Climbing Kilimanjaro, Uhuru Peak (5895 m). Umbwe Route, 7 days
About This Route
The Umbwe route has a well-deserved reputation of being the most challenging route on Mount Kilimanjaro. Approaching from the south, the Umbwe route is a short, steep and direct climb. After reaching Barranco Camp, the trail follows the southern circuit to the summit. The descent is done via the Mweka route. Major reason that Umbwe route considered to be very difficult is its steepness in the first two days and its shrt time of acclimatization.This route is attempted by strong hikers who are also confident of their ability to acclimatize to altitude.
Day 1: You will be picked up at the Kilimanjaro International Airport and transferred to Parkview In hotel/Kilimanjaro wonders Hotel or any booked in Moshi town, you will meet your guide who will brief you on your upcoming trek and do an equipment check to make sure you have all the necessary mountain gear. Gear which is missing can be rented on this day. Overnight at your arranged Hotel. Hotel is Bed & Breakfast basis.
Day 2: Machame gate for permit (1790m) - Umbwe gate (1800m) - Umbwe Cave (3000m)
The climb starts from Umbwe Gate, where the path follows a ridge between two deep valleys up through the dense montane forest. The camp is perched between huge trees and thick undergrowth. There is no water available at this campsite, so we must carry from the gate all the water needed for drinking, food preparation and cleaning.
Distance covered: 9.5km / 6.7mi / Approx. time taken: 6- 7hours / Meals: Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner Included
Day 3: Umbwe Cave (3000m) to Barronco Camp (3960m)
The path gets steeper on this section, as you get out of the forest along the Umbwe ridge the route descends slightly to the Barranco camp situated in the valley. In this camp you will meet with other trekkers from Machame route and Lemosho route. Therefore the population will be bigger.
Distance covered: 7.5km / 4.9mi / Approx. time taken: 5 hours / Meals: Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner Included
Day 4: Barranco Camp (3960m) to Karanga Camp (3963m)
Our day starts by descending into the start of the Great Barranco, a huge ravine. We then exit steeply, up the Great Barranco Wall, which divides us from the southeastern slopes of Kibo. It’s a climb over rock, not technical but long and tiring. Passing underneath the Heim and Kersten glaciers, we head towards the Karanga valley. From here we have a steep climb up from Karanga valley to our night’s camp at Karanga camp, set at 3963m. For those feeling strong we will go for a mid-afternoon acclimatization trek up to around 4200m before descending back to camp for the night.
Distance covered: 5.5km / 3.4mi / Approx. time taken: 5 hours / Meals: Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner Included
Day 5: Karanga Camp (3963) to Barafu Camp (4640m)
Our day starts by descending into the Great Barranco, a huge ravine. We then exit steeply, up the Great Barranco Wall, which divides us from the southeastern slopes of Kibo. It’s a climb over rock, not technical, but long and tiring. Passing underneath the Heim and Kersten glaciers, we head towards the Karanga valley, which is our last stop for fresh water before the summit. Scree now forms the terrain as we walk through arid and desolate land towards Barafu camp.
Distance covered: 3km / 1.9mi / Approx. time taken: 3 hours / Meals: Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner Included
Day 6: Barafu Camp (4640m) to UHURU PEAK (5895m) & down to Mweka Camp (3100m)
We start off at around midnight, and walk steeply upwards to the summit glaciers. We will be climbing scree for 4 to 5 hours but gain incredible height over a short distance. The views are spectacular. We should be on the crater rim at Stella Point (5739m) as the first rays of the sun hit us. Spectacular ice cliffs within the crater surround us and the views to jagged Mawenzi peak and beyond are breathtaking. Another hour’s walking takes us to the summit, Uhuru Peak (5895m). We begin our descent by returning to Stella Point and then descending on scree slope and track back to Barafu Camp for breakfast, before finally heading down to Mweka Camp for a long well-earned rest.
Distance covered: 16.4km / 9.6mi / Approx. time taken: 13hours – 15hours / Meals: Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner Included
Day 7: Trek Mweka Camp (3100m) to Mweka Gate (1630m)
A gentle trek takes us down through the rainforest to Mweka Gate, where we complete park formalities and receive certificates, which you can hang up with pride! We are then met by our vehicles and return to the hotel in Moshi, where you can treat yourself to a welcome shower then celebrate with cold drinks. Overnight at your arranged Hotel.
Distance covered: 9.1km / 7.5miles / Approx. time taken: 3 hours / Hotel: Bed &Breakfast
Day 8 etc.: This day left for your next destination. If you wish, for a fee, you will be additionally offered: climbing Kilimanjaro (5895 m) another route, climbing Mount Meru (4566 m), Safari tours from 2 to 10 days, rest on Zanzibar and other programs.
Meals: Breakfast Included