Mount Kilimanjaro: Highest freestanding mountain in the world, one of the highest volcanoes in the world, and the highest mountain in Africa. This is the pinnacle of riding a summit on a mountain bike.
Taking the mountain’s “easiest” route, Marangu, riders are immediately confronted by the best scenery Africa has to offer. Dripping moss clinging to the trees of the rain forest, the jungle start is filled with a jaw-dropping biodiversity. After about 2,800 vertical feet, the huts that will house riders on their first night will appear.
On day 2, forests open up into moorland where giant lobelia and groundsel tower 10 feet above the ground. If it is possible, detouring to the top of the Maundi Crater will provide ominous views of the summit in all of its snow-white glory. Saving energy might be a good idea though; 3,200 feet of climbing at altitude will be sure to leave riders breathless. At the end of the day, riders arrive at the climbing village Horombo Hut, a bustling town of climbers, guides, and porters, to spend a day to acclimate.
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Reaching into the desolate high alpine desert on day four, riders will slowly proceed to the Kibo Hut. Make sure to get some sleep, as tomorrow will be the big day! Ascending the rocky path up to the top in the middle of the night, Hans Meyer Cave will offer an opportunity to rest and look back at how far riders have come. Then the climb with continue.
The sun rising at riders’ backs, they will navigate past Gillman’s Point, over the summit crater, and on to the summit. Celebrate the occasion with some photos, a drink, and something to eat. Have fun on the the 13,610 foot descent!
- Elevation: 19,341′
- Net elevation gain to summit: 13,610′
- Distance: 40 miles
- Nearest Town: Marangu, Tanzania
- Nearest place to stay: Marangu Hotel
- Best post-ride restaurant: Aroma Coffee House in Moshi, Tanzania
Your turn: what is the best peak you’ve summited by bike?