9 Days Kilimanjaro Climbing Umbwe Route



The Umbwe route is an easy-to-follow, short, and steep route. It is the most demanding route up Mount Kilimanjaro and is considered to be exceedingly difficult. Umbwe does not offer the requisite steps for acclimation to altitude because of the fast ascent. Although there is extremely little traffic on this route, the likelihood of success is also very low. Although seven days are advised when tackling this route, it is provided at a minimum of six days. Only extremely fit hikers who are confident in their capacity to acclimatize should attempt the Umbwe route. The Umbwe route is generally not recommended and we advise our clients avoid using it.

detail itinerary

You will be met by your guide, who will give you a briefing on your forthcoming trip and check your equipment to make sure you have all the appropriate mountain gear, when you are picked up at the Kilimanjaro International Airport and taken to your hotel in Arusha or Moshi town bed and breakfast. On this day, the missing equipment can be rented.

Leave Arusha / Moshi for Umbwe Gate at 8 a.m. There, you can meet our porters, guides, and cooks who will accompany you on your six-day trip to Uhuru Peak, the highest point in Africa. Wait at the gate once you arrive while we register your climb and the porters and guides make any last-minute adjustments. The Cave Bivouac Camp is where you’ll spend the night on your first day; it’s around 6 hours from the gate. The trail has several areas that can be slippery and is steep. Hike through the Kilimanjaro cloud forest’s moss-covered trees. Later on in the trip, the woodland will start to thin and heathers, tall grasses, and wildflowers will start to appear. In order to set up the tent in time for your arrival, porters and cooks will walk ahead. Gain in Elevation 1,050 meters (3,445 feet), Hiking time 4 to 6 hours, Meals included breakfast Lunch and Dinner

The trail’s first section continues to follow the ridge. To get to Barranco Camp after leaving the forest, walk through open moorlands. Due to its surroundings of enormous senecios and lobelias, Barranco has been described as the Umbwe Trail’s most beautiful campsite. Barranco’s valley location causes it to rise later than the other camps. 3,610 feet of elevation gain overall, or 1,100 meters. 5 to 7 hours for a hike Meals: Included are breakfast, lunch, and dinner.

An additional day to acclimate. By including this day, you’ll exert less effort and adjust to the environment faster. Meals Included are breakfast, lunch, and dinner

Leave Barranco Camp after breakfast for Karanga Valley. The day begins with a 1.5 hour scramble up the Barranco Wall. This is the hardest part of the day and in some places, you may have to use your hands to aid your climb. After reaching the top, hike through fairly level terrain before making a short but steep descent into the green Karanga River Valley. Elevation Gain 250 meters, 820 feet, Distance 7 Kilometers, Hiking time 3 to 5 hours, Meals Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner Included

After breakfast, begin the hike to Barafu Camp. On the way to Barafu, view several of Kibo’s glaciers as well as the junction that connects the descent route, Mweka, with the Machame trail. During day four, hike by the Heim, Kersten and Decken Glaciers. Although the trail to Barafu passes through alpine desert with little vegetation, Barafu Camp offers stunning views of Kibo and Mawenzi peaks. Try to sleep after finishing dinner as you will wake before midnight for your summit hike. Elevation Gain 400 meters, 1,320 feet Hiking time 3 to 5 hours, Meals Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner Included.

Start the last ascent to Uhuru Peak at midnight. For the next six hours, hike by the light of your headlamp. The hardest portion of the entire walk is the rise to the crater rim. Up until Stella Point, where the crater rim is located, the walk is extremely steep.
As far as hikes go, the ascent from Stella Point to Uhuru Peak is gentle and not too challenging. But the hike is long and strenuous because of the altitude. The hike around the crater rim takes around an hour. Before starting the descent to Mweka Camp after reaching Uhuru, snap pictures of your guide and the group at the summit. Enjoy views of the mountain, crater, clouds, and glaciers as you descend from Uhuru. Eat breakfast and take a quick rest at Barafu Camp. Before you get at Mweka Camp, you still have another three to five hours to hike. Gain in altitude: 1,295 meters (4,240 feet). 9,170 feet (2,795 meters) of elevation were lost. Time spent hiking: six hours to the rim, one hour to Uhuru, three to four hours to return to Barafu, and four hours to Mweka, Meals Included are breakfast, lunch, and dinner

Finish the adventure by hiking through the jungle to Mweka Gate after breakfast. The trail could get slick after it has rained. To transport you back to Moshi, our vehicles will meet you at the lower station of Mweka Gate. 5,250 feet, or 1,600 meters, of elevation loss 4 hours for the hike, Meals Included are breakfast, lunch, and dinner

After the hike, you have the rest of the day to relax before your trip home. You might visit Arusha / Moshi town and buy some souvenirs before going to the airport, depending on your travel schedules.
If you want to continue exploring Tanzania, there are add-ons for safari, Zanzibar, and other destinations available. Breakfast Included with Meals


In the Price
  • Accommodation as per the itinerary
  • Meals on full board and Water during Climbing
  • Road transportation for pick up and drop off
  • Climbing activities as per the itinerary
  • Park entrance fees, camping, Climbing crew fee and Taxes
  • English Speaking guides, Porter, and Chef for the Climbing
  • Hiking Safety equipment Oxygen cylinder, oxmeter and first aid
  • Portable flush toilet accompanying with toilet and tent


In the Price
  • Personal Climbing gear rental
  • All International Flights/local Flights + Taxes
  • Visa fees, Travel & Personal accident insurance
  • Excursions, services, and activities not mentioned in this program
  • Personal expenses e.g laundry, Drinks
  • Climbing Insurance. You need Climbing Insurance covering up to 6000 m
  • Lunch and dinner at the hotel before and after climbing