Umbwe Route - 6 Days, 5 Nights Trek

Route Summary:

The Umbwe route is a short, steep and direct route. It is considered to be very difficult and is the most challenging way up Mount Kilimanjaro. Due to the quick ascent, Umbwe does not provide the necessary stages for altitude acclimatization. Although the traffic on this route is very low, the chances of success are also low.
The route is offered at a minimum of six days, though seven days is recommended when attempting this route. The Umbwe route should only be attempted by those who are very strong hikers and are confident in their ability to acclimatize. However, overall, the Umbwe route is not recommended and we discourage its usage for our clients.

Trek Itinerary:

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    Umbwe Gate (1,800m) to Cave Bivouac Camp (2,850m)

    .Elevation Gain:1,050 meters, 3,445 feet
    .Hiking time: 4 to 6 hours

    .Meals: Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner Included

    At 8am leave Moshi for Umbwe Gate where you will meet our porters, guides, and cooks who will spend the next six days trekking with you to Uhuru Peak, the roof of Africa. After arriving, wait at the gate while we register your climb and the porters and guides make final preparations. Your first day’s destination is Cave Bivouac Camp, approximately 6 hours from the gate. The trail is steep and can be slippery in some places.
    Hike through the moss-covered trees of Kilimanjaro’s cloud forest. The forest will thin later in the hike and heathers, tall grasses and wildflowers will come into view. Porters and cooks will walk ahead to set up the camp in time for your arrival.

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    Cave Bivouac (2,850m) to Barranco Camp (3,950m)

    .Total Elevation Gain: 1,100 meters, 3,610 feet
    .Hiking time: 5 to 7 hours
    .Meals: Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner Included

    The first section of the trail continues following the ridge. After leaving the forest, continue through open moorlands until reaching Barranco Camp. Barranco is generally regarded as the most scenic campsite on the Umbwe Trail as it’s surrounded by giant senecios and lobelias. As Barranco is in a valley, the sun rises later than at the other camps.

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    Barranco Camp (3,950m) to Karanga Valley (4,200m)

    .Elevation Gain: 250 meters, 820 feet
    .Distance: 7 Kilometers
    .Hiking time: 3 to 5 hours
    .Meals: Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner Included

    Leave Barranco Camp after breakfast for Karanga Valley. The day begins with a 1.5 hour scramble up the Barranco Wall. This is the hardest part of the day and in some places you may have to use your hands to aid your climb. After reaching the top, hike through fairly level terrain before making a short but steep descent into the green Karanga River Valley.

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    Karanga Valley (4,200m) to Barafu Camp (4,600m)

    .Elevation Gain: 400 meters, 1,320 feet
    .Distance: 6 Kilometers
    .Hiking time: 3 to 5 hours
    .Meals: Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner Included

    After breakfast, begin the hike to Barafu Camp. On the way to Barafu, view several of Kibo’s glaciers as well as the junction that connects the descent route, Mweka, with the Machame trail. During day four, hike by the Heim, Kersten and Decken Glaciers. Although the trail to Barafu passes through alpine desert with little vegetation, Barafu Camp offers stunning views of Kibo and Mawenzi peaks. Try to sleep after finishing dinner as you will wake before midnight for your summit hike.

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    Barafu Camp (4,600m) to Uhuru Peak (5,895m) to Mweka Camp (3,100m)

    .Elevation Gain: 1,295 meters, 4,240 feet Elevation
    .Loss: 2,795 meters, 9,170 feet
    .Hiking time: 6 hours to the rim, 1 hour to Uhuru, 3 to 4 hours back to Barafu, 4 hours to Mweka
    .Meals: Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner Included

    Around midnight, begin the final ascent to Uhuru Peak. Hike by the light of your headlamp for the next six hours. The ascent to the crater rim is the most challenging part of the entire trek. The trail is very steep until you reach the crater rim at Stella Point.
    The hike from Stella Point to Uhuru Peak is a gradual climb and, as far as hikes go, not very difficult. The altitude, however, makes the hike long and tiring. The crater rim hike takes approximately one hour. Upon reaching Uhuru, take photos of your guide and group at the peak before beginning the descent to Mweka Camp. On the way down from Uhuru, enjoy views of the mountain, crater, clouds and glaciers.
    At Barafu Camp, eat breakfast and take a short break. You still have another three to five hours to go before reaching Mweka Camp.

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    Mweka Camp (3,100m/10,170ft) to Mweka Gate (1,500m/4,920ft)

    .Elevation Loss: 1,600 meters, 5,250 feet
    .Hiking time: 4 hours
    .Meals: Breakfast Included

    After breakfast, finish the trek with a hike through the forest to Mweka Gate. The trail may be slippery following rain. Our vehicles will meet you at the lower station of Mweka Gate to take you back to Moshi.

Route Map:

Package Includes:

Pre & Post Trek accommodation

Full briefing before your trip

Certificates of achievement

Professional guides, cooks and porters

Transportation to & from the mountain gate

Park fees, camping fees & rescue fees

Double layered Sleeping Mats

3 meals daily while on the mountain

Filtered water throughout the trek

Portable toilets and toilets tents

Hot Water For Washing Purpose

Pick up and drop off at the airport.

Fair wages for the mountain crew.

Lunch box for the first day

Camping equipment

Package does not Include:

International flights

Tip to the driver guide and Porters

Insurance fees

Cost of Visas.

Bank charges

Personal Expenses

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