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6 Days Kilimanjaro Umbwe route

Kilimanjaro climb-Umbwe Route

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The Umbwe route on the Kilimanjaro has a well fame of being the most challenging route on Mount Kilimanjaro.Approaching from the south, the Umbwe route is a short, steep and direct climb.
After reaching Barranco Camp, the trail follows the Kilimanjaro southern circuit to the summit. The descent is done via the Mweka route.
Umbwe is considered to be very difficult, taxing route – one that should only be attempted by strong hikers who are also confident of their ability to acclimatize to altitude.

Due to the fast ascension to high altitude, this route does not provide the necessary stages for 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, and seven days is preferred when attempting to climb using Umbwe. However, overall, the Umbwe route is not recommended.
Umbwe is offered as a six to seven day private climb.

Duration; 6 Nights / 7 days Type: Camping

Umbwe route Review

  • Steep, short route with lower success rate
  • Poor acclimatization due to rapid ascent
  • Very remote and quiet
  • Fully catered camping only

Of all the routes, Machame is by far the most scenic albeit steeper route up the mountain. The Rongai is the easiest camping route and the Marangu is also easy, but accommodation is in huts. As a result, this route tends to be very busy and ascent and descent routes are the same. Although the Rongai route is a flatter walk it offers less opportunities for acclimatisation. The Machame and Lemosho routes both allow better opportunities to “walk high and sleep low” which is critical to avoiding altitude sickness.

UMBWE CLIMB 6 DAYS/5 NIGHTS

Day 1. – UMBWE CAVES CAMP (2900M/9514 FT)
Drive to Kilimanjaro Park gate. A seven-hour walk through the spectacular forest will bring you to a camping area – Umbwe Caves Campsite. Take your time walking through this section – it will help towards acclimatization. Dinner and overnight at Umbwe caves camp.

Day 2. – BARRANCO CAMP(3901 M/12,800 FT)
Today is a fairly steep walk through the forest, and along a sharp ridge, before the path flattens as you approach Barranco Campsite, in the moor land zone. A fairly long and strenuous day (+- 6 hours walking), as the altitude is now beginning to be felt. Overnight at Barranco camp.

Day 3. – KARANGA VALLEY CAMP (3963 M/13,000 FT)
From Barranco Wall to Karanga Valley. (Approx 4-5 hours) Hike up to 4200m, dropping down to 4000m to camp. Overnight at Karanga Camp.

Day 4. – BARAFU CAMP (4,600 M/15,091 FT)
Today is a shorter hike than the past few days, hiking up to the final camp before your last ascent day to the summit. Today is the best day to get lots of rest.

Day 5. – MWEKA CAMP (3100 M/10,170 FT)
You will start trekking early , just after midnight as the walk today will take 10 – 14 + hours. We will try to avoid the mist that sets in later in the day. The 1,100-meter (3,600’) ascent in just over 3 km (1.86 miles) will take us about 6-8 hours, as we try to reach the summit to watch the sunrise over the Great Rift Valley. After watching the sunrise and taking pictures, you will have a tough hike, descending down the mountain to below the tree line. Take a small rest at Barafu cam then proceed to Mweka camp for dinner and overnight.

Day 6. – MWEKA GATE
On your final day, we will have a short three hour hike out, walking through the lush forest. After collecting your certificate, you will then meet our driver with the vehicle at the Mweka park gate to drive back to Kindoroko Hotel for a long hot shower.

6 days Kilimanjaro Umbwe route:price is from $1290 per person in a group

Tour Price Include:
•    Transfers from Kilimanjaro Airport to Moshi/Arusha, Hotel.
•    Transfers from Hotel to gate entrances (starting point of climb).
•    All meals while on Climb
•    2litre water on a daily basis
•    Transfer to/from Moshi/Arusha
•    Staff fees
•    Hotel accommodation  where noted
•    Walking Tour in the  in some protected areas
•    Guides
•    Porters
.
Price Excludes:
•    International airfares and departure taxes
•    All items of person nature such as telephone call, fax, email etc
•    Trips and gratuities to hotel, lodges, porters, camp staff and driver – guide(s)
•    Alcoholic and non alcoholic drinks
•    Laundry services

Kilimanjaro climb-Umbwe Route

The Umbwe route on the Kilimanjaro has a well fame of being the most challenging route on Mount Kilimanjaro.Approaching from the south, the Umbwe route is a short, steep and direct climb.

After reaching Barranco Camp, the trail follows the Kilimanjaro southern circuit to the summit. The descent is done via the Mweka route.

Umbwe is considered to be very difficult, taxing route – one that should only be attempted by strong hikers who are also confident of their ability to acclimatize to altitude.

Umbwe Route map

Due to the fast ascension to high altitude, this route does not provide the necessary stages for 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, and seven days is preferred when attempting to climb using Umbwe. However, overall, the Umbwe route is not recommended.

Umbwe is offered as a six to seven day private climb.