The Kilimanjaro Umbwe Route provides the shortest route, and toughest, to the Southern Glaciers of Kilimanjaro and Western Breach of Kibo. An ascent of Kibo by Umbwe route is one of the finest non-technical mountaineering expeditions. It is a challenging route, unsuitable for the solitary or the inexperienced, and a route off the beaten track. That sounds interesting, contact me please.
Please Note: That we only organize private treks, there will be only yourself and your travel partner(s) on the tour!
This itinerary starts and ends in Arusha or Moshi. An additional day?s stay in Arusha can be booked for an extra $200.
Day 1: ARRIVAL
You will be met at the International Airport of by your Driver/Guide and our representative. We will take you to the Mount Meru Game Lodge (or any other suitable hotel depending on your arrival time). Our Kilimanjaro Expert will come to meet you and to provide you with a briefing on your climb.
Day 2: Kilimanjaro Umbwe Route
Umbwe Gate to Umbwe Cave
At 7:30 a.m., we?ll transfer you to the Umbwe Park Gate at 2,100m. The path begins an a narrow ridge crest between the Lonzo River to the West and the Umbwe River to the East. It is easy to follow as it continues up through the dense forest. The path continues to follow the ridge, rising steadily with some steep sections and scramble rocks. The route takes you to the first tented camp Umbwe Cave (at 2,940m) in 5 to 6 hrs. All meals included.
Day 3: UMBWE CAVE TO BARRANCO
We follow the trail through steep and scramble rock across rainforest to moorland. The path proceed steep to the Southern Glacier Branches, at 4000m we reach our campsite, Barranco, were we overnight. (6-7 hrs) All meals included.
Day 4: BARRANCO CAMP TO KARANGA VALLEY CAMP
The day will begin with a descent into the Gorge, before we climb its eastern wall where we will enjoy views of Kilimanjaro?s ice fields, an equatorial anomaly. We will continue trekking until we reach our camp in Karanga Valley (13,900 feet, 4-5 hours of walking). All meals included.
Day 5: KARANGA VALLEY CAMP TO BARAFU CAMP
We will trek up through the Karanga Valley, the trail turns steadily uphill, following the lava ridge to the Barafu camp. The temperature will grow colder and the landscape more sparse as we near Barafu Camp. Barafu Camp is set on a small, exposed flat area on a ridge, acting as a base camp from which you will make your summit attempt at midnight tonight. Barafu camp (15,200 feet, 6-7 hours of walking). All meals included.
Day 6: BARAFU CAMP TO SUMMIT TO MWEKA CAMP
Just after midnight we start of a challenging trek (12-17 hours of trekking). You begin trekking at 12:30 to 1am, passing between the Rebmann and Tarzel glaciers to the rim at Stella Point. The temperatures range from just below freezing at midnight, to between 10 deg. F (-12 deg. C) to ?10 F. (-23 deg. C) just before dawn at the summit. As dawn nears, we?ll summit at Uhuru Peak, the highest point in Africa at 19,340 feet. Uhuru will be the culmination of ? and the reward for ? 6-7 hours of strenuous hiking. We?ll then descend back to Barafu Camp, resting for a while before continuing our descent to Mweka Camp (9,840 feet, 3-4 hours of walking on the descent). All meals included.
Day 7: MWEKA HUT TO MWEKA GATE- ARUSHA
After breakfast descend steeply through the forest on a narrow path, after 3 ? 4 hours walking we will reach Mweka Gate at 1400m. From here we will bring you to Moshi or Arusha for extension. Breakfast included.
- All transfers in private car
- 6 days private Kilimanjaro Climb / Umbwe Route
- Fullboard during climb including drinking water
- Professional well experienced Kilimanjaro Team with English speaking Mountain guide, 2 porters per person and cook
- Mountain Camp accommodation (pls bring your own sleeping bag) Mountain Camp accommodation (pls bring your own sleeping bag)
- Camping equipment (tents, mattresses, chairs, tables, camping toilet, toilet tent
- Service of a professional cook
- All wildlife reserve entry fees, rescue fees, Climbing Certificates
- Meals and accommodation as per itinerary
- All items of a personal nature
- Gratuities for safari guide and mountain teams
- Airport departure tax
- Travel insurance
- Visa fee (50 US$ /100 US$ for Americans & Irish Passport Holders – to be paid upon arrival)
- Sleeping bag (rental fee 15 US$)
- Any nights prior and after the climb