6 Days Umbwe Route


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Duration 6 Days
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Tour Type Hiking
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Umbwe Route Highlights

  • √ Most challenging and strenuous route with very low summit success rate.
  • √ Poor acclimatization due to rapid ascent.
  • √ Remote and quiet for the first two days before joining with the Machame route on day 3.
  • √ Ascent and descent via different routes.

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The 6 days Umbwe route is perfect for adventure lovers and experienced hikers. The Umbwe route is notoriously known as  Mount Kilimanjaro’s most challenging trail. This route does not give the essential acclimatization phases due to the rapid rise to high altitude. Despite the small number of individuals on the trail, the prospects of success remain slim. Umbwe is a demanding and exhausting path that should only be undertaken by experienced hikers who are confident in their abilities to swiftly acclimate to the altitude.

The Umbwe route is a short, steep, and straight ascent when approaching from the south. After passing through Barranco Camp, the trek heads east and follows the Southern Circuit road beneath Kilimanjaro’s Southern Ice Field before summiting from Barafu. The Mweka Route is used for descent.

6 Days Umbwe Route Prices

Below are the prices for the 6 days Umbwe route package starting from 1,420 per person sharing for a group of 10 people. Contact us to get the dates and prices for the full moon Kilimanjaro climbs using the Umbwe route.

$2,120 $1,770 $1,655 $1,595 $1,560 $1,535 $1,500 $1,475 $1,445 $1,420

Climbing Mount Kilimanjaro via The Umbwe Route

This route is not only the shortest route on Kilimanjaro, but it is also the steepest and the most direct that leads to the Southern Glaciers, Western Breach, and the summit, Uhuru Peak. On the bright side, this route happens to be the most scenic, non-technical route on Kilimanjaro. However it is quite demanding, mostly because of the relatively dramatic and fast ascent to a higher altitude, but it is worth it as the rewards are plenty. Mount Kilimanjaro Routes recommends this route to experienced climbers.

Duration: 6 – 7 days.
Difficulty: Very High
Scenery: Very good
Traffic: Very low

This route is not used much. The Umbwe route is only suitable for people with extensive mountain climbing experience.

6 Days Umbwe Route Success

Claiming bragging rights for being the most difficult route on Kilimanjaro, Mount Kilimanjaro Routes advises that this route should only be attempted by climbers with vast mountaineering experience. it has a summit success rate of  60% and 70%, however, you are more likely to summit successfully if you give yourself an additional day for acclimatization.

When you arrive at Kilimanjaro International Airport, you will be met and transferred to your hotel for dinner and overnight as you prepare for the next day. Your head guide will meet you for your briefing, gear check, and arrange for you to hire or rent any gear or mountain equipment you may need.

6 Days Umbwe Itinerary

Umbwe Route Kilimanjaro

Day 1: Umbwe Gate to Umbwe Cave Camp

Elevation (m): 1600m to 2900m, Distance: 11km, Time: 6 hours, Habitat: Montane Forest.

Before beginning our 6-day Umbwe Route trek, we will register at the Umbwe Park Gate. We climb up through the rainforest and along the Umbwe River on a short curving trail. The first night’s camp is in Umbwe Cave Camp, which is located at an elevation of roughly 2,900 meters.

Day 2: Umbwe Camp to Barranco Camp

Elevation (m): 2940m to 3970m, Distance: 6km, Time: 4-5 hours, Habitat: Montane Forest.

After we leave camp, we reach the end of the rainforest zone on Mount Kilimanjaro. As the afternoon mists drift up the Great Barranco, we can see the sheer wall of the Western Breach emerging and receding. We’ll spend the night in Barranco camp.

Day 3: Barranco Camp to Karanga Camp

Elevation (m): 3950m to 3930m, Distance: 7 km, Hiking Time: 4 hours, Habitat: Alpine Desert.

Today’s adventure begins with a quick but enjoyable climb to the summit of the Great Barranco Wall. We next descend over scree to the Karanga Valley (3930m), which lies beneath the Heim, Kersten, and Decken Glaciers’ icefalls. We’ll spend the night in the Karanga camp.

Day 4: Karanga Camp to Barafu Camp

Elevation (m): 3930m to 4600m, Distance: 6kms, Hiking Time: 3 hours, Habitat: Alpine Desert.

We leave the Karanga camp behind to reach the Mweka descending Trail’s junction. We proceed up to the Barafu Hut from here. You’ve finished the Southern Circuit, which provides views of the peak from a variety of perspectives. We may relax, eat dinner, and prepare for the summit day in camp. From this vantage point, the two peaks of Mawenzi and Kibo may be easily viewed.

Day 5: Barafu Camp to Summit to Mweka Hut

Elevation (m): 4600m to 5895m (and down to 3100m), Distance: 7km ascent / 23km descent, Time: 6- 8 hours ascent/7-8 hours descent, Habitat: Stone scree and ice-capped summit.

At 23:30, you will be awoken with some fast tea and some snacks. Between the Rebman and Ratzel glaciers, we begin our ascent to the top. We’ll take a north-westerly route to Stella Point on the crater rim, ascending via hard scree. This is the trek’s most psychologically and physically demanding section. We’ll take a short break at Stella Point (5732m) and be rewarded with one of the most spectacular sunrises you’ll ever witness (weather permitting). We will have reached the highest point on Mount Kilimanjaro and the continent of Africa at Uhuru Peak (5895m). At these heights, it may get pretty chilly at night, but by the end of the trekking day, it will be fairly warm.

We descend from the peak to the Mweka Hut camp site through Barafu for lunch. The rough gravel on the way down to Mweka Camp will necessitate the use of trekking poles (3100m). Later that evening, we’ll have our final meal on the mountain before getting some well-deserved rest.

Day 6: Mweka Camp to Hotel

Elevation (m): 3100m to 1800m, Distance: 8 km, Time: 3-4 hours, Habitat: Montane Forest.

After breakfast, we trek down to the Mweka Park Gate, where you will obtain your summit certificates which marks the end of your 6 days Umbwe Route trek on Mount Kilimanjaro. It might be muddy and damp at lower levels. The use of gaiters and trekking poles will be beneficial. T-shirts and shorts will suffice (keep rain gear and warmer clothing handy).

What’s included

  • Pick up and drop off at Kilimanjaro International Airport (JRO)*
  • 2 nights hotel accommodation in Moshi (before & after the climb)
  • Breakfast is included at the hotel*
  • 1 Post-climb celebratory drink (beer, juice, or soda) on us*
  • Group transport to and from Moshi to ALL Kilimanjaro park gates*
  • No additional transport fees will be charged to the Northern or Western route gates*
  • Kilimanjaro National Park permits
  • Camping/Hut fees
  • Mountain rescue fees
  • Guides/Porters salaries
  • Private toilet for the party on all climbs (except for Marangu)*
  • All season mountain tents
  • Foam sleeping pad (unless you opt to bring your own instead)
  • Mess tents, tables, chairs for parties of two or more
  • All meals on the mountain
  • No small party supplement fees will be charged
  • No single supplement fees for Private Climbs will be charged

Not Included

  • Airfare
  • Personal Gear
  • Tips for porters & Guides
  • Tanzania Visa: $50 per person on arrival
  • Personal Expenses (e.g. laundry, telephone, beverages, etc.)
  • Optional Tours (short safari after your climb etc)
  • Tips and any items of personal nature.

Umbwe Route Kilimanjaro Reviews

The Umbwe route, which takes 6 days with an extra acclimatization day at Barranco camp (3900m) and summits via the Western Breach, was the finest decision we’ve ever made. It provides the most magnificent views ever imaginable, although being difficult at times yet doable. We were expertly escorted by our two guides, Amiri and Musa, who kept a close eye on our health and strength and went above and above to ensure that we reached the summit.

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Update - Route infoThere are eight established routes used to climb Mount Kilimanjaro, namely: – Marangu Route, Machame Machame, Lemosho Route, Rongai Route, Northern Circuit, Umbwe Route, Shira Route and Western breach . The Marangu, Machame, and Umbwe routes approach Mount Kilimanjaro from the South. The Lemosho and Shira routes approach the mountain from the west. The Rongai route and Northern Circuit Routes approach Kilimanjaro from the north near the border of Tanzania and Kenya. All routes except Marangu and Rongai descend via Mweka.

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