7 Days Mt Kilimanjaro Climbing – Umbwe Route

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The Umbwe Route is mostly regarded as the hardest trek. Due to its fast trek to the peak it gives little time for acclimatization. This route has less traffic compared to the other routes. Umbwe route is direct, short and steep. The entire trek takes a minimum of five days whether going via the Barafu Campsite (a walk of 27.70km ) or via the Western Breach/Arrow Glacier (24.36km).

Package includes

  • Return transport from Nairobi
  • Accommodation in Moshi
  • Return hotel-mountain-hotel transfers
  • Services of qualified mountain guide, assistant guide, porters and cooks
  • Breakfast, lunch and dinner, as well as hot drinks on the mountain
  • All camping equipment (tents, camping chairs & sleeping mat)
  • Kilimanjaro National Park certificate for your successful summit attempt


The Price Excluded:
• Laundry

  • Sleeping bags
  • Drinks/Beverages
  • Climbing gears
    • Items of personal nature
    • Any other extras not detailed in the above itinerary
  • Travel insurance

Day 1: Departure for Moshi, Tanzania

Leave Nairobi at 8:00am drive through Namanga boarder check in then proceed to Arusha further to Moshi for Overnight in a hotel. 8hrs drive

DAY 2: Umbwe Gate to Umbwe Camp

Drive to Machame Gate for  registration formalities. Transfer to Umbwe Gate. The trail ascends steeply on a forestry track which winds up the dense rain forest. The path then shrinks as we climb the ridge between two rivers surrounded by big trees. Umbwe Camp is set up between trees and thick undergrowth.

DAY 3: Umbwe Camp to Barranco Camp

The third day sees a change in the landscape characterized by a rockier terrain with sparse vegetation.  The trail begins to flattens as we get closer to Barranco Valley.  Continue descending to Barranco Camp which is situated in the valley. Dinner and overnight at the camp.

DAY 4: Barranco Camp to Karanga Camp

Descend into a ravine to the base of the Great Barranco Wall. Then we climb the cliff which is steep but one is not required to have any technical skills. Once on top, we will cross a number of hills until we descend into Karanga Valley. One more steep climb up leads us to Karanga Camp. Dinner and overnight at the camp.

DAY 5: Karanga Camp to Barafu Camp

Depart Karanga Camp for Barafu Camp. This route consists of mainly rocky terrains with sparse vegetation. We continue up to the rocky section to Barafu Hut. This marks completion of the Southern Circuit, which offers spectacular views of the summit from many positions. Here we make camp, rest and enjoy an early dinner to prepare for the summit day.

DAY 6: Barafu Camp to Uhuru Peak

At around midnight we begin our trail to the summit. Ascend for several hours while taking repeated, but short breaks. As we get closer to Stella Point (18,900 ft), you  will be welcomed by the most spectacular sunrise. Finally, we arrive at Uhuru Peak and celebrate the achievement. From the summit, head to Barafu camp for lunch after which we descent to the Mweka Hut camp site. This is a rocky trail. Later in the evening, enjoy dinner and a well-earned sleep.

DAY 7: Mweka Camp to Mweka Gate 

On our last day, we descent to Mweka Gate where certificates are issued to the successful climbers. From the gate, we walk for an 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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