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.

  • Arusha/Moshi to Umbwe Cave Camp

    Elevation Gain: 1250 meters

    Walking Time: 5-7 hours

    Distance: 10.5km

    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.

  • Umbwe Cave Camp to Barranco Camp

    Elevation Gain: 1150 meters

    Walking Time: 4-6 hours

    Distance: 6.5km

    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.

  • Shira Cave Camp – Barranco Camp

    Barranco Camp to Karanga Camp

    Walking Time: 4-6hours

    Distance: 6km

    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.

  • Karanga Camp to Barafu Camp

    Elevation Gain: 641 meters

    Walking Time: 4-5hours

    Distance: 3.5km

    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.

  • Barafu Camp to Uhuru Peak to Mweka Camp

    Elevation Gain: 1,295 meters

    Elevation Loss: 2,795 meters

    Walking Time: 14-16hours

    Distance: 19km

    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.

  • Mweka Camp to Mweka Gate to Arusha/Moshi

    Elevation Loss: 1,600 meters

    Walking Time: 3-4hours

    Distance: 10km

    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.

What's Included & Exclude ?

Included

  • 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).

Exclude

  • Alcohol

  • Tips (see tips guidelines)

  • Items of a personal nature

  • Gamow Bag is extra

  • Local Tanzanian Mountaineering Doctor for hire

  • Tips and gratuities

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