Umbwe Route: Overview

Day Details
1 Arrive in Kilimanjaro International Airport (JRO)

Transfer to the hotel in Moshi (approx 1 hour) for night

The Whole Climbing Program Breading

2 Umbwe park gate – Umbwe Camp
3 Umbwe Camp – Barranco Camp
4 Barranco Camp – Rest day
5 Barranco Camp – Karanga Camp
6 Karanga Camp – Barafu Camp
7 Barafu Camp – Summit – Millennium Camp
8 Millennium Camp – park gate. Overnight in hotel
9 Transfer to Kilimanjaro International Airport (JRO) for departure

Umbwe route is the most difficult rout that access the mountain via the western gate. You must be physically fit to climb to the summit via Umwe Route.

Why climb via Umbwe route. Although the route is demanding but you will register a lifetime success of climbiung the most difficult rout which other couldn’t. The route is not technical as other but yet very demanding in terms of physical fitness.

Day to Day Decsription

Day 1: Umbwe Gate to Umbwe Camp

Start: Umbwe Gate – 5450ft / 1661m
Finish: Umbwe Camp – 9350ft / 2850m
Gain: 3900ft / 1189m
Distance: 11km
Duration: 6 hours

Pick-up from the hotel early in the morning and drive to the Umbwe Gate for registration before entering to the park.

The climb starts on a 4-wheel drive vehicle that rises with a constant gradient for the first 2 hours where we will continue rising onfoot with a constant gradient for approx 1.5 hours of climbing.

After lunch we will continue with the steeper trail, the views are amazing and then you will now start climbing along a knife-edge ridge with a deep ravine on each side, the one to the right carved by the River Umbwe far below. After 2 hours of trekking you will reach Umbwe Camp where we will rest overnight with stunning evening views of Kibo from Machame Camp.

Day 2: Umbwe Camp to Barranco Camp

Start: Umbwe Camp – 9350ft / 2850m
Finish: Barranco Camp – 13,070ft / 3985m
Gain: 3720ft / 1135m
Distance: 6.25km
Duration: 5 hours

Note that tonight the Umbwe Route merges with 3 major routes in the mountain which are the Lemosho Route, Shira Route and the Machame Route to form the Southern Circut

We wake-up early in the moring and after taking our breakfast we will climb almost the 4000ft in altitude so as to reach the Barranco Valleyfor about 2 hours until we reach the wall and Barranco Camp. At the camp you will have time to do some exploring of the local area. The Barranco Valley has some great views of Kibo to the North and Moshi to the South as well as a beautiful starry sky if the cloud holds off.

Day 3: Rest Day in Barranco Camp

Start: Barranco Camp – 12,620ft / 3847m
Finish: Barranco Camp – 13,070ft / 3985m
Duration: Rest Day and small acclimatization

It is a rest day today to get used with thinner air and also take some time to walk through the valley, snap a few pictures or take your binoculars and start watching the poor sods that have to climb the wall of Barranco but most important of all is to relax and visualize about tomorrow

Day 4: Barranco Camp to Karanga Camp

Start: Barranco Camp – 13,070ft / 3985m
Finish: Karanga Camp – 13,250ft / 4040m
Gain: 180ft / 55m
Distance: 5.25km
Duration: 3-4 hours

After leaving the camp we will have a sjort climb towatds south from camp down a deep gorge in the mountain. You should just be able to see Moshi town on the plains. We will then  pass through a zigzags path up to the top and while you will need both hands at times, it’s a scramble not a rock climb. It will take about 1 hour 30 minutes to reach the top, your highest point of the day at 13,890ft / 4233m. From here it’s an hour’s walk to the Karanga Valley. You begin a gentle descent of about 1km into a small valley before a short ascent out the other side. Then it’s another shallow downhill for 1.5km. A steep scramble down a slope takes you to the floor of a gorge (12,925ft / 3940m) and steep switchback path of about 330ft/100m, taking about 20 minutes, brings you to the Karanga Camp. The afternoon’s your own.

Day 5: Karanga Camp to Barafu Camp

Start: Karanga Camp – 13,250ft / 4040m
Finish: Barafu Camp – 15,360ft / 4681m
Gain: 2110ft / 641m
Distance: 3.75km
Duration: 3-4 hours

Today we will be leaving the camp and rise and does so most of the way to Barafu Camp. After a balanced climb of 1 hour 30 minutes you enter a long, shallow valley. A walk of 1 hour 15 minutes followed by a short steep scramble brings you out of the valley. Turning north you begin the last leg to Barafu, taking about 30 minutes and with no serious incline.

At this point you are close to the summit and thus the guide will give you some tips on how to go for this final touch.

Day 6: Descent Barafu Camp to the Summit

Start: Barafu Camp – 15,360ft / 4681m
Finish: Summit (Uhuru Peak) – 19,340ft / 5895m
Gain: 3980ft / 1214m
Distance: 6.25km
Duration: approx 7 hours

You are advised to drink as much as you can tonight to avoid dehydration which may  end your climb. Afetr leaving the camp you will have to climb for about 2 hours to the top of a large ridge then to the back to area near the rim. After 30 minutes you reach Stella Point at 18,870ft/5752m having climbed 3510ft/1070m from Barafu. After 45 minutes of constant climb you are at the summit, the roof of Africa. In the east, you will see the sun rising over Africa,

Day 6:  Descent – Summit to Millennium Camp

Start: Summit (Uhuru Peak) – 19,340ft / 5895m
Finish: Millennium Camp – 12,533ft / 3820m
Drop: 6801ft / 2075m
Distance: 10.25km
Duration: 6-8 hours

We will descent following the same path you climbed to reach the summit. We will be using trekking poles, very important here; descent is not an easy job and sometime e going on knees.   Depending on your physics, the descent to Barafu Camp can take 2-4 hours. Meals are srved 1 or 2 hours before sleep time then we continue going down the mountain.

Day 7:  Millennium Camp to Mweka Gate

Start: Millennium Camp – 12,533ft / 3820m
Finish: Park Gate – 5385ft / 1641m
Drop: 7148ft / 2179m
Distance: 13.5km
Duration: 4-5 hours

Before leaving camp, in the north you will see the snow-covered cone of Kilimanjaro. It’s a wonderful experience that you will remember over your lifetime.

We will descent steadily for about 1 or 2 hours downhill to Mweka Camp. There are some nice places to snatch a few last photos of the summit. You will use another 1 hour to descent through the green forest on the way to the Mweka Gate where you will be provided with the certificate. Green certificate are provided to climber who succeeded to reach Stella point while  the Gold Certificate is provided to the climber who trekked through the summit. After that we will be back to the hotel for a hot shower and full-menu meal You will have an overnight rest before your transfer to the airport on the following day.

Pricing Terms 

Price includes the following:

• Tanzania VAT on tourism activities and park fees
• Return transfers Kilimanjaro airport to Arusha and Arusha to Kilimanjaro airport
• Hotel Lodging the night before and the night after the climb, with dinner and breakfast included (double occupancy)
• with bed dinner and breakfast
• Transfer from your hotel to starting point for your climb, and return to your hotel after your climb
• Large portions of fresh, healthy, nutritious food
• All Kilimanjaro National Park gate fees, camping fees and climbing permits.
• Kilimanjaro National Park rescue fees (Kilimanjaro Rescue Team)
• Emergency oxygen (for use in emergencies only – not as summiting 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
• Breakfast, lunch and dinner, as well as hot drinks on the mountain
• Camping equipment (tents, camp chairs, tables & sleeping mattress
• Water for washing up daily
• Porter to carry your duffel bag (max weight 15kg / 32 lbs) from one camp to the next camp.
• Kilimanjaro National Park certificate for your successful summit attempt
• A comprehensive Climbing Kilimanjaro travel info pack
• Flying Doctor Service

Price Excludes the Following:

• Flights and airport taxes
• Items of a personal nature
• Compulsory tips for guides, porters and cook (average tip is anything from US $ 230 to US $ 300 per hiker – depending on number of days / how many hikers in the group and route chosen)
• South African passport holders do NOT require a visa for Tanzania, however most other Nationalities require a visa for Tanzania
• Health requirements (Yellow Fever compulsory if travelling to Tanzania recommended)
• Highly recommended travel and medical insurance.
• 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


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