10 Days

Mt Kilimanjaro – Umbwe Route

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$3012/ Adult

Minimum 2 passengers

Please Note: This trip is currently only available for private bookings with a minimum of 2 people on the date of your choice. Pricing will be based on your level of accommodations and the number of people in your group. 

Why travel with us?

What's Included

  • 2 nights Hotel in Moshi (1-night on arrival and 1-night after climb) w/ Breakfast
  • All meals while on the mountain (large portions of fresh, healthy, nutritious food)
  • All camping and hut fees
  • All camping gear (4-season mountain sleeping tent, sleeping pad, etc)
  • Dining Tent with Table and Chairs
  • Professional, Experienced, Mountain Guide (English Speaking, certified as Wilderness First Responder & Emergency Adult and Child CPR)
  • Clean, purified drinking water
  • Kilimanjaro National Park Permits
  • Kilimanjaro Rescue Fee
  • Guides, Porters, Cook (salaries and park fees)
  • Mobile Communications (for emergency only)
  • Personal Summit Certificate stamped and signed by the National Park and your Guide
  • Transport to/from the Airport
  • Transport to/from the mountain gates
  • Private Camp Toilet
  • First-Aid Kit
  • Oxygen Cylinder
  • VAT (18% charged by the Government)

What's Excluded

  • International & Domestic Airfare
  • Airport taxes and excess baggage fees
  • Travel Insurance
  • Additional Hotel Stay
  • Beverages & meals not specified
  • Trekking Equipment for rent such as sleeping bags, hiking boots, clothes)
  • Tips for your guide, porters, cook and crew, & drivers
  • Innoculations & Vaccinations
  • Optional Activities
  • Personal Expenses
  • Visa Fees
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Sustainability Commitment

Our local travel partner for the Mount Kilimanjaro Trek is a Moshi-based, family-owned company who encourages environmental conservation and regeneration practices and participate in mountain clean-up efforts and tree-planting activities in collaboration with the local government and various NGOs. Furthermore, they proudly support the Nguzo Women’s Foundation, a grassroots non-profit in the Hai District of the Kilimanjaro region, whose initiatives include providing menstrual kits and health education to young girls in six government primary schools. In addition, they have taken proactive steps to create opportunities for female guides and porters on their team.

Overview

The Umbwe Route on Kilimanjaro is renowned for its steep and challenging ascent, offering experienced trekkers a thrilling adventure to Africa's highest peak. Starting from the southern side of the mountain, this route is the shortest but most demanding, requiring excellent physical fitness and altitude acclimatization. Trekkers are rewarded with breathtaking views as they ascend through dense rainforests, rocky ridges, and stunning alpine landscapes. While less traveled, the Umbwe Route offers a sense of solitude and pristine wilderness, making it a popular choice for seasoned climbers seeking an exhilarating and immersive experience on Kilimanjaro.

Adventure Highlights

  • The Umbwe Route is considered one of the most difficult paths up Kilimanjaro due to its steep and strenuous sections. Trekkers need to be physically fit and mentally prepared for the challenges it presents.
  • Despite its difficulty, the route offers stunning views and unique perspectives of the mountain. It passes through dense rainforests, moorlands, and rocky sections, providing a diverse range of landscapes.
  • Compared to some of the more popular routes, the Umbwe Route tends to have fewer trekkers, contributing to a quieter and more remote experience.
  • The lower sections of the route pass through rainforests with a chance to spot various wildlife, including monkeys, birds, and sometimes larger mammals.
  • The route’s rugged nature and fewer trekkers contribute to a sense of adventure and solitude. Trekkers seeking a more off-the-beaten-path experience may find the Umbwe Route appealing.
  • Successfully summiting Kilimanjaro via the Umbwe Route can provide a strong sense of personal achievement due to the route’s demanding nature.
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    Daily Itinerary

    Arrive in Moshi and you’ll be picked up at the airport by our representative at Moshi Airport (QSI) and taken to your hotel. Moshi is a small and clean town that offers many activities and sceneries to take part in.

    Arrive a few days before your climb and visit the ever-beautiful and tranquil Lak Chala, or take a dip in the Kikuletwa Hot Springs. Take a village trip to Materuni waterfalls and Materuni Village for a local coffee-making tour or take a tour to Olpopongi Village located at West Kilimanjaro.

    INCLUDE:
    — Airport Transfer

    Overnight at Moshi Hotel

    Hotel

    After breakfast, the day begins with a 50-minute drive from Moshi to Machame Gate where registration formalities will be completed. We then transfer through villages, coffee, and banana plantations to the Umbwe Gate. The trail ascends sharply on a forestry track that winds up the dense rainforest. The path narrows and steepens as we climb the ridge between two rivers surrounded by huge trees. Umbwe Camp is perched between trees and thick undergrowth.

    INCLUDED:
    — Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, & Dinner

    Elevation: 1,600m /5,249ft to 2,900m/9,514ft
    Hiking time: 5-7 hours
    Distance: 11 km/ 8 miles
    Zone: Heathland

    Overnight at Umbwe Camp

    Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
    Camp

    The second day of the trek follows rockier terrain with sparse undergrowth, straggly, and moss-covered trees. As we gain elevation, glimpses of Kilimanjaro can be seen. The path flattens as we approach Barranco Valley. From Umbwe Ridge, the route descends to Barranco Camp through the strange but beautiful Senecio Forest.

    INCLUDED:
    — Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, & Dinner

    Elevation: 2,900m/9,514ft to 3,976m/13,044ft
    Hiking time: 5-7 hours
    Distance: 6 km/ 4 miles
    Zone: Heathland

    Overnight at Barranco Camp

    Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
    Camp

    We will spend an extra day here for acclimatization. Adding this day will ease your effort and amplify your acclimatization as well as increase the success of summiting.

    INCLUDED:
    — Meals: Breakfast, lunch & dinner

    Overnight at Barranco Camp

    Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
    Camp

    We begin the day by descending into a ravine to the base of the Great Barranco Wall. Then we climb the non-technical but steep, nearly 274m/900ft cliff. From the top of the Barranco Wall, we cross a series of hills and valleys until we descend sharply into Karanga Valley. One more steep climb up leads us to Karanga Camp. This is a shorter day meant for acclimatization.

    INCLUDED:
    — Meals: Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner

    Elevation: 3,976m/13,044ft to 3,995m/13,106ft
    Hiking time: 4-6 hours
    Distance: 5 km/ 3 miles
    Zone: Alpine Desert

    Overnight at Karanga Camp

    Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
    Camp

    We leave Karanga and hit the junction which connects with the Mweka Trail. We continue up to the rocky section to Barafu Hut. At this point, you have completed the Southern Circuit, which offers views of the summit from many different angles. Here we make camp, rest, and enjoy an early dinner to prepare for the summit day. The two peaks of Mawenzi and Kibo are viewable from this position.

    INCLUDED:
    — Meals: Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner

    Elevation: 3,995m/13,106ft to 4,673m/15,331ft
    Hiking time: 4-6 hours
    Distance: 4 km/ 2 miles
    Zone: Alpine Desert

    Overnight at Karanga Camp

    Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
    Camp

    We leave Karanga and reach the junction which connects with the Mweka Trail. We continue up to the rocky section to Barafu Hut. At this point, we have completed the Southern Circuit, which offers views of the summit from many different angles. Here we make camp, rest, and enjoy an early dinner to prepare for the summit day. The two peaks of Mawenzi and Kibo are viewable from this position.

    INCLUDED:
    — Meals: Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner

    Elevation: 3,995m/13,106ft to 4,673m/15,331ft
    Hiking time: 4-6 hours
    Distance: 4 km/ 2 miles
    Zone: Alpine Desert

    Overnight at Barafu Camp

    Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
    Camp

    Very early in the morning (around midnight), we begin our push to the summit. This is the most mentally and physically challenging portion of the trek. The wind and cold at this elevation and time of day can be extreme. We ascend in the darkness for several hours while taking frequent, but short, breaks. Near Stella Point 5,761m/18,900ft, we will be rewarded with the most magnificent sunrise you are ever likely to see coming over Mawenzi Peak. Finally, we arrive at Uhuru Peak the highest point on Mount Kilimanjaro and the continent of Africa.

    From the summit, we now make our descent continuing straight down to the Mweka Hut camp site, stopping at Barafu for lunch. The trail is very rocky and can be quite hard on the knees; trekking poles are helpful. Mweka Camp is situated in the upper forest, mist or rain can be expected in the late afternoon. Later in the evening, enjoy your last dinner on the mountain and a well-earned sleep.

    INCLUDED:
    — Meals: Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner

    Barafu Camp to Uhuru Peak
    Elevation: 4,673m/15,331ft to 5,895m/19,341ft
    Hiking time: 7-9 hours
    Distance: 5 km/ 3 miles
    Zone: Arctic

    Uhuru Peak to Mweka Camp
    Elevation: 5,895m/19,341ft to 3,068m/10,065ft
    Hiking time: 4-6 hours
    Distance: 12 km/ 7 miles
    Zone: Rainforest

    Overnight at Mweka Camp

    Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
    Camp

    On our last day, we continue the descent to Mweka Gate and collect your summit certificates. At lower elevations, it can be wet and muddy. From the gate, we continue another hour to Mweka Village. A vehicle will be waiting for us at Mweka Village to drive us back to the hotel in Moshi.

    INCLUDED:
    — Meals: Breakfast & Lunch

    Elevation: 3,068m/10,065ft to 1,640m/5,380ft
    Hiking time: 3-5 hours
    Distance: 10 km/ 6 miles
    Zone: Rainforest

    Overnight at Moshi Hotel

    Breakfast, Lunch
    Hotel

    Today is departure day and there are no scheduled activities. At the appropriate time, a representative will pick you up and take you to the airport for your return home or to your next destination.

    INCLUDED:
    — Meals: Breakfast

    Breakfast
    Hotel
    Kilimanjaro Umbwe Route

    FAQs

    How difficult is the Umbwe Route compared to other routes on Kilimanjaro?

    The Umbwe Route is one of the most challenging routes on Kilimanjaro, characterized by steep ascents and rugged terrain. It is recommended for experienced trekkers with excellent physical fitness.

    Do I need previous trekking experience to hike the Umbwe Route?

    Although no mountaineering experience is required, a good level of physical fitness is necessary to tackle Mt Kilimanjaro. You’ll need to be comfortable walking 6-8 hours uphill a day. The distances may not be long, but the altitude makes it harder than your average uphill hike.

    Where will I sleep during the trek?

    Accommodation on the Rongai Route typically includes camping at designated campsites along the trail.

    What is the distance of the Umbwe Route?

    The trekking distance for the Umbwe Route is 53km (32 miles).

    Do I need any permits for the Umbwe Route trek?

    Trekking permits and park fees are required to climb Kilimanjaro via the Rongai Route. These fees are included in the cost of your guided tour package.

    What is the risk of altitude sickness on the Umbwe Route trek?

    Sections of this trek take you above 9200 ft (2800 m), where it is common to experience altitude sickness. Altitude sickness is managed through a gradual ascent, adequate hydration, rest days for acclimatization, and prompt descent in case of severe symptoms.

    Do I need travel insurance?

    Travel insurance with medical evacuation and repatriation as well as hiking insurance is mandatory for this trip. This should cover high-altitude trekking of at least 19,340 ft and should be on a ‘non-reimbursement’ basis so the insurer will pay for the hospital bills immediately, as opposed to claiming when you get home. We strongly recommend purchasing comprehensive travel insurance which provides coverage for trip interruption, flight cancellation, and loss of baggage.

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