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6 Days Kilimanjaro Umbwe Route

6 Days Kilimanjaro Umbwe Route

$2250 per person

On this hike you follow the umbwe trail up Kilimanjaro, a short, steep, direct path with less time to acclimatize making it the toughest route on the Kilimanjaro. it is recommended for experienced trekkers especially those comfortable with heights

What to bring:

  • Clothes.
  • A warm sweater as the nights can be chilly at high altitudes.
  • Comfortable shoes.



Umbwe Gate to Umbwe Camp

Upon arriving at the Umbwe Gate, we complete the registration paperwork and prepare the expedition gear. The trek beings up a gradual inclining 4WD path, which ends with a sign marked “Umbwe Trail.” From here we ascend through a dense forest on a steep and sometimes muddy path until we reach Umbwe Camp.

Elevation (ft): 5,249 ft to 9,514 ft
Distance: 11 km
Hiking Time: 5-7 hours
Habitat: Rain Forest


Umbwe Camp to Barranco Camp

On this day, the trek will begin steep as we ascend higher into the heath zone. Here the landscape changes rapidly to sparse vegetation, rocky outcrops, and giant theaters.
The trail leads up a narrow ridge then flattens as it nears Barranco Valley, which offers great views of Kibo Peak and Moshi. Once at camp there will be some extra time to explore the area.
Dinner and overnight at Barranco camp.

Elevation (ft): 9,514 ft to 13,044 ft
Distance: 6 km
Hiking Time: 4-5 hours
Habitat: Heath


Barranco Camp to Karanga Camp

The ascent today will be very steep crossing into the alpine desert. The air is generally very dry here. As you ascend, the guides will be carefully assessing your progress.
Note that if your body is not acclimatizing well then the routing may well be switched to an ascent via Stella Point instead.
You will have your lunch at Lava Tower in the afternoon.

Elevation (ft): 13,044 ft to 13,106 ft
Distance: 5 km
Hiking Time: 4-5 hours
Habitat: Alpine Desert


Karanga Camp to Barafu Camp

After breakfast, we will leave Karanga campsite and hit the junction which connects with the Mweka Trail. Will continue up to Barafu Hut. At this point, we have completed the Southern Circuit, which offers views of the summit from many different angles.
Here we make camp, rest, enjoy an early dinner, and prepare for the summit day. The two peaks of Mawenzi and Kibo are easily from this site.

Elevation (ft): 13,106 ft to 15,331 ft
Distance: 4 km
Hiking Time: 4-5 hours
Habitat: Alpine Desert


Barafu Camp to Uhuru Point to Mweka Hut

wake up at midnight around 1 am, put on many layers of clothes and begin the climb to the summit. Head in a northwesterly direction and ascend through heavy scree towards Stella Point on the crater rim.
At Stella Point (18,600 ft), stop for a short rest and will be rewarded with the most magnificent sunrise you are ever likely to see. From Stella Point, we have just one more hour before reaching the summit.
After reaching the highest point on Mount Kilimanjaro and the continent of Africa, Uhuru, you will celebrate, take pictures, and make memories.
Faster hikers will see the sunrise from the summit. After the summiting, we will make our descent continuing straight down to the Mweka Hut camp site, stopping at Barafu for lunch.
Mweka Camp is situated in the upper forest. Later in the evening, we enjoy our last dinner on the mountain and a well-earned sleep

Elevation (ft): 15,331 ft to 19,341 ft to 10,065 ft.
Distance: 17 km.
Hiking Time: 11-14 hours.
Habitat: Arctic.


Trek Mweka Camp (3100m) to Mweka Gate (1630m)

After breakfast, we will gentle trek down through the rainforest to Mweka Gate.

We are then met by our vehicles and return to the hotel in Moshi or Arusha, where you can treat yourself to a welcome shower then celebrate with cold drinks. Overnight and dinner at your arranged Hotel

  • Transport
  • Ranger /guide
  • Porters
  • Park fees
  • Hut fees
  • Rescue fees
  • cook
  • Meals, Tea and coffee
  • Tips
  • Drinks
  • Climbing gear
  • sleeping bags
  • all items of personal nature.
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