Umbwe Route – 6 Days

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Being the most difficult path up Mount Kilimanjaro, the Umbwe route has earned its name. This route does not give the essential acclimatization stages because of the quick rise to high altitude. The odds of success are similarly quite slim despite the extremely low number of trail users. Only strong hikers who are confident in their capacity to swiftly adapt to altitude should undertake the Umbwe route because it is regarded as being exceedingly demanding and strenuous.

The Umbwe path is a quick, steep, and direct ascent when coming from the south. Before climbing to the summit from Barafu, the trail bends east after passing Barranco Camp and travels through the Southern Ice Field of Kilimanjaro. Ascent is produced.

DEPARTURE/RETURN LOCATION Kilimanjaro International Airport (JRO), Arusha Airport, (ARK/HTAR), Moshi and Arusha
DEPARTURE TIME Please arrive at least 2 hours before the flight.
All Park fees. Entrance , Camping & Rescue Fees Wages for our Professional Mountain Crew
Quality Mountain camping equipment Pre and Post Accommodationin Moshi / Arusha
Airport Transfers. On Arrival and Depature Kilimanjaro Transfer. Before and After Climb
All meals While on the Mountain (Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner ) Professional Mountain guide with W.F.R knowledge.
Flights Personal gear
Tips for guides, porters and cook Entry visa for Tanzania
Vaccinations Travel insurance
Dinner in the hotels before and after the climb Optional Tours & Activities

What is the success rate of the Umbwe route?

Due to its steepness and length of time spent in the mountain, the Umbwe Route, one of the shortest ascent routes up Kilimanjaro, has very little chance of helping climbers acclimatize. Although there are no official figures, all operators have an average success rate of 70%.


Day 1: Arrival.

When you arrive at Kilimanjaro International Airport (JRO), a representative of Kilimanjaro Ascent will be waiting to greet you and drive you to the hotel that is included in the tariff. The hotel offers all the amenities needed for a comfortable stay, including warm rooms, hot water, courteous service, a pool, and Internet connection. There will be a briefing with our management in the evening, and they will make sure you are prepared to start the ascent.

Be aware that check-in begins at 2:00 PM.


Day 2: Ascent From Umbwe gate to Umbwe Cave Camp.

We travel to Umbwe Gate past villages, coffee, and banana fields. On a forestry track that goes through the lush rain forest, the trail abruptly ascends. As we ascend the mountain between two rivers surrounded by enormous trees, the path becomes more congested and steeper. In the midst of dense vegetation and trees, Umbwe Camp is situated.

  • Elevation: 5,249 ft to 9,514 ft
  • Distance: 11 km
  • Hiking Time: 5-7 hours
  • Habitat: Heath


Day 3: Ascent From Umbwe Cave Camp to Baranco Camp

The trek’s second is across rockier terrain with little vegetation and ramshackle, moss-covered trees. A peek of Kilimanjaro may be glimpsed as we ascend. As we near Barranco Valley, the path becomes more level. The path descends from Umbwe Ridge via the unusual yet stunning Senecio Forest to Barranco Camp.

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


Day 4: Ascent From Baranco Camp to Karanga Camp.

After breakfast, we depart Barranco and make our way to the Karanga Valley campground via a narrow slope, passing the Barranco Wall. Acclimatization is the goal of this brief .

  • Barranco Camp to Karanga Camp
  • Elevation (ft): 13,000 to 13,100ft
  • Distance: 5 km •Hiking Time: 4-5 hours
  • Habitat: Alpine Desert


Day 5: Ascent From Karanga Camp to Barafu Camp

We depart Karanga after breakfast and arrive at the intersection with the Mweka Trail. We keep going up to Barafu Hut. You have now finished the South Circuit, which offers a variety of perspectives of the top. We set up camp here, take a nap, eat dinner, and get ready for the summit . From here, one can see Mawenzi and Kibo, the two summits.

  •  Elevation (ft): 13,100 to 15,300;
  • Distance: 4 km;
  • Hiking Time: 4-5 Hours


Day 6: Ascent from Barafu Camp to Summit then down to Mweka / Millennium Camp

We proceed to the peak between the Rebmann and Ratzel glaciers quite early in the morning (between midnight and two in the morning). 
You travel northwest and make your way over steep scree towards Stella Point on the crater rim. 
The hardest part of the walk both physically and mentally is this section. 
You will take brief break at Stella Point (18,600 feet), where you will be rewarded with the most spectacular sunrise you are ever likely to see (weather permitting). 
On your hour-long journey to the summit from Stella Point, you might run into snow the entire way. 
You have arrived at Uhuru Peak, the highest peak on both Mount Kilimanjaro and the African continent. 
The sunrise can be seen from the peak by more rapid hikers.

We now begin our descent from the summit, going straight down to the Mweka Hut campsite while pausing at Barafu for lunch. Due to the loose gravel going down, gaiters and trekking poles are recommended. Due to its location in the upper forest, Mweka Camp may experience late-afternoon mist or rain. We have our final meal on the mountain later in the evening before a well-earned rest.

  • Elevation (ft): 15,300ft to 19,345ft (and down to
  • Distance: 5 km ascent / 12 km descent
  • Hiking Time: 7-8 hours ascent / 4-6 hours descent
  • Habitat: Arctic


Day 7: Descent from Mweka / Millennium Camp to Mweka gate.

We continue the descent to the Mweka Park Gate to pick up your summit certificates after breakfast. It could be muddy and damp at lower altitudes. Trekking poles and gaiters will be useful. Most likely, there will be enough to wear: shorts and t-shirts (keep rain gear and warmer clothing handy). You travel another hour to Mweka Village from the gate. You will be met by a car at the village of Mweka and driven back to your accommodation in Moshi / Arusha

  • Elevation (ft): 10,000ft to 5,400ft
  • Distance: 10 km
  • Hiking Time: 3-4 hours
  • Habitat: Rain Forest


Day 8: Depature

You have a room to to prepare for your journey home or your upcoming excursions in East Africa by packing, getting ready, and so on.


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