6 Days Umbwe Route

The Umbwe Route is one of the most challenging routes to climb Mount Kilimanjaro. It is known for its steep ascents, rugged trails, and breathtaking scenery. The route begins on the Mountain’s south side and offers a direct approach to the summit. Due to its difficulty level, it is recommended for experienced trekkers who are physically fit and mentally prepared for the demanding climb.

The Umbwe Route is characterized by steep and direct ascents, providing trekkers with a thrilling and adventurous experience. As you ascend, you’ll be rewarded with stunning panoramic views of the surrounding landscapes, including the lush rainforests, rocky ridges, and majestic glaciers. The beauty and grandeur of the natural surroundings balance the challenging terrain.

One of the unique aspects of the Umbwe Route is its solitude and sense of wilderness. Unlike the more popular routes, such as Machame and Marangu, the Umbwe Route sees fewer trekkers, allowing you to immerse yourself in the tranquility of the Mountain and connect with nature on a deeper level. The peacefulness and remoteness of the trail add to the allure and appeal of the Umbwe Route.

Mountain Camps/ Kilimanjaro Trekking Umbwe Route 

Camp comfortably in customized all-weather tents with upgraded zippers, flysheets, and closed-cell full-ground pads. Private toilet tents and solar-lit dining tents are provided daily. The camp’s chef prepares hot meals from fresh ingredients. In the afternoons, hot drinks and snacks are provided.

Safari Itinerary

Day 1: Kilimanjaro Airport to Moshi

Our driver will pick you up at the airport and take you to the hotel for briefing. Your guides will provide a detailed orientation and examine your gear. If you arrive midday or before, you will have time to explore Moshi, a chilled-out blend of African and Asian influences with a colorful market and a choice of coffee houses and bars. Enjoy a delicious dinner and rest to prepare for the adventure ahead.

  • Driving Distance: 45 / km (40 Mins)
Kilimanjaro Wonders Hotel
Plan Meal: Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner
Day 2: Umbwe Gate To Umbwe Cave Camp

Elevation (m): 1600m to 2900m

Distance: 11km, Time: 6 hours

Habitat: Montane Forest.

We will register at Umbwe Park Gate before starting our trek. The small winding path leads us through the rainforest and the Umbwe River. The first night’s camp is at Umbwe Cave Camp, about 2,900m altitude.

Plan Meal: Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner
Day 3: Umbwe Camp To Barranco Camp

Elevation (m): 2940m to 3970m

Distance: 6km, Time: 4-5 hours

Habitat: Montane Forest.

We leave camp shortly afterward, and shortly afterward, the forest ends. The afternoon mists roll up the Great Barranco, and we can see the sheer wall of the Western Breach appearing and disappearing. We will camp at Barranco camp tonight.

Plan Meal: Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner
Day 4:Baranco Camp To Karanga Camp

Elevation (m): 3950m to 3930m

Distance: 7 km, Hiking Time: 4 hours

Habitat: Alpine Desert.

Today starts with a short but fun scramble to the top of the Great Barranco Wall. We then traverse over scree to the Karanga Valley (3930m) beneath the icefalls of the Heim, Kersten, and Decken Glaciers. We will stay overnight at the Karanga campsite.

Plan Meal: Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner
Day 5: Karanga Camp To Barafu Camp

Elevation (m): 3930m to 4600m

Distance: 6kms, Hiking

Time: 3 hours

Habitat: Alpine Desert.

We leave the Karanga campsite behind to meet the junction connecting with the Mweka descent Trail. From here, we continue up to the Barafu Hut. You have now completed the Southern Circuit, which offers views of the summit from many angles. We can rest, enjoy dinner, and prepare for the summit day at camp. The two peaks of Mawenzi and Kibo are to be seen from this position.

Plan Meal: Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner
Day 6: 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.

You will be woken at 23:30 with some quick tea and biscuits. We start our trek to the summit between the Rebman and Ratzel glaciers. We will head north-westerly and ascend through heavy scree towards Stella Point on the crater rim. This is the most mentally and physically challenging part of the trek. At Stella Point (5732m), we will stop for a short rest and be rewarded with the most magnificent sunrise you are ever likely to see (weather permitting). At Uhuru Peak (5895m), we will have reached the highest point on Mount Kilimanjaro and the continent of Africa. It can be freezing at night at these elevations, but it will be pretty warm by the end of the hiking day. From the summit, we descend to the Mweka Hut camp site via Barafu for lunch. Trekking poles will be needed for the loose gravel going down to Mweka Camp (3100m). Later in the evening, we will enjoy our last dinner on the Mountain and a well-earned sleep.

Plan Meal: Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner
Day 7: Mweka Camp To Hotel

Elevation (m): 3100m to 1800m

Distance: 8 km, Time: 3-4 hours

Habitat: Montane Forest | 6 Days Umbwe Route

After breakfast, we descend 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 be suitable. (Keep rain gear and warmer clothing handy.)

  • Walking Time: 3 – 4 hours
  • Distance: 10km Altitude Loss: 1300m
  • Driving Distance: 135 / km (2 Hours)



Glan Melia Hotel Arusha
Plan Meal: Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner
Day 9: Departure After breakfast | 6 Days Umbwe Route
Our representative will transfer you to Kilimanjaro International Airport for your flight departure. Take the memories, the sense of accomplishment, and the everlasting bond with the majestic Mount Kilimanjaro. If you decide to go on a Tanzania Safari, that’s a different adventure, and we’ll take care of that for you!
  • Quality, waterproof, four-season private Mountain sleeping tents:
  • Kilimanjaro Trekking Umbwe Route
  • Professional, experienced, mountain guides:
  • All Park fees, Airport transfers, Rescue fees
  • All meals while on the Mountain
  • Guides, Porters, cook salaries, and park fees
  • Quality Mess tents with tables and chairs
  • Large portions of fresh, healthy, nutritious food
  • Clean, purified drinking water
  • Oximeter
  • Medical Kit
  • Emergency oxygen
  • Crisis management and safety procedures
  • Fair and ethical treatment of porters
  • Pre and Post-Climb Accommodations
  • Portable toilet
  • 6 Days Umbwe Route
  • Flights
  • Alcoholic and soft drinks
  • Visa fees
  • Tips on personal spending monies for souvenirs, etc.
  • Travel Insurance
6 Days Kilimanjaro Trekking Umbwe Route

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