Umbwe Route is one of the steepest & hardest route among all the routes. This is extremely challenging to reach Uhuru Peak which is at the height of 5895m. This route can be covered within 5 days but for better acclimatization profile and success rate, you can complete it within 6 or 7 days.
If you are heading towards this route then you must know some facts about it. Its straightness increase the admiration among the trekkers. This route can direct you straight to the mountain in few days. So, you can easily reach at your destination.
Along with its preference there is something you need to know about it. No doubt this route is adventurous but filled with sleepy rocks, made after the volcanic activity. This route welcome everyone but favoured for experienced and skilled trekkers.
You will get the opportunity to explore various plant species, wild species, Barranco Valley, senecio Forest, & the Great Barranco Wall. Set a camp over here can be memorable for you. And near the Stella point you can find the best magnificent sunrise over Mawenzi peak. Traffic for the first few days on this route is low but picks up as soon as trekkers join Machame climbers at Barranco Camp.
Elevation Gain: 1250 meters
Walking Time: 5-7 hours
This morning you’ll meet your crew, who will be with you at all times during your trip. After a sustaining breakfast you’ll be driven the 45-minute trip from your hotel through a lush landscape of bustling villages and coffee smallholdings sheltered by banana palms to the Umbwe Gate. Here, your crew will register you for your climb, while the porters and guides make last minute preparations.
After lunch the real work starts. Your journey begins through dense green mountain rainforest. The air, warm and heavy with moisture, is redolent of the lush vegetation as you scramble and slide your way up an often muddy track through a dense canopy of rubber and giant fig trees. The route steepens between the Umbwe and Lonzo rivers, and you’ll need every ounce of strength to pull yourself upwards using the wild, strong tree roots. As you climb, you’ll see Kibo, unexpected, glimmering in the distance. Beneath your feet drop deep gorges. After a sumptuous dinner, you’ll rest overnight at the lonely Umbwe Cave Camp, nestling amongst giant trees and deep undergrowth, with the mystery of Umbwe Cave a short walk away.
Elevation Gain: 1150 meters
Walking Time: 4-6 hours
After a good, energy-rich breakfast you’ll prepare for today’s climb which takes you out of the rainforest and into the drier, crisper air of moorland broken with rocky outcrops. You’ll ascend through cloud forest, past thinning, moss-entwined trees, glimpsing more and more of the bright blue sky as you ascend the hair-raising and spectacular Umbwe Route ridge with sides that drop steeply until it flattens out near to the Barranco Valley. The Barranco Camp nestles in the valley below the Western Breach and the Great Barranco Wall, which you should study as this is your first climb after breakfast tomorrow! Enjoy a filling and delicious dinner gazing on the dramatic colours of a glowing African sunset.
Barranco Camp to Karanga Camp
Walking Time: 4-6hours
The first thing that greets you this morning is the scaling of the 257 meter Great Barranco Wall, often called the Breakfast Wall as it’s the first thing you’ll do after breakfast! It’s challenging but more of a scramble than a climb and you’ll enjoy a total-body workout. You’ll top out just below the glorious Helm Glacier soaring above you, and from here the views are incredible. You’ll descend through a tumbling up-and-down route across scree and ridges through alpine desert towards the Karanga Valley, lying beneath the icefalls of the Decken, Heim and Kersten Glaciers. Overnight after a satisfying dinner at Karanga Camp.
Elevation Gain: 641 meters
Walking Time: 4-5hours
After a good breakfast you’ll attack the path that starts climbing as you leave Karanga Camp. The Southern ice fields of Kibo sparkle to your left as you journey the arid and surreal high alpine landscape, such a contrast to the green lushness of earlier days. The route takes you up a constant climb then shelves into a shallow valley with a short, sharp scramble and hike leading you into Barafu Camp. Barafu Camp is situated on a rocky and desolate ridge, exposed to the elements but with glorious panoramic views from 15,000 feet up. You’ll be gazing at clouds below your feet and ice fields and the summit above you. It’s a tough environment for you to prepare your equipment and your mind-set for your final ascent tonight. Grab as much rest as you can before your 11pm push for the Uhuru Peak summit.
Elevation Gain: 1,295 meters
Elevation Loss: 2,795 meters
Walking Time: 14-16hours
It’s summit day and you’ll be woken at 11pm for hydration, food and a quick medical check. You’re very close now; but this section of the climb is the most dangerous. You will be climbing a steep gradient of heavy scree in darkness through the night as the temperature drops to below freezing. But as you reach Stellar Point, something amazing begins.
Imperceptibly at first, then more quickly, the sky pales to the softest blue and as you look east, the sun rises apricot, pink and gold above the cloud horizon. Tramping through iridescent ice fields burnished gold by the colours of sunrise and past impressive, impassive Rebmann and Ratzel Glaciers, look west to see the giant shadow of Kilimanjaro spreading across the plains far below you.
In another hour you’ll reach Uhuru Peak. You have conquered Umbwe Route. Marvel at the glorious vista with Mawenzi silhouetted against the blue skies and the dawn clouds gliding below. There’ll be time for pictures before you make your descent via breakfast at Barafu Camp. Your journey isn’t over, yet. You’ve a long descent over loose gravel through ice-capped outcrops and down to the welcoming moorland of the lower reaches. Mweka Camp nestles in lush vegetation in the mists of the upper forest and you’ll enjoy good food and good company as your body recovers from the harsh but beautiful experience of the night before.
Elevation Loss: 1,600 meters
Walking Time: 3-4hours
With Uhuru Peak a glorious memory far behind you, you’ll begin your hike back to civilization on a full stomach. The slope here is gentler than the ascent at Umbwe, but it can be slippery so watch those knees! You’ll have time to take in the misty cloud forest and perhaps even spot a Colobus monkey or two. Arriving at Mweka Gate you’ll receive your summit certificates and there’s an opportunity to buy sodas and t shirts. Our Viva Africa Tours vehicle will take you back to your hotel in Arusha/Moshi. What a difference a week makes.
Pick up and drop off at Kilimanjaro International Airport.
Pre & Post Trek accommodation at the standard hotel in Arusha/Moshi
Transfers to/from the mountain gates.
Expert guides, cook, assistant guides, and porters.
Three meals a day during the climb.
Bottled water on the first day of the climb boiled and filtered on the mountain.
Entry fees, Camping fees, rescue fees and crew fees.
Mountains 4 Season sleeping tents double occupancy.
Sleeping mattress, foam.
Mess tent, table, chairs and lanterns.
Oxygen tank in case of emergency.
Portable flush toilet with a toilet tent.
Crew salaries (Guides, cook and porters).
Tips (see tips guidelines)
Items of a personal nature
Gamow Bag is extra
Local Tanzanian Mountaineering Doctor for hire
Tips and gratuities
Umbwe Cave Camp
Umbwe Cave Camp
Shira Cave Camp
Kilimanjaro climbing is a unique trekking experience and attempted by 30,000 climbers each year. There are many pros and newbie hikers come to explore the highest freestanding mountain of the world. To climb 5,895m height you need a full crew to reach to the top. The crew includes guides, cooks, and porters. Porters are generally respected as the hero of Kilimanjaro. They doesn’t only accompany you to the peak also they carry all your needed stuff too.
They carry all the gears like clothing gears, hiking gears, and camping gears. The only thing you need to carry is your day pack. While porters are playing a role as the hero of Kili climb, they are unfortunately treated badly compared to other staffs. They are the low paid employees of the trekking companies. Most of the time they are not hired permanently, they used to work as freelancers.
They don’t only carry the gears they also help a lot in the campsites. They usually set up the tent, fill the bottle with clean water, and help cooks as well.
Mount Kilimanjaro is Africa’s highest mountain and also known for its world’s most iconic peaks. Climbing Kili is such a great activity with some hard steps to forward. Sometimes you may face some problems or lose hope for the climb. Guides can motivate you in a very optimistic way, appreciate your every step.
Mt. Kilimanjaro has almost every climate zone and that will suffer climbers the most. Because every routes has its own way to treat its climber.
Kilimanjaro guides are insightful, experienced, & flexible in nature. They know exhaustive description, history & geography about the land & the mountains. They can effortlessly demonstrate the do’s & don’ts etiquettes and inform you about the further journey.
If you want to know more reacted culture & tradition about the Chagga or Wachagga tribe, an experienced guide will show you the appropriate way. The approachable & companionable nature separates them from others. An adventurous path with a perfect guide can make your climb or trek better.
They got various special training, so their body adequate with the environment. This is also possible that they can understand the nature and accordingly craft the journey. Kilimanjaro guides are physically fit & have the leadership quality in them, which is inbuilt. And we know with a good leader, magic can happen ultimately.
Find a perfect guide is difficult! So you can book a slot before your trekking & enjoy the allure of Mount Kilimanjaro.
Private toilet tents are nevertheless important than other tents. Hygiene & sanitation are must for every climber as well as for the nature. You need this to maintain the privacy & can do your nature’s call at comfort. Most of the time climbers face many difficulties during the bathroom activity & some are not comfortable to change either.
Private toilet tent can be used as multi-purpose. You can use it as a toilet, bathroom, & changing room as well. Just purchase a high quality tent, so you can use it multiples times. Every day your kind-hearted potters set a toilet tent for you, so you can easily do your regular nature’s call anytime. While maintain the privacy, with an easy foldable, lightweight, private toilet camp. Another issue is, this mountain has almost all the climate zones. So, you will use the private one to avoid rain, cold or fog.
Mount Kilimanjaro has some public toilets but the difference is – sanitation. You can found it in every camp site & use it without of any hesitation. Mount Kilimanjaro is one of the most visited place in Africa. So as a visitor your first duty is to maintain the sanitation of the place.
There are many frequently asked questions about Mount Kilimanjaro. Let’s focus the lights on some of these. Here we go:
Q: Is hiking Mount Kilimanjaro hard?
A: It really depends on your definition of ‘hard’. Because hiking to Mount Kilimanjaro is a life time achievement. With a perfect plan & gears it can be the most relaxed path. And another thing your selection of routes will judge your journey.
Q: Do you need any training to climb?
A: Every year, from different countries, states, & regions visitors come for the mountain trekking. Kilimanjaro never disappoints anyone, you can gain some wonderful memorise too.
But if you want then practice some stretching & walking before a week. Maintain some food habit, get checked from your doctor. And make sure to carry the medical approval card.
Q: How long does it take to summit Kilimanjaro?
A: Proper planning makes your summit easier. The time span is depends upon various routes. That may be the toughest or easiest or taking much time. You can go Machame, Lemosho, Shira, Rongai, & Umbwe routes according the flora & fauna, and other climate zones.
Q: What should I pack?
A: Before go for your checklist, once contact with your respective travel organisation. Because they may provide you some essential stuffs or you need to carry anything. Try to go for the most essential things, because there will be a weight limit for every person. Here are some essentials;
At the Mount Kilimanjaro, all you need is the right gear for the right time. In this situation, electronic gadgets play a vital role in the field of emergency. Mountain climbing is not only something that needs physical training but also needs the finest preparation before the trek. The important fact is, you need to pick the priority first.
Add your priority in your list that may be the gears or the gadgets. Because it is advisable to carry 12 kg/person. So you can carry your smartphone, power bank, which can charge any device easily. After that all you need a headlight, torch, with some spare batteries for an emergency. And to charge every gadget you need a solar charger.
The more you climb the more you need relaxation. So, you can have an mp3 player with a portable headphone for entertainment purposes. Camera- you can’t miss it out. The memory at such a high altitude should be captured.
And experience the splendid beauty of Kilimanjaro. On your way to the roof of Africa, try to carry 12 kg of the personal bag, because porters will carry your camping equipment, kitchen tent, toiletries & food equipment. Climbing Kili is the life time experience, so enjoy it completely.
Tipping is like a tradition. Mount Kilimanjaro attracts enormous visitors every year. Trekking is a lifetime adventure. So you need to worth it for every possible perspective. The guide is one who directs the path in your journey. An experienced guide has the capacity to craft your climb beautifully. Because they know the appropriate routes to reach the destination.
You can utilize their experience during your journey. They can judge the atmosphere easily & lead you consequently. So, pay them some tips & make them contentment. Because guides can lead you in the best possible way & protect you from some uncertainty.
In general, pay your guide the tip at the end of your journey because in that way you don’t need to carry more money with you. You can give the tips to the organization or directly to the guide. The entire process is from the first day to the end of the day accordingly you should add the tips & give it to them with a smile.
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