Kilimanjaro Climb (6 Days ) Umbwe Route

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6 Days/ 5 Nights
Availability : All Year Around
Kilimanjaro International Airport (JRO)
Kilimanjaro International Airport (JRO)
Min Age : 12+

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.

Tour Highlights:


❖ Tour starts: Kilimanjaro International Airport (JRO)

❖ Tour Ends: Kilimanjaro International Airport (JRO)

❖ 6 Days guided up to Mt. Kilimanjaro via Umbwe route with Guides, Cooks and Porters.

❖ Transport includes between destination and to/from included activities.

❖ 2 Nights Accommodation before and after Kilimanjaro climb in Moshi

❖ 3 meals per day during mountain climbing.

❖ Perfect for small groups, couples and family

❖ Physical rating – Challenging

❖ Age requirement – 12+

❖ Service Level – Standard

❖ Travel Style – Active


Tour Itinerary

Arrival Day

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.


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.

Elevation: 5,249 ft to 9,514 ft
Distance: 11 km/7 miles
Hiking Time: 5-7 hours
Habitat: Heath

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.

Elevation: 9,514 ft to 13,044 ft
Distance: 6 km/4 miles
Hiking Time: 4-5 hours
Habitat: Heath


Day 3

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 as you may think then later we will trek down the Karanga valley where we will rest and socialize and then later have dinner and take an early sleep.

Elevation: 13,044 ft to 13,106 ft
Distance: 5 km/3 miles
Hiking Time: 4-5 hours
Habitat: Alpine Desert


Day 4

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.

Elevation: 13,106 ft to 15,331 ft
Distance: 4 km/2 miles
Hiking Time: 4-5 hours
Habitat: Alpine Desert


Day 5

Barafu Camp to Uhuru Peak then to Mweka Huts


Most people find it difficult to sleep at Barafu Camp, so as you have to start out for the summit very early around 1 am to get to it just before sunrise, it is a good idea to stay awake the evening before but only if you can, otherwise you can always take pre-summit sleep. The mist and cloud close in and obscures the views by 8 am and sometimes earlier. The route over the snow to the summit it sometimes like a technicolour dream if it has not snowed recently. do not attempt to get to the top quickly since ”slowly, slowly” which means “pole pole” in Swahili is our slogan for summit Kilimanjaro. Expert to take five to six hours from Barafu to Uhuru peak. Today is our summit day, The highest point on Africa, once at Uhuru peak where 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 reach Mweka camp where we will get our lunch and then rest.

Barafu Camp to Uhuru Peak
Elevation: 15,331 ft to 19,341 ft
Distance: 5 km/3 miles
Hiking Time: 7-8 hours
Habitat: Arctic

Uhuru Peak to Mweka Camp
Elevation: 19,341 ft to 10,065 ft
Distance: 12 km/7 miles
Hiking Time: 4-6 hours
Habitat: Rain Forest


Day 6

Mweka Camp to Mweka Gate


After breakfast in the morning then we will descend down to Mweka gate and once arrived you will be presented with the certificates and say goodbye to your porters and guides then your driver will be there to drive you back to the hotel in Moshi or to the airport ready for your flight back home.

Mweka Camp to Mweka Gate
Elevation: 10,065 ft to 5,380 ft
Distance: 10 km/6 miles
Hiking Time: 3-4 hours
Habitat: Rain Forest


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Tour Includes:

✔ Pick up and drop off at Kilimanjaro International Airport (JRO)

✔ Accommodation in Moshi, before and after trekking Kilimanjaro

✔ Kilimanjaro park fees, Rescue fees, camping/hut fees

✔ Government Tax, 18% VAT on Tours Fees

✔ Hot water for washing

✔ Local and Friendly Certified English-speaking mountain guides

✔ Porters to carry luggage from one camp to another with a maximum weight of 20kg

✔ 3 hot meals per day during a trekking

✔ Transport to/from the hotel to the Gate

✔ Double layered Sleeping Mats

✔ 4 Season Mountain Tents

✔ Emergency First Aid Kit

✔ Treated & filtered drinking water during your trek except on the first day which we provide mineral water

✔ Guide, assistant guides, cook and porters Fair wages as approved by the Kilimanjaro National Park Authority (KINAPA) and Kilimanjaro Association of Tour Operators (KIATO)

Tour Excludes:

✘ Travel Insurance

✘ A portable flush toilet can be hired at an extra cost $70 for the whole trek

✘ Meals outside the regular tour itinerary (Lunch and dinner at your Hotel in Moshi)

✘ International visa for Tanzania

✘ International Airfares and Airport taxes

✘ Tips for guides and porters and cook

Tipping guide per group per day, not per climber. 

Guides: US$20 per day

Cook: US$15 per day

Porter: US$10 per day





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