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5 Days Umbwe Route


The Umbwe route has a well-deserved reputation of being the most challenging route on Mount Kilimanjaro. Due to the fast ascent to high altitude, this route does not provide the necessary stages for acclimatization. Although the number of people on this trail is very low, the chances of success are also low. Umbwe is considered to be very difficult, taxing route – one that should only be attempted by strong hikers who are confident in their ability to acclimatize quickly to altitude.

Approaching from the South, the Umbwe route is a short, steep and direct climb. After reaching Barranco Camp, the trail turns East and traverses underneath Kilimanjaro’s Southern Ice Field on a path known as the Southern Circuit before summiting from Barafu. Descent is made via the Mweka route.


Day 1:Arrive day in Arusha at Kilimanjaro International Airport

Arrive anytime at Kilimanjaro International Airport (JRO). We will arrange a private transfer from Kilimanjaro International Airport (JRO) to Arusha where the rest of the day is at leisure.
We will gather in the hotel where you’ll have an overnight for a pre-climb briefing and an equipment check.
We will also confirm you have the appropriate mandatory medical coverage and travel insurance.

Umbwe is the least travelled route and is considered the most difficult with the lowest success rates. Although a short route (approaching from the South between the Machame and Marangu routes), it is a constant, steep climb to the top which gives little opportunity to acclimatise. Umbwe is ideal for experienced trekkers looking for a challenging climb on a secluded route.

Day 2: Umbwe Gate – Umbwe Cave Campsite

After breakfast, your guide will meet you at your hotel in Moshi / Arusha. The morning begins with a drive to Umbwe Gate (5417 ft). Your journey heads to Umbwe Cave Campsite (9659 ft).

Day 3: Umbwe Cave Campsite – Barranco Hut

Umbwe Cave Campsite (9659 ft) to Barranco Campsite (13077 ft)

Day 4: Barranco Campsite – Barafu Campsite

Barranco Campsite (13077 ft) to Barafu Campsite (15295 ft) via Karanga Valley (13235 ft).

Day 5: Barafu Campsite – Uhuru Peak – Mweka Campsite

Barafu Campsite (15295ft) to Uhuru Peak (19341ft). Followed by descent via Barafu Campsite to Mweka Campsite (10190ft).

Day 6: Mweka Campsite – Mweka Gate

Mweka Campsite (10190 ft) to Mweka Gate (5358 ft).

Day 7: Moshi / Arusha

To Kilimanjaro International Airport (JRO) with private departure transfer included.

What's Included in The Price

Price Includes

Transfers to/ from the gate, park fees, hut/camping fees, rescue , 2NIGHTS ACCOMMODATION IN ARUSHA / MOSHI, fees, Meals, tea, coffee, guide, porters and tent.

Price Excludes

Tips, drinks, personal insurance, climbing gears, sleeping bags and all items of personal use.


Walking Boots, Training shoes, Water proof Jacket, Pants, Shirts, Trousers, Skirts, Socks, Gloves, Sun Hat, Balaclava / Woolen Hat, Gaiters, Thermal Underwear, Towel, Toiletries, Toilet Paper, Sun Glasses, Snow Goggles, Water Bottle, Walking Pole, Crampons, Torch / Flash light, Sun Cream/Sun block, lip salve, Whistle, Penknife, Day pack, Camera, Films, Emergency Foil Blanket, Four season Sleeping Bag, Heavy Duty plastic Bags, water Purification Kit and First Aid Kit.