15 days
Duration
Africa, Tanzania
Location
You know the idiom “kill two birds with one stone”? Well, that is the best description for our MTB & Mount Kili tour in Tanzania!

What does the tour include?

It includes riding the best MTB trails you will find in Tanzania and at the same, takes you to the highest mountain in Africa! Moreover, Mount Kilimanjaro is also the tallest freestanding mountain in the entire world! Located in the Kilimanjaro National Park, it is home to a variety of ecosystems and microclimates. Everything from tropical forests to subzero Alpine environments. We will be biking and hiking through lush rainforests and Alpine deserts, across glaciers by day and sleeping closer to the stars than you ever dreamed possible by night! Personally crafted Tanzania MTB & Mount Kili tour is simply magical!
This tour is perfect for an active traveler, wanting to visit Tanzania on a MTB and hiking to the top of Kilimanjaro. Bear in mind that Kili is not “a piece of a cake climb“, therefore, we do recommend some training in advance.
DEPARTURE/RETURN LOCATION Kilimanjaro International Airport (Tanzania)
DEPARTURE TIME as per request
RETURN TIME as per request
WEAR Comfortable bike and athletic clothing, sport shoes (biking shoes), jacket and sunscreen
INCLUDED
English speaking tour guide
14 x breakfast, 12 x lunch, 11 x dinner, drinks (coffee, tea)
all entrance fees for sightseeing program
constant vehicle backup as well as transport for bikes (comfort package)
DURING THE HIKE:
  • porters to carry up to 10kg luggage, you only carry a light day rucksack
  • warm water to wash
  • tent for meal times with table and chairs
  • national park fees – camping and mountain rescue inclusive
NOT INCLUDED
airfare (we can help you purchase the best ticket possible)
VISA costs (approx. 50 USD on arrival in Uganda)
travel and activity insurance
personal safety and cycling equipment insurance
MTB hire
sleeping bag and roll mat
tips are optional and not included in price

Additional information

DateDec-Apr
1

Day 1 – Arrival to Kilimanjaro

After arriving at Kilimanjaro International Airport you will be welcomed by your tour guide. Transfer to your first accommodation.

Accommodation: Keys Hotel

2

Day 2 – MTB around Moshi

This day is for your acclimatization. After adjusting the bikes your guide will ride with you along the lower slopes of the volcano and around town. Distances and climbs can be adjusted.

Accommodation: Keys Hotel

Distance: 12-25 miles (gravel tracks/tar)

Climb: 1000 ft, Descent: 3000 ft

Meals: (B,L,D)

3

Day 3 – Moshi – Lake Chala

The route is on uneven paths, mainly over farmland of the Chagga people. A long climb leads to Marangu, one of the gateway points to Kilimanjaro. Banana and coffee plantations change with little villages. The kids have a ball and come running to the road calling “Mzungu” (meaning a white person). Towards the end, an 8 mile downhill will take us back into savannah country to a beautiful lodge at Lake Chala, offering swimming, birding, and game viewing on foot.

Accommodation: lodge at Lake Chala

Distance: 44 miles (gravel tracks/tar)

Climb: 3600 ft

Meals: (B,L,D)

4

Day 4 – Lake Chala – Rongai

We will be heading further north anti-clockwise around the volcano. In the higher regions, we see the good farming practice of water and soil saving agriculture of the locals. We will be riding close to the Kenyan border climbing gently to a higher altitude. The last 6 miles are on tar and quite steep. In the afternoon we will arrive at our cozy chalets. This is one of the starting points leading to the mountain. If you want to get a taste what it is like, you can go for a short walk.

Accommodation: cozy chalets

Distance: 40 miles (tracks/tar)

Climb: 3300 ft

Meals: (B, L, D)

5

Day 5 – Rongai – Olpopongi Masai village

Today, we will be crossing the northern ridge of Kilimanjaro to the highest point of the tour at 6300 ft. Our tires will reach their limit because nobody can escape the large acacia thorns. During the last miles, we might spot some game. At Masai cultural village of Olpopongi, we will sleep in typical rondavels.

Accommodation: typical rondavels

Distance: 62 miles (gravel tracks)

Climb:  3300 ft

Meals: (B, L, D)

6

Day 6 – Olpopongi – Momella

In the morning we will ride between Mt. Kili. and Mt. Meru. During the hilly and dusty ride, we might spot elephants, zebra, antelope, and buffalo. We will stay at the charming Momella Lodge. In the late afternoon, we will head for Arusha National Park in a 4×4. If lucky enough, we will spot some large animals such as giraffe, zebra, buffalo, and elephant, and surely some little ones, for example, monkeys and countless birds.

Accommodation: Momella Lodge

Distance: 28 miles (gravel tracks)

Climb:  1000 ft

Meals: (B, L, D)

7

Day 7 – Momella – Moshi

Through acacia and shrub landscape we will head back to Mt. Kilimanjaro. A steep climb will bring us back into the Chagga territory. Banana and coffee plantations will change with little settlements before we will descend for lovely Keys Hotel. In the evening, we will celebrate the circumnavigation of Africa`s highest mountain.

Accommodation: Keys Hotel

Distance: 56 miles (gravel tracks/tar)

Climb:  45000 ft

Meals: (B, L, D)

8

Day 8 – Preparation day

This day is for resting and preparing for the big hike on the top of the mountain. You will discuss the tour with your tour guide and check all the necessary equipment.

Accommodation: Keys Hotel

Meals: (B, L, D)

9

Day 9 – Hike to Machame Gate (5400 ft) – 1st Machame Camp (9000 ft)

You will go on a transfer to Machame Gate (approx. 1 hour). The route will take us through damp mountain forests and later through fields to Machame Camp. We will have our packed lunch with us, which will be given out before the start of the tour. You will receive freshly prepared packed lunch made by our cook every day. An excellent dinner can be expected each evening. Vegetarian meals can also be cooked when we are informed in advance.

Accommodation: Machame Camp

Walking time: 5-6hrs

Climb: 3600 ft

Meals: (B, L, D)

10

Day 10 – Hike from Machame Camp (9000 ft) to Shira Camp (11520 ft)

In the beginning, a short climb, total height gain today will be 2700 ft and we will reach Shira Camp around 2 pm. The trail goes through alpine moors where you will see massive erica and senecio. A worthwhile trip to the Lava Tower is an excellent photography location.

Accommodation: Shira Camp

Walking time: 5-6 hrs

Climb: 2520 ft

Meals: (B, L, D)

11

Day 11 – Hike from Shira Camp (11520 ft) to Barranco Camp (11850 ft)

Today is a day of acclimatization. Total height gain is only 330 ft. The landscape is sparse and rocky, but around the Barranco Camp the senecio is a big exception. The Barranco Camp lies 11850 ft above the sea level, the highest altitude of the day is approx. 13800 ft.

Accommodation: Barranco Camp

Walking time: 5-7 hrs

Climb: 2400 ft, Descent: 2100 ft

Meals: (B, L, D)

12

Day 12 – Hike from Barranco Camp (11850 ft) to Barufu Camp (14250 ft)

We will go to Karanga Valley and onto Barafu Camp (14250 ft) in a landscape resembling Mars. The Barafu Camp is ultimately the base before the last run for the peak. The night ascension starts at midnight or 1 am.

Accommodation: Barufu Camp

Walking time: 4 hrs

Climb: 2400 ft

Meals: (B, L, D)

13

Day 13 – Peak ascension Barafu Camp (14250 ft) – Uhuru Peak (19430 ft) – Mweka Camp (9300 ft)

We will reach the crater’s edge at Stella Point (18650 ft) by daybreak. An amazing sight awaits: Africa lying at your feet. A further 1-hour walk will bring us to Uhuru Peak at 19430 ft. The descent over an ash-slope will take us to Barafu Camp where we will have our lunch. A final descent to Mweka Camp at 9300 ft.

Accommodation: Mweka Camp

Walking time: 14 hrs

Climb: 5250 ft, Descent: 10050 ft

Meals: (B, L, D)

14

Day 14 – Hike from Mweka Camp (9300 ft) to Mweka Gate (5400 ft)

The 4-hour descent to Mweka Gate again goes through the rainforest. In the end, there will be a transfer, which will take us back to the hotel. In the evening we will celebrate by the pool reflecting on our unique experience and accomplishments of the past days.

Accommodation: Keys hotel

Walking time: 4 hrs

Descent: 3900 ft

Meals: (B, L)

15

Day 15 – Departure day

Up until the time of your transfer to Kilimanjaro International Airport, you will be able to use the time to go for one last shopping trip.

We are passionate adventure travelers ourselves. We have spent our lives in search for the ultimate outdoor experiences. You will gain skills in outdoor activities and meet like-minded individuals to share wonderful adventures. Passion and full dedication to details for each itinerary as well as an excellent relationship with our suppliers in Slovenia have built up the Bikehiketours brand.
Your adventure guides are local and experienced professionals who have a real passion for outdoor activities and for the culture and landscape.
Your safety is their number one priority, closely followed by your enjoyment of the tour. They will always be on-hand to answer any questions or requests you may have throughout your trip. We choose our guides for their expertise in outdoor activities. They are experts in their fields.
We only run small group adventures to ensure that everyone has the best experience possible and not get lost in the crowd. There will generally be between seven and 14 people in each group. The minimum number of people we require to run our tours is four.
Our tour caters for a wide age range, typically between 30 and 60 years old, but age is simply a state of mind, as they say, and we welcome anyone over the age of 18! 
Tours are designed at your own pace and you will enjoy no matter what your age.

Each evening your guides will chat with you about the following day’s activities and give you an idea of the sorts of trails you can look forward to. If there’s anything you feel anxious about, your guides will be happy to discuss it with you.
We recommend following a general training in the weeks leading up to your trip.
Your guide will be very happy to give you some bike skills training during your trip to help improve your confidence and your enjoyment of your bike adventure. 

As fellow sports enthusiasts, we understand the comfort you may find in riding with your own gear. Due to things can get a bit challenging when it comes to traveling please consult our booking manager prior to departure.

Q. Will I have to carry my own luggage?
You will never have to worry about your bags on tour. You only need to carry a daypack with you whilst riding. We have a support vehicle and driver who will transfer your luggage to your next accommodation each day, and have it ready and waiting for your arrival.
On your holiday you will be staying in a range of comfortable, welcoming local accommodations, including traditional guest houses, small hotels, and a boutique hotel. For details please consult with your booking manager.
Traveling light is the key. Although the daytime and nighttime temperatures can vary in the mountains, so you must make sure that you have plenty of layers of breathable clothing to ensure that you are always warm enough and can remove a layer if you get too hot. 
You should also bring cycling shorts/trousers, gloves, padded undershorts, waterproof jacket, flip-flops, specific shoes for cycling.
Where the meals are included in Bikehiketours itineraries they are in a group setting. 
Your Bikehiketours guide will also be with you during these scheduled meals. 
During the meals that are not included in the itinerary, you are free to choose where you would like to dine. Your guide will advise you the best places to dine for these meals. You can choose to join with others and decide to dine together somewhere or, if you desire some independent time, you are also always welcome to do your own thing.
Medical insurance is mandatory on all of our holidays. We also recommend trip cancellation insurance. Contact your booking manager and we will help you choose the right plan for your holiday.
Many of our travelers join as singles. We charge single supplement fee to solo travelers for single room use. But don’t worry, we can pair you with another traveler of the same gender if you like.


A single supplement is an additional charge for a private room for guests traveling alone.
The cost of our holidays does not include international airfare. However, we are happy to assist you in booking flights to join with each tour. The prices vary depending on the season and the point of departure.
We can arrange early arrivals and extended visits. We will be happy to provide suggestions and ideas.
The more in advance you book, the greater availability of dates you’ll find.

Attention to the smallest details, expertise, and great local guides are the key to a successful adventure.