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The Mother of all Ascents

The mother of all ascents adventure will be brutal and is not for the faint-hearted. But, the sense of achievement at the finish line is likely to be one of the biggest you’ll ever experience on a bike.

With an elevation gain of 3,945m from base to summit, your body will need to acclimatize to the extreme altitude, and therefore our guides will move you at a pace that will maximize your chances of completing the climb.

Fact check: 35,000 people attempt to climb the mountain each year, with only 45% being successful and a handful of them using a bike.

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7 days


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  • What's included :
    • 6x Breakfast
    • 6x Dinner
    • 5x Lunch
    • Accommodation included: 7 nights
    • A qualified and experienced English speaking guide
    • Drinks (bottled water, coffee and tea) for the duration of the adventure
    • Tent for meal times, with table and chairs on day 3
    • Airport transfers – Transfer to / from Kilimanjaro International Airport or Arusha Airport
    • National Park fees, riding permits and special required mountain bike permit
    • Bike
    • Entry/Admission - Mount Kilimanjaro
    • Entry/Admission - Uhuru Museum
    What's excluded :
    • Flights to and from Tanzania
    • Visa
    • Travel and medical insurance – ensure that you have a policy that covers +5,000m altitude
    • Sleeping bag and mattress
    • Gratuities
    • Spending money for personal items, curios and extras

  • Day 1: Arrive in Moshi, Tanzania – Jambo! And welcome to Tanzania!

    Stop At: Moshi, Moshi, Kilimanjaro Region
    Today is about preparing for the adventure ahead. Following your transfer from Kilimanjaro International Airport (JRO), there will be time for a bit of bike set up, followed by a meet and greet at 6 pm. After that, you can take a stroll to acquaint yourself with the capital of the northeastern region of the country, which enjoys good weather all year-round. Or alternatively, why not take the chance to get a feel for the terrain and go for a spin with our very own cycling club, Tanzanian Velo Adventures Cycling Club.

    Notes: If you can’t arrange a flight that will arrive in time for the meet and greet, you may wish to arrive a day early so you’re able to attend. As well as setting you up for the journey ahead, we’ll be collecting your insurance details and next of kin information at this meeting, so please ensure you have all these details to provide to your leader. We’d be happy to book additional accommodation for you. If, due to any unforeseen circumstances, you’re going to be late, then please let us know.
    Duration: 3 hours

    Meals included:
    • Dinner
    Accommodation included: Overnight at Chanya lodge

    Day 2: Kilema Gate (1,950m) – Horombo Hut (3,720m) – Kilema Camp (2,950m)

    Stop At: Mount Kilimanjaro, Kilimanjaro National Park 40000 Tanzania
    After breakfast, the adventure begins with a transfer to Kilema Gate (approx. 1 hour), which will be our cycling start point. As part of the acclimatization which will increase your chances of reaching the top of Mt. Kilimanjaro, we will ride up to Horombo Hut and then descend back to Kilema Camp where we will stay for the night. The path is narrow with many rocks and tree roots; riders with good fitness and moderate technical skills should be able to ride nearly all of the track, but for others, we’ll need to get off and push the bikes in some places. As we head up to Kilema Camp, our excellent local guide will inform us of the history and stories of the villages we pass through and people we meet.

    Foodwise, we’ll have the first of our daily packed lunches, which are freshly prepared by our cook, and distributed at the start of each day. Today’s dinner will be at Kilema Camp.

    One thing to note: It will be quite warm at this point so a short-sleeve bike jersey is recommended for this stage, however, it will get cold quickly as we go higher up the climb so keep your long trousers/bib tights.
    Duration: 3 hours

    Meals included:
    • Breakfast
    • Lunch
    • Dinner
    Accommodation included: Overnight at Kilema Camp – a small, basic camp with showers and portable toilets.

    Day 3: Kilema Camp (2,950m) – Horombo Hut (3,720m)

    Stop At: Horombo - Barafu Trail, Tanzania
    Today will be significantly cooler than the previous day, so we advise everyone to pack a light jacket. The trail goes through the low alpine or the heath and moorland zone, and the temperature starts to drop below 0°C. Immediately, you will notice the forest disappearing from view and grasses start to dominate the mountain slopes, with also some fantastic wildflowers including the yellow-flowered Protea Kilimandscharica and Kniphofia Thomsonii – better known to most as the red-hot poker.

    Again, to allow our riders to acclimatize properly, we allow plenty of time for this stage, by splitting the day into two parts. Firstly, we will ride back up to Horombo Hut just in time for lunch, and then after a short rest at camp, we will don our hiking boots and stretch our legs on our way to Mawenzi Peak (4,010m).

    Here we’ll be able to see the beautiful and strange zebra rock formation, and as we head over the ridgeline, we’ll see our first views of Kibo Peak in the distance. When we’re finished taking in the breath-taking views, we’ll head back to camp for the night.
    Duration: 3 hours

    Meals included:
    • Breakfast
    • Lunch
    • Dinner
    Accommodation included: Overnight at Horombo Hut

    Day 4: Horombo Hut (3,720m) – Kibo Hut (4,730m)

    Stop At: Kilema Road, Kilema Rd, Marangu, Tanzania
    As we ride through this high-alpine zone, the climate and vegetation cover are a stark contrast to the forestry and greenery at our start point of Kilema Gate. We’ll see the only plants that can survive the extremely harsh weather of inordinate cold and intense sun on the same day – tussock grass, Asteraceae, Helichrysum newii and some forms of Lichen.

    It’s a tough environment to be around and, historically, a few riders have failed to continue to climb the 6 miles up to the Kibo Hut which stands at 4,730m above sea level. On a clear day, we’ll be able to see the steep route up the mountain face leading to Uhuru Peak – our main target and what lies ahead for tomorrow.
    Duration: 4 hours

    Meals included:
    • Breakfast
    • Lunch
    • Dinner
    Accommodation included: Overnight at Kibo Hut

    Day 5: Kibo hut (4,730m – Uhuru Peak (5,895m) – Horombo Hut (3,720m)

    Stop At: Uhuru Museum, Uru road, Rau secondary/msamaria, Moshi Tanzania
    Our big day has arrived! But brace yourself, as today’s ride begins with a few very difficult hours. We start the mother of all ascents and our bid for the summit at midnight, aiming to reach the crater’s edge at Gilman’s Point between dawn and sunrise, to witness a truly magnificent view of Africa lying at our feet. But be warned, this stretch of our climb is totally un-rideable, due to its steepness and rocky path, so be prepared to carry your bike with very minimal assistance from our guides/porters.

    From Gilman’s /Stella's point we will have our first opportunity ride on the rim of the crater to Uhuru Peak. We have reached the highest point of Africa and cycling at this altitude is the ultimate challenge and should not be taken lightly. We encourage riders to pace themselves and ride well within their ability and extreme conditions.

    Reaching Uhuru Peak is an amazing achievement and therefore we allow time to soak it all in while absorbing the magnificent view. We aim to spend at least an hour at the summit, but the weather conditions determine this for us.

    For the descent, the path is stable and we’ll be able to ride all the way to Kibo Hut without great difficulty. When we arrive there, we will have lunch and an hour’s rest before continuing with the descent to the Horombo Hut.
    Duration: 4 hours

    Meals included:
    • Breakfast
    • Lunch
    • Dinner
    Accommodation included: Overnight at Horombo Hut

    Day 6: Horombo Hut (3,720m) – Kilema Gate (1,950m)

    Stop At: Moshi, Moshi, Kilimanjaro Region
    Today, as we say goodbye to the majestic Kilimanjaro, we continue with our descent through the cultivated and rainforest zones to Kilema Gate, and back on to a somewhat welcoming gravel path back into civilization!

    Our jeep will be waiting for us to take us to the hotel, for an invigorating shower before our celebratory meal, where we’ll have a chance to reflect on our achievements on two wheels and certificates will be handed out.
    Duration: 4 hours

    Meals included:
    • Breakfast
    • Lunch
    • Dinner
    Accommodation included: Overnight at Chanya Lodge

    Day 7: Transfer to Kilimanjaro airport and journey home

    Stop At: Kilimanjaro Region, Kilimanjaro Region
    Depending on the time of your flight home, you may have time for one final souvenir-hunting trip before your transfer. Or you may decide you want to extend your holiday by adding on a safari in nearby Lake Manyara or Ngorongoro Crater. Or even a relaxing break in the nearby island of Zanzibar – you’ll have earned it!
    Duration: 4 hours

    Meals included:
    • Breakfast
    Accommodation included: None
  • Departure Point :
    Traveler pickup is offeredAirports
    • Kilimanjaro Airport, Kilimanjaro National Park Tanzania
    Departure Time :
    12:00 PM
    Return Detail :
    Hotel Pickup :
    • Confirmation will be received at time of booking
    • Not wheelchair accessible
    • Near public transportation
    • Travelers should have a moderate physical fitness level
    • This is a private tour/activity. Only your group will participate
  • You can present either a paper or an electronic voucher for this activity.
  • For a full refund, cancel at least 24 hours in advance of the start date of the experience.



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Organised by Tanzanian Velo Adventures (TVA)

Activity ID: V-244374P6

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