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Guided mountain bike trips to the summit of Kilimanjaro!

The Kilimanjaro Shira MTB Trail – a short 2 or 3 day Kilimanjaro MTB Trail

The Shira Mountain Bike route is a short 2 to 3 day route which is mainly used for either a short biking Kilimanjaro experience, or as an acclimatization exercise, in preparation of our standard 5-day Kilimanjaro Mtb summit expeditions.

 

The Shira Mountain Bike route starts from the western side of Kilimanjaro. The route starts with a 4 x 4 track (+/-15 km) from the Londorossi gate (2 100m) that ends near Shira 1 camp, close to the Shira Ridge (3 600m) covering the Shira Plateau. The Shira Mountain Bike route runs parallel with the Lemosho hiking route.

 

 

Option A – 2 day / 1 night Shira route

Day 1 – Londorossi Gate (2 100m) – Shira 1 camp (3 500m)

Cycling time: Approximately 4 to 5 hours

Distance: Approximately 18 km

Habitat: Montane forest

Your day starts early with a briefing, followed by breakfast and a 2-hour drive from Moshi town (910m) to the Londorossi Park Gate (2100m). The guides and porters prepare and pack the supplies and your equipment in the village.

Following registration, we collect packed lunches and we start our mountain bike adventure by cycling from the Londorossi gate (2 100m) to the Shira 1 camp (3 500m) – total distance approximately 18 km. Expect some areas with loose rocks, mud and continuous uphill. Weather conditions, your fitness level and your mountain biking skills level will determine the how much cycling or how much pushing of your mountain bike you will be doing on this section. Especially after heavy rains the 4 x 4 access road can become very muddy in certain areas, making cycling really difficult.

The 4 x 4 track is very spectacular and offers some magnificent views of Mt Meru and the Great Rift Valley in general. Game is often sighted and the road features some striking vegetation changes ranging from forest, grassland, heath to moorland.

Upon arrival your porters will have your tent set up at camp and in the evening bring a small bowl of washing water to your tent. The cook will prepare dinner, before you retire to your tent for the night. Night temperatures can already drop to freezing point at this camp.

Day 2 – Shira 1 camp (3 500m) – Londorossi Gate (2 100m)

Cycling time: Approximately 2 hours

Distance: Approximately 18 km

Habitat: Montane forest

You rise early at Shira 1 camp and, after breakfast, you will start with an amazing Kilimanjaro downhill to the Londorossi gate, descending 1 500m over 18 km. It is possible to encounter vehicles on the way down, we recommend controlling your speed and to avoid any unnecessary risks.

At the Londorossi gate you sign your name and details in a register. From the Londorossi Gate you will drive back 2 hours to Moshi town for a long overdue hot shower and dinner at the hotel.

 

 

Option B – 3 day / 2 night Shira route

 

Day 1 – Londorossi Gate (2 100m) – Shira 1 camp (3 500m)

Cycling time: Approximately 4 to 5 hours

Distance: Approximately 18 km

Habitat: Montane forest

Your day starts early with a briefing, followed by breakfast and a 2-hour drive from Moshi town (910m) to the Londorossi Park Gate (2100m). The guides and porters prepare and pack the supplies and your equipment in the village.

Following registration, we collect packed lunches and we start our mountain bike adventure by cycling from the Londorossi gate (2 100m) to the Shira 1 camp (3 500m) – total distance approximately 18 km. Expect some areas with loose rocks, mud and continuous uphill. Weather conditions, your fitness level and your mountain biking skills level will determine the how much cycling or how much pushing of your mountain bike you will be doing on this section. Especially after heavy rains the 4 x 4 access road can become very muddy in certain areas, making cycling really difficult.

The 4 x 4 track is very spectacular and offers some magnificent views of Mt Meru and the Great Rift Valley in general. Game is often sighted and the road features some striking vegetation changes ranging from forest, grassland, heath to moorland.

Upon arrival your porters will have your tent set up at camp and in the evening bring a small bowl of washing water to your tent. The cook will prepare dinner, before you retire to your tent for the night. Night temperatures can already drop to freezing point at this camp.

Day 2 – Shira 1 camp (3 500m) – Shira 2 Camp (3 875m)

Cycling time: 2 to 3 hours

Distance: 7 km

Habitat: Moorland

You rise early at Shira 1 camp and, after breakfast, you cycle across the Shira plateau for approximately 7 km to the Shira 2 Camp (3 875m), situated on the moorland meadows. The trail is not very good in some areas where you will be required to push or carry your bike. By now you will be able to see, in an easterly direction, the Western Breach with its stunning glaciers. We enjoy lunch at Shira 2 camp. The porters will provide a small bowl of washing water to each hiker, before the cook serves dinner. The night at this exposed camp will even be colder than the previous night, with temperatures dropping to well below freezing.

Day 3 – Shira 2 camp (3 875m) – Londorossi Gate (2 100m)

Cycling time: Approximately 2 to 3 hours

Distance: Approximately 25 km

Habitat: Montane forest

You rise early at Shira 2 camp and, after breakfast, you will start with an amazing Kilimanjaro downhill to the Londorossi gate, descending 1 800m over 25km. It is possible to encounter vehicles on the way down, we recommend controlling your speed and avoid any unnecessary risks.

At the Londorossi gate you sign your name and details in a register. From the Londorossi Gate you will drive back 2 hours to Moshi town for a long overdue hot shower and dinner at the hotel.