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This Umbwe route itinerary is a private trek, which means it allows you to tailor your trip according to your personal needs of arrival and departure dates. Also, you are the one deciding how many of you will trek the mountain – you can be alone or with your partner or just a group of few friends. Trek starts on any date you choose. How to pick your date? Go ahead with a booking procedure. Click “BOOK NOW” and pick your favorite dates at the “Cart” page area and choose how many people are hiking with you and proceed to “checkout”  after updating the cart! It is that simple to make it a private trek.   UMBWE ROUTE SUMMARY Umbwe route is steep, tough, and is suitable for a fit individual used to walking in mountain areas. Because of the route’s steepness, it is seldom used, and trekking poles are useful on the steep, slippery slopes in the rainforest. All your equipment and supplies are carried by porters and a cook prepares all your meals. Unlike the Marangu Route where you sleep in huts, on the Umbwe you sleep in tents (tents are included), and the porters will pitch your tent for you. Meals are served in a dinner tent or on a blanket outside. You can add an extra day to your itinerary to explore or relax along the route (best taken at the Barranco Camp). Umbwe is the most spectacular and direct way to reach Uhuru Peak. You pass through strange landscapes as you climb through five climate zones ranging from rainforest to the summit’s glaciers. The route follows a forested ridge to the moorlands, then traverses below the southern icefields to reach the Machame Route, which you follow to the summit.   Itinerary summary Day 1: Arrive at Moshi Day 2: Moshi to Umbwe gate to Bivouac camp Day 3: Bivouac camp to Barranco camp Day 4: Barranco Camp to Lava Tower to Arrow Glaciers camp Day 5: Arrow Glaciers to Crater Day 6: Crater to the summit to Mweka camp Day 7: Mweka camp to Mweka gate Day 8: International departures or proceed to safari  

Itinerary summary

Day 1: Arrive at Moshi

Day 2: Moshi to Umbwe gate to Bivouac camp

Day 3: Bivouac camp to Barranco camp

Day 4: Barranco Camp to Lava Tower to Arrow Glaciers camp

Day 5: Arrow Glaciers to Crater

Day 6: Crater to the summit to Mweka camp

Day 7: Mweka camp to Mweka gate

Day 8: International departures or proceed to safari

Itineraries

Day 1

Time : 2:00 am

Arrive at Moshi

Our Kilimanjaro adventure starts the Moment you land at Kilimanjaro international Airport, You will be met by our staff at the airport and transferred to our partner lodge in Moshi in the peaceful surrounds of our comfortable pre and post trek accommodation in Honey Badger, or Q wine hotel. Guide will perform a gear check for you after dinner so that next morning you will be ready for your tour start.

Day 2

Time : 8:00 am

Umbwe Gate (1800m) – Umbwe Cave (3000m)

Time: 7 hrs
Distance: 9 km
Habitat: Moorland

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.

Day 3

Time : 7:00 am

Umbwe Cave Camp (3000m) – Barranco Camp (3950m)

Time: 6 hrs
Distance: 7.5 km
Habitat: Moorland

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 the Machame route and the Lemosho route. Therefore the population will be bigger.

Day 4

Time : 7:00 am

Barranco Camp (3950m) – Karanga Camp (3963m)

Time: 6 hrs
Distance: 6 km
Habitat: Moorland/Semi-desert

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.

Day 5

Time : 4:00 am

Karanga Camp (3963m) to Barafu Camp (4650m)

Time: 3 hrs
Distance: 3 km
Habitat: Stone scree

We start a day 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 freshwater before the summit. Scree now forms the terrain as we walk through arid and desolate land towards Barafu camp.

Day 6

Time : 8:00 am

Summit Attempt Crater (5700m) – Uhuru Peak (5895m) – Mweka (3100m)

Time: 7 hrs to UHURU, 8 hrs to Mweka Camp
Distance: 7 km to UHURU, 22 km descend to Mweka
Habitat: Stone scree and ice-capped summit, moorland

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.

Day 7

Time : 5:00 am

Mweka Camp (3100m) – Mweka Gate (1980m)

Time: 4 hrs
Distance: 9 km
Habitat: Rain forest

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.

Day 8

Time : 2:00 am

International flight or proceed to safari

Transfers:

  • Pick-up and drop-off at Kilimanjaro International Airport;
  • Transfer to the trailhead - entry gate to Kilimanjaro National Park;
  • Pick-up at the exit from Kilimanjaro National Park and transfer to the hotel;

Entry fees:

  • All park fees are collected by the Kilimanjaro National Park ( conservation fees, camping fees, crew fees, vehicle fees, rescue fee,s and all other fees collected by the Tanzania National Parks Authority).

Accommodation:

  • One night at 3* hotel (Honey Badger, AMEG Lodge or Park View Inn) before the expedition and one night after; The hotels have everything for your comfortable stay - caring staff, nice rooms, reliable Wi-Fi, restaurant and swimming pool);
  • Tented accommodation on Mount Kilimanjaro (modern, comfortable 4-Season tents 

Please note:

All accommodation is on sharing basis (i.e. you will be sharing with your travel companion a twin/double room in the hotel and a tent during the hike. If you travel alone, we will match you with a same-sex adventurer).

Meals:

  • Breakfast in the hotel before and after the hike;
  • All meals on the hike. Our Kilimanjaro diet includes energy-rich and highly nutritious meals prepared by our professional high-altitude cooks. A typical diet on Kilimanjaro includes different soups, garnishes, several types of fish and meat, fresh fruit and vegetables; vegetarian/gluten-free/halal options are available at no extra cost;
  • All drinks on the hike (coffee, tea, hot chocolate, and water).

Hiking and safety equipment

  • 4-inch (10-cm) thick and comfortable sleeping mats;
  • All group equipment (spacious and comfortable dining tent, camping table and chairs, crockery and cutlery);
  • Oxygen cylinders and oximeters;
  • GPS-tracking service;
  • Complete medical kits.

Climbing crew:

  • Professional guides, licensed by Kilimanjaro National Park. All our guides are the holder of Wilderness First Responder or Wilderness First Aid certifications. All our guides have 7+years of successful mountaineering experience;
  • Dedicated support crew (assistant guides, camp master, porters, cooks, etc.).
  • Airline tickets;
  • Visa fee;
  • Lunch and dinner at the hotel (before and after the ascent);
  • Personal gear rentals;
  • Tips for the mountain crew
  • Mountaineering insurance.
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