Mt Kilimanjaro Trek, 6 Days - Umbwe Route

The Umbwe Route is the least used, least crowded route on the mountain. For good reason, it is also the most difficult route on the mountain. Umbwe is a steep, constant, straight climb to the top.
Umbwe is mostly avoided because the ascent profile does not give climbers much time to adjust to the altitude. The success rate is very low.

The route takes six days minimum to complete, although seven days is recommended. The descent is down Mweka, on the south-east side of the mountain. Umbwe is not as scenically varied as Machame, Lemosho and Shira, because the path up and down is nearby.

The Umbwe is ideal for those who want a challenging climb, and are very confident in their ability trek over consistently steep slopes. Also, Umbwe is for those who are experienced at altitude and thus are confident that the punishing schedule of Umbwe will not impede their ability to adjust to the altitude. Umbwe is also for those who want a secluded hike.

per adult from

$2,996

NZD

Duration

6 days

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Hotel pickup available

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  • What's included :
    • 5x Breakfast
    • 5x Dinner
    • 6x Lunch
    • Accommodation included: 5 nights
    • All Fees and Taxes
    • Return transfers Kilimanjaro airport to Moshi and Moshi to Kilimanjaro airport
    • Hotel the night before and the night after the climb, with dinner and breakfast included
    • Emergency oxygen (for use in emergencies only – not as summit aid)
    • Basic first aid kit (for use in emergencies only)
    • Qualified mountain guide, assistant guides, porters and cook
    • Salaries for mountain crew as per guidelines set by Kilimanjaro National Park
    • Camping equipment (tents, camp chairs, tables & sleeping mattress)
    • Fresh water for Drinking & Worm Water for washing up daily
    • Entry/Admission - Mount Kilimanjaro
    What's excluded :
    • Visas, Flights, Health & Travel Insurances
    • Gratuities
    • Items of personal Nature
    • Personal hiking/trekking gear – we can rent some of the gear from our equipment store in Tanzania
    • Optional but highly recommended Portable toilet
    • Snacks, personal medicine and water purifying tablets
    • Meals & drinks not specified and snacks

  • Day 1: Drive to Umbwe Gate, Hike to Umbwe Cave Camp

    Stop At: Umbwe Trail, Tanzania
    Elevation: 1660m To 2850m | Distance: 11km/7mi | Hiking Time: 5-6 Hours
    Drive from Moshi to the Umbwe Gate (about 1 hour). Commence the climb through the rain forest with packed lunch on route.
    Duration: 6 hours

    Meals included:
    • Lunch
    • Dinner
    Accommodation included: Overnight at Umbwe Cave Camp

    Day 2: Umbwe Cave Camp to Barranco Camp

    Stop At: Umbwe Trail, Tanzania
    Elevation: 2850m To 4000m | Distance: 6km/4mi | Trekking Time: 4-5 Hours

    After breakfast, we leave the glades of the forest and follow an ascending path on the open moorland to Barranco Camp.
    Duration: 5 hours

    Meals included:
    • Breakfast
    • Lunch
    • Dinner
    Accommodation included: Overnight at Barranco Camp

    Day 3: Hike Barranco Camp to Karanga Camp

    Stop At: Mount Kilimanjaro, Kilimanjaro National Park 40000 Tanzania
    Elevation: 4000m To 4050m | Distance: 5km/3mi | Hiking Time: 3-4 Hours

    After breakfast, we leave Barranco and continue on a steep ridge up the Barranco Wall to the Karanga Valley and the junction which connects with the Mweka Trail.
    Duration: 4 hours

    Meals included:
    • Breakfast
    • Lunch
    • Dinner
    Accommodation included: Overnight at Karanga Camp

    Day 4: Hike Karanga Camp to Barafu Camp

    Stop At: Mount Kilimanjaro, Kilimanjaro National Park 40000 Tanzania
    Elevation: 4050m To 4700m | Distance: 4km/2mi | Hiking Time: 3-4 Hours

    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.
    Duration: 4 hours

    Meals included:
    • Breakfast
    • Lunch
    • Dinner
    Accommodation included: Overnight at Barafu Camp

    Day 5: Barafu Camp; to Summit Uhuru Peak, then Descend to Mweka Camp

    Stop At: Mount Kilimanjaro, Kilimanjaro National Park 40000 Tanzania
    Elevation: 4700m To 5895m | Down To 3090m | Distance: 5km/3mi Up / 13km/8mi Down

    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.
    Duration: 14 hours

    Meals included:
    • Breakfast
    • Lunch
    • Dinner
    Accommodation included: Overnight at Mweka camp

    Day 6: Mweka Camp to Mweka Gate, then drive to Moshi

    Stop At: Mweka Trail, Tanzania
    Elevation: 3090m To 1680m | Distance: 10km/6mi | Hiking Time: 3-4 Hours

    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 village to drive you back to your hotel in Moshi (about 30 minutes).
    Duration: 4 hours

    Meals included:
    • Breakfast
    • Lunch
    No accommodation included on this day.
  • Departure Point :
    Umbwe Gate, Tanzania
    Traveler pickup is offeredAirports
    • Kilimanjaro Airport, Kilimanjaro National Park Tanzania
    Return Detail :
    Returns to original departure point
    Hotel Pickup :
    • Confirmation will be received at time of booking
    • A current valid passport is required on the day of travel
    • Not wheelchair accessible
    • Travelers should have a strong physical fitness level
    • This is a private tour/activity. Only your group will participate
  • You can present either a paper or an electronic voucher for this activity.
  • For a full refund, cancel at least 24 hours in advance of the start date of the experience.

Language

English

Age Req.

-

Fitness Req.

None

Group Size

15

Organised by Intrepid Explorer Tanzania

Activity ID: V-251644P12

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