Day 1: Flight via Amsterdam to Arusha Kilimanjaro Airport (JRO). Arrival in the evening and drive to the hotel in Moshi. (beautiful complex with pool in coffee plantations). Davis Kimambo, our partner will pick us up at the airport. From the hotel bar you have a wonderful view of the Kilimanjaro from the south.
Day 2: Sleep in, arrive, reassemble the bikes. Acclimatisation and first exploration tour to the coffee and banana plantations around Moshi. Packing and last preparations for the start of the bike tour Kilimanjaro . From the hotel pool you have a wonderful view of the southern ice fields of Kilimanjaro. Last briefing, fine dinner and overnight stay at the hotel. (1100 m)
Day 3: Moshi - Marangu - Kilemagate-Kilema camp (2980 m). Today we start early in the morning after breakfast towards Marangu. At the park entrance we pick up our permit. Afterwards we drive to Kilema Gate, in the green high forest our bike adventure begins. Riding and pushing we will go to the remote Kilema-Camp at almost 3000 meters above sea level. Overnight stay in a tent.
4th day: Kilema Camp - Horombo huts (3700 m). Breakfast in beautiful nature with a view of the Maasai steppe and the foothills of Kilimanjaro. Further ascent by bikes to the Horombo huts, where we will spend two nights for acclimatization. This is very important. The air is already noticeably thinner, slow pace is the order of the day. A first tour towards Zebra Rock with a short descent should be possible. Dinner, overnight stay in tents or cabins at the Horombo huts.
5th day: Slept well today we will climb up to the Zebra Rocks and the Mawenzi Saddle at over 4000 meters above sea level. For the view and an optimal acclimatization, we shoulder the bikes on the small summit of the East-Lava-Hill (4325 m). Sensational view of the further course of the route. Opposite is the jagged Mawenzi. From the saddle down to the Horombo Hut a first long descent on partly blocked, partly flowing trails awaits you. Dinner and overnight stay at the Horombo huts, tent or cabin.
6th day: This last night on 3700 has done our bodies good - already better accustomed to the high altitude air, we go up again to the Saddle and the Upper Marangu Route, where we don't meet any hikers. A first exploratory trip in this vast plateau below the Mawenzis makes you look forward to the great adventure that awaits you at Kibo. Dinner and overnight in a tent on the saddle near the lonely Mawenzi hut. (4400 m). This altitude is ideal and in front of the enormous sleeping height on Kibo Hut now just right for a perfect acclimatization. The step between the sleeping height on 3700 - 4700 is not so high anymore and you will be better adapted to the "thin air" on the summit day
7th day: From our Mawenzi Camp we have free passage over the "upper route" of the Saddle Plateau over to the Kibo Hut, which is already at 4700 meters. The new comfortable huts with a view of the southern glaciers of Kibo are beautifully situated in the sun. The landscape up here is barren and promises a flowing downhill experience. The altitude is enormous and we are slowly getting used to it. Dinner/overnight in the cabins of the Kibo hut or in a tent.
8th day: Again a last acclimatization day: slowly roll / push our bikes up to the legendary Hans Meyer cave (5200 m) to acclimatize again and secondly to deposit the bikes there for the summit walk at night. So we already know the first part of the trail, which we will walk the following night. This tactic (go high, sleep low) has proven itself on all expeditions of Hermann. Descent back to the Kibo huts. There is a short night: dinner at 17:00 / breakfast at 23:00 (!), departure to the summit at 0:00.
Day 9: Summitday - big summit day! In the light of the headlamps we push/roll and shoulder our bikes in 5 - 6 h to Gilman's Point (5690 m). The rocks at the last steep section before the crater rim up to the summit of Gilman's Point cost us once again strength and demand determination. The sunrise up there rewards the efforts of the night! From here, the first passages on the crater rim can already be driven and the sun drives away the tiredness and efforts of the nightly ascent. The glaciers are close enough to touch and after a few last upsurges, you will stand on the highest point of Africa! An amazing experience, especially the long descent is the reward! On the wide crater rim we roll towards Stella Point and Bismarck Tower. Here the bike descent begins, which leads on a separate route back to the Kibo Hut so that we have free ride. In the soft gravel slopes we cruise down in long turns, similar to skiers. In the last third flow trails are waiting for us. At the Kibo hut our team greets us with enthusiasm and applause. Chef Hubert strengthens us with vegetable soup and fresh juices. The ride down to the Kibo hut is a magnificent pleasure on wide trails and single trails! At the Horombo huts we stop the ride and spend the last night on the mountain, as we have to leave the park together with our team. (10 km/1000 hm) Dinner/overnight at the Horombo huts in tents or cabins.
Day 10: Freshly rested and with a glow in our eyes from yesterday's summit day, we drive down the wide rescue road into the magnificent mountain rainforest. The air smells again of camphor trees, dense forest lines the rushing, endless descent and monkeys jump in the treetops. Arriving in the village of Kilema, we have almost 5000 depth meters since the summit behind us. Here we are picked up by our vehicles, short transfer to check out at Marangu Gate and last lunch at the gate with our crew. In the afternoon we drive back to Moshi, the first hot shower and the pool are doing good now. Far away the glaciers of Kilimanjaro are glowing and with cool drinks we let the adventure end. Dinner/overnight hotel (double room/bedroom) at Moshi.
11th day: Sleep in, have breakfast and a last bike ride or relax at the pool. We pack the bikes again for the flight the next day. We do a short safari in Arusha National Park before departure tomorrow. Dinner/overnight at hotel.
12th day: Safari day: early in the morning the driver picks us up and in 4×4 vehicles we drive to the Arusha National Park. The park is dominated by the mighty water donor MOUNT MERU (4562 m), high forests and magnificent lakes dominate the landscape. To see zebras, buffalos, antelopes and elephants in the wild is almost a must for every Kilimanjaro summiter. We visit the Hatari Lodge and end the day at the John Wayne Bar. Numerous giraffes and buffalos graze peacefully in the lodge grounds. In the evening transfer to JRO Kilimanjaro Airport. The luggage (bikes and travel bags) is already there and ready for check-in. Departure in the evening approx. (21:00) and return flight to Switzerland/Europe. Dinner at the airport.
Day 13: Arrival at your destination airport in the morning/mornings.