Umbwe Route

The Umbwe route is the one of the shortest routes. It’s probably the most scenic non-technical route on Kilimanjaro. It`s quiet taxing, fa to the fast ascent to the high altitude, but the rewards are plantful. That route is shorter, steep walking distance make it great option for fit climbers:


Day 1: Arriving
Arriving day either from Arusha or Moshi. We will pick you at the airport and transfer to your Hotel in Arusha or Moshi. In the afternoon you will meet our Guide for briefing dinner and overnight in Jacaranda Hotel.


Day 2: Habitat rain forest
After breakfast, we drive you to Umbwe gate passing thru villages with coffee and banana plantations. On arrival at the park gate (1800m) meet your guide and porters, you will register before entering the park. Take your first start, the route initially follows the forest track winding up thru the nature rain forest, it`s stepper to climb the ridge between the Lonzo and Umbwe river, with hug trees surrounding you. Spectacular views of deep gorgers, arrive to the camp Bivouac (2940m). Hiking time takes 5 hours. Dinner and overnight.


Day 3: Bivouac to Barranco camp 3950M. Forest & Moorland.
After breakfast leave the camp, forest start but it`s replaced with the rocky terrain, sparser undergrowth, and straggly mass-coved trees, the path continues along narrow spectacular ridge as you gain altitude, catch the glimpse of the Mt Kilimanjaro, rising the majestically ahead of you. The part flatters as you approach Barranco valley. From the Umbwe ridge the route descends slightly to Barranco camp (3950m). The camp is situated in the valley below the branch and great Barranco wall which will provide you with sunset while your dinner is being prepared. This day will take you 6 hours hiking time.


Day 4: Barranco camp to Karanga Camp: forest & Moorland.
After breakfast you will start towards the great Barranco wall. The path is steep and rocky, with views of Mt. Meru and Mawenzi the little sister of Kilimanjaro. Climb this Barranco wall path will take one hour and half, turn towards the great Barranco wall (4200m) descent about 15 minutes before you reach Karanga valley. This is the last water point, arrive to the camp, have hot lunch, after then, have short hiking to get acclimation. Back to the camp for dinner and overnight (3930m). This day will take you 5-6 hours walking.


Day 5: Karanga Camp to Barafu Camp. Habitat Desert.
After breakfast start your trek beginning with steep scree and rock outcrops requiring a scramble lead up to Barafu camp (4600m). This day will be the shortest by far. After reaching Barafu camp you will get hot lunch and a rest, before an early dinner. Waiting for midnight summit.


Day 6: Barafu camp, Stella Point, Uhuru peak 5895M.
Summit attempt (Stella point 5735m) you will rise around middle of night, have hot tea and light food, biscuits, crackers, then start your last hike up. Probably encounter snow and ice all the way up on two hours ascent to Stella point, have short break 2 minutes for drinking water, continue up hiking, pass by Hans Mayer point and reach Uhuru peak. The time spend in the summit will depend about the weather conditions. Do not stay here for long time, as it will be extremely difficult to start again due to cold and frozen, fatigue. Enjoy your accomplishment and the day to remember on your lifetime. The walk distance from Uhuru peak to Barafu camp will take you 3 hours, arrived in Barafu, have a short rest before heading down to Mweka Camp (3100M).

Walking hours from Barafu camp up to Stella Point, Uhuru peak and down to Mweka camp will take you 10 hours: Habitat is Stone, Scree and Ice.

The thing to remember while your climbing Mt Kilimanjaro is making slowly and drink a lot of Water.


Day 7: Mweka Camp to Mweka Gate 1980 M: Habitat Rain forest.
After breakfast, scenic 5 hours to the gate thru rain forest. Arrive to Mweka Gate, if you succeed to climb Uhuru peak, you will get a certificate. Our driver will be there to pick you , then drive to your Hotel in Arusha Jacaranda Hotel.