This route join Machame route near the Barranco Camp on the second night. Barranco Camp is reached on the third or fourth night by other Kilimanjaro route. Goes to show how much steeper Umbwe is...

Our best 6 days Mount Kilimanjaro trekking Umbwe route

Mount Kilimanjaro trekking Umbwe route is steeper and shorter than the Machame Route. Once at the Barranco Hut you continue on with the other Machame hikers. The descent is down the Mweka trail.

Since it is a very short and direct route, it is not recommended for people with little altitude experience.

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All our Kilimanjaro mountain treks are offered as a private trip, starting on any day. We offer group departures on the Machame Route only.

Day 1: Drive to Kilimanjaro National Park Umbwe route gate, hike to Umbwe Cave Camp (LD)

Day 2: Umbwe Cave Camp to Barranco Camp (BLD)

Day 3: Hike Barranco Camp to Karanga Camp (BLD)

Day 4: Hike Karanga Camp to Barafu Camp (BLD)

Day 5: Hike Barafu Camp to Summit, down to Mweka Camp (BLD)

Day 6: Hike Mweka Camp to Mweka Gate, drive to Moshi or Arusha (BL)

Mount Kilimanjaro Trekking Umbwe Route itinerary

Day 1: Drive to Kilimanjaro National Park Umbwe route gate, Hike to Umbwe Cave Camp (LD)

Drive from Moshi or Arusha to the Umbwe route gate (about 30 minutes from Moshi). Commence the climb through the rain forest with packed lunch on route.

— Elevation: 1660m/5450ft to 2850m/9350ft
— Distance: 11km/7mi
— Hiking Time: 5-6 hours
— Habitat: Montane Forest

Meals included: Lunch, Dinner
Budget Accommodations: Umbwe Cave Camp

Day 2: Umbwe Cave Camp to Barranco Camp (BLD)

Drive from Moshi to the Umbwe Gate (about 1 hour). Commence the climb through the rain forest with packed lunch on route.

— Elevation: 1660m/5450ft to 2850m/9350ft
— Distance: 11km/7mi
— Hiking Time: 5-6 hours
— Habitat: Montane Forest

Meals included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Budget Accommodations: Barranco Camp

Day 3: Hike Barranco Camp to Karanga Camp (BLD)

After breakfast, we leave Barranco and continue on a steep ridge up the Barranco Wall to the Karanga Valley and the junction which connects with the Mweka Trail.

— Elevation: 4000m/13,000ft to 4050m/13,250ft
— Distance: 5km/3mi
— Hiking Time: 34 hours
— Habitat: Alpine Desert

Meals included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Budget Accommodations: Karanga Camp

Day 4: Hike Karanga Camp to Barafu Camp (BLD)

We continue up to the Barafu Camp. You have completed the South Circuit, which offers views of the summit from many different angles. Here we make camp, rest, enjoy dinner, and prepare for the summit day.

— Elevation: 4050m/13,250ft to 4700m/15,350ft
— Distance: 4km/2mi
— Hiking Time: 3-4 hours
— Habitat: Alpine Desert

Meals included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Budget Accommodations: Barafu Camp

Day 5: Hike Barafu Camp to Summit, down to Mweka Camp (BLD)

Very early in the morning (midnight to 2 am), we continue our way to the summit between the Rebmann and Ratzel glaciers. You head in a northwesterly direction and ascend through heavy scree towards Stella Point on the crater rim. This is the most mentally and physically challenging portion of the trek.

At Stella Point you will stop for a short rest and will be rewarded with the most magnificent sunrise you are ever likely to see. Faster hikers may view the sunrise from the summit.

From Stella Point, you may encounter snow all the way on your 1-hour ascent to the summit. Once at Uhuru Peak you have reached the highest point on Mount Kilimanjaro and the continent of Africa!

From the summit we begin our descent by continuing straight down to the Mweka Camp, stopping at Barafu for lunch. You may want gaiters and trekking poles for the loose gravel going down. We arrive at Mweka Camp and enjoy our last evening on the mountain.

— Elevation: 4700m/15,350ft to 5895m/19,340ft
— Down to 3090m/10,150ft
— Distance: 5km/3mi up / 13km/8mi down
— Hiking Time: 5-7 hours up / 5-6 hours down
— Habitat: Stone scree and ice-capped summit

Meals included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Budget Accommodations: Mweka Camp

Day 6: Hike Mweka Camp to Mweka Gate, drive to Moshi (B)

After breakfast we continue the descent down to the Mweka Park Gate to receive your summit certificates. At lower elevations, it can be wet and muddy. Gaiters and trekking poles will help.

Shorts and t-shirts will probably be plenty to wear (keep rain gear and warmer clothing handy). From the gate, continue another hour to Mweka Village.

A vehicle will meet you at Mweka village to drive you back to your hotel in Moshi or Arusha. Don’t forget to tip your guides and porters.

— Elevation: 3090m/10,150ft to 1680m/5500ft
— Distance: 10km/6mi
— Hiking Time: 3-4 hours
— Habitat: Forest

Meals included: Breakfast

This is the end of Umbwe route

INCLUSIVE TO THE PRICE COST FOR KILIMANJARO TREKKING UMBWE ROUTE:
– All accommodations as per Kilimanjaro Trekking Umbwe route itinerary
– All meals as per Umbwe route itinerary (B=Breakfast, L=Lunch, D=Dinner)
– All tours and entrance fees per itinerary (unless listed as excluded)
– All transportation and transfers per itinerary
– National Park gate fees
– Transport from Moshi or Arusha to trail head and return to Moshi or Arusha
– Camping fees
– Certified, experienced, English-speaking guides for all routes
– Salaries for all crew members
– Rescue fees (as required by national park)
– Tents, foam sleeping pads, cooking equipment, and eating utensils
– Oximeters
– Emergency Oxygen (2L canister)

EXCLUSIVE TO THE PRICE COST FOR KILIMANJARO TREKKING UMBWE ROUTE:
– International and domestic flights
– Meals not listed
– Beverages and alcohol
– Tips for guides, drivers, hotel staff
– Optional tours
– Single room supplement
– Personal expenses (visas, airport taxes, Internet, etc.)
– Tips for guides, porters, and cooks (budget $400-550/person)
– Sleeping bags and personal gear $45 for single tent
– Low season discount in April/May

Mount Kilimanjaro Climbing Routes - Which is the Best for You?

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