Climbing Mount Kilimanjaro Umbwe Route is the least used, least crowded path on the mountain. For the proper purpose, it is also the hardest route on the mountain. Umbwe is a steep, steady.
- Steep, short route
- Very remote and quiet
- Fully catered camping only
Climbing Mount Kilimanjaro Umbwe Route
Climbing Mount Kilimanjaro Umbwe Route of all the routes, Umbwe is by far the most scenic albeit steeper route up the mountain.
- Budget camping
- This is a budget camping tour.
- Private tour
- This tour will be run exclusively for you and won’t be shared with others.
- Can start any day
- If availability permits, this tour can start on any day.
- Can be customized
- You can request changes to this tour.
- Suitable for solo travelers
- Solo travelers can book this private tour.
- Minimum age of 10 years
- The minimum age for this tour is 10 years.
Day 1: Arrival transfers from KIA-Hotel
We will pick you up from Kilimanjaro International Airport to The Pinky Daisy for overnight
Day 2: Rest day
We recommend at least one rest day before starting your trek and try to sleep because of different time zones, our guide he will give the briefing and check your trekking gears to make sure you have everything needed.
Day 3: Drive to Kilimanjaro National park at Machame gate for the register, then we will drive to Umbwe Gate, Hike to Umbwe Cave Camp
Climb through the rain forest with packed lunch on route.
Elevation: 1660m/5450ft to 2850m/9350ft
Hiking Time: 5-6 hours
Habitat: Montane Forest
Budget Lodging: Umbwe Cave Camp
Day 4: Umbwe Cave Camp to Barranco Camp
After breakfast, we leave the glades of the forest and follow an ascending path on the open moorland to Barranco Camp.
Elevation: 2850m/9350ft to 4000m/13,000ft
Walking Time: 4-5 hours
Budget Lodging: Barranco Camp
Day 5: Hike Barranco Camp to Karanga Camp
After breakfast, we leave Barranco and continue on a steep ridge up to the Barranco Wall to the Karanga Valley and the junction which connects with the Mweka Trail.
Elevation: 4000m/13,000ft to 4050m/13,250ft
Hiking Time: 34 hours
Habitat: Alpine Desert
Budget Lodging: Karanga Camp
Day 6: Hike Karanga Camp to Barafu Camp
We continue up to the Barafu Camp. You have completed the South Circuit, which offers views of the summit from many different angles. Here we make camp, rest, enjoy dinner, and prepare for the summit day.
Elevation: 4050m/13,250ft to 4700m/15,350ft
Hiking Time: 3-4 hours
Habitat: Alpine Desert
Budget Lodging: Barafu Camp
Day 7: Hike Barafu Camp to Summit, down to Mweka Camp
Very early in the morning (midnight to 2 am), we continue our way to the summit between the Rebmann and Ratzel glaciers. You head in a northwesterly direction and ascend through heavy scree towards Stella Point on the crater rim.
This is the most mentally and physically challenging portion of the trek. At Stella Point, you will stop for a short rest and will be rewarded with the most magnificent sunrise you are ever likely to see. Faster hikers may view the sunrise from the summit.
From Stella Point, you may encounter snow all the way on your 1-hour ascent to the summit. Once at Uhuru Peak you have reached the highest point on Mount Kilimanjaro and the continent of Africa!
From the summit we begin our descent by continuing straight down to the Mweka Camp, stopping at Barafu for lunch. You may want gaiters and trekking poles for the loose gravel going down. We arrive at Mweka Camp and enjoy our last evening on the mountain.
Elevation: 4700m/15,350ft to 5895m/19,340ft
Down to 3090m/10,150ft
Distance: 5km/3mi up / 13km/8mi down
Hiking Time: 5-7 hours up / 5-6 hours down
Habitat: Stone scree and ice-capped summit
Budget Lodging: Mweka Camp
Day 8: Hike Mweka Camp to Mweka Gate, drive to Moshi
After breakfast, we continue the descent down to the Mweka Park Gate to receive your summit certificates. At lower elevations, it can be wet and muddy. Gaiters and trekking poles will help. Shorts and T-shirts will probably be plenty to wear (keep rain gear and warmer clothing handy).
From the gate, continue another hour to Mweka Village. A vehicle will meet you at Mweka gate to drive you back to your hotel in Moshi (about 30 minutes).
Elevation: 3090m/10,150ft to 1680m/5500ft
Hiking Time: 3-4 hours
Day 9: Departure transfers
Pick up from the hotel and transfer to KIA to say bye and welcome again.
- A transfer from and back to the airport can be arranged for an extra cost
- Accommodation prior to the climb can be arranged for an extra cost
Mount Kilimanjaro price Includes:
- Transfer to the trailhead;
- Professional mountain crew. All guides have “Wilderness First Responder” and “Wilderness First Aid” certificates, along with over 9 years of experience in climbing. Each participant will be provided with a porter (who can carry up to 18 kg of personal baggage);
- English, Spanish and German-speaking guide (certified as a Wilderness First Responder & Emergency Medicine Adult and Child CPR)
- Kilimanjaro National Park permits;
- Kilimanjaro National Park rescue fees;
- Camping/hut fees;
- 3 square meals daily. The menu includes different soups, garnishes, several types of fish and meat, fresh fruit and vegetables; vegetarian options are available upon request;
- Oxygen systems and pulse Ox meters;
- First aid kit;
- Warm and comfortable sleeping pads (2 inches thick);
- Camping equipment’s including sleeping tents, sleeping mats
- Meeting the group at the National Park exit and transfer to the hotel;
- Guide, chef and porters salaries
- International certificates for a successful ascent;
- ** During the climb you will share a tent with 1-2 other climbers, depending on the number of participants. If you need an individual tent, please, contact our manager. Single accommodation at sleeping huts on Marangu is impossible.
The climb cost excludes:
- Accommodation before trekking and after trekking
- Lunch and dinner at the hotel (before and after the ascent);
- Personal gear rentals;
- Tanzania Visa: $50/$100 per person on arrival
- Personal Expenses (e.g. Laundry, telephone, beverages, etc.)
- Optional Tours (short safari after your climb
- Sleeping bags.
- Personal mountain gear
- Tips (Gratuity) to guide and porters
- Personal Expenses