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OVERVIEW

The Umbwe route has a well-deserved reputation 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 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.

 Arrive in Tanzania 

You will be picked up at the Kilimanjaro International Airport and transferred to your arranged Hotel; you will meet your guide who will brief you on your upcoming trek and do an equipment check to make sure you have all the necessary mountain gear. Gear which is missing can be rented on this day. Hotel is bed & Breakfast

Day 1 Machame gate for permit (1790m) - Umbwe gate (1800m) - Umbwe Cave (3000m)

Umbwe Cave

The climb starts from Umbwe Gate, where the path follows a ridge between two deep valleys up through the dense montane forest. The camp is perched between huge trees and thick undergrowth. There is no water available at this campsite, so we must carry from the gate all the water needed for drinking, food preparation and cleaning.

  • Distance covered: 9.5km / 6.7mi
  • Approx. time taken: 6hours - 7hours
  • Meals: Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner Included

Day 2 Umbwe Cave (3000m) to Barronco Camp (3960m)

Barronco Camp

The path gets steeper on this section, as you get out of the forest along the Umbwe ridge the route descends slightly to the Barranco camp situated in the valley. In this camp you will meet with other trekkers from Machame route and Lemosho route. Therefore the population will be bigger. 

  • Distance covered: 7.5km / 4.9mi
  • Approx. time taken: 5 hours
  • Meals: Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner Included

Day 3 Barranco Camp (3960m) to Karanga Camp (3963m)

Karanga Camp

Our day starts by descending into the start of the Great Barranco, a huge ravine. We then exit steeply, up the Great Barranco Wall, which divides us from the southeastern slopes of Kibo. It’s a climb over rock, not technical but long and tiring. Passing underneath the Heim and Kersten glaciers, we head towards the Karanga valley. From here we have a steep climb up from Karanga valley to our night’s camp at Karanga camp, set at 3963m. For those feeling strong we will go for a mid-afternoon acclimatization trek up to around 4200m before descending back to camp for the night.

  • Distance covered: 5.5km / 3.4mi
  • Approx. time taken: 5 hours
  • Meals: Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner Included

Day 4 Karanga Camp (3963) to Barafu Camp (4640m)

Barafu Camp

Our day starts by descending into the Great Barranco, a huge ravine. We then exit steeply, up the Great Barranco Wall, which divides us from the southeastern slopes of Kibo. It’s a climb over rock, not technical, but long and tiring. Passing underneath the Heim and Kersten glaciers, we head towards the Karanga valley, which is our last stop for fresh water before the summit. Scree now forms the terrain as we walk through arid and desolate land towards Barafu camp.

  • Distance covered: 3km / 1.9mi
  • Approx. time taken: 3 hours
  • Meals: Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner Included

Day 5 Barafu Camp (4640m) to UHURU PEAK (5895m) & down to Mweka Camp (3100m)

Uhuru Peak

We start off at around midnight, and walk steeply upwards to the summit glaciers. We will be climbing scree for 4 to 5 hours but gain incredible height over a short distance. The views are spectacular. We should be on the crater rim at Stella Point (5739m) as the first rays of the sun hit us. Spectacular ice cliffs within the crater surround us and the views to jagged Mawenzi peak and beyond are breathtaking. Another hour’s walking takes us to the summit, Uhuru Peak (5895m). We begin our descent by returning to Stella Point and then descending on scree slope and track back to Barafu Camp for breakfast, before finally heading down to Mweka Camp for a long well-earned rest. 

  • Distance covered: 16.4km / 9.6mi
  • Approx. time taken: 13hours – 15hours
  • Meals: Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner Included

Day 6 Trek Mweka Camp (3100m) to Mweka Gate (1630m)

Mweka Gate

A gentle trek takes us down through the rainforest to Mweka Gate, where we complete park formalities and receive certificates, which you can hang up with pride! We are then met by our vehicles and return to the hotel in Moshi, where you can treat yourself to a welcome shower then celebrate with cold drinks. Overnight at your arranged Hotel. 

  • Distance covered: 9.1km / 7.5miles
  • Approx. time taken: 3 hours
  • Hotel: Bed &Breakfast

Departure

After a much needed nights rest, we will bid you goodbye. If you have arranged airport transfers with us or a safari / Zanzibar trip, we will collect you in the morning for your onward journey.

 Package Include

  • Private pick up and drop off at Kilimanjaro international airport.
  • Accommodations, 1 night before and 1 night after the trek. Sharing rooms (Hotel is Bed & Breakfast basis) 
  • Park fees, camping fees
  • Rescue fees $20/climber
  • 18% VAT on tour fees & services
  • 4 Season big sleeping mountain tents (sharing for 2 people)
  • Double layered Sleeping Mats
  • Transportation to & from the mountain gate
  • Professional mountain guides, cooks and porters
  • 3 meals daily while on the mountain
  • Filtered water throughout the trek
  • Fair wages for the mountain crew as approved by the Kilimanjaro National Park Authority (KINAPA), Kilimanjaro Association of Tour Operators (KIATO)
  • Portable toilets and toilets tents (optional).
  • Hot Water For Wash everyday at any time at the camp

Not Included

  • International and local Flights plus VISA
  • Items of a personal nature (gears can be rented)
  • Personal Tent $50 (Optional)
  • Personal hotel room $70

All tips not per client but per group. All our guides and porters are always satisfied with what you have not beyond your limit.

This popular Kilimanjaro route includes fewer amenities in camp and lower weight limits on luggage, while still offering the peace of mind you get by choosing Baraka trails.

Kilimanjaro Route Highlights

  • Additional acclimatization day on Kilimanjaro
  • Challenging nighttime summit bid
  • Private toilet tents & nutritionist-planned meals
  • Perfect for group and charity treks
  • Baraka Trails’s most budget-friendly option
  • Personal porters available to all trekkers*
  • 7 days trekking, 9 days in Tanzania

*Personal porter hire available for an additional fee

*Extend your trip with a safari!

Visit the Serengeti and Ngorongoro Crater a 4-days safari, or a 7-days safari, or call us for custom safari options.

Day 1: Umbwe Gate To Umbwe Cave (At 3,000 M)

The climb starts from Umbwe Gate (1,800 m.) The path follows a ridge between two deep valleys up through the dense montane forest. The camp is perched between huge trees and thick undergrowth. There is no water available at this campsite, so we must carry from the gate all the water needed for drinking, food preparation and cleaning

Day 2: Umbwe Cave To Barronco

The path gets steeper on this section, as you get out of the forest along the Umbwe ridge the route descends slightly to the Barranco camp situated in the valley. In this camp you will meet with other trekkers from Machame route and Lemosho route. Therefore the population will be bigger.

Day 3: Day Resting At Baranco Camp

This day is the acclimatization day in which you will walk to lava tower 4600m for acclimatization and return to Barranco camp for lunch dinner and overnight.

Day 4: Barranco Camp To Karanga Camp

A steep climb up the eastern wall leads us just below the Heim Glacier, where we may have some spectacular views of Kilimanjaro. We then take a steep exit up the Great Barranco Wall, which divides us from the southeastern slopes of Kibo, the trail continues down into the alpine desert of the Karanga Valley, finally we have a steep climb up to Karanga Camp

Day 5: Karanga Camp To Barafu Camp:

A steep climb out of Karanga, and an easy path on compacted scree with wide views through this empty and dry landscape up to Barafu Camp. The two peaks Kibo and Mawenzi can been seen from Barafu Camp. After a hot lunch at the Camp, The remainder of the day is spent resting as we prepare for the final ascent before an early night summit walk.

 Day 6: Barafu Camp To Summit To Mweka Camp:

Wake up before midnight in the cover of darkness. We begin a steep climb over loose volcanic scree has some well-graded zig-zags and a slow but steady pace will take us to rim of the main crater, Stella Point, at 5,735m. We will rest there for few minutes to enjoy the sunrise over Mawenzi. Those who are still feeling good can continue slowly to make the two hour round trip from here along the crater rim to main peak (5,895 m), which is the highest point in Africa. After a few minutes to appreciate your accomplishment we descend to Barafu is amazingly fast, and we stop at Barafu Camp for some refreshment, we continue to descend to reach Mweka Camp.

Day 7: Descent To Mweka Gate To Moshi:

A gentle walk takes us down through the rainforest to Mweka gate where successful climbers will receive their summit certificates. Then we will drive back to Moshi for Lunch and big shower

Departure

After a much needed nights rest, we will bid you goodbye. If you have arranged airport transfers with us or a safari / Zanzibar trip, we will collect you in the morning for your onward journey.

 Package Include

  • Private pick up and drop off at Kilimanjaro international airport.
  • Accommodations, 1 night before and 1 night after the trek. Sharing rooms (Hotel is Bed & Breakfast basis) 
  • Park fees, camping fees
  • Rescue fees $20/climber
  • 18% VAT on tour fees & services
  • 4 Season big sleeping mountain tents (sharing for 2 people)
  • Double layered Sleeping Mats
  • Transportation to & from the mountain gate
  • Professional mountain guides, cooks and porters
  • 3 meals daily while on the mountain
  • Filtered water throughout the trek
  • Fair wages for the mountain crew as approved by the Kilimanjaro National Park Authority (KINAPA), Kilimanjaro Association of Tour Operators (KIATO)
  • Portable toilets and toilets tents (optional).
  • Hot Water For Wash everyday at any time at the camp

Not Included

  • International and local Flights plus VISA
  • Items of a personal nature (gears can be rented)
  • Personal Tent $50 (Optional)
  • Personal hotel room $70

All tips not per client but per group. All our guides and porters always satisfied with what you have not beyond your limit.

This popular Kilimanjaro route includes fewer amenities in camp and lower weight limits on luggage, while still offering the peace of mind you get by choosing Baraka trails.

Kilimanjaro Route Highlights

  • Additional acclimatization day on Kilimanjaro
  • Challenging nighttime summit bid
  • Private toilet tents & nutritionist-planned meals
  • Perfect for group and charity treks
  • Baraka Trails’s most budget-friendly option
  • Personal porters available to all trekkers*
  • 7 days trekking, 9 days in Tanzania

*Personal porter hire available for an additional fee

*Extend your trip with a safari!

Visit the Serengeti and Ngorongoro Crater a 4-days safari, or a 7-days safari, or call us for custom safari options.