Umbwe Route


Umbwe Route is the most difficult route on Mount Kilimanjaro. It joins the Machame route at Barranco camp on the second day. Visitors to this route will spend the first night at Umbwe Cave camp. This route takes a minimum of six days however seven days recommended. It is least used and least crowded compared to the other routes. 

Mount Kilimanjaro is the highest peak in Africa! Situated south of the equator – in Tanzania – at 19,340 feet, (5895m) this is Africa’s highest mountain and the highest “free standing” mountain in the world. Its permanent glaciers, in tropical Africa, give it its spectacular image and is the greatest reward for heroic climbers whose satisfaction lasts a lifetime. Mount Kilimanjaro can be the experience of a lifetime! It is a challenge that cannot be taken lightly.

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Day 0: Kilimanjaro Airport to Arusha

You will meet our driver(s) at Kilimanjaro Airport (JRO), and transfer you to the hotel or lodge in Arusha.

Day 1: Umbwe Gate-Umbwe Cave

After breakfast, your guides and driver will meet you and transfer to Machame Gate where registration formalities will be completed. Then after you will drive through villages whereby coffee and banana plantations will be seen before arriving at Umbwe Gate.Check in to Umbwe gate(1800m) and start to ascend to Umbwe cave at 3000 amsl. Dinner and overnight. Hiking time:6-8 hours walking

Day 2: Umbwe Cave to Barranco

The path gets steeper on this section, as you get out of the forest along the Umbwe ridge the route descends slightly to the Barranco camp situated in the valley. Umbwe Cave to Barranco valley (3,950 m); 4-6 hours walking.

Day 3: Barranco Valley camp to Karanga camp

Early in the morning after breakfast, you will conquer the Barranco wall which is also known as breakfast. It is somehow a technical part of the whole trek where you have to use your hands grabbing, hugging and kissing the rocks. After short break on top of the Barranco wall, you will continue down and up to Karanga campsite 3850m amsl for lunch, dinner, and overnight.

Day 4: Karanga Camp to Barafu camp/base camp

After breakfast, leave Karanga to Barafu camp 4,673m amsl. It takes 4 hours walking to the Barafu camp. At the base camp, you will rest and enjoy an early dinner to prepare for the summit night.

Day 5: Barafu Camp to Uhuru Peak to Mweka

After light breakfast, you will start your summit journey at 12:00 am. Enjoy your special night by walking slowly (pole pole). You might be exhausted on the way up but never give up, just keep on going while drinking frequently. At Stella Point 5,756m you will be able to spend a short time drinking tea/hot water. It will take 45 minutes or 1 hour from Stella Point to Uhuru Peak. Take your time to celebrate conquering the peak of Africa, enjoy the beautiful sunrise, crater view, and glaciers. After taking photographs to descend to the base camp for short rest, descend to Mweka camp 3100m. It will be your last night on the mountain. Hopefully, you will  get a better night’s sleep due to physical exhaustion

Day 6: Mweka camp to Mweka gate to Arusha

After the last breakfast on the mountain, you will descend about 3 to 4 hours through the rainforest to Mweka Gate to collect your certificates. Our drivers will be waiting for you at Mweka Gate to take you back to the hotel or lodge in Arusha

Price Includes 

  • Airport Transfers (upon Arrival and Departure) 
  • Transport to and from mountain gates 
  • Clean, purified drinking water
  •  All meals while on the Mountain 
  • Accommodation for all days on Kilimanjaro (Tents)
  • Camping equipment such as sleeping tents, mess tent, kitchen tent, sleeping mattress, table and chairs
  • Kilimanjaro entrance fees/conservation fees 
  • Kilimanjaro Camping fees/Hut fees 
  • Rescue Fees and all taxes.
  • Fair salaries for Porters, Cook, and Guides
  • Emergency oxygen tanks and Pulse Oximeter
  • Private toilet
  • Walking poles & Sleeping Bag 

Price Excludes

  • International and local airfare. 
  • Optional tours 
  • Personal expenses example Laundry, beverages, etc. 
  • Yellow fever vaccinations 
  • Items of a personal nature such as passport, visa, and traveler’s insurance.
  •  Tips for Porters, Cook, and Guides 

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