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K2N: Stage One

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Climb to 12,600 feet on Mount Kilimanjaro via a rescue road—incredible views, a challenging climb, and a fast descent.


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29.8

Miles

47.9

KM

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Singletrack

12,278' 3,742 m

High

7,393' 2,253 m

Low

5,021' 1,530 m

Up

5,023' 1,531 m

Down

6%

Avg Grade (4°)

14%

Max Grade (8°)

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Special permission needed to access Kilimanjaro National Park.

Overview

A challenging climb to high altitude on a relatively well groomed rescue road for Day One of the K2N.

The 2018 K2N MTB Stage Race consisted of an up and down via this rescue road (1st of 4 days in the stage race), and the 2019 version of the same race will likely consist of this climb, followed by a singletrack downhill return.

Need to Know

This route is NOT open to the public without special permission from Kilimanjaro National Park. Also, the course can not be closed and may have other traffic.

Description

It's pretty straightforward. Climb continually until you reach the Morum Shelters, at which point the road makes a left turn and levels out just a bit. Continue climbing until you reach the Shira helipad.

Riders will experience absolutely incredible views of Mount Kilimanjaro, not to mention climbing through several ecological zones. The route follows a rescue road used for injured or sick Kilimanjaro climbers. This route is NOT open to the public without special permission from Kilimanjaro National Park. Also, the course can not be closed and may have other traffic.

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Brett Harrison

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Philip and Rasta climbing Kilimanjaro in a 2017 recce of what would become day one of the 2018 K2N MTB Stage Race.
Sep 17, 2018 near Moshi, TZ
Philip climbing Kilimanjaro in a 2017 recce of race routes for use in the 2018 K2N MTB Stage Race.  He held the record for fastest known ascent to the Shira helipad until pros Thomas Turner and Gordon Wadsworth demolished his record in the first K2N race.
Sep 17, 2018 near Moshi, TZ
Pro team Thomas Turner and Gordon Wadsworth (right) climbing Kilimanjaro in the 2018 MTB Stage Race.  They would go on to win the duo division while setting every course record imaginable.
Sep 17, 2018 near Moshi, TZ

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