Duration
7 Days
Tour Type
Climbing
Group Size
30 People
Tour Guide
05 People
Kilimanjaro

7 Days Umbwe Route

Tour Highlights

  • The 7-day Umbwe Route tour to Uhuru Peak offers a challenging yet incredibly rewarding experience for adventurous individuals seeking to conquer Mount Kilimanjaro, the highest peak in Africa.
  • This route is known for its difficulty but also its awe-inspiring scenery and direct path to the summit.
  • This part of the trek showcases the awe-inspiring beauty and grandeur of Kilimanjaro's glacial landscapes.
  • Embarking on the 7-day Umbwe Route tour is not only a physical and mental challenge but also an opportunity to immerse yourself in the unparalleled beauty of Mount Kilimanjaro.
  • With determination, proper preparation, and the support of an experienced team, reaching Uhuru Peak via the Umbwe Route is an accomplishment that will be etched in your memory forever.
Destination Tanzania
Route Umbwe
Arrival Moshi
Departure Moshi
Included
  • Airport transfers- (Return)
  • Hotel (Budget)- can be upgraded by paying extra
  • All park entry fees
  • All hut fees
  • All the camping equipment except personal gear, available for rent or bring from home
  • Rescue fees
  • Emergency Oxygen cylinder
  • Ox-miter machine
  • Transport to/from the mountain gates
  • Guide, chef and porters salaries
  • Guides, chef and porters
  • Meals( 3 times per day)
  • Cook and kitchen utensils
  • English speaking guide (certified as a Wilderness First Responder & Emergency Medicine Adult and CHild CPR)
Excluded
  • Tips (Gratuity) to guide and porters
  • Elevation: 5,249 ft to 9,514 ft
  • Distance: 11 km
  • Hiking Time: 5-7 hours
  • Habitat: Heath

The day begins with a 50-minute drive to Machame 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
  • 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.

You will spend your whole day exploring near Barranco Camp for much-needed acclimatization. Keep your camera handy to capture the scenery of the groundsel-clad campsite. Many trekkers rank this as their favorite camp on this trail, which is another reason this is the perfect spot for your acclimatization day.

  • Elevation: 13,044 ft to 13,106 ft
  • Distance: 5 km
  • 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
  • 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.

  • Elevation: 15,331 ft to 19,341 ft to 10,065 ft
  • Distance: 5 km / 12 km
  • Hiking Time: 7-8 hours / 4-6 hours
  • Habitat: Arctic / Rainforest

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. We ascend in the darkness for several hours while taking frequent, but short, breaks. Near Stella Point, 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. Mweka Camp is situated in the upper forest and mist or rain can be expected in the late afternoon.

  • Elevation: 10,065 ft to 5,380 ft
  • Distance: 10 km
  • Hiking Time: 3-4 hours
  • Habitat: Rainforest

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.

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