6 Days Climbing Mount Kilimanjaro Umbwe Route

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6 Days Climbing Mount Kilimanjaro Umbwe Route; Mount Kilimanjaro Umbwe route is one of the shortest routes to the Southern Glaciers and the Western Breach in Mount Kilimanjaro Climbing

It is probably the most scenic, non-technical route on Kilimanjaro. It is quite taxing, primarily due to the relatively fast ascent to higher altitude, but the rewards are plentiful.

Fewer people, pristine forest and shorter walking distances make it a great option for fit hikers. The Umbwe route is known for its caves.

The first night you actually sleep at the Umbwe Cave Camp with two more caves that can be visited en route the following day.

Because of the high risks involved with sleeping at Arrow Glacier camp and summiting via the Western Breach, all our Umbwe route hikes are re-routed, to join with the Machame route from night 2 on the mountain.

On special request under this 6 Days Climbing Mount Kilimanjaro Umbwe Route we can assist with Umbwe route hikes attempting to summit using the Western Breach/ Arrow Glacier path and overnight at the Crater camp.

Since Umbwe route is a very short and direct route, it is not recommended for people with little altitude experience.

6 Days Climbing Mount Kilimanjaro Umbwe Route Summary Itinerary

Day 1: Drive to Kilimanjaro National Park Umbwe Gate, Hike to Umbwe Cave Camp

Day 2: Umbwe Cave Camp to Barranco Camp

Day 3: Hike Barranco Camp to Karanga Camp

Day 4: Hike Karanga Camp to Barafu Camp

Day 5: Hike Barafu Camp to Summit, down to Mweka Camp

Day 6: Hike Mweka Camp to Mweka Gate, drive to Moshi/ Arusha

6 Days Climbing Mount Kilimanjaro Umbwe Route Itinerary

Day 1: Drive to Kilimanjaro National Park Umbwe Gate (1800 Meters/ 5450 Feet) – Hike to Umbwe Cave Camp (3,000 Meters/ 9350 Feet)

After breakfast you will be driven to the Umbwe Gate (about 1 hour) passing through villages with coffee and banana plantations.

On arrival at the Parks Gate your guide and porters will meet you. Sign the register before you enter the park for your first step to accomplishing a life-long dream.

Commence the climb through the rain forest with packed lunch on route. The air is thick with moisture and the path is usually muddy.

The route initially follows a forestry track winding up through the natural rain forest. It then narrows and steepens to climb the ridge between the Lonzo and Umbwe rivers, with huge trees surrounding you.

The path offers some spectacular views of deep gorges and if you are lucky, glimpses of Kilimanjaro towering above you in the distance. The camp is perched between huge trees and thick undergrowth

Our hiking distance is 11 Kilometers/ 7 Miles and the time taken is 5-6 hours through Montane Forest.

Overnight at Umbwe Cave Camp
Meal Plan:
 {Lunch & Dinner}


Day 2 : Umbwe Cave Camp (2850 Meters/ 9350 Feet) to Barranco Camp (4000 Meters/ 13,000 Feet)

After breakfast we depart from the camp, the forest starts thinning and is replaced by rockier terrain, sparser undergrowth and straggly, moss-covered trees.

The path continues along a narrow, but spectacular ridge. As you gain higher altitude, catch glimpses of Kilimanjaro rising majestically ahead of you – etched against the blue sky.

The path flattens as you approach Barranco Valley. From the Umbwe ridge the route descends slightly to the Barranco camp.

The camp is situated in the valley below the Breach and Great Barranco Wall, which should provide you with a memorable sunset while your dinner is being prepared.

Our hiking distance is 6 Kilometers/ 4 Miles and the time taken is 4-5 hours through Semi-desert.

Overnight at Barranco Camp
Meal Plan: 
{Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner}


Day 3 : Hike Barranco Camp (4000 Meters/13,000 Feet) to Karanga camp (4050 Meters/ 13,250 Feet)

After breakfast you will start your hike towards a steep climb up the eastern wall leads us just below the Heim Glacier, where we may have some spectacular views of Kilimanjaro.

We then take a steep exit up the Great Barranco Wall, which divides us from the southeastern slopes of Kibo, the trail continues down into the alpine desert of the Karanga Valley, finally we have a steep climb up to Karanga Camp.

The campsite is spectacular and very cold, so you need to be prepared.

Our hiking distance is 5 Kilometers/ 3 Miles and the time taken is 3 to 4 hours through Alpine Desert.

Overnight at Karanga Camp
Meal Plan: 
{Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner}


Day 4 : Hike Karanga Camp (4050 Meters/ 13,250 Feet) to Barafu Camp (4700 Meters/ 15,350 Feet)

A steep climb out of Karanga, and an easy path on compacted scree with wide views through this empty and dry landscape up to Barafu Camp.

The two peaks Kibo and Mawenzi can been seen from Barafu Camp. After a hot lunch at the Camp.

The remainder of the day is spent resting as we prepare for the final ascent before an early night summit walk.

Our hiking distance is 4 Kilometers/ 2 Miles and the time taken is 3 to 4 hours through Alpine Desert.

Overnight at Barafu Camp
Meal Plan: 
{Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner}


Day 5 : Hike Barafu Camp (4700 Meters/ 15,350 Feet) to Summit (5895 Meters/ 19,340 Feet), Down to Mweka Camp (3090 Meters/ 10,150 Feet)

Wake up before midnight in the cover of darkness. We begin a steep climb over loose volcanic scree has some well-graded zig-zags and a slow but steady pace will take us to rim of the main crater, Stella Point, at 5,735m. We will rest there for few minutes to enjoy the sunrise over Mawenzi. Those who are still feeling good can continue slowly to make the two hour round trip from here along the crater rim to main peak (5,895 m), which is the highest point in Africa. After a few minutes to appreciate your accomplishment we descend to Barafu is amazingly fast, and we stop at Barafu Camp for some refreshment, we continue to descend to reach Mweka Camp.
Barafu Camp to Summit to Mweka Camp (3100 m): 13-15 hours walking. – See more at: , 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!
0200 Hours: Wake up before midnight in the cover of darkness. We begin a steep climb over loose volcanic scree has some well-graded zig-zags and a slow but steady pace will take us to rim of the main crater, Stella Point, at 5,735 meters.

We will rest there for few minutes to enjoy the sunrise over Mawenzi. Those who are still feeling good can continue slowly to make the two hour round trip from here along the crater rim to main peak (5,895 meters), which is the highest point in Africa.

After a few minutes to appreciate your accomplishment we descend to Barafu Camp. The decend is amazingly fast, and we stop at Barafu Camp for some refreshment.

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.

Barafu Camp to Summit to Mweka Camp (3100 m): 13 -15 hours walking. Our hiking distance is 4 Kilometers/ 3 Miles Up and 13 Kilometers/ 8 Miles Down and the time taken is 5 to 7 hours up / 5 to 6 hours down

Habitat: Stone scree and ice-capped summit

Overnight at Mweka Camp
Meal Plan: 
{Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner}


Day 6 : Hike Mweka Camp (3090 Meters/10,150 Feet) to Mweka Gate 1680 Meters/ 5500 Feet, 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 village to drive you back to your hotel in Moshi/ Arusha. Our hiking distance is 10 Kilometers/ 6 Miles Up and the time taken is 3 to 4 hours through Forest

Meal Plan: {Breakfast}

6 Days Climbing Mount Kilimanjaro Umbwe Route Prices

Dates FromDates ToPrice Per Student8 to 12 Year Child
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Notes

* The best Months for climbing Mount Kilimanjaro are January, February and also August and September. July can be colder and November to December can be wet. January to February is the warmest months, almost clear of clouds each evening and morning

6 Days Climbing Mount Kilimanjaro Umbwe Route Rates Includes:

* Rescue fees
* All Park fees
* Walking Poles
* Pulse Oximeters
* Sleeping Mattress
* Summit Emergency Oxygen
* Clean, purified drinking water
* Clean, purified drinking water
* All meals while on the Mountain
* Fair and ethical treatment of porters
* Private, portable chemical flush toilets
* Quality Mess tents with table and chairs
* Crisis management and safety procedures
* Professional, experienced, mountain guides
* Guides, Porters, cook salaries and park fees
* Large portions of fresh, healthy nutritious food
* Quality, waterproof, four-season private mountain sleeping tents

6 Days Climbing Mount Kilimanjaro Umbwe Route Rates Do Not Include:

* Drinks
* Laundry
* Flights and airport taxes
* Optional but highly recommended Portable toilet
* Highly recommended travel and medical insurance
* Items of a personal nature & Communication charges
* Snacks, personal medicine and water purifying tablets
*
Lunch or dinner in town (option and extra charges direct)

* Sightseeing not included in the package; optional activities
* Health requirements (Yellow Fever compulsory if travelling to Tanzania recommended)
* Personal hiking/ trekking gear – we can rent some of the gear from our equipment store in Tanzania
* South African passport holders do NOT require a visa for Tanzania, however most other Nationalities require a visa for Tanzania
* Personal expenses such as transfers to/ from the airport (supplement airport transfer cost applies for tours starting from the airport)
* Tips or gratuity 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)

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