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Climbing Umbwe Route

Climbing Mount Kilimanjaro Umbwe Route

The Umbwe Route is steeper and shorter than the Machame Route. Once at the Barranco Hut you continue on with the other Machame hikers. The descent is down the Mweka trail. Since it is a very short and direct route, it is not recommended for people with little altitude experience. If there is Coca Cola route and Whisky route this is Tequila Route.

  • The hardest and most direct route to the summit especially when coupled with the Breach Wall
  • Least popular route on the mountain; totally off the beaten path
  • Beautiful scenery, landscape, surroundings
  • Ascent route only
  • Joins the Machame Route at Barranco Camp
  • Summiting options include via Western Breach Wall and Barafu Camp

Arrival Day: Upon arriving at Kilimanjaro International Airport you will be met by our representative and get transferred to Moshi in a designated hotel for overnight.

Day 1: Umbwe Gate (1,800m/5,905ft) to Cave Bivouac Camp (2,850m/9,350ft), Elevation Gain: 1,050 meters, 3,445 feet, Hiking time: 4 to 6 hours

You will leave Moshi for Umbwe Gate where you will meet our porters, guides, and cooks who will spend the next six days trekking with you to Uhuru Peak, the roof of Africa. After arriving, wait at the gate while we register your climb and the porters and guides make final preparations. Your first day’s destination is Cave Bivouac Camp, approximately 6 hours from the gate. The trail is steep and can be slippery in some places.

Hike through the moss-covered trees of Kilimanjaro’s cloud forest. The forest will thin later in the hike and heathers, tall grasses and wildflowers will come into view. Porters and cooks will walk ahead to set up the camp in time for your arrival. 

Day 2: Cave Bivouac (2,850m/9,350ft) to Barranco Camp (3,940m/12,960ft), Total Elevation Gain: 1,100 meters, 3,610 feet, Hiking time: 5 to 7 hours

The first section of the trail continues following the ridge. After leaving the forest, continue through open moorlands until reaching Barranco Camp. Barranco is generally regarded as the most scenic campsite on the Umbwe Trail as it’s surrounded by giant senecios and lobelias. As Barranco is in a valley, the sun rises later than at the other camps.

Day 3: Barranco Camp (3,950m/12,960ft) to Karanga Valley (3,930m/13,780ft), Elevation Gain: 250 meters, 820 feet, Distance: 7 Kilometers, Hiking time: 3 to 4 hours

Leave Barranco Camp after breakfast for Karanga Valley. The day begins with a 1.5 hour scramble up the Barranco Wall. This is the hardest part of the day and in some places you may have to use your hands to aid your climb. After reaching the top, hike through fairly level terrain before making a short but steep descent into the green Karanga River Valley.

Day 4: Karanga Valley (4,200m/13,780ft) to Barafu Camp (4,600m/15,100ft), Elevation Gain: 400 meters, 1,320 feet, Distance: 6 Kilometers, Hiking time: 3 to 4 hours

After breakfast, begin the hike to Barafu Camp. On the way to Barafu, view several of Kibo’s glaciers as well as the junction that connects the descent route, Mweka, with the Machame trail. During day four, hike by the Heim, Kersten and Decken Glaciers. Although the trail to Barafu passes through alpine desert with little vegetation, Barafu Camp offers stunning views of Kibo and Mawenzi peaks. Try to sleep after finishing dinner as you will wake before midnight for your summit hike.  

Day 5: Barafu Camp (4,600m/15,100ft) to Uhuru Peak (5,895m/19,340ft) to Mweka Camp (3,100m/10,170ft), Elevation Gain: 1,295 meters, 4,240 feet, Elevation Loss: 2,795 meters, 9,170 feet, Hiking time: 6 hours to the rim, 1 hour to Uhuru, 3 to 4 hours back to Barafu, 4 hours to Mweka

Around midnight, begin the final ascent to Uhuru Peak. Hike by the light of your headlamp for the next six hours. The ascent to the crater rim is the most challenging part of the entire trek. The trail is very steep until you reach the crater rim at Stella Point.

The hike from Stella Point to Uhuru Peak is a gradual climb and, as far as hikes go, not very difficult. The altitude, however, makes the hike long and tiring. The crater rim hike takes approximately one hour. Upon reaching Uhuru, take photos of your guide and group at the peak before beginning the descent to Mweka Camp. On the way down from Uhuru, enjoy views of the mountain, crater, clouds and glaciers.

At Barafu Camp, eat breakfast and take a short break. You still have another three to five hours to go before reaching Mweka Camp.

Day 6: Mweka Camp (3,100m/10,170ft) to Mweka Gate (1,500m/4,920ft), Elevation Loss: 1,600 meters, 5,250 feet, Hiking time: 4 hours

After breakfast, finish the trek with a hike through the forest to Mweka Gate. The trail may be slippery following rain. Our vehicles will meet you at the lower station of Mweka Gate to take you back to Moshi.

Arrival Day: Upon arriving at Kilimanjaro International Airport you will be met by our representative and get transferred to Moshi in a designated hotel for overnight.

Day 1: Umbwe Gate (1,800m/5,905ft) to Cave Bivouac Camp (2,850m/9,350ft), Elevation Gain: 1,050 meters, 3,445 feet, Hiking time: 4 to 6 hours

You will leave Moshi for Umbwe Gate where you will meet our porters, guides, and cooks who will spend the next seven days trekking with you to Uhuru Peak, the roof of Africa. After arriving, wait at the gate while we register your climb and the porters and guides make final preparations. Your first day’s destination is Cave Bivouac Camp, approximately 6 hours from the gate. The trail is steep and can be slippery in some places.

Hike through the moss-covered trees of Kilimanjaro’s cloud forest. The forest will thin later in the hike and heathers, tall grasses and wildflowers will come into view. Porters and cooks will walk ahead to set up the camp in time for your arrival.

Day 2: Cave Bivouac (2,850m/9,350ft) to Barranco Camp (3,940m/12,960ft), Total Elevation Gain: 1,100 meters, 3,610 feet, Hiking time: 5 to 7 hours

The first section of the trail continues following the ridge. After leaving the forest, continue through open moorlands until reaching Barranco Camp. Barranco is generally regarded as the most scenic campsite on the Umbwe Trail as it’s surrounded by giant senecios and lobelias. As Barranco is in a valley, the sun rises later than at the other camps.

Day 3: Barranco Camp (3,940m/13,000ft) - Lava Tower (4,600m/15,091ft), Hiking time: 3 to 4 hours, Distance: 5Km

In the morning after breakfast depart from Barranco, ascending slowly to the Lava Tower lunch, relaxation dinner and overnight at the Lava Tower campsite. 

Day 4: Lava Tower (4,600m/15,091ft) - Arrow Glacier Camp (4,800m/15,748ft), Hiking time: 2 hours, Distance: 1 Km

This day is a bit different that you will have your breakfast and spending more time here for altitude acclimatization. You will have hot lunch at Lava Tower and a short break before starting trekking to Arrow Glacier. Upon arriving you will have time for relaxation dinner and short sleep waiting for the challenge hiking to the top.

Day 5: Arrow Glacier Camp (4,800m/15,748ft) - Crater Camp (5,820m/19,094ft), Hiking time: 3 to 4 hours, Distance: 5Km

In sometime according to the time arranged with your guide you will start a hike usually it is around early morning. This is more challenged hike whereby will slowly approach the crater rim. All meals will be provide, walking to the crater floor (optional) dinner and overnight at Crater Camp.

Day 6: Crater Camp (5,820m/19,094ft) - Uhuru Peak (5,895m/19,340ft) - Mweka Camp (3,100m/10,170ft), Distance: 18Km

In the morning you will have a breakfast following with a little hike to Uhuru Point the top of Africa. We will start our descending to Mweka Camp. All meals will be provided including dinner and overnight at Mweka camp.

Day 7: Mweka Camp (3,100m/10,170ft) - Mweka Gate (1,660m/5,446ft), Hiking time: 3 hours, Distance: 10Km

After breakfast, finish the trek with a hike through the forest to Mweka Gate. The trail may be slippery following rain. Our vehicles will meet you at the lower station of Mweka Gate to take you back to Moshi.

6 Days / 5 Nights Climbing Mount Kilimanjaro Umbwe Route - Price List

Number of People 1 2-3 4-5 6 - More
Price in USD $   $1550     
   $1525   
$1500
$1525

 

7 Days / 6 Nights Climbing Mount Kilimanjaro Umbwe Route - Price List

Number of People 1 2-3 4-5 6 - More
Price in USD $   $1650       
   $1625   
$1550
$1525

Kilimanjaro Includes:

       Hotel lodging the night before and the night after the climb.

       Professional experienced mountain guides, porters and cook salaries.

       All Park fees.

       Rescue fees.

       All meals while on the Mountain.

       Arrival and Departure transfers.

      Clean, purified drinking water.

       Management and safety procedures.

       Fair and ethical treatment of porters.

       Summit Emergency Oxygen.

       Pulse Oximeters.

       Kilimanjaro Excludes:

       Tanzania Visa on arrival

       Personal Expenses (e.g. laundry, telephone, beverages, etc.)

       Optional Tours (short safari after your climb etc)

       Tips and any items of personal nature.