9 Days Mount Kilimanjaro Trekking

The Umbwe Route is the least used, least crowded route on the mountain. The route takes six days minimum to complete, although seven days is recommended. The descent is For good reason, it is also the most difficult route on the mountain. Umbwe is a steep, constant, straight climb to the top. down Mweka, on the south-east side of the mountain. Umbwe is not as scenically varied as Machame, Lemosho and Shira, because the path up and down are nearby. The Umbwe is ideal for those who want a challenging climb, and are very confident in their ability trek over consistently steep slopes. Also, Umbwe is for those who are experienced at altitude and thus are confident that the punishing schedule of Umbwe will not impede their ability to adjust to altitude. Umbwe is also for those who want a secluded hike.

Safari tour package:
A custom, tailor-made, private safari
Price per person*:
$1350 - $1400
Includes internal flights:
No
Length of safari:
9 days
Best months:
January - March, May - October
Countries visited:
Parks visited:
Not specified
Activity level:
Extreme - Technical climbing (Kilimanjaro, Mt. Meru)
Safari type:
Camping safaris Camping
*Prices are estimates and used as guidelines only. Please contact the tour operator for an exact quote.
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Umbwe is mostly avoided because the ascent profile does not give climbers much time to adjust to the altitude. The success rate is very low.
The route takes six days minimum to complete, although seven days is recommended. The descent is down Mweka, on the south-east side of the mountain. Umbwe is not as scenically varied as Machame, Lemosho and Shira, because the path up and down are nearby.
The Umbwe is ideal for those who want a challenging climb, and are very confident in their ability trek over consistently steep slopes. Also, Umbwe is for those who are experienced at altitude and thus are confident that the punishing schedule of Umbwe will not impede their ability to adjust to altitude. Umbwe is also for those who want a secluded hike.

Day 1: Arrival transfers from KIA-Hotel

We will pick you up from Kilimanjaro International Airport to Snow view hotel http://www.snowviewhotel.com/

 

Day 2: Rest day

We recommend at least one rest day before starting your trek and try to sleep because of different time zone, our guide he will give the briefing and check your trekking gears to make sure you have everything needed.

 

Day 3: Drive to Kilimanjaro National Park Umbwe Gate, Hike to Umbwe Cave Camp

 

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: LD

Budget Lodging: Umbwe Cave Camp

 

Day 4: Umbwe Cave Camp to Barranco Camp

 

After breakfast, we leave the glades of the forest and follow an ascending path on the open moorland to Barranco Camp.

 

Elevation: 2850m/9350ft to 4000m/13,000ft

Distance: 6km/4mi

Walking Time: 4-5 hours

Habitat: Semi-desert

Meals: BLD

Budget Lodging: Barranco Camp

 

Day 5: Hike Barranco Camp to Karanga Camp

 

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: BLD

Budget Lodging: Karanga Camp

 

Day 6: Hike Karanga Camp to Barafu Camp

 

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: BLD

Budget Lodging: Barafu Camp

 

Day 7: Hike Barafu Camp to Summit, down to Mweka Camp

 

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: BLD

Budget Lodging: Mweka Camp

 

Day 8: Hike Mweka Camp to Mweka Gate, drive to Moshi

 

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 gate to drive you back to your hotel in Moshi (about 30 minutes).

 

Elevation: 3090m/10,150ft to 1680m/5500ft

Distance: 10km/6mi

Hiking Time: 3-4 hours

Habitat: Forest

Meals: B

 

Day 9: Departure transfers

 

Pick up from the hotel and transfer to KIA to say bye and welcome again.

Listed below are hotels/lodges/resorts that the safari tour operator can accomodate for you.

  • http://kilimanjarocranehotel.com/
  • http://www.snowviewhotel.com/

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