If you want to climb Kilimanjaro in 2017, but dream of doing something a little more adventurous, then why not book a Kilimanjaro Mountain Biking Expedition, where you can both hike and cycle to the ‘Roof of Africa’ and enjoy one almighty downhill ride!
A relatively new concept on Africa’s highest mountain, Mountain Biking Expeditions were once strictly limited to just a few charity tours each year, but today, anyone can cycle on Kilimanjaro, all you need is a good pair of cycling shorts, the support of qualified mountain crew, and the mental and physical determination to hike and cycle to 5,895m above sea-level, on what is sure to be the journey of a lifetime!
Mountain Biking Kilimanjaro: FAQs
If you are thinking about biking Mount Kilimanjaro, here’s a list of FAQs to help you plan your expedition:
What route can I cycle on Kilimanjaro?
The recommended routes for cycling on Kilimanjaro are the Marangu Route and the Londorosi Route (Shira Route). While you can cycle it in 5 days, it is recommended that you go for a 6 or 7-day itinerary, which will give you extra time for acclimatization, and a higher chance of reaching the summit.
Do I need to take my own Mountain Bike?
While it is possible to rent mountain bikes in Arusha for as little as $20 per day, it is recommended that you take your own bike with you, firstly for comfort, and secondly so that you can make any repairs if something goes wrong on the mountain.
How much of the route can I cycle?
That is up to you. If you want to attempt to cycle up and down Kilimanjaro, you are certainly welcome to do so, although many prefer to hike up (a porter will carry your mountain bike) and cycle down. You will always have at least on guide cycling with you, so you can decide each day exactly how much cycling you would like to do. The higher you get, the more challenging it gets, so you need to pace yourself in the beginning.
Are Kilimanjaro Mountain Bike Expeditions more expensive than regular Kilimanjaro Expeditions?
Yes. There is a daily fee for taking bicycles in the Kilimanjaro National Park. This will add approximately $400 on to the price of a regular 7-day expedition.
What happens if I can no longer cycle?
You will have a porter specifically for your bike, so if you don’t feel like cycling, feel too ill to continue, or simply prefer to walk, they will carry it for you.
What is the best time of the year to cycle on Kilimanjaro?
It is possible to cycle Kilimanjaro at any time of the year, but it is best to avoid the rainy season (February to May) as the conditions may be unsuitable for mountain biking. September and October are great months to hike and bike Kilimanjaro – although it is the busiest time of the year.