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7 Days Umbwe Route

Kilimanjaro, Tanzania (0)
from/per person $1,920
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umbwe route 7 days
mount kilimanjaro trekking
marangu route
lemosho route

This is another relatively short but steep route (West of Moshi), which is less traffic and attempts by few climbers since is one of the most challenging trails up the Mount Kilimanjaro which many professional hikers would like to trek and descend down from Mweka route.

To get to the trailhead, we drive to the Machame gate where we will undergo some park formalities before drive towards the Umbwe village then crossing the Sere River before we found the Umbwe Mission where we will end driving and start walking through an old forestry track up to 2100 metres and then the path along the narrow ridge between the Lonzo and Umbwe rivers and big trees around where you will find the Umbwe camp 2800 metres, From Bivouac continue to 3780 metres which is rock overhang.

Then next go up the ridge to the end of the tree line where the path marked cairns go up to Barranco camp then to Barafu camp where you will rest before the summit to the Uhuru Peak.


Guided by a professional and friendly mountain crew 

International certificates for a successful ascent 

Two Nights Hotel Accommodation in Moshi 

Spot black and white colobus monkey

Transport to and from the airport is included 

Three meals per day are included 

Tour details


You can climb Kilimanjaro all year around. Depend on the what time of the year you wish to travel then we have both private and open group Kilimanjaro tours which you can join, Let us know your preferable time of travel and we will help you arrange your adventure tour in Tanzania.


Depend on the time of your travel, weather in Kilimanjaro is unpredictable, you can experience anything from hot to humid and to freezing, it is advisory to read thriller our Kilimanjaro clothing and equipment guide so you can have the best trek experience in terms of weather.


You can pay by our online payment system . We also accept payment in cash on arrival or deposit to our bank account 7 days before tour starts. Read our Terms and Conditions

Tour Start:

Kilimanjaro International Airport (JRO)

Our driver guide will be at the airport holding a paper written your name ready to pick you up and drive to the hotel in Moshi

Tour Ends:

Kilimanjaro International Airport (JRO)

Depends on what you wish to do after your trek (i.e Going on Safari or Travel to Zanzibar) our driver guide will drop you off at Kilimanjaro International Airport.


7 Days

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Tour proposal

Tour Itinerary

Once arrived at Kilimanjaro International airport (JRO), our driver-guide will pick you up from the airport arrival gate and then drive you to the Hotel in Moshi town. Once in the Hotel, our Kilimanjaro mountain guide will meet and pre-briefing you about your upcoming trek adventure as well as check if you have all the necessary mountain gears, unless you do not have some of the equipment then you can rent before starting the trek.

Time: 1 Hour Drive

Distance: 47km

Accommodation: More Than A Drop


Day 1

Umbwe Gate to Umbwe Camp

After your breakfast at the hotel, the driver will be there at 10:30 to drive you to the Machame Gate where you will register and submit our permit then continue to Umbwe village by car and once arriving at the Umbwe gate we will start our trek through an old forestry track up to 2100 metres and then follow the path along a narrow ridge between the Lonzo and Umbwe rivers, after 6 hours walk you will then arrive at Bivouac place where you will spend a night at Umbwe camp.

Time: 5-7 hours

Distance: 11 km/7 miles

Habitat: Rain Forest

Elevation: 9,514 ft to 13,044 ft

Accommodation: Camping


Day 2

Umbwe Camp to Barranco Camp

Early after breakfast, you continue up the Bivouac 3780 metres which are a rock overhang. Next, go up the ridge to the end of the three lines. From here path marked by cairns goes up to Barranco Camp 3900 metres, there is an earth toilet and water is available from a nearby stream which can be treated for you to use, today you will walk for about 5 hours.

Time: 4-5 Hours

Distance: 6 km/4 miles

Habitat: Heath

Elevation: 9,514 ft to 13,044 ft

Accommodation: Camping


Day 3

Acclimitazation Day

On this day you will have a rest day or opt to trek to 12,800 ft. This day of acclimatization helps prepare your body to acclimate for high altitude day especially the summit day.


Day 4

Barranco Camp to Karanga Camp

After finish with your breakfast today we will have another adventure through the Barranco breach wall which is not that hard but technical then later we will trek down the Karanga valley where we will rest and spend our night, in the evening you will have dinner and take an early sleep.

Time: 4-5 Hours

Distance: 5 km/3 miles

Habitat: Alpine Desert

Elevation: 13,044 ft to 13,106 ft

Accommodation: Camping



Day 5

Karanga Camp to Barafu Camp

Departing from Karanga camp then we will have a short trek to our next destination which is Barafu camp and you will have amazing moment viewing Mawenzi and kobo peak if the weather will allow, you will have time to prepare your equipment for the summit and then take a pre-summit sleep and rest.

Time: 4-5 hours

Distance: 4 km/2 miles

Habitat: Alpine Desert

Elevation: 13,106 ft to 15,331 ft

Accommodation: Camping


Day 6

Barafu Camp to Uhuru Peak then to Mweka Camp

Before leaving to Uhuru Peak, you will have a cup of coffee and cookies or biscuits. Put on the rest of layers (summit clothes) and ready to conquer  Mount Kilimanjaro (Uhuru Peak). What an incredible trek. Temperatures at the top of Mount Kilimanjaro, the nights are really cold. In the middle of June, the thermometer can drop to – 20 C. Dress and cover yourself accordingly. Walk slowly and listen to your Guide instructions. Expert to take six to seven hours from Barafu Camp to Uhuru peak, The highest point on Africa, once at Uhuru peak you will be amazed by the breathtaking views and incredible sunrise if the weather permits then later you will descend down after having a short time at the peak and climb down to Barafu Camp for a short break and then proceed to Mweka Camp where you will spend your night (Here is when the Tipping celebration can take place before your dinner).

Time: 6-8 hours

Distance: 15 km/10 miles

Habitat: Ice-capped summit

Elevation: 15,331 ft to 19,341 ft Ascent

Elevation: 19,341 ft to 10,065 ft Descent

Accommodation: Camping


Day 7

Mweka Camp to Mweka Gate

After breakfast in the morning, you will then descend down to Mweka gate, once you arrived you will sign out and get presented with the certificates. The driver-guide will be there to drive you back to the hotel in Moshi Town together with the crew. (It is this moment when you can arrange with your guide if you wish to have a quick beer celebration with your crew member after arriving in town). Otherwise, you can go back to the Hotel and get ready for your flight back home or to Zanzibar or prepare for the safari trip the next day. Contact us for more details.

Time: 3-4 hours

Distance: 10 km/6 miles

Habitat: Rain Forest

Elevation: 10,065 ft to 5,380 ft

Accommodation: More Than A Drop




6 Nights Camping in the mountain

2 Nights Hotel Accommodation in Moshi Town (Optional)

Total - 8 Nights Accommodation

Meal Plan

We provide three meals per day during your tour and only breakfast during a stay in a booked accommodation. During this tour you will have the following meals plan:

Breakfast - 7
Lunch - 6
Dinner - 6

For any special dietary requirements e.g vegetarian. Please, Let us know in advance.

Things to Do (Optional)

Moshi Photo Walk

Arusha Photo Walk

Lake Chala

Coffee Tour

Materuni Waterfall

Maasai Boma Culture

Kikuletwa Hotspring

Marangu Waterfall

Lake Duluti

Ilkidinga Waterfall

Zanzibar Island

Tour Excludes

Travel Insurance

Sleeping Bag See Renting Prices

A portable flush toilet See Renting Prices

Meals outside your itinerary (Lunch and dinner at your Hotel in Moshi)

International visa for Tanzania Apply Now

International /Domestic Flight

Anything of personal nature

Tips. Tipping guide per group per day, not per climber

Guides: US$20 per day. Cook: US$15 per day. Porter: US$10 per day

Tour Excludes

Travel Insurance

Sleeping Bag See Renting Prices

A portable flush toilet See Renting Prices

Meals outside your itinerary (Lunch and dinner at your Hotel in Moshi)

International visa for Tanzania Apply Now

International /Domestic Flight

Anything of personal nature

Tips. Tipping guide per group per day, not per climber

Guides: US$20 per day. Cook: US$15 per day. Porter: US$10 per day

What to Bring

The summits of Mt Kilimanjaro are covered in glaciers and snow, and the temperature at night often drops to below -10c to -15c so you are going to need a good sleeping bag. A closed mattress is also advisable if you are going to sleep on the ground as it provides the necessary insulation under your body and is far more comfortable and are provided by us during your trekking. A good set of warm clothes is equally important and that should include some sort of headgear and gloves. As it can rain at any time of year and heavily — you will also need waterproof clothing. A decent pair of hiking boots is an advantage for this trek. A pair of joggers is quite adequate most of the time though it’s a good idea to have a pair of thongs, sandals or canvas tennis shoes to wear in the evening at the camp if your main shoes get wet.

Remember that it’s not a good idea to sleep in clothes which you have worn during the day because the sweat which your day clothes absorb from your skin keeps them moist at night and so reduces their heat-retention capabilities. If you don’t intend to stay in the huts along the way you’ll need a tent and associated equipment which we normally provide. Unless you intend to eat only canned and dried food along the way (not recommended) our mountain local professional chef have basic cooking equipment and a water container to refill your bottles with treated and filtered water from the mountain streams with a capacity of at least one to three-liter per person every day. Our porters have the rucksack that they can carry your luggage including theirs with a limited of 20kg per person, so bring as little as you can (with a maximum of 15kg).  

If you wonder want to bring during your trek, below is the list of the important equipment even though all the gear you need for the trek can be hired in Moshi at the mentioned pice for the whole trek.

Read All Equipment List

General FAQ


Lemosho, Machame, Shira which approaches Kilimanjaro on the western side of the mountain are regarded as the most scenic of the trails up Kilimanjaro while using camping accommodation and they are routes which takes more days on the mountain. The Marangu Route is the route most taken by people, being the easiest way up the mountain with hut accommodation which consists of a group of comfortable wooden A-frame with bunk beds and mattress. The Rongai is coming from the north side of the mountain and this trail is as well only for camping but not scenic as that of western of the mountain since it receives a short period of rain. Lemosho and Machame, Umbwe and Shira routes descend down to Mweka gate while Marangu and Rongai descend down via Marangu route to the gate. Learn More from our Guide to Kilimanjaro Routes.


All our guides are trained and approved by the Kilimanjaro National Park Authority (TANAPA) before awarded the certificate and License to carry out the service for mountain guiding. During low seasons (March to May) all of our guides undergo different training based on mountain guiding and first aid techniques.


Our esteemed porters will be responsible to carry your pieces of luggage with the limit of 20kg  which means you need to bring less with a maximum of 15kg and the rest of your belonging which are not in use during the climb can be stored in the Hotel in Moshi town. You will need to bring your backpack with you which you can put your essential belongings and personal stuff that you need them regularly during a day and the rest can stay with porters until you arrive at the campsite.


The answer is yes, you can always turn around whenever you feel that you can not continue with a trek and you will be escorted with the assistant guide/porter and descend down to the gate where you will find the transport ready to pick you up and drive you to the Hotel.


No specialist equipment is required to climb Kilimanjaro but you do need a strong pair of good boots, and plenty of warm clothing, including gloves, a woollen hat and waterproof overclothes. You also need a sleeping bag and a small mattress or air bed. If you lack any of these, they can be hired in Moshi town at a very reasonable price. Read More about Clothing and Equipment rent.


At Kilimanjaro mountain, the temperatures will decrease as you move through Mount Kilimanjaro's ecological zones. On the plain area the temperature will go up to 30 c while after 3000m the temperature will hit to 5 to 15 c during a day and At the summit, Uhuru Point, the night time temperatures can range between -7 to -29 c. Due to Mount Kilimanjaro's great height, the mountain creates its own weather. Learn more about the ultimate guide to Tanzania Weather and Climate.

Read All Kilimanjaro FAQ



Cancelation Policy


To secure a booking  for this tour, 20% of the total cost should be paid upfront (Can be via Online Payment System or Bank Transfer). Remaining balance should be paid 14 days prior tour departure or with cash on the arrival day. Free cancellation up to 7 days prior departure. Read More About our Terms of Condition.


We accept payment via Bank Transfer and Online payment system with credit and debit cards including Visa, MasterCard and Amex. Once make a payment please send us the receipt confirmation and we will confirm your booking immediately. In case you will get any trouble while making payment e.g.. transaction failed. Please Contact us for more assistance.


You can also reserve a space without make a payment. Our travel expert will keep in touch while you are waiting to make payment in the future/ arrival days.


We accept only TSH, USD, EURO and GBP in terms of cash and it has to be on arrival, one day before starting the tour.


We advise you to take out Travel Insurance to cover any unforeseen circumstances. Read More about Travel Insurance while in Tanzania.

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