctica in a matter of days. This is because the routes to the Uhuru peak cross different ecological zones. Mount Kilimanjaro has five major ecological zones, each approximately 3,280 feet (1,000 m) in altitude. Each zone is subject to a corresponding decrease in rainfall, temperature and life as the altitude increases.

Due to its proximity to the equator, Mount Kilimanjaro does not experience wide temperature changes from season to season. Instead, the temperatures on Mount Kilimanjaro are determined more so by the altitude and time of day. At the beginning of the climb, at the base of the mountain, the average temperature is around 70 to 80 degrees Fahrenheit (21 to 27 degrees Celsius). From there, the temperatures will decrease as you move through Mount Kilimanjaro’s ecological zones.

At the summit, Uhuru Point, the night time temperatures can range between 20 and -20 degrees Fahrenheit (-7 to -29 degrees Celsius). Due to Mount Kilimanjaro’s great height, the mountain creates its own weather. It is extremely variable and impossible to predict. Therefore, regardless of when you climb, you should always be prepared for wet days and cold nights.

I've never been in that altitude, is that a problem?

No. Most of our clients haven’t been in high altitude before. Our itinerary is designed for the regular traveller without previous experiences in high altidude. If you stick to our acclimatising program and listen to our guide, chances are really high that you make it to the top.

What if I suffer from high altitude sickness?

If you don’t feel comfortable, our local guides as well as our guide got enough experience to tell you if it’s safe to continue the trip. We’ve got a couple of rest days planned as well as some acclimatising days. This should allow you to get enough rest for the big day. There is always an option to leave the bike at the camp and just walk up if you don’t feel like biking. Also, our local crew will assist you with carrying your bike. But at the end, it’s safety first. We won’t risk anyhting and rather keep you safe at the camp than trying to bring you up to the peak.

Is Tanzania safe to travel?

Yes, Tanzania is very safe to travel. There is almost zero violence and criminality in the areas where we are.

Is there a risk of Malaria?

As soon as we are beyond the entry gates of the Kilimanjaro National Park, there are no more mosquitos because we are above 2000 m above sea level. In the lower elevation, you can protect yourself from mosquito bites and you should be safe. In the past years, there hasn’t been a reportet case of malaria among our clients that were travelling to Kilimanjaro with us. If you take any medication, please be aware that this can have a negative effect on your physical strenght.

Which vaccinatios are recommended or necessary?

Depending on the country you are coming from, a Yellow Fever vaccination is required. The following vaccinations are recommended by the Tropical Medical Bureau: Tetanus, Hepatitis A and B, Typhoid, Rabies and Poliomyelitis. Please talk to your local doctor about this.

Do I have to carry all of my luggage while biking?

No, we each carry only one daypack on our tours. Your large travel bag is transported for you onto the next night’s rest place.

Can I rent bikes from you?

No, we do not have rental bikes. You need to bring your own bike.

What kind of bike is recommended?

We recommend a trail bike with 120 to 160mm of travel. While hiking up with a hardtail would be easier, going down is much more fun with more travel.

Do you run private tours for only two (three, four, five) people?

It does not make sense to organize the tour for small groups. The minimum size for a group is eight. If your budget is not a problem, please get in touch with us anyway.

What should I take with me?

You will get a full list of suggested equipment upon booking the trip.

Is there internet on the trip?

Yes, there is. During our stay in the lodge we have free Wifi internet access. There is no internet up on Kilimanjaro.

Do you carry a first aid kit?

Yes, we have a first aid kit containing most common medications. Please bring your own personal medications as required.

How much cash do I need during the trip?

All the expenses are covered. You only need cash for alcohol, souvenirs and tips. We recommend to give 20 USD / day as a tip for each client during the days on Kilimanjaro. Calculate 200 to 220 USD / tip for the trip.

Can I take a shower during the trip?

Each room in the lodge has its own bathroom and shower. It’s a bit more difficult on the mountain. You get a bowl of hot water to wash yourself in the tent.

What do we have for breakfast, lunch and dinner?

We’ll have plenty of real good food in the lodge as well as on the mountain. There is a wide variety of dishes. On the mountain, we’ll get soup, salad, some starters, a main dish and desert. If you have any special wishes regarding the meals, let us know when signing up for the trip.

Can I wash my clothes on the trip?

You can wash your clothes while in the lodge.

Can I charge my camera / phone / tablet during the trip?

There is NO electricity on Kilimanjaro. Bring enough spare batteries and a solar panel. Be aware: it might by cloudy weather and there won’t be a chance to recharge your batteries with solar power.

What if there is an emergency?

Our local crew has climbed the mountains hundreds of times. If there is an emergency, they know exactly what to do. There is limited helicopter rescue on the trip as well.

I travel alone. Can I share a room?

We try to find a room partner for you if you travel by yourself and don’t wish to have a single room. In this case, you will be sharing a twin room with someone of the same gender.

What does "challenging fitness and technical level" mean?

We ride / push between 10 and 20 km per day and cover 700 to 1200 m in altitude. That doesn’t sound much, but in high altitude it can be very challenging. Lots of pushing and carrying our bike, in particular during the summit day. The summit day is very demanding and challenging. All other stages of the trip are classed as moderately difficult; level 2.

CONTACT US

Rainstrasse 35a, CH-6314 Unteraegeri, Switzerland

+41 41 750 26 65

+41 41 750 32 26

info@bike-kili.com

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