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6 Days Umbwe Climbing Route.

 The Umbwe Route is for hikers looking for a serious climbing challenge. A quiet and rarely used trail that can be very challenging but at the same time very rewarding. This is the route if you want to test yourself on the slopes of Kilimanjaro and away from the crowds found on more normal trails.
The Umbwe route is not a technical climb, but features steep climbs that require hikers to scramble over rocks and tree roots at certain points. This is the hardest and most direct route up the mountain, even featuring some exposed ridges not for the faint of heart. A hiker's fitness and stamina can be tested along the way, perfect for experienced mountain hikers looking for a challenge.

The Umbwe route is not technical, but it is very straight, very steep, very tough and sometimes very dangerous.

The Umbwe route joins the Machame route on the second night near Barranco camp. By other routes, the Barranco camp arrives on his third or fourth night. That shows how steep Umbwe is...

Parts of the trail on the first day are very steep and can only be managed as the tree roots provide what looks like stairs. Tree roots also act as handlebars to pull yourself up when you need to...

The second day is also steep and uphill. Bare ridges are not for those with a fear of heights...and guess why 'Rope Rock' (Jiwekamba) is called 'Rope Rock'...

This is the most difficult and demanding of the Kilimanjaro climbing routes. I can't imagine not having climbing experience.

That said, it's a spectacular route!

To get the most out of this climb, trekkers should be as fit and prepared as possible. This is a steady climb for the first few days, in contrast to other routes with slow steady climbs and up and down hikes. Adapt.

But the strenuous challenge of trekking the Umbwe route is compensated for by the spectacular scenery. As hikers climb the trail, they may see stunning views to the left and right. The early days of this trail offer perhaps the best views of any part of the mountain, except the summit.

Umbwe is also one of the quietest routes on Kilimanjaro. Due to its reputation for being a difficult climb, the trail is seldom used and remains open and relatively pristine.

This allows hikers to feel like they are the only ones on the mountain, until a few days after the start of the hike, until the route joins the Machame Route near Barranco Camp, from which the famous Mt. Southern He follows the circuit and makes his way to the top from his camp in Barrafus. As with most Kilimanjaro climbs, the descent follows the Mweka route.

If you are looking for the best views on your way to Kilimanjaro and want to test yourself in nature, Umbwe has it all on his route. The closest thing to a real climbing expedition on Kilimanjaro.  





Our driver will meet you at Kilimanjaro International Airport for pick up and transferred to your hotel either in Moshi town/ Arusha, you will meet your guide who will brief you on your upcoming trek and do an equipment check to make sure you have all the necessary mountain gear. Gear which is missing can be rented on this day. Overnight at your arranged Hotel

    Hotel: Bed & Breakfast


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

>The day begins with a 50 minute drive to umbwe Gate where registration formalities will be completed. We then transfer through villages and coffee and banana plantations to Umbwe Gate. The trail ascends sharply on a forestry track which winds up the dense rain forest. The path narrows and steepens as we climb the ridge between two rivers surrounded by huge trees. Umbwe Camp is perched between trees and thick undergrowth..


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

>>> The second day of the trek follows rockier terrain with sparse undergrowth and straggly, moss-covered trees. As we gain elevation, glimpses of Kilimanjaro can be seen. The path flattens as we approach Barranco Valley. From Umbwe ridge, the route descends to Barranco Camp through the strange but beautiful Senecio Forest.


  • Elevation: 13,044 ft to 13,106 ft
  • Distance: 5 km/3 miles
  • Hiking Time: 4-5 hours
  • Habitat: Alpine Desert

> We begin the day by descending into a ravine to the base of the Great Barranco Wall. Then we climb the non-technical but steep, nearly 900 ft cliff. From the top of the Barranco Wall we cross a series of hills and valleys until we descend sharply into Karanga Valley. One more steep climb up leads us to Karanga Camp. This is a shorter day meant for acclimatization..


  • Elevation: 13,106 ft to 15,331 ft
  • Distance: 4 km/2 miles
  • Hiking Time: 4-5 hours
  • Habitat: Alpine Desert

> We leave Karanga and hit the junction which connects with the Mweka Trail. We continue up to the rocky section to Barafu Hut. At this point, you have completed the Southern Circuit, which offers views of the summit from many different angles. Here we make camp, rest and enjoy an early dinner to prepare for the summit day. The two peaks of Mawenzi and Kibo are viewable from this position.


  • Barafu Camp to Uhuru Peak
  • Elevation: 15,331 ft to 19,341 ft
  • Distance: 5 km/3 miles
  • Hiking Time: 7-8 hours

Habitat: Arctic

  • Uhuru Peak to Mweka Camp
  • Elevation: 19,341 ft to 10,065 ft
  • Distance: 12 km/7 miles
  • Hiking Time: 4-6 hours
  • Habitat: Rain Forest

Very early in the morning (around midnight), we begin our push to the summit. This is the most mentally and physically challenging portion of the trek. The wind and cold at this elevation and time of day can be extreme. We ascend in the darkness for several hours while taking frequent, but short, breaks. Near Stella Point (18,900 ft), you will be rewarded with the most magnificent sunrise you are ever likely to see coming over Mawenzi Peak. Finally, we arrive at Uhuru Peak- the highest point on Mount Kilimanjaro and the continent of Africa. From the summit, we now make our descent continuing straight down to the Mweka Hut camp site, stopping at Barafu for lunch. The trail is very rocky and can be quite hard on the knees; trekking poles are helpful. Mweka Camp is situated in the upper forest and mist or rain can be expected in the late afternoon. Later in the evening, we enjoy our last dinner on the mountain and a well-earned sleep.


  • Elevation: 10,065 ft to 5,380 ft
  • Distance: 10 km/6 miles
  • Hiking Time: 3-4 hours
  • Habitat: Rain Forest

> On our last day, we continue the descent to Mweka Gate and collect the summit certificates. At lower elevations, it can be wet and muddy. From the gate, we continue another hour to Mweka Village. A vehicle will meet us at Mweka Village to drive us back to the hotel in Moshi..


Getting off at the airport depends on the flight schedule. You will be picked up from your hotel to
The airport is ready to get you on your way to your destination


• Mobile phones - carried by the main guide and all assistant guides, for daily communication with our Arusha base. For any emergency
• Linen (with replaceable bedding)
• Complete medical / first aid kit
• Professional mountain guides, all senior guides (at least one per trip) are currently certified by NOLS USA as WFR (Wilderness First Responder).
• A ratio of at least one guide for every three guests, to ensure personal attention.
• Cooks and porters
• Storage fees
• Camp fees
• Emergency rescue costs
• 4-season mountain tents (triple tent used as a double or single tent (extra charge), each tent equipped with a reinforced floor mat that covers both sides of the road, to allow clean and dry storage of equipment and waterproofing, mud or dust from entering the tent.
• Foam camping mat
• Large dining tent without weather, at night the tent is lit by candlelight, this tent is used for breakfast, lunch and dinner if the weather does not permit.
• Aluminum tables and chairs for all meals.
• Three meals a day, we prepare and prepare delicious and exciting meals needed for a long trip in the mountains.
• Snacks
• Tea and coffee
• Mineral water
• Transfer from the hotel to the starting point
• Transfer from the final destination to the hotel


  • Accommodation on arrival and last day
  • Mountain guide tips, recommended 15-20 per group per day
  • Porters 5 - 10$ per porter per group per day
  • Personal expenses
  • Personal items
  • Personal insurance / travel insurance
  • Personal medicine/first aid kit
  • Personal travel equipment
  • Sleeping bag

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